This Sunday, Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) appeared on Univision’s Al Punto with Jorge Ramos to talk about immigration and Arizona’s new immigration law, SB-1070. In the interview, Brewer insisted she was not a racist and proclaimed that she loves Latinos. “I love them from the bottom of my heart,” Brewer told Ramos:
RAMOS: I remember having an interview with him [Arpaio] and he told me that some people call him racist. Are you concerned that some people might think the same thing of you?
BREWER: Not only am I concerned, it’s really disappointing to me. I’ve lived in the southwest my whole life. I’ve got many friends, of many cultures and certainly a great deal of them are Hispanics, and I love them from the bottom of my heart. I love everybody Jorge, from the bottom of my heart.
RAMOS: Do you feel rejected by the Hispanic community?
BREWER: I feel that I’m somewhat hurt that they would think that I would be a racist, you know. And I was… and a bigot and that I would stand by and allow any kind of racial profiling or anything like that to take place.
Watch it [in Spanish]:
However, Brewer stood by many of the comments that have most offended the Latino community, describing the controversy surrounding her erroneous claim that illegal immigration has led to beheadings in the Arizona desert as a simple “misunderstanding.” Brewer told Ramos she has “no idea” what to do about the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and has “not a clue of what an undocumented, anybody looks like.” According to Brewer, racial profiling “is illegal in Arizona,” so therefore “Senate Bill 1070 didn’t have anything to do with that.” Wonk Room has more on Brewer’s defense of statements she’s made connecting illegal immigration to violence and criminality.