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Simpson reports: "You've been warned: Confront Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer about global warming, and she will curse at you and, maybe, if you're lucky, she'll take a swing at you, too."

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. (photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty Images)
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. (photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty Images)


Jan Brewer Punched a Reporter When He Asked About Climate Change

By Connor Simpson, The Atlantic Wire

06 December 12

 

ou've been warned: Confront Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer about global warming, and she will curse at you and, maybe, if you're lucky, she'll take a swing at you, too.

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A reporter for the local KTVK station in Arizona had the gall to ask Brewer if she thought global warming was real during a very short, very casual press conference about an energy conference this weekend. Brewer said something about it not being man made, which is silly, because science - and much has been made about that. The important part is what we didn't know until now, which is what happened next.

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Global warming is a thing we pay attention to now, so a handler tried to get Brewer out of there before anything more could happen. But the governor wanted to confront the reporter, KTVK's Dennis Welch, who got his answer and was packing his things - so she whacked him on the arm to get his attention. Like, with a fist. A closed first, even, so it wasn't one of those sissy pro-wrestling punches. A photographer present at the rumble told Jim Romensko all the details:

After her answer, a handler swooped in and whisked her away, but about three paces out she turned back around to face the reporter who asked the last question. He had turned to a camera operator and seemed to be putting his microphone away. Brewer took her left hand, balled it into a fist and with the back of her hand she slugged the reporter on the back of his right arm. Not hard, but with enough force that he spun around to see what was going on.

After hitting the Welch, Brewer asked, "Where in the hell did that come from?" and the camera was still rolling, so the reporter included it in his report. Unfortunately, the punching wasn't in the shot - which is why we're just hearing about the thwack now - and so the world is denied a Jan Brewer punching GIF. But you can still watch her be really mad and swear at him here:

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So, there you have it: Jan Brewer is not missing, but she does punch people. And with the swearing and the punching, Dana White is calling her to join the UFC's new-fangled girl-fighting division, probably, which would be hilarious considering Arizona politicians and the UFC have a complicated history.


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+11 # allenthomasjones@hotmail.com 2012-12-06 16:13
I realize that you have just republished this here, but nonetheless, as a reputable source of news, you should think twice about letting this piece stand on your website. Given the abject stupidity of almost all of the gravelly sounds that emanate of Brewer's leathery mug, the obvious exaggeration that she "punched" a reporter is entirely unnecessary. After reading this piece, I searched out the video, and I would hardly call the way in which she taps the reporter on the arm "throwing a punch."
 
 
+13 # Texas Aggie 2012-12-07 13:23
According to the article, the camera missed the punch. What did you see?
 
 
+58 # Third_stone 2012-12-06 19:49
People voted for this? It is appalling how little it takes to win voters. Has anybody tested Arizona's voting machines?
 
 
+41 # universlman 2012-12-06 22:12
Book learnin's for sissies according to Jan.
 
 
+33 # Archie1954 2012-12-06 23:28
Has anyone considered that she may be experiencing the first signs of dementia? she certainly looks old enough to be susceptible to it.
 
 
+34 # readerz 2012-12-07 08:48
It has nothing to do with age. There are people who are just fine into their late 90s, and others with early onset dementia in their 40s. Some brain problems come from concussions, and show up as lesions later; and of course there are other much worse things such as tumors, reduced blood supply to some areas, aneurysms, and clots. It could also be a bad drug interaction or liver problem.

But I agree: she needs a careful brain evaluation including PET scans. Punching somebody, or even tapping them gently with a fist (!!!), shows somebody who would be unable to govern.

Or maybe her brain is simply baked with the extra high heat and dust of Phoenix.
 
 
+5 # Smiley 2012-12-08 01:13
Hey, I'm a lefty progressive, but this thread is ridiculous. Regardless of their politics, an old lady punchin' someone in the shoulder to get their attention ain't no big deal.
 
 
+3 # RHytonen 2012-12-09 08:36
Quoting readerz:
It has nothing to do with age. There are people who are just fine into their late 90s, and others with early onset dementia in their 40s. Some brain problems come from concussions, and show up as lesions later; and of course there are other much worse things such as tumors, reduced blood supply to some areas, aneurysms, and clots. It could also be a bad drug interaction or liver problem.

But I agree: she needs a careful brain evaluation including PET scans. Punching somebody, or even tapping them gently with a fist (!!!), shows somebody who would be unable to govern.

Or maybe her brain is simply baked with the extra high heat and dust of Phoenix.


It's the dust from all that strip mining around Phoenix. Anyone who's ever landed at that airport knows the Phoenix area has been made into one of the ugliest places on Earth by all the surrounding strip mining.
 
 
+7 # seeuingoa 2012-12-08 03:38
You don´t need "beware of the dog" signs
in Arizona.
 
