U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, a Republican from Alabama, has issued a statement explaining why he voted against last-week's nearly unanimous House resolution condemning hate and bigotry.
The seven-page resolution, he claims, did not specifically "condemn discrimination against Caucasian-Americans and Christians," as Talking Points Memo noted.
But Congressman Brooks claims the resolution did condemn "discrimination against lesbians, homosexuals, transsexuals, and the like," which is a stretch.
Brooks, who has been in Alabama politics since the 1980's, says the House resolution "explicitly condemned discrimination against Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs (but not Christians); and condemned discrimination against African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and other immigrants (but not Caucasians); and condemned discrimination against lesbians, homosexuals, transsexuals, and the like."
The resolution (full text here) in fact does not mention lesbians, homosexuals, or "transsexuals." It also does not mention sex or gender, although it does offer a broad condemnation of "bigotry against minorities."
Clearly the Alabama Congressman would like to focus his efforts on protecting the majority, which might explain why he endorsed and stood by Roy Moore, who was accused of accused child molestation and sexual assault.
Brooks in the recent past has admitted to opposing all immigration, "because it changes the voter pool." He has also accused Democrats of waging a "war on whites," and even claimed the Voting Rights Act is actually a war on white people.
Every House Democrat voted for last week's resolution. 24 Republicans refused to vote for the resolution. One, white nationalist Rep. Steve King, voted only "present."