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
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
”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
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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