The Arkansas GOP official who suggested Hillary Clinton would “probably get shot at the state line” if she returned as a presidential candidate has resigned, the state party announced Wednesday.
“Moments ago I received the resignation of Johnny Rhoda as 2nd District Republican Chairman,” GOP Chairman Doyle Webb said in a statement, as quoted by the Associated Press. “He was apologetic for the statements he made to media yesterday and although he feels he was taken out of context, he knows that his statements have created an unnecessary distraction from the important issues before the state today.”
Rhoda insisted in a U.S. News interview published Tuesday that Arkansas residents showed little affection for the former first lady. He later argued that the U.S. News reporter took his comment out of context, which the reporter denied.
“She’d probably get shot at the state line,” he told U.S. News. “Nobody has any affection for her. The majority don’t.”
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