According to Johnny Rhoda, chairman of Arkansas’ 2nd Congressional District, Hillary Clinton shouldn’t even think of putting her name on the ballot in her husband’s home state.
After USNews asked what sort of reception Clinton would receive in Arkansas, Rhoda responded, “She’d probably get shot at the state line.”
Clinton enjoys a measurable amount of support in Arkansas. In a recent poll, voters said that they prefer her to Rand Paul 48% to 42%, with 10% undecided. They also prefer Clinton to Jeb Bush 46% to 41%, with 14% undecided. Her husband remains immensely popular in the state, with 55% of voters saying that they have a favorable opinion of him.
When a reporter noted the support Clinton has in the state, Rhoda replied, “Nobody has any affection for her. The majority don’t.”
“That comment was taken way out of context,” Rhoda told Business Insider. “It certainly was not meant in a threatening or hostile way at all. It was just a comment. Perhaps I used the wrong word.” He added, “It was completely blown out of proportion.”
However, the reporter who interviewed him was not about to let him off easy. “Oh, yes, ‘taken out of context,'” David Catanese told Business Insider in an email. “As in — taken out of our on-the-record conversation and into print.”
After facing criticism, Rhoda elected to resign. GOP Doyle Webb said in a statement, “Moments ago I received the resignation of Johnny Rhoda as 2nd District Republican Chairman. 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. Johnny has been active in this Party for decades and all members of the Republican Party sincerely thank him for his service. I have accepted his resignation which is effective immediately.”
Apparently, “unnecessary distraction” is Wingnut for “violent rhetoric,” now.