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Wash. lawmaker calls Arizona "racist wasteland"

December 23rd, 2013 - 5:32am

SEATTLE (AP) - A Washington state lawmaker says he was just engaging in some sports trash talk when he called the state of Arizona a "racist wasteland."

Democratic Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon made the comment yesterday on Twitter after the Seattle Seahawks lost to the Arizona Cardinals. Fitzgibbon later deleted his message and said in an interview that people were taking his trash talk a little too seriously.

Still, Fitzgibbon said people in Washington state have not appreciated how Arizona treats immigrants. He particularly cited a 2010 immigration law that was subject to a legal challenge from the federal government.

Washington state Republican Rep. J.T. Wilcox said Fitzgibbon's message makes everyone look bad.

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