State Sen. Steve Gallardo tweeted this in the aftermath of the announcement of the verdict -
Or former State Sen. David Schapira -
Sadly, other Arizona "leaders" aren't quite as thoughtful.
State Sen. Kelli Ward -
The stalking and execution of an unarmed black teen by a white man, the tanking of the investigation and prosecution by white-dominated law enforcement agencies and an acquittal by a mostly (all?) white jury? Probably a civil rights violation or two here (file this under "If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...").
Or State Rep. Kelly Townsend, putting a partisan political spin on things -
To Rep. Townsend: I don't know Mr. Zimmerman's ethnic background or political leanings, but even accepting your statement as fact, the response is the same - "So what?".
I don't know every Democrat or Hispanic in the state or country, but I can state unequivocally that none of the Democrats, Hispanics, or Hispanic Democrats that I know feel that partisan affiliation or ethnic background confers an immunity from responsibility for violent acts.
Unlike, say, someone we both know (but I'm guessing that you know him better than I do).
Note to readers: Townsend got into a bit of a Twitter discussion with Steve Muratore, publisher of the Arizona Eagletarian. I don't think she helped her cause with her follow ups, not at all, but you be the judge -
Some of the pearls of wisdom were indirect, repostings of something others wrote and promulgated by AZ types.
For instance, Rep. David Livingston retweeted this one -
It's not just the electeds, either.
For instance, Constantin Querard, noted political
Or Shane Wikfors, another noted political
Any way you cut it though, from Ward's ignorance through to Wikfors' stereotyping, it's despicable.