Former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is on board with Donald Trump and his remarks about undocumented immigrants being killers and rapists. Trump has caught so much flack for those remarks that he’s lost several business deals, including NBC, Univision, Macy’s, NASCAR, and even a local Chicago microbrewery that has since named a brew for his hair.
I believe that Mr. Trump is kind of telling it like it really, truly is.
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. It has been horrendous.
The cartels are not the majority of people entering the country illegally, though. Yes, the problem with the cartels is severe, especially in states along the southern border. Those states have a different perspective of the border crisis than we who don’t see that. But to stand by someone who categorizes undocumented immigrants that way, who stereotypes them that way, also shows a severe lack of understanding of the overall problem.
Calling undocumented immigrants “killers” and “rapists,” and then saying you “assume some are good,” is similar to saying that black people are “lazy,” and “gang members,” but some might be hardworking, law-abiding citizens. Or that women are “emotional” and “weak,” but some might be strong enough to be leaders. Is that okay? No? Then why would it be okay to stereotype immigrants as killers and rapists?
Telling the truth about illegal immigration is very different from calling undocumented immigrants killers and rapists. Telling the truth about the problem doesn’t involve attacking the people like that. We have an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in this country. Can they possibly think that most of that large a number of people are killers and rapists?
Brewer has had to deal with the cartels, so her perspective comes from that. We should not discount that problem in favor of bigger picture. However, if she wanted to contribute to the conversation, and suggest real ways to address the problems with the cartels, she could start by, at minimum, completely ignoring Trump’s racist remarks and explaining what the cartels had done to her state. There is a problem. Nobody’s denying there’s a problem there. But nobody adds anything to the discussion of the problem with racist attacks like that.
She and Trump are just making the GOP look worse and worse, and others in the GOP wonder why they’ve been labeled as racist. They’re not shouting this nonsense down loudly enough.