Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee took the stage at a Donald Trump rally in Sunrise, Florida, and decided to take a painful shot at stand-up comedy to warm up the crowd.
Unfortunately, for him and everyone else watching the debacle, his attempt at humor not only came across as tasteless, it was also extremely offensive.
“I know Donald Trump, but I know the Clintons even better,” the failed presidential candidate told the Trump supporters while introducing his dear friend. “Having been governor of Arkansas for 10-and-a-half years not long after they left, I know them well. Folks, I'm gonna tell you something: I'm a lot more afraid of a Hillary Clinton presidency than I am of getting a mosquito bite in South Florida, and we all better be worried about it.”
Sadly, Huckabee’s utterly inconsiderate Zika joke comes at a time when authorities have reported more than 400 cases of virus in Florida alone. Not to mention, just a day earlier, a Texas infant had also died in the state’s first Zika-related death.
“This is not only an issue affecting us here in Florida — this is a national issue,” said Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday, adding that local health officials have already counted 21 people with locally transmitted Zika virus. “The federal government must stop playing politics and Congress needs to immediately come back to session to resolve this.”
While the mosquito-linked virus is not life threatening for women exposed to it, it causes serious brain defects such as microcephaly in babies. As a result, babies are born with abnormally small heads.
Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare nervous system disorder, and Arthrogryposis, a condition that deforms the joints, have also been linked to the virus.
To make light of such a life-shattering thing to attack their Democratic presidential rival was just low, even by Huckabee’s standards.
Apparently, there is no shortage of stupidity and lack of common sense in Trump camp.