The White House, which just one day ago claimed the Biden administration does not insult American voters, has reached out to Asa Hutchinson for an ill-advised joke made at the former Arkansas governor’s expense.
When Hutchinson suspended his GOP presidential campaign this week, heeding calls from Vivek Ramaswamy and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) to throw their support behind front-runner Donald Trump, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) quipped they did not know he was still in the race.
DNC press secretary Sarafina Chitika said of Hutchinson’s suspending his campaign: “This news comes as a shock to those of us who could’ve sworn he had already dropped out.”
Following a poor showing in Iowa and failing to qualify for the last GOP debates, Hutchinson suspended his campaign on Tuesday and released the following statement:
I am suspending my campaign for President and driving back to Arkansas. My message of being a principled Republican with experience and telling the truth about the current front-runner did not sell in Iowa.
I stand by the campaign I ran. I answered every question, sounded the warning to the GOP about the risks in 2024, and presented hope for our country’s future.
Amid growing criticism at a time when President Joe Biden is battling to improve his public image, the White House took the initiative to offer Hutchinson an apology.
On Wednesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre revealed that White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients reached out to Hutchinson “to apologize on behalf of the president.”
Jean-Pierre added, “President Biden has deep respect for Gov. Hutchinson and admires the race that he ran.”
When asked about the call, Hutchinson took the high road and replied, “The call from the White House was not necessary but still appreciated. We can disagree without demonizing.”
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