In the age of President Donald Trump, lawmakers espousing racially tinged or blatantly racist views seem to be on the rise, and another such Republican is now gracing the headlines.
Arizona state Rep. David Stringer, a freshman lawmaker, was filmed saying immigration is an “existential threat” and there are no longer “enough white kids to go around”.
Stringer lamented that 60 percent of the states school children are non-white.
"That complicates racial integration because there aren't enough white kids to go around," Stringer said. "Immigration is politically destabilizing. President Trump has talked about this. I’m very concerned about this. Immigration today represents an existential threat to the United States."
A backlash ensued, but Stringer held firm to his views in subsequent comments to the Arizona Capitol Times:
“I maybe touched a third rail of politics but what I said is accurate,” Stringer told the Capitol Times. “Anybody that talks about this in this way is shut down and called a racist. I’m speaking the truth. Diversity may be a great thing, there might be a lot of advantages, I’m not arguing against diversity at all, but no country can be demographically transformed without any political or social consequences.”
Numerous lawmakers and immigration advocates quickly denounced Stringer’s comments, accusing the state representative of fear and hate mongering.
"Stringer’s racist and paranoid comments that we must protect the white race or America will be taken over are dangerous, fear mongering and hateful," said Josselyn Berry, co-director for Progress Now Arizona.
"That he thinks it’s acceptable to attack children in our schools is despicable and he should be ashamed. It should go without saying that all children deserve an education, regardless of their skin color."