Reason recalls an incident from several years ago where an Arkansas state legislator, Kim Hendren, referred to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) as “that Jew” during a campaign event. As the New York Daily News noted at the time, Hendren then tried to excuse his anti-Semitism thusly,
Hendren excused his remark by pointing to his reputation as a gaffe machine.
“I don’t use a Teleprompter, and occasionally I put my foot in my month,” he told Tolbert, then inserted it a little farther.
“I was attempting to explain that unlike Sen. Schumer, I believe in traditional values, like we used to see on The Andy Griffith Show,'” Hendren said.
“I made the mistake of referring to Sen. Schumer as ‘that Jew’ and I should not have put it that way, as this took away from what I was trying to say.”
Since the GOP has no shame, Hendren served in the Arkansas State Senate until 2011, when he was term limited out. He then ran and has served since in the Arkansas State House.