Ark. Gov. Hutchinson: GOP should promote civility

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 22, 2021, file photo, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Facing growing resistance to vaccinations, the governors of Arkansas and Ohio are among several governors asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to grant full approval to coronavirus vaccines in the hope that it will persuade more people to get the shot. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

FILE – In this Tuesday, June 22, 2021, file photo, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

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Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson (Ark.) said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) should be “publicly condemning” Republican House members who cross the line or cause more divide within the country. During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, the Republican governor said when members within their own caucus move in the wrong direction, they must 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,” stated Hutchinson.

Hutchinson’s remarks come after Colorado Republican Lauren Boebert attempted to apologize to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) after making an offensive joke, disrespecting the Democrat lawmaker and the Muslim community. GOP Rep. Paul Gosar’s (Ariz.) actions were also called into question after being censured for posting an animated video depicting him killing New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“So one of the things that’s really important to us in the future is increasing the civil debate, and civil discourse, and we have got to look for ways that we can bring people together and not divide,” said Hutchinson. “And certainly along racial lines.”

McCarthy said he’s reached out to the Democrat lawmakers following the comments made, but has yet to condemn Boebert’s remarks. Gosar, however, has been stripped of all committee assignments.

Meanwhile, the Arkansas governor highlighted lawmakers must look for ways to bring people together and decrease the divide.

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