In response to President Barack Obama’s recent remarks that Donald Trump is a “charlatan,” on June 26, 2016, former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer appeared on CNN’ State Of The Union and gave an impassioned defense of the GOP:
“Obama just always comes tearing after Republicans constantly, calling names and calling people bigots and racists. And that’s their big comeback, you know. And it’s absolutely ridiculous. To see a president speak like that is offensive.”
When host Jake Tapper asked Brewer if she considered any of Donald Trump‘s words to be offensive on a racial level, she started a gutless, blinkered argument in his defense, and quickly afterward began griping about the accusations of racism her party has faced:
“I think that Mr. Trump is new to the political arena and he has said things that he had to walk back a little bit, things that I wasn’t comfortable with. But dang it, I get fed up that we hear over and over and over and over again from the president of the United States that every time somebody wants to support on the Constitution and the rule of law that we are out there because we are racist and bigots!”
After former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley noted that Donald Trump made racially charged digs toward U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over lawsuits claiming that the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, formerly known as Trump University, swindled more than 5,000 people out of as much as $35,000 each, Brewer continued to gloss over the Donald’s bigotry:
“I don’t believe Donald Trump meant it in the manner that he said it. I believe that he felt that he was being treated unfairly.”
To be sure, it’s no surprise that Jan Brewer would turn a blind eye to Donald Trump’s prejudicial rhetoric, as when it comes to racism, she is no slouch herself. In addition to accusing President Obama of turning a blind eye to illegal immigration in the interest of drumming up more votes for the Democratic party, upon greeting him at the airport in Phoenix, Arizona, she was infamously photographed displaying a confrontational posture toward him, wagging her finger in his face, which many interpreted as her way of reminding the President that although he holds the highest executive office in the United States, he is still inferior to her owing to his darker skin tone. It certainly helps Brewer’s case least of all that in April 2010, she signed a bill into law mandating that immigrants carry alien registration documents on their person at all times and requiring police in Arizona to to question people if there is reason to suspect that they’re in the United States illegally, which essentially gave the cops in Arizona a license to implement racial profiling.
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