Jason Rapert, the newly-elected Republican state Senator has made some waves in his first legislative session in the Senate chamber. On Thursday, he was involved in legislation that would ban abortions if a heartbeat is detected. It has passed the Senate 26-8 and will move the house committee.
Rapert is front and center on that issue, and it has already garnered him national attention. But the attention has come with a piece from his past.
A video uploaded in 2011 by the group "Keep Arkansas Legal" was posted to Faceboook by Lee Fang, a writer with The Nation. Fang talks about Rapert's political funding and his political positions. Those can be shocking to some on one side of the political aisle and galvanizing to those on the other. The video, which was during a Tea Party rally in 2011, shows Rapert saying these words:
We're going to try to take this country back for conservatism. And we're not going to allow minorities to run roughshod over what you people believe in!
The question is the word "minorities." Is he talking about what he believes to be the smaller percentage of Americans who he thinks is running the country? Or did he pose the word directly after speaking about the African-American president? Or was he talking about religious minorities? Either way, the words on the video are harsh. And like many other issues, they will be shocking to some on one side of the aisle and galvanizing to some on the other side.
Rapert will no doubt be the center of attention in the near future. We'll see how he handles his newfound celebrity.