Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Religious bigotry McCarthyite Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, the Tea-Publican candidate running against Rep. Raúl Grijalva in CD 3, is now being abandoned by her friends who want to distance themselves from her. Talking Points Memo reports Brewer Bails On Az. GOPer In Wake Of Racial Remark:
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has bailed on a Republican congressional candidate who landed in hot water last month after saying Middle Eastern immigrants should be banned from the U.S.
Phoenix television station KTVK reported on Tuesday that Brewer (R) abruptly dropped out of a fundraiser she was scheduled to headline for Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, the party’s nominee in southern Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District.
“The governor will not be attending,” Brewer’s spokesman Matt Benson told the station on Monday. Benson declined to say why. He said Brewer was not rescinding her endorsement and may help the candidate in the future, but he offered no specific plans.
Yeah... that's a "we'll get back to you -- NOT!"
Saucedo Mercer spent the past couple weeks backpedaling after a video surfaced showing her saying that Middle Eastern immigrants should be banned from the U.S.
“If you know Middle Easterners, a lot of them, they look Mexican or they look, you know, like a lot of people in South America, dark skin, dark hair, brown eyes. And they mix. They mix in,” she said in the video. “And those people, their only goal in life is to, to cause harm to the United States. So why do we want them here, either legally or illegally?”
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Saucedo Mercer held an event last week in Tucson to specifically address the issue, according to the Arizona Daily Star.
“I want to make clear: I am not against Muslims,” Saucedo Mercer said, according to the newspaper. “I am against radical Islamic terrorists. Their only goal in life is to come to this country and cause us harm.”
Yet in Facebook postings as recently as Sept. 3, Saucedo Mercer appeared to be engaging in anti-Muslim rhetoric. In one post, she linked to an articled titled “Islamic Inventions? How Islamic Inventors Did Not Change The World.” The article was on a website called WikiIslam, which describes itself as being founded by the anti-Muslim organization Faith Freedom International.
Now if only Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, who is also a religious bigotry McCarthyite, would be ostracized and abandoned by his fellow Tea-Publicans for his far more outrageous comments and actions towards American Muslims.