Rep. Wesley Hunt (R-TX) made it clear that he had no patience left for anyone who attempted to make every issue into a divide along racial lines.
Hunt delivered his remarks during Wednesday’s hearing on border security, taking particular issue with President Joe Biden’s administration for labeling Republicans as “racists” because they objected to open border policies.
“Last time I checked, I’ve been black for a long time. I’ve been a minority for a long time,” Hunt tweeted along with a clip of his remarks. “Am I racist for calling what’s happening at the southern border, an invasion? No. I’m a Congressman who is tired of this administration using racism as a scapegoat for everything.”
Last time I checked, I’ve been black for a long time. I’ve been a minority for a long time. Am I racist for calling what’s happening at the southern border, an invasion? No. I’m a Congressman who is tired of this administration using racism as a scapegoat for everything. -WPH pic.twitter.com/HbTkEMw5Ks
— Rep. Wesley Hunt Press Office (@RepWesleyHunt) February 1, 2023
“This is actually not about race. This is an issue on public safety,” Hunt said, adding that his concerns about the amount of deadly fentanyl that was crossing the southern border had nothing to do with race.
“Fentanyl doesn’t care where you’re from,” he continued. “Fentanyl doesn’t care about race. Fentanyl kills indiscriminately.”
Hunt then pivoted to address how border policies had changed since Biden had taken office — conceding first that there had been problems prior to Biden’s arrival but then pointing out how much worse the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border had become under his watch.
Part of the problem, he explained, was the Biden administration’s penchant for using race “as a scapegoat for everything.”
“As somebody that wants to make sure that we do attack racist issues when they do occur, we can’t be the boy who cried wolf and blame racism all the time,” Hunt added. “I am here to hold this administration accountable to understand that there are issues of race that need to be addressed — and sir, this ain’t one of them.”
Hunt expounded on the topic further during a Thursday appearance on Fox News.