 
-40 # FDRva 2012-12-07 01:41
I am a left-winger--bu t not a believer in Wall Street's hoped-for carbon-trading 'global warming' financial bubble.

I would not in a million years vote for Jan Brewer for much of anything.

But I have would have hit that reporter twice as hard.

The media community is at least as corrupt as the political community--but for some reason the media doesn't cover their own corruption very often.
 
 
-16 # Malcolm 2012-12-07 12:00
oh, my gawd! Give the man a thumbs down, boys-he has the gall to THINK.

BAD FDRva! Follow the party line, man. We need more mindless robots.
 
 
+21 # dovelane1 2012-12-08 04:54
As was mentioned, Brewer not only crossed the "physical contact" boundary, she swore at the reporter as well.

This kind of disrespect over what I consider to be a legitimate question makes me wonder as well what else might be going on.

For a publicly elected official to take what appears to be a legitimate question so PERSONALLY, and then blame the reporter enough to cross both a verbal and physical boundary, raises big red flags for me. It could be the tip of an iceberg, and people in Arizona need to be aware of this.
 
 
+18 # Old Man 2012-12-08 11:53
Quoting Malcolm:
oh, my gawd! Give the man a thumbs down, boys-he has the gall to THINK.

BAD FDRva! Follow the party line, man. We need more mindless robots.

Our Governor is a nut case that needs to be put on Medication.
 
 
+7 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2012-12-08 20:43
Quoting Old Man:
Quoting Malcolm:
oh, my gawd! Give the man a thumbs down, boys-he has the gall to THINK.

BAD FDRva! Follow the party line, man. We need more mindless robots.

Our Governor is a nut case that needs to be put on Medication.

I think that's already been tried. She needs to be fitted for a straight jacket and placed in a padded cell.
 
 
+28 # dkonstruction 2012-12-07 12:17
Quoting FDRva:
I am a left-winger--but not a believer in Wall Street's hoped-for carbon-trading 'global warming' financial bubble.

I would not in a million years vote for Jan Brewer for much of anything.

But I have would have hit that reporter twice as hard.

The media community is at least as corrupt as the political community--but for some reason the media doesn't cover their own corruption very often.


I agree with you that the mainstream corporate-owned media is corrupt. I also agree that we should oppose the carbon trading schemes (as opposed to a carbon tax that makes the polluters pay) but i don't think most people understand what is involved in these trading schemes and how they create tremendous loopholes for polluters to make it appear as if they are doing something to reduce their carbon emissions when in fact they are doing nothing.

on the other hand, i don't understand why you would hit or support someone else hitting a reporter that asked a needed and legitimate question such as do you believe that climate change is real?
 
 
+15 # MHAS 2012-12-08 22:37
The problem is asking her if she "believes" in man-made climate change.
The media always frames the question that way...How about asking Brewer if she understands the science behind the assertion that global warming is the result of human activities? Has she read peer-reviewed studies by climatologists and other scientists, and does she have any comprehension of them. I really don't care what she "believes." We're not talking about religion. Does she have a clue of what science is? Probably not...it's all a matter of opinion or belief to her. She has the right to her opinions but she bloody well shouldn't be making decisions for the rest of us if she is deeply ignorant of their predictable consequences.
 
 
+6 # dovelane1 2012-12-09 05:14
MHAS - If Gov. Brewer is as ignorant as you believe she is, I am wondering if that isn't part of the reason she was elected.

Perhaps she was elected because she didn't threaten the rest of the ignorant, climate change deniers that voted for her. For them, it was like looking in a mirror.

That's like supporting denial. That's like saying "Because I'm ignorant and ill-informed, it's okay for all of you to be ignorant and ill-informed as well." Just another case of living down to expectations.

Monkey see, monkey do. (My apologies to the monkeys who have a rational reason for acting and reacting as they do.)
 
 
+3 # MHAS 2012-12-09 12:25
Dovelane--thank s for you reply. No doubt those who vote for the likes of Brewer wish to have politicians who reflect their own ignorance and denial. But the press feeds into the permission...Th ey use stilted language in framing questions about climate change...Do you "believe?" as opposed to "Have you examined the peer reviewed studies?"...And if they deny climate change and our role in it: "Can you provide scientific evidence for your disagreement with the consensus among scientists?" Or perhaps, "Fewer than 25 out of more than 13,000 peer reviewed articles concerning the human role in global warming in any way challenge the overwhelming consensus among scientists that the climate is changing dramatically and humans are indeed causing that change. So I ask you, on what scientific basis do you side with that small minority view?"...Instea d we're left with tooth fairy like questions. The reporters questions feed the notion that there is some controversy. In what arena is this controversial.. .not the scientific one...It's a manufactured controversy courtesy of the fossil fuel industry and their servants in the media and political arenas.
 
