Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) took to Fox & Friends on Tuesday to complain that it is not American to complain about racial inequalities days after clashing on the House floor with Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) over the House Republican majority’s decision to rescind Obama-era protections against auto lending discrimination, reports ThinkProgress.
Waters had brought up one of several studies that stated black people were more likely to be turned down for car loans than their white counterparts, and also said women were unfairly discriminated against in the industry.
Kelly, who has ties to car dealerships, argued House Democrats should focus on other issues at a time when the economy is strong.
“We have seen the economy take off,” he told Fox & Friends. “I just think that if you come to the floor and there are 60 minutes to debate. 30 minutes on each side. But as I was sitting there, I had 30 minutes of Democrats coming down and talking about how bad automobile people are because they discriminate against nonwhite buyers. I said that’s not America. We don’t talk about those things.”
The congressman then praised President Trump for uniting America and making the country “great again.”
“We are a people of diversity, but we come together to make America great again. When I’ve seen what President Trump has done and you come in this area you can see it. It is so uplifting. Look at this, you say ‘if your only platform is hate and resistance and not about bringing the country together again’ — I mean, listen, we are still the United States of America, not Divided States of America, and if we can’t talk better than what happened on the floor the other day. I was disappointed and the Democrats that came down, every single person demagoguing and talking about how bad automobile people are. It’s just not true.”
The rules, guidance from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, were established in 2013 after studies found car dealers often give higher interest rates markups for nonwhite buyers than for their white counterparts. House and Senate Republicans voted, almost entirely on party lines, to eliminate the guidance. President Trump is expected to sign it.