Arizona’s ex-governor Jan Brewer has once again proven that she’s out-of-touch with reality. While Democrats see a clear opportunity to turn the red state blue — having sent in heavy-hitter campaigners Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders, and Chelsea Clinton this week — Brewer said it wouldn’t happen. She laid the blame on Latinos.
Jan Brewer Might Not Have Been The Person To Ask
The Boston Globe thought, for some reason, that Brewer would be a good person to ask: will Latino voters tip the state to Democrats? Her answer:
Nah. They don’t get out and vote. They don’t vote.
That shows about the same sensitivity to what’s going on in the state as her effort to codify racial profiling by signing the anti-immigrant bill SB 1070 in 2010. The title of the bill was “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act” and pandered to white conservatives. Most of the law was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court and/or has been voided by a settlement of a lawsuit brought by immigrants’ rights groups.
SB 1070 was also a show of support for the racial-profiling king of Maricopa County — Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio is now facing federal criminal charges of contempt of court because he disobeyed orders from a federal judge to stop his illegal immigration patrols. Both of those circumstances — SB 1070 and Arpaio’s immigration sweeps — led to massive efforts to register Latino voters.
Whether Brewer wants to admit it or not, Arizona Latinos are turning out in greater numbers than ever. In 2008, 291,000 voted. In 2012, that number was up to 400,000. In 2016, it’s expected to reach 433,000. That’s a lot of votes — and Latinos are not much disposed toward voting for the man who has labeled them criminals and rapists and wants to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to keep Mexicans out.
The Facts Are Staring Brewer In The Face
Jan Brewer can deny what’s facing her all she wants to, but the facts remains: the conservative Arizona Republic newspaper endorsed the Democrat for president this year for the first time in its history; Republican officials like Grant Woods, former state attorney general, have endorsed her; Republican political hack Sen. John McCain, fighting for his own political life, has repudiated Donald Trump; Brewer’s favorite sheriff, Joe Arpaio, is running for re-election and the latest poll shows him 15 percentage points behind the Democratic challenger, Paul Penzone.
But then, Jan Brewer is also the woman who insisted she could run for a third term as governor even though that would defy the state constitution. Eventually, she was forced to bow out, but she apparently hasn’t realized that Arizona has left her behind. In the dust. Her out-of -date, idiosyncratic opinions don’t matter anymore.
Arizona’s population is currently one-third Hispanic. A new day is dawning in the desert.
Feature photo, Jan Brewer from AZ Gov. Jan Brewer protected CPS, not AZ abused children on Facebook, Latino voters from One Arizona on Facebook.