Arizona State Rep. Bob Thorpe recently tweeted his outrage that “blacks” beat up a white teenager without notice by the “liberal press,” endorsed the “crowd pleasing” antics of a Missouri State Fair clown who wore a Barack Obama mask while running from a bull, and accused the attorney general of being soft on crime because of his race.
The Phoenix News Times reported Wednesday on the a freshman Tea Party legislator’s now-protected Twitter stream. On August 8, he tweeted seemingly expressing his outrage that an incident in which “three 15 year old blacks” allegedly assaulted a “13 yr old white boy” on a Florida school bus received less media attention than George Zimmerman received for shooting and killing Trayvon Martin.
On Monday, Thorpe accused Attorney General Eric Holder — the first African American in U.S. history to serve as Attorney General — of racial bias. After Holder announced drug sentencing reforms, the Arizona Republican tweeted, “Why is Holder now Soft on Crime? Perhaps: black = 12%-13% US population, but make up 40.1% (2.1 million) of male inmates in jail or prison.”
When called out by a colleague for the divisive accusation, he doubled-down, asking, “What’s Holder’s motivation for reversing extremely low crime rates? Could harm minorities the most!”
Thorpe previously made headlines for his proposals to require all public high school students in Arizona to “recite an oath supporting the U.S. Constitution” to receive a graduation diploma and to prohibit state enforcement of federally enacted gun safety laws.