Top GOP Official Resigns After Saying Poor Women Should Be ‘Sterilized’
A top Arizona Republican official has resigned after he called for women on welfare to be “sterilized.”
Arizona Republican Party Vice Chair Russell Pearce has stepped down after he made truly offensive comments on his radio show.
“You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I’d do is get Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations,” Pearce said. “Then we’ll test (welfare) recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to [reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then you get a job.”
Aside from forced sterilization of women, Pearce also called for dramatically cutting food aid, dictating what people could buy, and have their homes subjected to random searches. You know, because poor people don’t deserve rights, just like the Founders would have wanted.
Both parties called for him to step aside and he officially resigned on Sunday.
“Recently on my radio show there was a discussion about the abuses to our welfare system,” Pearce said in a statement. “I shared comments written by someone else and failed to attribute them to the author. This was a mistake. This mistake has been taken by the media and the left and used to hurt our Republican candidates.”
He forgot to attribute the statements? He said that’s what he would do if given the power. Nor did he cite an “original author.”
In 2011, Pearce, a former chief deputy under Sheriff Joe Arpaio, lost a 2011 recall election over ethics concerns.
In 2012, he lost a Republican primary race for a state senate seat.