Republican heavyweight Haley Barbour apologized Tuesday night for a recent controversial remark that some have called racist.
“While I would love for [New Jersey Gov. Chris] Christie to put a hot poker to Obama’s butt,” Barbour said last week at a closed-door American Crossroads fundraiser in Tampa, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. “I thought he did what he was supposed to do.”
Liberal outlets, including a blogger for “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Gawker, and Talking Points Memo editor Josh Marshall, pointed out that Barbour’s comments seemingly called for the branding of the nation’s first black president.
Barbour said he was only trying to encourage Christie.
“I apologize to anyone who feels my comment had connotations that I did not intend,” Barbour said in a statement provided to POLITICO. “As a Republican, I would have liked to see Chris Christie put the heat on Obama — but for the audience of independents he did the right thing. In any case, it’s critical that we all keep our comments free of extremes or anything that could be misinterpreted.”