In an interview Monday with Politico, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) accused the president of race-baiting and pandering to Hispanic voters. Brewer, whose name has become synonymous with the draconian and now mostly invalidated immigration law she fought for, lashed out at perceived allegations of Republican bigotry. When directly asked if she thought Obama was intentionally race-baiting, she vehemently agreed:
BREWER: It’s all the time, that we’re race-baiting. It’s all the time, you know, that we’re bigots.
POLITICO: Do you think the president is purposely race-baiting on the issue of immigration?
BREWER: I do, I absolutely do. There’s no doubt in my mind. He panders to them.
Brewer accused Obama of ignoring border security, in spite of the fact the number of border patrol agents has more than doubled since 2004. The governor also took aim at the Department of Justice’s recently installed hotline for any Arizonans who feel their civil rights have been violated, scoffing, “Oh, come on. That’s wrong.”
Obama and the Arizona governor have butted heads over immigration before. Brewer unsuccessfully tried to subvert Obama’s immigration directive, explicitly ordering state agencies to “deny driver’s licenses and other public benefits to young illegal immigrants who obtain work authorizations.”
Brewer’s comments are in line with Mitt Romney’s latest accusation that Obama is pandering to his welfare-loving base. The Romney campaign seems to have given up on winning over minority voters, even though, as the National Journal points out, he would need to carry 61 percent of white voters to make up for it.