KGMI News Reporting
By Tracy Ellis
OLYMPIA, Wash. – A Washington State lawmaker says when he called the state of Arizona a “racist wasteland” it was just sports trash talk.
Democratic Representative Joe Fitzgibbon made the comment Sunday on Twitter after the Seahawks lost to the Cardinals.
Fitzgibbon later deleted his message and said in an interview that people were taking his trash talk a little too seriously.
Fitzgibbon said people in Washington have not appreciated how Arizona treats immigrants.
He cited a 2010 immigration law that was subject to a legal challenge from the federal government.
Republican Representative J.T. Wilcox said Fitzgibbon’s message makes everyone look bad.