Russell Pearce: Ten of the Dumbest Things He's Ever Said
4) "We know what we need to do. In 1953, Dwight D. Eisenhower put together a task force called 'Operation Wetback.' He removed, in less than a year, 1.3 million illegal aliens. They must be deported."
Pearce rightly caught hell for this statement back in 2006, which he dropped during an interview on public radio, of all things, proving that he was way ahead of Paula Deen, at least when it comes to brown folk.
3) "I called [the Mormon church's] PR room personally. They said they were not opposed to Senate Bill 1070."
Pearce has tried this lie on for size twice, and each time was shot down by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which he is a member. In fact, in the wake of SB 1070's passage in Arizona, the church supported the widely-hailed Utah Compact, calling for humane immigration reform, and opposing the separation of families.
2) "Lives were lost because of a bad man, not because he had a weapon, but because no one [sic] was prepared to stop it. Had they been prepared to save their lives or lives of others, lives would have been saved. All that was needed is one Courages/Brave [sic] man prepared mentally or otherwise to stop this it could have been done."
This bit of brain flatulence was part of an asinine commentary Pearce posted to his Facebook page about the mass shooting in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater. Twelve were killed, and 58 others were injured. Contrary to what mush-mouth wrote, there were several acts of heroism that day, with three men dying to shield others. Inundated with outrage, Pearce was forced to apologize for the statement.
1) "Good people do stupid things sometimes."
It's debatable, but I think this latest hoof-in-mouth moment for Pearce is his worst to date. He also suggested the allegations may have been the product of "an ugly divorce," as if Simcox's most recent ex-wife made it all up.
There are a couple of things wrong with that theory.
First, two of the three children were not related to Simcox, so how could his ex put words in their mouths? Second, the children, all under ten, were each interviewed by police officers, using forensic interviewing techniques. And third, Simcox was accused of child molestation years ago, by a 14 year-old daughter from another marriage.
In any case, this list doesn't begin to cover all the whoppers and idiotic things that have dropped from Pearce's gob over the years. I may have to do a part two. Stay tuned.