Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) said racism is to blame for Democrats' losses this past election cycle in an interview with an Arab TV network after President Obama's State of the Union address.
The Virginia Democrat told Alhurra that Republicans gained 63 seats in the House "for the same reason the Civil War happened in the United States."
Several conservative outlets, including The Weekly Standard, first pointed out Moran's comments.
A spokeswoman for Moran defended the comments in a statement, saying, "It is no secret that our country has and continues to struggle with racial equality."
Moran told Alhurra that he's confident Democrats will "do better" in the next cycle.