WASHINGTON (KSDK) - Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson is apologizing for using a term many people consider offensive.
Johnson was criticizing Michigan's new right-to-work legislation when he large companies got to where they were with the help of the working class.
He compared the working class to midgets being stood upon by the giant companies.
Johnson says he learned after making the analogy, that the word was offensive, and apologized.
"Last night I used an analogy that some sound offensive and I certainly was not meaning to be offensive for using derogatory term," he said. "But to my discovery, just within the last 12 hours or so I have found that the use of the "midget," excuse me, the use of the "M" word is no longer socially acceptable. The "M" word refers to a group of people, the little people, but when we say little people I am not talking about the Leona Helmsley little people. I am not talking about the 47%. I am not talking about the takers instead of the makers as some would describe them."
On Tuesday, Michigan became the 24th right-to-work state, despite being in the heavily-unionized Midwest.
Right-to-work laws prohibit an employer and union from requiring employees to join the union in order to get hired.