Arizonan journalist says she was fired for speaking out against Trump

  • September 7, 2021

AZ – A local journalist has been fired after she published an op-ed criticizing President Donald Trump and the Arizona legislature, her employer said on Friday. 

“I am devastated,” said Maria Rosales, who works for the Tucson-based Phoenix New Times. 

Rosales is the second journalist to be fired in the state in the past month, after her boss at the Phoenix-based The Arizona Republic was fired in July. 

The firing comes as more and more Arizona politicians are expressing their opposition to Trump, who has vowed to push through sweeping changes to the state’s health care system and immigration policies. 

Last month, the Arizona Senate passed a measure that would force the state to enact a new health care plan and impose stricter border security measures. 

On Friday, the Republican-controlled Senate voted to pass the legislation. 

As the Arizona Republic’s editorial board pointed out in its editorial, the measure could have the effect of shutting down all but a handful of hospitals and clinics in the State. 

In a letter to Rosales last month, she called the legislation “a far-reaching, costly, and unnecessary undertaking that would likely cause untold damage to the health care and safety of Arizonans, particularly our elderly and disabled citizens.”

Rosales’ firing comes a day after the Arizona State Board of Health voted to suspend the licenses of five current and former health care workers in the health insurance marketplace, citing “misleading and false advertising” on the health plans.