Monday, January 30, 2012

History of a Liar-AZ Gov. Jan Brewer

Governor at a book signing in Phoenix, Arizona...Image via Wikipedia

When I heard AZ Governor Jan Brewer's account of her much publicized encounter on the tarmac with President Obama, my first thought told me she wasn't being truthful. I immediately thought that Brewer was making the rounds on the talk shows in order to use the incident to sell her book. It made me look to her history of playing with the truth for guidance.

Talking Points Memo reports:
Back in 2010 as she defended her state's harsh immigration law, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ® told a newspaper reporter that she was deeply hurt by the terrible names people were calling her. The worst, she said, were the comparisons to the Nazis.
"They are awful," she said. "Knowing that my father died fighting the Nazi regime in Germany, that I lost him when I was 11 because of that...and then to have them call me Hitler's daughter. It hurts. It's ugliness beyond anything I've ever experienced."
The problem, as many discovered after the quote went viral, was that it wasn't true. Brewer's father had in fact died of lung disease in California in 1955, a decade after WWII ended.
When a journalist for the Arizona Guardian first pointed out the discrepancy between how Brewer’s father actually died and what she had told another news organization, the governor got angry.
“There is no way I have ever misled anybody,” she said. “You’re trying to make a liar out of me.
In another incident, the governor went on Fox News to decry the effect illegal immigration was having on her state. Among the problems, she said, were that people were getting their heads cut off.

“We cannot afford all this illegal immigration and everything that comes with it, everything from the crime and to the drugs and the kidnappings and the extortion and the beheadings,” she told Fox’s Greta Van Susteren.

When quizzed about the fact that no beheadings had been reported in Arizona at that point, Brewer doubled down on the statement.
“Our law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the desert, either buried or just lying out there, that have been beheaded,” she said.

Neither she nor her office could point to an example of when anything like that had taken place. However, she continued to maintain for the next four months that she had not misspoken. Then in November of 2010, just days before her election, she relented.
“That was an error,” she said, then added: “if I said that.”

Brewer's law suit against the Obama Administration for failing to enforce immigration or maintain her state's border with Mexico was dismissed by the federal court.

The governor has used her version of the encounter to get plenty of air time, seeing an increase in sales of her book which she has called a “truth telling” tome. Amazon ranked “Scorpions for Breakfast” at No. 7 on its best sellers list on Friday. The day of the event, the book had been at No. 343,222.

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