A Republican lawmaker in Arizona is under fire after he was filmed saying "there aren't enough white kids to go around" while discussing integration public schools.
On Monday, Arizona. Rep. David Stringer delivered an address at the Yavapai County Republican Men's Forum. At one point in the speech, Stringer suggested that immigration is negatively changing the racial makeup of the country.
Although Stringer's speech was livestreamed on Facebook, his campaign page later removed the video after received negative comments. A clip from the video was then saved and shared by a Democrat, reported CBS News.
"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," Stringer said in part of the video.
At one point, Stringer also said, "immigration is politically destabilizing" and "immigration today represents an existential threat to the United States."
"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 and we will not be the country you were born into," he said.
While speaking with CBS Phoenix affiliate KPHO, Stringer said his words were taken out of context and that he “wasn’t denigrating anybody."
"I wasn't making a value judgment," he said. "I was illustrating the impact of rapid demographic change on a vital institution in our society."
Stringer told the Arizona Capital Times that he apologized to anyone he offended, and that he had planned to re-post the entire 17 minute video of his speech so people could hear the whole speech, as if that would change his remarks.
"I maybe touched a third rail of politics but what I said is accurate," Stringer told the Capital 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."
The Arizona Republican Party denounced Stringer's comments.
"David Stringer's comments do not in any way reflect the beliefs or values of Chairman (Jonathan) Lines or the Arizona Republican Party," party spokeswoman Ayshia Connors told CBS Phoenix. "We are proud of our diverse, vibrant state."
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