Rep. David Stringer, an Arizona state legislator, is facing backlash for a controversial remark she made about immigration, and how to go there is not enough white children to be” in the public school system.
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An Arizona legislator doubled supposedly down on controversial comments he earlier this week about the “existential threat” to the immigration for the country, and how “there are not enough white children to go to” in the state school system.
State Rep. David Stringer made the comments Monday at a Republican men the event in the vicinity of Prescott, Ariz., the gained traction, according to David Schapira, the Democratic candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction has a video of the speech on social media, according to the Phoenix New Times.
“Sixty percent of the public school children in the state of Arizona are today minorities. The complicated ethnic integration, because there is not enough white kids to do,” Stringer said, according to the paper. “Immigration is politically destabilizing. President Trump has spoken. Immigration today presents an existential threat to the United States.”
While Democrats and pro-immigration groups condemned the comments as “openly racist” and a “national embarrassment,” Stringer reportedly said he was speaking “the truth.”
“I may be touching a third rail of politics, but what I said is right,” he told the Arizona Capitol Times shortly a fter the comment. “No one talks about this in this way shut down and called a racist. I speak the truth.”
The freshman legislator said that while “diversity can be a great thing,” he added that “no country can be transformed demographically, without any political or social consequences.”
In a Twitter post with the video of Stringer’s speech, Schapira said: “it is time to remove, xenophobic, radical, out of office,” while the punishment of the speech as “openly racist.” Schapira told New times he took the video of Stringer’s Facebook page, which is deleted in the meantime.
House Minority Leader Rebecca Rios, D-Phoenix, cited Stringer’s speech, “”another source of national embarrassment for our country,” The Arizona Republic reported.
Josselyn Berry, co-Director for progress Now Arizona, echoed these sentiments, calling the comments “dangerous, alarmist and hateful,” according to the Republic.
Stringer, in search of re-election, was the face of the controversy, which he voted earlier this year, after to a fellow Republican legislator who was found to women sexually harassed, the paper reported.
Benjamin Brown is a reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.