Presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has not been having a good few weeks. He suffered a wave of backlash for standing by his long-time supporters the Duggar family in the wake of Josh Duggar’s sexual abuse scandal. These newly resurfaced comments he made regarding transgender people are going to put him in even more hot water.
A Youtube video of Huckabee was uploaded over the weekend by World Net Daily and shows him joking that he should have claimed to be transgender in high school “when it came time to take showers in PE” so that he could shower with the girls. To see his transphobic rant, jump to 18:10 in the video.
“For those who do not think that we are under threat, simply recognize that the fact that we are now in city after city watching ordinances say that your seven-year-old daughter, if she goes into the restroom cannot be offended and you can’t be offended if she’s greeted there by a 42-year-old man who feels more like a woman than he does a man.”
Unfortunately for Huckabee, his friends the Duggars proved to be far more of a danger to young girls than trans people.
“Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE,” said Huckabee. “I’m pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, ‘Coach, I think I’d rather shower with the girls today.’ You’re laughing because it sounds so ridiculous doesn’t it?”
Huckabee went on to say he wasn’t “against anyone” but would “like for somebody to bring their brain to work some day and not leave it on the bed stand when they show up to govern.”
People on Twitter have largely reacted with disgust. Some point out that his words are incredibly insensitive to transgendered individuals, 50% of whom will attempt suicide before they turn 20. Others are disgusted that the former governor was talking about bathing with teen girls in a lascivious manner. Either way, it’s safe to say that everyone was summarily grossed out by Huckabee’s thoughtless remarks.
I'm glad we now know that #Huckabee, as a teen, would have had no problem invading a females private space so he could get his rocks off.— Kyle JL (@kyjl89) June 2, 2015
Mike Huckabee is a complete jerk, has no capacity for understanding, compassion or empathy. He disgusts me.— Catherine (@sportyspicesf) June 2, 2015
At this point he may want to resume his search of the Ark of the Covenant (which he claims to have figured out the location to) and switch his strategy to trying to melt his political opponents.
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