(The interview is embedded below and the transcript is below the jump.)
Schweikert "sort of" acknowledged that his comments about the President seem "sort of odd coming from sort of a conservative libertarian", but that he thinks it is reasonable for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to be looking into possible efforts to obstruct justice.
Schweikert made his remarks on NPR's Morning Edition program today, and noted that he was supposed to be at the practice where the mass shooting injuring House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others took place.* He went on to note that he and other GOP House members have been talking about "the ocean of sort of vile sort of hate that has come running into our social media, into our mailboxes and taped to our doors and even mailed to home."
The eye-opening part of that is that Schweikert stated that his recently-adopted young daughter has not been immune from the vitriol. "we have bins where they they're even going at my little girl."
INSKEEP: You've received messages referring to your daughter?
SCHWEIKERT: Yeah. And it just shows you there's something that's become toxic in the souls out there.
Yesterday, Arizona's Politics reported on comments from former Rep. (and mass shooting victim) Ron Barber, calling on everyone to stop the "political rhetoric and harsh vitriol" that has created such an environment.
Schweikert was elected to Congress in 2010, defeating Harry Mitchell in a campaign that focused on the passage of Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act). However, he typically personally refrains from the incendiary rhetoric that others engage in - both supporting and opposing him.
* In a funny flip from Arizona Sen. John McCain's explanation last week, Schweikert says he missed baseball because he overslept due to time zones.
(Transcript below the jump)
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