 
+3 # RHytonen 2012-12-09 08:41
Every time I hear mention of carbon trading, as if we needed ANOTHER 'Market" for banksters to speculate on, I wish I had a talent for cartooning.

Has anyone thus gifted YET acted on my suggestion of cows sitting at a table in a field, looking urgently uncomfortable and playing poker for cartbon certs? New Yorker Magazine, hello?
 
 
+6 # Smokey 2012-12-08 20:43
[quote name="FDRva"]I am a left-winger--bu t not a believer in Wall Street's hoped-for carbon-trading 'global warming' financial bubble.

Uh, oh... Who let the cat out of the bag? Everybody knows that climate change is real. So that means that we're supposed to invest in every prevention scheme that's proposed.

The cap-and-trade bubble? It won't stop climate change but a few folks will get wealthy while moving the numbers around.
 
 
+29 # df312 2012-12-07 02:16
I can't wait for someone to punch back.
 
 
+27 # juliajayne 2012-12-07 09:38
I'd like someone to have her arrested for battery.
 
 
+6 # ghostperson 2012-12-09 14:31
It meets the traditional definition of battery: "Harmful or offensive touching."

If a man did this to a woman reporter he would be facing charges.

It is obvious that Brewer does not have boundaries. Nor does she have judgment or a sense of propriety or proportion.

Who wags their finger at the POTUS?

Who initiates forceful physican contact with a stranger after a harmless brief verbal exchange?

Violence and going below the belt are primitive responses often used by those are incapable of effective verbal engagement and/or rejoinder.
 
 
+2 # RHytonen 2012-12-09 08:43
Well,Krauthamme r is threatening to out-ugly the unfortunate creature; both, I guess, giving the lie to the old saying about books and covers..
 
 
-31 # radical2013 2012-12-07 03:53
Global Warning? Yeah alot of it may be manmade, BUT it also turns out that ONE day of sulphur dioxide coming out of a Volcano is equal to 100s of factories emissions of sulphur dioxide for decades cuz its so concentrated. Oh and if the bitch swung on me. I would have swung back on the bitch lol Damn what would have happened if the reporter would have asked her a more serious questions effecting americans in arizonia. She probably would have shot him
 
 
+33 # bingers 2012-12-07 09:58
2.4 million pounds of carbon dioxide a second is also spewed by man. and sulphur dioxide doesn't hang around nearly as long as CO2.
 
 
+27 # Texas Aggie 2012-12-07 13:27
Sulfur dioxide isn't a greenhouse gas. The CO2 that comes out of all the volcanoes of the world during a year is but a small fraction of the amount of manmade CO2.
 
 
+23 # Kev C 2012-12-07 15:48
For interest re SO2 and CO2. From the USGS
While sulfur dioxide released in contemporary volcanic eruptions has occasionally caused detectable global cooling of the lower atmosphere, the carbon dioxide released in contemporary volcanic eruptions has never caused detectable global warming of the atmosphere. This is probably because the amounts of carbon dioxide released in contemporary volcanism have not been of sufficient magnitude to produce detectable global warming. For example, all studies to date of global volcanic carbon dioxide emissions indicate that present-day subaerial and submarine volcanoes release less than a percent of the carbon dioxide released currently by human activities. While it has been proposed that intense volcanic release of carbon dioxide in the deep geologic past did cause global warming, and possibly some mass extinctions, this is a topic of scientific debate at present.
 
 
+12 # kelly 2012-12-07 15:23
I'm so pleased that while you don't believe in global warming, you do believe in violence as the means to settle a dispute. You and she should get along quite well. Do you also carry a gun in your car for your road rage?
 
 
0 # ghostperson 2012-12-09 14:20
Open side arms and concealed weapons are allowed in Arizona.
 
 
+1 # kelly 2012-12-10 13:05
That, of course, makes it acceptable when settling a dispute.
 
 
+20 # cwbystache 2012-12-07 06:24
Though I'm not sure what it is I just read (I kept wondering to myself, this is "writing"?) that picture of our dear guv reminds me that one of these Dia de los Muertos processions in Tucson I've got to make myself into a Jan Bruja calavera, and carry a sign that'll give hope to all: "I, even I, shall also pass."
 
 
+19 # bingers 2012-12-07 10:01
Quoting cwbystache:
Though I'm not sure what it is I just read (I kept wondering to myself, this is "writing"?) that picture of our dear guv reminds me that one of these Dia de los Muertos processions in Tucson I've got to make myself into a Jan Bruja calavera, and carry a sign that'll give hope to all: "I, even I, shall also pass."


If ugly were a dime a carload she'd be a billionaire. The outside ugliness is evidence of the inside ugliness, which is endless. What a waste of protoplasm.
 
