Rep. Huelskamp: "Un-American" To Discuss Class Disparities

January 27, 2012 12:31 pm ET — Walid Zafar

Speaking on the Jordan Sekulow Show earlier in the week, freshman Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) complained that President Obama's reference to class disparities during the State of the Union address was "un-American."

HUELSKAMP: What is most disturbing about his speech, you know, rhetoric is one thing. Absolute misrepresentations, falsehoods and lies are another. I think the president very clearly made up things that weren't true. But even more distrustful is what the president is attempting to do. He is attempting to divide Americans, pit one class of Americans against another, so they don't look at him as the man responsible for this. And, you know, that is completely un-American. It does no service- it might win this president reelection, but I really think, at the end of the day, Americans are gonna say "we want someone who's going to bring us together."


According to American Community Survey, the overall poverty rate in Huelskamp's congressional district is 14 percent. Twenty-one percent of children live in poverty, as do nearly one-third of his African-Americans constituents (31 percent). According to data from the Urban Institute, 15.2 percent of his constituents are also without health insurance.

It would be interesting to find out exactly what is un-American about the president's efforts to help Huelskamp's constituents by calling on the more fortunate (and on those who are taking advantage of the tax loopholes that people in poverty aren't in a position to exploit) to pay a fairer share.