Worth Knowing

From the Rachel Maddow Sh0w on April 22, 2010:

The man who sponsored the bill is Republican State Senator Russell Pearce. Once upon a time, not that long ago, Senator Russell Pearce was considered in Arizona to be a bit of a political outlier, someone thought to be too way out on the fringe even for members of his own party.

For example, in 2006, then-State Representative Pearce forwarded his supporters an article that was written by a white supremacist group called the National Alliance. The article accuses the media of pushing the view of, quote, “A world in which every voice proclaims the equality of the races, the inerrant nature of the Jewish holocaust tale, the wickedness of attempting to halt the flood of non-white aliens pouring across our borders.” Russell Pearce sent that out to his supporters by E-mail. He did eventually apologize for that, said he hadn`t read it closely before he sent it on. But before Arizonians could forget about the anti-Semitic, creepy E-mail, Mr. Pearce attended an anti-immigration rally, not in a racist, white-supremacist kind of way.

No, this was an honest, wholesome, bigotry-free political get- together where a politician like Russell Pearce could hang out with his supporters and his constituents and like-minded folks who really are not racist at all. They just care about the issue.

See, here he is with some guy who has what looks like a lot of patriotic flair on his lapels, just hanging out at the rally. Arizona State legislator, Russell Pearce and – who`s he hugging? Oh, yes. That`s noted white supremacist J.T. Ready, seen here at a proud Neo-Nazi rally in Omaha, next to all the guys in swastikas.

Again, Gov. Brewer has until Saturday to decide whether or not to sign the anti-immigration “papers, please”  bill literally written by the anti-Semitic E-mail forwarding, picture-with-a-Neo-Nazi-guy guy. Good luck with your decision, governor.

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