Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Politics
  3. Republican

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon of Washington state calls Arizona a 'racist wasteland'

See also

Washington state’s Representative Joe Fitzgibbon claims he was doing no more than engaging in a little bit of sports “trash talk” when he referred to the state of Arizona as a “racist wasteland,” according to a Fox News report on Monday. The problem is that many have not taken his words or his excuse for the bash very well.

The Democratic state representative presented the detrimental labeling of Arizona via Twitter – the social media web site – after the Seattle Seahawks lost to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Following a self-delete of the message, Fitzgibbons said that people are taking his “trash talk” too seriously.

The tweet after the game was: “Losing a football game sucks. Losing to a desert racist wasteland sucks a lot.”

After saying that if people are going to take that too seriously, he is then sorry. But he wasted no time in trying to turn his obvious bad move into a political sermon of sorts. He lectured that many people in the state of Washington have not appreciated how Arizona has treated immigrants. The lawmaker also said that Arizona’s leaders need to look at changing laws that he believes are a form of racial profiling.

While Fitzgibbon may think his attempt at turning his inappropriate remark around to make Arizona look bad, it didn’t work. It may have been more appropriate if he would have spoken in an assistive manner regarding the securing of America’s borders. As an elected official, he should know better than getting carried away with tweeting his alleged “trash talk.” While it is apparent that a liberal background is involved with this incident, it is not clear as to whether alcohol was involved or not.



  • Mt. Everest avalanche
    Disaster strikes Mt. Everest as at least 12 people were killed in an avalanche
    Watch Video
  • Most Earthlike planet discovered
    The Kepler telescope has discovered the most Earthlike, possibly habitable planet yet
    Space News
  • Easter crosses create debate
    Easter crosses spark a debate of separation of church and state in Ohio
  • Chelsea Clinton is preggers
    Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child
  • Stanley Cup playoffs
    The battle for Lord Stanley's Cup is on, don't miss a minute of playoff action
  • Ukraine discussed amongst U.S., E.U., Russia
    The U.S., E.U. and Russia agree on ways to diffuse the tension in Ukraine
    Watch Video

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!