This weekend, Mike Huckabee, former Republican governor of Arkansas, told Fox that last week's murders of innocent African-Americans by police were not racially motivated.
He stated that "more white people have been shot by police officers than minorities."
Mike Huckabee: "More white people have been shot by police officers this past year than minorities."https://t.co/iTyVHMkawd
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 10, 2016
This claim was fact-checked by The Washington Post which determined that that statistically, more whites have been killed by law enforcement than blacks based on figures alone. But, given the context that African-Americans make up 12 percent of the population, they are three times more likely to be shot than whites.
When The Washington Post asked Huckabee for an explanation for his logic, which they proved was incorrect, he called for a "Male Lives Matter" movement to replace "Black Lives Matter." He said,
"It's not me that needs to be 'fact checked.' It's the Post— I only said exactly what you reported. My comments were 100 percent factual. The pure facts reveal that 94 percent of those killed by police are men, so by your 'proportional' standards, the real movement in America should be 'Male Lives Matter.'"
Yes, he actually said there should be a "Male Lives Matter" movement, much to the chagrin of humans everywhere.
1. Erase the blackness of men & women killed by police— Sasha Gilthorpe (@sgilthorpe) July 11, 2016
2. Erase the now """colorless""" women
3. "Male Lives Matter" https://t.co/QFASa2xO65
Sure, after all the zero times I have been discriminated in my life, it's about time to start a Straight White Male Lives Matter Movement.— John (@linnyitssn) July 11, 2016
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