 
+18 # tbcrawford 2012-12-07 12:58
Quote: "If ugly were a dime a carload ..."

My grandmother used to quote Lincoln:
"A man's face is his own fault by the time he's 40"

This is brilliantly illustrated here.
 
 
+14 # Texas Aggie 2012-12-07 13:30
Good idea. A calavera with her face would be just the thing, and it would scare away a lot of trick or treaters. I'll suggest to my wife that her center have one for the next altar for El Dia de los Muertos next year. It should be enough to win any competition.
 
 
+2 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2012-12-08 20:46
Quoting Texas Aggie:
Good idea. A calavera with her face would be just the thing, and it would scare away a lot of trick or treaters. I'll suggest to my wife that her center have one for the next altar for El Dia de los Muertos next year. It should be enough to win any competition.

Maybe Brewer should have been in in GEICO'S "Witch In A Broom Factory" commercial instead of the actress they chose.
 
 
+23 # roger paul 2012-12-07 11:06
Come on everyone, the Jan Brewers of the world are just an example of playground bulling taken to the next level. Our collective response should not escalate the violence. She is mentally unstable and needs an intervention and therapy.
 
 
+4 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2012-12-08 20:46
Quoting roger paul:
Come on everyone, the Jan Brewers of the world are just an example of playground bulling taken to the next level. Our collective response should not escalate the violence. She is mentally unstable and needs an intervention and therapy.

And, she's VERY EVIL!
 
 
+2 # RHytonen 2012-12-09 08:50
Quoting roger paul:
Come on everyone, the Jan Brewers of the world are just an example of playground bulling taken to the next level. Our collective response should not escalate the violence. She is mentally unstable and needs an intervention and therapy.

Unfortunately that would do nothing to save the state of AZ -or the country- from her inexplicable political ilk.

Only the voters could do that, and they have apparently abdicated all reason and self-preservati on. Or they have at least been disabused of it by an extremely ill- advised toleration of a right wing media coup.
 
 
+9 # Kootenay Coyote 2012-12-07 11:55
Poorly reported, but.... First time since Thatcher the word ‘B*tch’ has seemed appropriate, if it weren’t such an insult to female dogs. Cute, though.
 
 
+3 # Kootenay Coyote 2012-12-07 11:56
Poorly reported, but.... First time since Thatcher the word ‘B*tch’ has seemed appropriate, if it weren’t such an insult to female dogs. Cute, though
 
 
+3 # ghostperson 2012-12-09 14:18
Hatcher was known in England as "Attila the Hen."
 
 
+19 # reiverpacific 2012-12-07 12:44
This reptilian creature makes "Iron Lady" Maggie Thatcher seem like Snow-White! At least Thatcher had brains and manners, much as I disliked her.
And she is now suffering from advanced dementia strangely enough.
I kinda wish that Brewer had slung a punch at Obama so that the Secret Service could have whisked her off to "Indefinite detention", like Bradley Manning and so many others less deserving of being kept away from public life for the protection of citizens.
"Handy-Dandy, which the Justice, which the Thief?"
 
 
+11 # NAVYVET 2012-12-07 13:42
Sue her! Omigod is she ugly, outside as well as inside! She must have no mirrors, just as we knew she has no consience.
 
 
0 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2012-12-08 20:50
Quoting NAVYVET:
Sue her! Omigod is she ugly, outside as well as inside! She must have no mirrors, just as we knew she has no consience.

I'm sure it's because mirrors can't hold up in her house; THEY BREAK INTO PIECES everytime she looks into them.
 
 
+4 # Janice 2012-12-07 18:28
My goodness she is UGLY.
 
 
+3 # ghostperson 2012-12-09 14:16
What is most ugly about Brewer is not her external appearance.
 
 
+5 # hoodwinkednomore 2012-12-07 18:51
She know she ugggly. She know she a has-been. Dat make her very mad!!
 
 
+4 # dovelane1 2012-12-08 05:03
It could be that she gets nervous when she starts to feel like she is losing control of the topics and comments. Giver her a break - that's enough to make any paranoid, sociopathic, control freak angry.

Of course, I don't know her personally, so I'm just guessing.
 
 
+7 # ghostperson 2012-12-08 17:20
Jannie girl has a face like cold gravy and the self control of a two-year old. We didn't know how nuts she was until Napolitano left Arizona.
 
 
+3 # ghostperson 2012-12-09 14:15
The extreme right is a voting block in Arizona which is weighted heavily to the right by its large constituency of white, male, Mormon partriarchs and those whom they control. Arizona has the largest Mormon population outside of Utah. However,minds are opening. Arizona just elected a white, openly bisexual female to the House of Representatives .
 
 
+3 # Madrona 2012-12-09 15:44
GOVERNOR BRAWLER. This should be her new name.
 

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