PHOENIX — A Valley man is now banned from the Arizona Capitol after being filmed confronting House Minority Leader Reginald Bolding and making a racial slur.
The video shows Ethan Schmidt taunting the state representative and others nearby.
“Hey! You’re ruining our future by wearing these masks,” Schmidt said in the video.
Schmidt was apparently at the Capitol as part of a rally. At one point, Schmidt asks Representative Bolding a question.
“Hey! Why are you wearing the slave muzzle, man?” Schmidt asked.
Bolding appears to ignore Schmidt, but Schmidt asks again.
“It was extremely disrespectful. It was unwarranted. It was a racial slur and something that should not be accepted in the House of Representatives,” Rep. Bolding said.
Representative Bolding was speaking with a group of teachers at the time.
“It took me a second to process it. I wanted to make sure I always respected the voters I was talking to,” Rep. Bolding said.
This isn’t the first time the anti-mask activist has tried to stir the pot. This time, the fallout was quick.
House Speaker Rusty Bowers officially barred Schmidt from entering the State Capitol.
Rep. Bowers released a statement through a spokesperson:
“President Rusty Bowers banned the individual from entering the House building yesterday after learning of the incident. This individual’s hateful and reprehensible behavior towards our members, staff and the public violated the rules of decorum , and it will absolutely not be tolerated in the House.
“If we are going to be a state that does not want to tolerate this kind of language and behavior, we need to demand more of our leaders and demand more of individuals who participate in democracy,” Rep. Bolding added.