Asa Hutchinson, the Republican governor of Arkansas, was a guest on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, where he expressed public condemnation of Rep Lauren Boebert’s ‘anti-Muslim’ remarks and House Minority Leader Mitch McCarthy’s lack of formal punishment.
After speaking about Covid-19 variants and vaccines, as well as unemployment, inflation, and supply chain issues, host Dana Bash turned their attention to the recent incident Boebert was involved in. The video of Boebert making anti-Muslim remarks was played, after which Bash asked Hutchinson’s opinion.
“House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy finally released a statement about this yesterday,” he said. He called Boebert, encouraged her to meet with Omar, but notably did not publicly condemn what she said. And he’s actually never publicly condemned Congressman Paul Gosar for tweeting an animated video of himself killing a Democratic congresswoman. So do you think McCarthy should be publicly condemning this kind of behavior?” Bash questioned. Hutchinson responded that he did believe McCarthy needed to address the incidents.
Hutchinson elaborated: “I think whenever, even in our own caucus, our own members, if they go the wrong direction, I mean, it has to be called out. It has to be dealt with, particularly whenever it is breaching the civility, whenever it is crossing the line in terms of violence or increasing the divide in our country.”
He also spoke on how civility is important to the future of politics. “I think this last week, our justice system gave two very good verdicts that indicated that we can hold people accountable whenever they go after somebody because of their race or whatever, they take the law into their own hands. So, let’s look for ways that we bring people together, and let’s decrease that divide.”
A video recently surfaced of Boebert giving a speech, where she claimed she was in an elevator with Rep Ilhan Omar. She said while the doors were closing, a police officer ran towards the elevator. “I look to my left, and there she is. Ilhan Omar. I said, ‘Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine,’” she said, eliciting laughter from the audience.
Omar denied being on the elevator with Boebert and demanded action be taken towards Boebert within the House. The two reportedly spoke on the phone, which ended poorly.
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