But don't worry. There's a very good explanation.
Hendren excused his remark by pointing to his reputation as a gaffe machine.
"I don't use a Teleprompter, and occasionally I put my foot in my month," he told Tolbert, then inserted it a little farther.
"I was attempting to explain that unlike Sen. Schumer, I believe in traditional values, like we used to see on 'The Andy Griffith Show,'" Hendren said.
"I made the mistake of referring to Sen. Schumer as 'that Jew' and I should not have put it that way, as this took away from what I was trying to say."
Defending himself again to the Arkansas News, Hendren went further, saying he didn't know why the words "that Jew" came out of his mouth. He added that there is a Jewish person in history he admires - Jesus. He's also partial to Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman.
"I ought not to have referred to it at all," Hendren told The Associated Press Thursday. "When I referred to him as Jewish, it wasn't because I don't like Jewish people."
That just got better and better as it went along, didn't it? (And please, nobody break the news to Senator Hendren that The Andy Griffith Show was...a show.) I guess this is the type of thing that could happen to anyone. I mean, I've never accidentally called someone "that Jew" when what I meant to say was "I disagree with this person's characterization of a certain segment of the political party that I belong to". But I guess it's not that unlikely. Maybe. Okay, not really, it was just a dumb thing to say.
My favorite part is his use of the old 'I'm not racist, I have a black friend!' routine, only his 'Jewish friend'? It's Jesus, of course! Who else? Jesus makes everything better.