War of words between Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador and BSU President Bob Kustra

Posted at 10:24 PM, Aug 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-23 00:24:11-04

A war of words between two Idaho leaders.

Representative Raul Labrador swiping back at Boise State president Bob Kustra after Kustra criticized him for his response to the violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The clash between nazis and counterprotesters in Virginia has opened a floodgate of controversy over race.

But Labrador told radio host Nate Shelman that he will not be lectured by Kustra.

"It's interesting when you have a white, 66-year-old man from a liberal state telling me -- a young, Hispanic male -- how to react to racism," said Labrador.

Kustra, who is from Illinois, had this to say during his State of the University address earlier this month: "Congressman Labrador decided he would come out against white nationalism, but he also came out against black nationalism. It's like -- 'let me goggle that.' It had nothing to do with what happened in Charlottesville.

Labrador, who is running for governor of Idaho, says Kustra should start looking for the exit.

"Maybe it's time for him to go," said Labrador. "Maybe it's time he decides it's someone else's turn to lead BSU."

We contacted Boise State for a comment from the president and were told there would be none.