Poll: Does it bother you when Mormon politicians endorse known neo-Nazis?
From YouTuber Humanleague002:
This video shows State Senator Russell Pearce endorsing JT Ready (Arizona’s most famous White Supremacist) in 2006 for Mesa City Council. The footage has never been seen by the public until now. The footage and the Mormon Document and picture was given to Steve Lemons (Phoenix New Times) by a confidential source. He gave me a copy. You can get more info here.
The video also shows Pearce denying knowing Ready in 2007 as well as an exclusive interview with JT Ready telling his side of the story. It’s interesting. According to Ready, they use to hang on his porch and tell Mexican jokes. I asked Ready if Pearce ever told him to “cool it” as JT Ready openly supports NSM (National Socialist Movement) and other white supremacist ideals. Ready stated that he never did but his wife, Lu Ann had as she was concerned of Russell’s career.
Probably the most interesting thing is Ready explaining his relationship and role with Pearce’s long-time political crusade against Mexicans. It’s also important to note that while JT Ready seems to be telling the truth-I have no way of verifying everything he says. I will give him credit as so far he seems to show more integrity and honesty then Senator Pearce. Ready is not happy with Pearce’s recent activities with Lobbyists, his public disapproval of the NSM march on Nov 13, 2010 and his repeated denial of their long time friendship and political alliance on the immigration issue. Mr. Pearce should probably get honest real soon as the skeletons in his closet are messy and plenty and its time to take them out. I have more info and will be releasing it. If I were him, I’d come clean first. The people of Arizona deserve the truth.
Here is a factual time-line of Pearce’s relationship with Ready:
2006: Russell Pearce is warned by the Bill Strauss of the ADL of JT Ready’s connections to white supremacists.
March 2007: JT Ready’s neo-Nazi activities are publicly exposed at an open legislative hearing, reported on by the local media.
June 2007: Pearce and Ready work the crowd together at an anti-immigrant rally at the Arizona State Capitol.
From the Tucson Citizen:
Yet Russell Pearce wants to distance himself from his disciple?
He was having a great time with JT for many years, and Sean Pearce, Russells son, even worked with JT Ready on the Minutemen crew.
Now that he is the Senate President and passing legislation from known hate groups such as FAIR, Russell Pearce is trying to put on the not-so-racist look now.
So, if it bothers you that Russell Pearce endorses known neo-Nazis, please take the poll.
New poll coming soon: Does any of this bother the LDS leadership enough to finally take real action?
Excerpt from JT Ready’s comments in the clip: “I can be the voice box, I can also be a bellwether to tell how much resistance are we going to get from the ADL, how much resistance are we going to get from the mainstream media, how much resistance can we get from the people, how much will they take … take that, how can we push the bar a little bit further, keep him [Russell Pearce] in the safe zone, and inch up forward, and I take all the brunt of the hits and so forth, you know, kind of like, you know, I’m doing the blocking and like that. It’s kind of a pincer strategy that you use.”
Tellingly, J.T. and associates are apparently not concerned about resistance from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You know, these guys:
Russell Pearce: “The interesting thing about SB1070 is Obama may not be visiting Arizona because we’re actually going to require papers now.”
Thomas S. Monson, Dallin H. Oaks, Quentin L. Cook, M. Russell Ballard … all apparently bamboozled by our paperless President according to Russell Pearce.
Backgrounder: The Mormon Church v. Anti-immigrant Mormons
Update: It may be the first but it’s undoubtedly not the last reaction we’ll be reading from Russell Pearce to this video.