Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch apologized Friday for saying those who support the Affordable Care Act are some of “the stupidest, dumb-ass people” he has ever met.
Hatch made the comments on Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative-leaning think tank in Washington, D.C.
He was praising the fact that the Republican tax legislation, signed into law in December, canceled out the provision of the ACA, or Obamacare, that penalized people who don’t purchase health insurance.
“[Obamacare] was the stupidest, dumb-ass bill that I’ve ever seen,” Hatch said. “Now some of you may have loved it; if you do, you are one of the stupidest dumb-ass people I’ve ever met.”
In a statement on Friday, Hatch called the comments, which he appeared to be reading as part of prepared remarks, “a poorly worded joke” that was “not reflective of my actual feelings towards my friends on the other side.”
“While I occasionally slip up, I believe that my legislative record reflects my commitment to bipartisanship and civility much more than my flippant, off-the-cuff comment,” his statement said.
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SOURCE: NPR, Miles Parks