10 Strangest Things That Have Come Out of Jan Brewer's Mouth in the Last Year
Governor Jan Brewer, on the verge of saying something colossally dumb.
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It has gotten to the point that the public is generally unfazed by Governor Jan Brewer's monumental struggles with the English language.
That includes earlier this week, when Brewer kind of expressed her support for the "Gang of Eight" immigration bill, and her press team spent the rest of the day explaining that she really didn't. But Brewer has enlightened the public much less on many more occasions -- check out our list of the 10 strangest things that have come out of Brewer's mouth over the last year (which doesn't include any physical objects, just words):
10.) Jan loves smiles
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Brewer either didn't bring a speech to the Arizona Republican Party's election-viewing party in November, or she didn't really read it. After saying she wanted to get "Buh-rack Obama out of the White House," she appeared to run out of things to say.
"I love all of the smiles on all of your faces," Brewer said, followed by a pause, and look around the room. "Love it."
9.) Immigration reform is "a victory for Arizona"
Brewer was on Fox News just a couple days ago and was asked whether she thinks "what we're seeing now in the Senate" on immigration is good or bad.
"I think that what we're seeing taking place in the Senate is a victory for Arizona," Brewer responded.
Brewer was talking about something else, but failed to make that clear. She meant to say an amendment to spend more on border security was the victory, but confused watchers thought she endorsed the immigration bill, which she has since clarified she doesn't.
8.) Mostly incoherent rambling at the RNC
This one kind of needs to be heard for the full effect. This was Brewer's 30-second slot at the Republican National Convention, and there may have never been so many awkward things crammed into a 30-second speech before.
Some guy standing too close to the microphone informed the governor, "They love ya," as Brewer declared that Mitt Romney is a "westerner at heart," before muttering either "go west" or "good old west" -- which doesn't really make sense either way. She also tried to avoid saying that three of Arizona's delegates defected to Ron Paul, and it's a mild miracle that people clapped for any of it.
Brewer has probably the world's most nonsense defense of the phrase "illegal immigrant," a phrase that some see as degrading.
Brewer explained that doing something illegal makes you "an illegal," to which we noted that driving under the influence after a couple of glasses of scotch and rear-ending a minivan must not be illegal, or else Arizona apparently has "an illegal" for governor.
"To me they're illegal immigrants," Brewer told ABC News. "When you break the law, you're doing something illegal, that makes you an illegal, so they are illegal immigrants."
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After a Border Patrol agent was killed near Bisbee in October, Brewer said Arizonans should be angry.
"Righteous anger -- at the kind of evil that causes sorrow this deep, and at the federal failure and political stalemate that has left our border unsecured and our Border Patrol in harm's way," she said in a statement. "Four fallen agents in less than two years is the result."
"It has been 558 days since the Obama administration declared the security of the U.S.-Mexico border 'better now than it has ever been.' I'll remember that statement today."
The FBI says it looked like friendly fire, so it looks like the Obama administration might book off the hook for that one.
5.) Term limit of "no more than two" has "ambiguity"
For the past couple of years, the Arizona Republic has written multiple stories about Brewer's wish to run for an unconstitutional third term, and it's funny every time they write it.
"Brewer has said there is 'ambiguity' in the Constitution, saying she does not read it as barring her from serving 21/4 terms," the last report said.
The funny thing is, the Arizona Constitution states, exactly, "No member of the executive department shall hold that office for more than two consecutive terms."
4.) "Where the hell did that come from?"
Brewer went face-to-face with 3TV's political reporter, Dennis Welch, as she allegedly "slugged" him for asking a question about her belief in global warming.
"Where the hell did that come from?" she asked, as she was about to walk into a meeting that had a global-warming discussion on the agenda.
Sadly, her actual answer to Welch's question was much, much worse . . .
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Here's a routine question: Is global warming man-made?
"Everybody has an opinion on it, you know, and, uh, you know, I probably don't believe that it's man-made," Brewer said. "I believe that, uh, you know, um, weather elements are controlled maybe by, uh, different things."
You know. Different things.
2.) "Another . . . (pause) . . . notch in their . . . (pause) . . . belt bucket"
This is another one you just have to see and hear to believe.
Who cares what she was talking about, but she was trying to say "this is just another notch in their belt buckle."
Brewer spit it out as, " "This is just another . . . (pause) . . . notch in their . . . (pause) . . . belt bucket , if you will."
Four more years! Four more years!
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