Arizona Governor Jan Brewer entered a new level of WTF this week:
Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer suggested earlier this week that law enforcement agencies in her home state have discovered “bodies in the desert” either “buried or beheaded” in addressing crime related to illegal immigration; however, local agencies say they have never come across the cases she described.
Brewer made the claim in during an interview with local NBC affiliate 12 News. “Our law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the desert either buried or just lying out there that have been beheaded,” she said.
Brewer’s claims are pure fiction, as the Arizona Guardian points out that none of the state’s county coroners have ever heard of such a case.
That didn’t stop Brewer’s spokesman from doubling down on the bullshit:
Brewer spokesman Paul Senseman didn’t waste any time in firing back at the factual challenge to the Arizona Governor’s remarks. “Even a cursory check of news stories on the internet suggests otherwise,” he said.
Senseman is likely referring to incidents like this or this or this, none of which occurred in Arizona and none of which have anything at all to do with illegal immigration. This is just another attempt by Brewer to blur the lines between illegal immigration and the drug war, two very separate problems that have two very separate solutions.
What’s profoundly sad about what’s happening in Arizona is that Brewer’s opponent this year in the gubernatorial election is Terry Goddard, the current Attorney General who has acknowledged that we need to have a debate about marijuana legalization as a potential way to deal with the violence of drug cartels – but is trailing in the polls. Arizonans are rightfully fed up with the illegal immigration problem, but lumping together the failures of our drug war with the problem of illegal immigration in order to defend draconian laws and anti-Mexican sentiment does little to get the rest of the country to sympathize.