Republican leaders: Epithets were ‘isolated incidents’
House Minority Leader John Boehner condemned racial and homosexual epithets hurled at House Democrats by anti-health reform protesters but called them ‘isolated incidents.’
RNC Chairman Michael Steele called the protesters “some stupid people out there saying some very stupid things.”
On Meet the Press David Gregory asked Rep. Boehner about racism and the anti-gay comments shouted at Rep. Barney Frank.
“Well listen, there were some isolated incidents on the Hill yesterday that were reprehensible and should not have happened,” Boehner replied. “But let’s not let isolated incidents get in the way of the fact that millions of Americans are scared to death.”
“Is there a danger for Republicans to be associated with the Tea Party movement?” Gregory asked Steele.
“No,” answered Steele. “It is certainly not a reflection of the movement or the Republican party when you have some idiots out there saying stupid things. You can have this debate without attacking a member of Congress personally.”
This video is from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast March 21, 2010.