Arkansas Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonOvernight Health Care: The US, along with 13 countries, raises concerns about the data in the WHO team’s virus report Fourth wave of COVID-19 hits US hard | American satisfaction with the introduction of vaccines rises to 68 percent: Survey Arkansas ends mask mandate, but expands vaccination eligibility for all adults Arkansas bans gender-affirming care for transgender youth who are on their way to governor (R) said Sunday that he would not vote for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) If he were a voter in her district, even though he did not condemn her directly.
Hutchinson appeared on ABC’s This Week and spoke to host Martha Raddatz about the state of the Republican Party.
Raddatz asked the governor if he thought Greene was fit for Congress, given her controversial comments before and after the recent elections. Greene has previously promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory and was recently seen on a video harassing David Hogg, a survivor of the 2018 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
“I’m not going to answer this question about whether she is fit for duty because she believes in something that everyone else doesn’t accept. I refuse, ”said Hutchinson.
“But she will stand for re-election. I don’t think we should punish people from a disciplinary or partisan point of view for thinking differently, ”he added.
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Raddatz pushed Hutchinson on the matter, arguing that Greene’s promotion of conspiracy theories was more than “a little different”.
“I refuse,” said Hutchinson, who served in the House of Representatives. “I wouldn’t vote for her. I wouldn’t vote for them. “
“The second question is, should the House of Representatives discipline them? I won’t get in the way,” added Hutchinson. “You will have to make that judgment. But if a wide variety of the party rejects the extreme elements, it is not a mainstream GOP and we have to come back to that.”
Many Democratic lawmakers are demanding that Greene resign or be censored. Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) Said last week that she was moving her office after being harassed by Greene in the Capitol.
Updated at 10:45 a.m.