The Republican Party has become increasingly vocal about a number of controversial topics, from their insistence that there are two sides to the “Nazis are bad” conversation to the latest revelation to come out of Arizona – there don’t seem to be enough white people left in America.
At least, that’s what Republican lawmaker David Stringer of Arizona’s 1st congressional district believes. On Monday afternoon, Stringer unleashed the latest attack on immigrants by focusing on the real losers in the immigration debate – white people.
Stringer was addressing a crowd at the Yavapai Country Republican Men’s forum when he broke the news that immigration is an “existential threat” to America, piggybacking off of the inflammatory anti-immigration rhetoric that the talking heads at Fox News have been cultivating since their inception in the mid-90s.
“Sixty percent of public school children in the state of Arizona today are minorities. That complicates racial integration because there aren’t enough white kids to go around. And when you look at that 60 percent number for public school students, just carry that forward 10 or 15 years. It’s going to change the demographic voting base of this state.”
“There aren’t enough white kids to go around” should without question be the official campaign slogan of the 2018 GOP because other than being incredibly tone-deaf and racist, it’s also the most concise summary of their overall platform.
Stringer’s comments went unnoticed until today, due to his relative political obscurity, but that doesn’t mean that no one was watching. David Schapira, Democratic candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, came across the video from Monday and posted it to his Twitter.
Those moments of digital posterity are essential now that racists and Republicans have discovered that social media outlets have “delete” buttons.
Stringer’s Facebook page no longer features the video in question where he said immigration will change the face of the country, and that’s what Donald Trump has been working against for the last year and a half, and Republicans have been working on since Bush’s anti-Muslim propaganda program of the early 2000s.
“Immigration is politically destabilizing. President Trump has talked about this… If we don’t do something about immigration very, very soon, the demographics of our country will be irrevocably changed and we will be a very different country. It will not be the country you were born into.”
We fail to see the problem in an ever-changing society, one that grows and develops along with the people contained within.
That’s just the difference between conservatives and progressives: one fears anything that is different, while the other embraces progress.
Watch Stringer’s remarks below and decide where you land:
An AZ legislator made these overtly racist comments about our students. It's time to remove xenophobic radicals from elected office this November! We deserve leaders who understand we're a nation of immigrants who bring a diversity of experiences & ideas. https://t.co/P5I9QpUHDI pic.twitter.com/NSrJS2WZA3
— David Schapira (@dschapira) June 13, 2018