After the Seattle Seahawks lost a game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Washington state Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, D-Burien, lashed out on Twitter, calling Arizona a "racist wasteland," Twitchy reported.
"Losing a football game sucks. Losing to a desert racist wasteland sucks a lot," he tweeted.
The short message was deleted, but not before being captured by several outlets.
He replaced that tweet with a different message.
Twitchy observed that Fitzgibbon never apologized for smearing the entire state of Arizona as racist, and appeared to double down on his characterization of the state.
"In other words," the Twitchy staff said, "according to Rep. Fitzgibbon, it’s fine to call Arizona residents who believe in border security racist, as long as you don’t do so in connection with a football game."
Other Twitter users mocked his "apology."
"Well that was a lame excuse for your stupidity, such sportsmanship, a real class act," one person said.
"This isn't an apology. Swallow your pride. You are classless," another person added.
Fitzgibbon also said in an interview that people were taking his smear too seriously.
"If folks are going to take that too seriously, then I'm sorry about that," he said.
According to the Associated Press, Fitzgibbon characterized his remark as "sports trash talk."
Rep. J.T. Wilcox, a Republican, responded by saying Fitzgibbon's tweet "makes us all look bad."
Fitzgibbon, the AP said, was first elected in 2010 and won in 2012 after running unopposed.
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