In case you needed more inspiration to go out to the polls this presidential election: Former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said Donald Trump would win the state because Latinxs “don’t vote.”
Arizona, which has a substantial Latinx population, traditionally votes for Republicans. But this year is different. There has been a rapid growth in eligible Latinx voters in the state, and with Trump centering his campaign on anti-immigrant, especially anti-Mexican, rhetoric and policies, it's likely many of these new voters will be supporting Hillary Clinton at the polls. In fact, one recent poll showed the Democratic nominee leading Trump in Arizona.
But the data’s not enough for Brewer, a Trump supporter who told the Boston Globe that she’s not concerned with the Latinx vote.
“Nah,” she said. “They don’t get out and vote. They don’t vote.”
Her words, according to Democratic National Committee spokesman Jose Aristimuño, "effectively hammered the final nail in the coffin of that report.”
“Today, she said in no uncertain terms that the Latino vote doesn’t matter, that it’s not going to make a difference this November,” he said in a statement. “Her words are an incredibly offensive slap in the face to the Latino community.”
Brewer isn’t new to controversial moves against the Latinx community.
The former governor once signed into law legislation that permitted police officers to racially profile Arizona Latinxs, allowing them to question the immigration status of people they suspected were undocumented. In 2012, the Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the law.
(h/t Huffington Post)