Sen. Hatch apologizes for ‘off-color’ joke about Obamacare supporters

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Senator Orrin Hatch has issued an apology following a speech that gained international attention.

While speaking to a group at the American Enterprise Institute about the impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the senator made some comments about Obamacare that some took offense to.

“[Obamacare] was the the stupidest, dumbass bill that I’ve ever seen,” he said. 

“Now some of you may have loved it. If you do, you are one of the stupidest, dumbass people that I’ve ever met,” the senator added.

A spokesperson for Senator Hatch sent News4Utah the following statement Thursday:    

“The senator was very clearly speaking in jest, and told a number of other jokes throughout this lighthearted speech. But what’s not a joke is the damage Obamacare has done to families in Utah.”

Friday, the Senator himself issued an apology.

“Yesterday, I made a poorly worded joke about Obamacare supporters—a joke that was not reflective of my actual feelings towards my friends on the other side,” he said.

“Throughout my term of service, I have always recognized the importance of civility, particularly in engaging with those of different political perspectives. 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.”

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