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Arizona Gov. Brewer: Criticism Of My Radical Anti-Immigrant Law Was Like ‘Waterboarding’

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) wrote a book, “Scorpions for Breakfast” — a 228-page account of her harrowing efforts to enact SB 1070, the first of the radical anti-immigrant laws that conservative state lawmakers enacted in the last two years. Brewer has since earned global backlash from political leaders, police, businesses, sports teams, celebrities, and Arizona citizens. Recounting the reaction, Brewer insists in her introduction that the backlash felt just like “waterboarding”:

[T]he thrust of the book is her attempt to tell her side of the immigration debate.In the introduction, the governor likens the days preceding her signing of SB 1070 to a “waterboarding,” noting that “advice, objections, encouragement, discouragement, fan letters and death threats were coming at me so fast I could barely breathe.”

A reminder: Waterboarding is a form of torture in which water is poured over the covered face of an immobilized prisoner. Such torture can result in dry drowning, brain damage from oxygen deprivation, and broken bones if the prisoner struggles against the restraints. Getting angry phone calls for signing an extremely prejudicial bill into law is not waterboarding. But it is, apparently, a way to make ridiculously hyperbolic statements about a self-described hardship from which you plan to profit. Brewer’s book goes on sale Nov. 1.

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