Russell Pearce Preaches Hate on Ban Amnesty Now Radio Show

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The high-priest of Hispanic-hatin', now flapping his lips on the AM dial...

Xenophobia, self-adulation and delusion are just some of the repulsive dishes offered at ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce's radio cafeteria of hate, which airs Tuesdays and Mondays at 7 p.m. on Phoenix's KFNX 1100 AM.

The disgraced Mesa pol, who lost by 12 points to now-state Senator Jerry Lewis in a historic recall election in Legislative District 18 last year, recently scored a gig as president of the nativist-shill organization Ban Amnesty Now

With it came the one-hour show sponsored by BAN, formerly hosted by BAN's founder, erstwhile Arizona GOP executive director Sean McCaffrey.

I tuned in to Tuesday's show, expecting the worst, and I was not disappointed. Pearce ranted and fumed about illegal immigration, interrupting his tirades occasionally to take calls from listeners who were full of hero-worship for the corrupt, hate-filled first vice-chair of the state Republican Party.

Latinos were, of course, completely demonized as a criminal element. For instance, in denouncing the National Council of La Raza, the most influential Latino organization in the United States, Pearce labeled it a "crime-promoting organized crime syndicate."

The undocumented did not fare any better. Pearce blasted migrants crossing the southern border as a security threat unrivaled by any other.

"Right now, the greatest threat to America is not Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan," he growled at one point. "It's what's coming across that border...Gangbangers. Child molesters. Drug smugglers. Human smugglers."

When a caller offered his impression that most illegal immigrants here in the U.S. hate Caucasians, Pearce dismissed the entire population as one belonging behind bars.

"They've started out as lawbreakers," Pearce told the man. "They're criminals. They have violated our laws, they've trespassed in our nation. And they have attitudes."


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