Laura Barrón-López and Elise Foley, Huffington Post, May 16, 2017
For 20 years, Alabama was represented in the Senate by an outspoken immigration hardliner who made racially charged statements.
Now that man is the attorney general of the United States, and a like-minded Republican, who has accused Democrats of waging a “war on whites,” is vying for his seat.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R) announced Monday that he will run in a special election for the Senate seat currently filled by Sen. Luther Strange (R). Strange was appointed by Alabama’s governor after then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) was confirmed to lead the Department of Justice.
Brooks, who was first elected to Congress in the 2010 tea party wave, is an anti-political correctness, pro-deportation conservative in the mold of Sessions and President Donald Trump.
His appeal will be tested on Aug. 15, when Alabama will hold its primary elections, and potentially in a GOP primary runoff on Sept. 26. Strange, who has remained relatively quiet during his time in the Senate, is also running with the support of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
One of Brooks’ repeated refrains over the years has been that Democrats are waging a “war on whites” and dividing people based on race ― in effect, that by mentioning racism, they are the real racists.
“This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else,” he said in August 2014.
“It’s really about political power and racial division and what I’ve referred to on occasion as the ‘war on whites.’ They are trying to motivate the African-American vote to vote-bloc for Democrats by using every ‘Republican is a racist’ tool that they can envision,” Brooks said on WBHP 800 Alabama radio.
Along the same vein, Brooks has pronounced the nation’s first black president the most “racially divisive” since the Civil War.
Brooks supports ramping up deportations and driving out undocumented immigrants in almost any way possible ― seriously, almost any way.
“As your congressman on the House floor, I will do anything short of shooting them,” he said of undocumented immigrants in 2011.
Brooks suggested in 2014 that then-President Obama could be impeached or even imprisoned for his soon-to-be-announced executive actions on immigration.
“At some point, you have to evaluate whether the president’s conduct aids or abets, encourages or entices foreigners to unlawfully cross into the United States of America,” Brooks said.
Brooks, like Trump, opposes welcoming any of the millions of Syrian refugees driven from their homes by war.
Last year, Brooks accused Democrats of hypocrisy in reaching out to both the Muslim and LGBTQ communities, saying the former wanted to murder the latter.
“On the one hand, they’re trying to appeal to the gay community, but on the other hand, they’re trying to also appeal to the Muslim community ― which, if it had its way, would kill every homosexual in the United States of America,” Brooks said.
When Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was running for speaker of the House in 2015, Brooks wanted Ryan to promise to pursue greater restrictions on immigration in exchange for his support. He said immigration would change the electorate ― as in, make it less white.
“Immigration is far and away the most important problem facing America because it changes the voter pool, thereby controlling the outcome of every single public policy challenge America faces,” Brooks told Talking Points Memo.
Editor’s Note: Jared Taylor made a video about Congressman Mo Brooks a few years ago, here it is in full: