In an interview with CNN, Jan Brewer, the former Republican governor of Arizona, weighed in on Donald Trump’s comments on Mexican immigrants.
"I believe that Mr. Trump is kind of telling it like it really, truly is,” she said on July 8. “I think that the people of Arizona realize that we picked up the tab for the majority of the violence that comes across our border in regards to the drug cartels, the smugglers, the drop houses. It has been horrendous.”
Don Lemon, the anchor of CNN Tonight, pointed out that several studies have concluded there’s no increase in crime in border states but Bewer contested that those studies were far removed from reality, Newsmax reported.
"We know from their data, from the federal data, that they only stop or apprehend one out of four illegal people crossing our border," she said.
Trump is still feeling the backlash from the comments he made about Mexican immigrants during his speech announcing his run for the Republican presidential candidacy. “(Mexico is) sending people who have a lot of problems,” Trump said at the time. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” he added. “And some, I assume, are good people.”
Though many corporations have cut their ties with Trump’s business over the comments, he has stood by his remarks.
Despite Brewer’s support for Trump, the rest of the GOP is reportedly less than thrilled about his comments. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus reportedly called Trump on July 8 and asked him to lay off the immigration rhetoric. However, Trump insisted the call was congratulatory, The Hill reported.
“He said, ‘Well, you really have hit a nerve, keep going,’ ” Trump said of their 15-minute conversation.
“He said, ‘If you could tone it down — I know that’s tough — but if you could tone it down, that wouldn’t be bad,’” Trump added.