In a move reflecting political courtesy, President Joe Biden had his top aide extend an apology to former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.
This gesture came in response to comments from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) that mocked Hutchinson’s recent withdrawal from the Republican presidential race.
DNC’s mocking statement and Hutchinson’s political background
The White House confirmed the apology, underscoring a moment of respect across party lines.
The DNC’s national press secretary, Sarafina Chitika, had issued a statement following Hutchinson’s exit from the race, noting with surprise his low performance in the Iowa Republican caucuses, where he garnered only 191 votes.
Biden reacts to jibe against Hutchinson’s extensive political career
Hutchinson, a figure with a significant political history, including serving as a former governor, a House of Representatives member from Arkansas, and holding senior positions under Republican President George W. Bush, was the subject of this jibe.
To address this issue, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre informed reporters that Biden instructed his chief of staff, Jeff Zients, to call Hutchinson.
White House call to Hutchinson clarifies DNC remarks
This call aimed to apologize for the DNC’s comments and to explain that they did not reflect Biden’s views.
Jean-Pierre emphasized Biden’s respect for Hutchinson, acknowledging his principles, care for the country, and extensive public service record.
Hutchinson values White House apology as sign of political civility
Hutchinson expressed his gratitude for the apology during a conversation with CNN, appreciating the gesture for reflecting the positive aspects of American politics.
He highlighted the importance of maintaining respect despite political differences, saying, “To me, that reflects the good parts of American politics. You fight hard, but at the end of the day, you want to make sure you treat each other with respect. So I appreciated the call.”
This interaction between the White House and Hutchinson serves as a reminder of the value of civility in political discourse.