Wash. lawmaker calls Arizona ‘racist wasteland’

A Washington state lawmaker said Sunday he was just engaging in

some sports trash talk when he called the state of Arizona a

”racist wasteland.”

Democratic Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon made his harsh comment on Twitter

after the Seattle Seahawks’ loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Fitzgibbon later deleted his message and said in an interview that

people were taking his trash talk a little too seriously.

”If folks are going to take that too seriously, then I’m sorry

about that,” Fitzgibbon said.

Still, Fitzgibbon said people in Washington state ”have not

appreciated” how Arizona has treated immigrants, particularly

citing a 2010 immigration law that was subject to a legal challenge

from the federal government. He said Arizona leaders need to look

at changing laws that he believes amount to racial profiling.

One of the 2010 Arizona law’s requirements is that officers,

while enforcing other laws, question the immigration status of

those suspected of being in the country illegally.

The Cardinals’ 17-10 victory in Seattle on Sunday kept their

postseason hopes alive while snapping the Seahawks’ 14-game home

winning streak. Fitzgibbon’s comment was posted shortly after the

game.

”Losing a football game sucks,” Fitzgibbon wrote. ”Losing to

a desert racist wasteland sucks a lot.”

Washington state Republican Rep. J.T. Wilcox said in his own

post on Twitter that Fitzgibbon’s message ”makes us all look

bad.”

Fitzgibbon is from Burien and represents the 34th Legislative

District, which covers West Seattle, Burien and Vashon Island. He

was first elected in 2010 and didn’t face any opposition when he

ran for re-election last year.

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