Jan Brewer: I Was Wrong About Beheadings

It’s been a rough week for Arizona’s Republican governor, Jan Brewer.  First, she had an absolutely abysmal debate performance, actually forgetting her own script and verbally wandering just during the opening remarks. 

As ABC news wrote:

You may have caught the debate in the Arizona governor’s race last night, which featured a moment that’s sure to make you wince — especially if you’re a supporter of sitting Governor Jan Brewer. During her opening statement in the debate against state attorney general Terry Goddard and others, Brewer suddenly stopped speaking, looked down at her hands, and emitted a strangled giggle. And there were more awkward moments after the debate, when Brewer was asked to support her claims that murderous illegal immigrants are leaving headless bodies in the Arizona desert. Brewer again froze and, without answering, turned and walked away.

Unfortunately, it only got worse for the sitting governor as time progressed.  It seems that her opponent, Attorney General Terry Goddard, wanted her to come up with some actual evidence to back up her now infamous statement that immigrants are beheading people on the Arizona border, one of the myriad of stories used to justify the state’s highly controversial immigration law.

Finally, Brewer had to admit she made the whole thing up.

From the Associated Press:

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Friday she was wrong when she claimed that headless bodies were turning up in the Arizona desert as part of border-related violence.

“That was an error, if I said that,” Brewer said about beheadings occurring in Arizona.

The Republican incumbent’s June comments about beheadings were raised during a Wednesday debate by Democratic challenger Terry Goddard, who said the comments were false and damaging to Arizona’s image.

Brewer didn’t respond to Goddard’s challenge about the beheadings claim — she instead changed the subject. Afterward, when reporters asked about the claim, she cut short the question-and-answer session.

But she since is acknowledging in interviews with The Associated Press and other media organizations that she was wrong.

Brewer apparently first referred to beheadings during a June 16 interview with FOX News’ Greta Van Susteren, talking about “the kidnappings and the extortion and the beheadings and the fact that people can’t feel safe in their community” in discussing controversy surrounding the immigration law.

She went further in a June 27 interview on Phoenix television station KPNX when asked about the beheadings claim.

“Oh, our law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the desert, either buried or just lying out there, that have been beheaded,” Brewer said.

So, what does a candidate do when every speaking appearance just gets you into more and more trouble?

You refuse to do any more debates, of course.

A page from the Palin playbook: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is refusing to debate her Democratic opponent again after her disastrous performance on Wednesday night in which she stopped speaking, looked downward at the table for several seconds, and even began to giggle. “I certainly will take my message in a different venue out to the people of Arizona,” Brewer said, adding that the only reason she agreed to the first debate with her opponent Terry Goddard was so that she could quality for $1.7 million in public-campaign funds.


Stopping talking rather than dig a deeper hole?  Sounds like Brewer should advise the Angle campaign, too.

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Nichola Mac Donough
Nichola Mac D5 years ago

LOL...republicans sure can pick them...ta for making me laugh :)

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago


Ana Marija R.
ANA MARIJA R5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Cathleen K.
Cathleen K5 years ago

What's even worse is that among Tea Partiers in power, Jan Brewer is one of the very few who has ANY grasp of reality. She made a speech the other day explaining why she was expanding Medicaid eligibility in AZ, saying "Whether we like it or not, Obamacare is the law of the land", for which she was booed! In today's Rethuglican Party, that makes her a moderate. As for her numerous loss of trains of thought followed by embarrassing giggling, I think she, like Rick Perry who has similar lapses, has a prescription drug problem.

Kathy Niell
Kathryn Niell5 years ago

This woman appears to have serious mental issues or, perhaps, onset Alzheimer's Disease. Heaven help the people of Arizona!

Marilyn M.
Marilyn M5 years ago

Great article.

Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago


Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush5 years ago

It's quite compelling, when the ultra lunatic conservatives make statements, while surrounded by their supporters. It's quite another, when they are on stage, on their own. I can only wonder, what made the Arizonians vote for her in the first place.
Was it born out of 'racism', having a half white, half black President?
Sometimes, we deserve what we get.

The main question should be, what has she been _right_ about? Her negative column gets larger every day.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

Beheadings? Nowadays in the US?

Virginia Belder
Virginia Belder5 years ago