Critics blast Arizona lawmaker's comments as 'racist'

Posted at 5:18 PM, Jun 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-14 16:05:34-04

A Republican lawmaker is being criticized for saying "there aren't enough white kids to go around" when discussing integration in schools at an event in northern Arizona. 

Rep. David Stringer, a Republican from Prescott, spoke Monday at the Yavapai County Republican Men's Forum. His speech was live-streamed on Facebook and was available to watch on his campaign page. It was later removed.

A Democrat cut and posted a short clip from the video and Stringer's comments were then widely circulated on social media. 

Democratic advocacy group ProgressNow Arizona called his comments "racist and paranoid." 

On Thursday,  the Arizona Democratic Party and the Arizona Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee called for the immediate resignation of Rep. Stringer. "His views do not represent the values of Arizonans, and we will not tolerate them in our state."

Stringer told the Arizona Capitol Times that he apologized to anyone he offended and planned to re-post the entire 17-minute video. He said he had been attempting to have an honest discussion about race.

ABC15 spoke to Dr. Mark Sensmeier, the chair of the Yavapai County Republican Party, who condemned the remarks. 

He told us over the phone, "Any implication that a good immigrant or a bad immigrant is based on their ethnicity is in my mind is offensive and should be offensive to all Americans."