A Republican congressman argued this week that the only thing preventing a complete pause on new immigration to the United States is “a president of the United States who wants to change the way America looks.”
“A lot of it has to do with skin pigmentation,” Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) continued during an appearance on the Matt Murphy Show. “A lot of it has to do with religious values,” the Alabama congressman, who has previously peddled conspiracy theories about President Obama’s childhood in Indonesia, said.
Brooks finished the diatribe by accusing Obama of being “hell-bent on doing this kind of damage to his country because he doesn’t think the Judeo-Christian people who made America the greatest nation in world history are deserving of the role that they have played in making America great.”
Listen to it (relevant segment begins at 10:03):
During the interview, Brooks also had kind words for Donald Trump’s call to prohibit Muslims from entering the United States. “Trump’s got a point,” Brooks said. “If he stops Muslims from coming into America, that 1 percent or whatever it is that’s going to resort to violence, killing non-Muslims, won’t be here.” Still, the Alabama GOPer conceded, it would be “at the cost of whatever productivity there might be from the 99 percent.”
After a colorful 2015, Brooks has arguably supplanted Reps. Steve King (R-IA) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX) as the House Republican most likely to make outlandish statements. This year alone, Brooks has generated headlines by arguing that taking in Syrian refugees is an impeachable offense, declaring that those refugees are just looking for a “paid vacation“; suggesting that the recent measles outbreaks may have been caused by “illegal aliens”; saying that Michelle Obama should have been arrested for bringing an undocumented immigrant as her guest to the State of the Union address; and threatening to impeach Hillary Clinton on her first day in office if she wins the presidency. Brooks had previously burnished his anti-immigrant credentials in the past by saying he would “do anything short of shooting them.”