PHOENIX — Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said the thousands of Americans protesting in the streets against the election of Donald Trump are not gaining the nation’s sympathy and might be illegal immigrants or jobless.
“Their behavior is not making them sympathetic to the general population of the United States,” she told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Mac & Gaydos on Tuesday. “They’re not gaining anything from this, I don’t believe.”
Brewer also said protesters waving the Mexican flag are not helping their cause, along with those who failed to cast a ballot but are marching against Trump.
“A lot of them aren’t legal citizens and some of them are and they didn’t even vote,” she said, adding that some protesters, “obviously don’t have jobs, right? So what better things do they have to do? So they’re just out there, marching away.”
Since Trump was elected last week, organized protests have been staged in dozens of cities. While a majority have remained peaceful — including those in Phoenix — some have turned violent and at least one person has been shot.
Brewer said that kind of behavior is simply unacceptable.
“If they (protesters) want to be part of America, they want to be part of our communities, then they need to behave,” she said.
She also said principals need to take a stand against students leaving school to protest Trump, which has happened several times over the past week in the Phoenix area.
“It’s outrageous,” she said. “It’s out of control.”
Instead of taking to the streets, Brewer encouraged protesters to engage the political process and work toward solving problems.
“[We need to] have a peaceful transition and they should be part of that and then, if they want solutions, then they need to work with us,” she said. They need to come to the table.”
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