December 23, 2013

Well, this was none too bright. Fitzgibbon even offered up the old non-apology apology afterward.

via Associated Press

SEATTLE — A Washington state lawmaker said Sunday he was just engaging in some sports trash talk when he called the state of Arizona a “racist wasteland.”

Democratic Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon made his harsh comment on Twitter after the Seattle Seahawks lost to the Arizona Cardinals. Fitzgibbon later deleted his message and said in an interview that people were taking his trash talk a little too seriously.

“If folks are going to take that too seriously, then I’m sorry about that,” Fitzgibbon said.

Still, Fitzgibbon said people in Washington state “have not appreciated” how Arizona has treated immigrants, particularly citing a 2010 immigration law that was subject to a legal challenge from the federal government. He said Arizona leaders need to look at changing laws that he believes amount to racial profiling.

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