"Liberals hate real Americans that work and accomplish and achieve and believe in God.”
So said Rep. Robin Hayes, R-N.C., at a rally in North Carolina Saturday for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who was not there at the time of the comments.
New York Observer reporter Jason Horowitz reported the comments (he left out "and accomplish") after which Hayes spokeswoman Amanda Little protested, saying that Hayes denied making the comments.
The Politico, however, tracked down the audio.
He said it.
"I genuinely did not recall making the statement and, after reading it, there is no doubt that it came out completely the wrong way," Hayes said in a statement. "I actually was trying to work to keep the crowd as respectful as possible, so this is definitely not what I intended.”
Hayes made the comment one day after his colleague Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., suggested that the Obamas have "anti-American" views, and called for the media to investigate which members of Congress are "pro-America," and which are "anti-America."