Donald Trump has been catching a lot of heat from both Democrats and Republicans for his remarks about Mexican immigrants recently. Even though what he has said is being condemned by people on both sides of the aisle, Donald Trump has now found himself in first place in Republican primary polls a little more than 6 months ahead of the Iowa caucuses. While many members of his own party have distanced themselves from Trump, former Arizona governor Jan Brewer is proudly standing by him.
Jan Brewer is also well known for her stance on undocumented immigration, so it isn’t a big surprise that she and disgraced Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio would rally behind Trump and his offensive remarks.
“I believe that Mr. Trump is kind of telling it like it really, truly is,” Brewer told host Don Lemon on CNN’s “CNN Tonight.”
“I think that the people of Arizona realize that we picked up the tab for the majority of the violence that comes across our border in regards to the drug cartels, the smugglers, the drug houses,” she added. “It has been horrendous.”
Brewer also rejected claims that outsiders understand the daily struggle facing states, like Arizona, that are on the southern border.
“We know from their data — from the federal data — that they only stop or apprehend 1 out of 4 illegal people crossing our border,” Brewer said. (Source)
The great thing about Donald Trump’s bizarre candidacy is that it is highlighting the bigoted fringe of the Republican Party which is calling the shots more often than not these days. How is unbridled, uncensored and blatant racism a good thing? Sure, it’s offensive and has no place in 21st century America – but unfortunately, that is the hallmark of the most vocal and active members of the GOP.
Jan Brewer and Joe Arpaio represent this fringe of the GOP in Arizona, so it’s no wonder that Maricopa County Republicans decided to host an anti-immigration event this weekend with Donald Trump as a featured speaker at the Phoenix Convention Center. Obviously, this isn’t going to go over well with America’s fast-growing Hispanic population which is now the largest minority in the United States and is expected to be 31% of the U.S. population by the year 2060. In order to remain a viable political party outside of deep red state governments, the GOP has to start appealing to demographics other than white, conservative Christians. Allowing candidates like Donald Trump to make statements which isolate potential voters who might agree with the GOP on some issues is a problem that they just cannot contain.
These politicians spew these hateful and racist remarks because they know it plays well with the primary voters they count on in order to win Republican nominations. They know that by refusing to refer to immigrants as criminals and engage in other race-baiting behavior, they will lose to another candidate who will gladly appeal to the worst of the electoral base. You can’t get very far in red state Republican politics if you’re unwilling to call President Obama “a Marxist” or a Muslim, rail against government assistance to minorities, or pander to the most virulent homophobes in the party.
This is a problem of the GOP’s own making. These are the eventual consequences of welcoming disenfranchised racist Dixiecrats who switched to the Republican Party after the Civil Rights Act, as well as the religious conservatives Barry Goldwater warned the party about. Jan Brewer and Donald Trump aren’t just a couple of politicians appealing to the angriest and most racist GOP voters, they are now the face of that aging demographic – and there’s really not a damn thing the Republican Party can do about it.
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