WASHINGTON — Some of the most pointed comments in the wake of Saturday’s tragic shooting in Arizona regarding the dangers of vitriolic political discourse have come from Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, who said his state has “become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.” As a consequence of speaking out, Dupnik is now coming under attack, with a talk radio host even calling for his resignation.
“When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government,” said Dupnik at a press conference Saturday. “The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous. And unfortunately, Arizona I think has become sort of the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”
Although Dupnik has since been embraced by many observers — there’s a “Clarence Dupnik is My Hero” Facebook page, and MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann called his comments “extraordinary” — others are not so pleased.