It appears Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee really needs to revisit his junior high American history since he genuinely believes the 1857 U.S. Supreme Court decision Dred Scott v. Sandford “which says that black people aren’t fully human,” according to Huckabee, is still "the law of the land."
During an interview with radio host Michael Medved – first obtained by BuzzFeed – the former Arkansas governor defended Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, saying she was not legally obligated to issue same-sex marriage licenses because the recent Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality is not “the law of the land” until it's codified into legislation.
"The Dred Scott decision of 1857 still remains to this day the law of the land, which says that black people aren’t fully human," Huckabee said. "Does anybody still follow the Dred Scott decision?"
There are two grave factual errors in this statement.
For starters, the ruling – considered by legal scholars to be one of the worst rulings in the history of the Supreme Court – was overruled in 1868 by the 14th Amendment. So Huckabee’s law of the land was canceled nearly 147 years ago.
And secondly, the Dred Scott decision did not rule that “black people aren’t human,” but instead declared that blacks did not have a right to be U.S. citizens.
As shockingly embarrassing and bizarre as the statement is, coming from Huckabee, it is not really a surprise. After all, he the one who said children died in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting because America “removed God” form its schools. Just recently he prompted outrage after comparing the Iran deal to Holocaust and defended the now-canceled 19 Kids And Counting star Josh Duggar, who admitted to molesting girls, including several sisters. Huckabee called his actions “inexcusable” yet not “unforgiveable.”
You can listen to Huckabee’s interview with Medved in the audio link below: