On Saturday, Rep. Robin Hayes (R-NC) said that “liberals hate real Americans that work, and accomplish, and achieve, and believe in God.” The comments first appeared in a report by the New York Observer. Hayes’s spokeswoman told Politico that the congressman “absolutely denies making the comments that appear in the Observer article.” However, Hayes backed down when audio of his comments surfaced:
I genuinely did not recall making the statement and, after reading it, there is no doubt that it came out completely the wrong way. I actually was trying to work to keep the crowd as respectful as possible, so this is definitely not what I intended.
One more time, I did not deny what I said but the context in which it was presented to us, Larry, was that I hated liberals. That is absolutely false and for you to say that it is shows a clear misunderstanding and a lack of a desire to find out what went on.
UPDATE: Watch Hayes’s denial here: