Debbie Lesko to Join Group Responsible for Harassing Dark-Skinned Arizonans at State Capitol

ICYMI: Legislative staffers say pro-Trump supporters called them ‘illegal’ for being dark-skinned

ADP calls on Lesko to decline her attendance for Saturday’s event in Phoenix

PHOENIX – Scandal-plagued Debbie Lesko is expected to attend a “Trump Unity Rally” in Phoenix this Saturday. The problem? The event host, Patriot Movement AZ, openly harassed dark-skinned legislators, staffers, and children at the state capitol last January.

Once more, the Arizona Republican Party and its politicians are feeding into the chaos and dysfunction that has Arizonans fed up and ready to take action. The Arizona Democratic Party calls for Lesko to cancel her plans to attend Saturday’s event.

“Arizonans are begging for politicians to stop with the chaos and start fighting for them, but with the AZGOP and DC Debbie Lesko, it’s more of the same toxic rhetoric that puts the safety of our children in jeopardy,” said Drew Anderson, senior communications advisor. “It’s time for Arizonans to stand up to the dysfunction of the Arizona Republican Party and support politicians who will get things done – that’s Arizona Democrats.”

This isn’t the first time Debbie Lesko found herself in a scandal. Over the last two weeks, DC Debbie has had two complaints filed against her about potential campaign finance violations in the Arizona Eighth District Special Election race, with one filed by a Republican-led group in Washington.

KEY POINTS: Arizona Capitol TimesLegislative staffers say pro-Trump supporters called them ‘illegal’ for being dark-skinned

“Supporters of President Donald Trump singled out dark-skinned lawmakers, legislative staffers and children at the Capitol on Jan. 25 as they protested congressional efforts to pass immigration reform, according to staffers of the Arizona Legislature and two Democratic legislators.” […]

“They called some “illegal” and told them to “go home,” barbs they reserved for those with brown skin, according to the staffers.” […]

“But Lisette Flores and Selianna Robles, policy advisors for Senate Democrats, said they were yelled at when they walked from the Senate to the House lawn, directly passing the Trump supporters, to get lunch at a farmers market. Three white coworkers offered to escort Flores, Robles, and Democratic staffer Dora Ramirez back to their offices, Robles said.” […]

“Lawmakers said they were also questioned based on their appearance. Rep. Eric Descheenie, D-Chinle, said he was confronted by Trump supporters while helping defend a young student that he said was being harassed.” […]

“A 14-minute video of yesterday’s protest uploaded on YouTube shows several interactions initiated by the anti-illegal immigration protesters. Near the beginning of the video, one protester could be heard assuming that members of a group are staying illegally in the U.S.

‘No, they’re not legal. They’re illegal,’ a woman can be heard saying.

“Yeah, we know they’re illegal. Get legal or get out of America … They’re illegal, see that?” another woman shouted at the group.

In another part of the video, a woman can be heard confronting a group of men.

‘Why do you want to stay in our country if you hate it so much?’ she said.

One member of the group, a man, came back to tell the protester that she and others “need to get educated.”

They exchanged a few more words, and he said, ‘This land wasn’t your guys.’ She yelled at him as he walked away, “You are an illegal alien.”

When the man denied the accusation, the woman responded: ‘Those guys are illegal … They do not have any rights here. It is not their time. This is our time. Our nation. Our laws. Our streets.’”

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