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Will Mike Huckabee's Recent Gaffes Affect His Candidacy?

Mike Huckabee has come to the defense of a child molestor, and recently made transphobic remarks. Will these off-the-cuff remarks hurt his chances for the White House?

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last 24 hours | thenorthwestern
How Mike Huckabee fails his Christian duty - The Oshkosh Northwestern
"...What's ridiculous is that Huckabee, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, and his audience appear to believe that transgender individuals are perpetrating some sort of hoax so they can gain access to restrooms or locker rooms. Or that they've chosen to identify with a particular gender on a whim. This disregards the actual lives of transgender people, some of whom (though not all) have described feeling trapped in the wrong body from a young age. What's so funny about that?Worse, the butt of this joke are people who are already too frequently marginalized by society. According to the Human Rights Campaign, transgender individuals are four times more likely to have an annual household income of less than $10,000 and twice as likely to be unemployed compared with the general population...." see full article


1041 days ago | rawstory
Mike Huckabee wants guys to cover their manboobs because feminism is too ... - Raw Story

"...Huckabee recently came under fire for other bizarre remarks involving female nudity. In a speech at the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, he derided legislation preventing discrimination against transgender people by saying, 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. 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,' the Des Moines Register reported...." see full article


1050 days ago | govexec
Play of the Day: Mike Huckabee is a Real Comedian - GovExec.com
"...As the Caitlyn Jenner story continues to dominate the news cycle, some jokes making light of Jenner's transition that 2016 candidate Mike Huckabee made in February have found new light.Progressives and the transgender community have criticized Huckabee, causing Conan O'Brien to joke about Huckabee's name, while The Nightly Show came up with a negative ad about Huckabee for his 2016 Republican rivals to use...." see full article


1051 days ago | advocate
George Pataki Urges Respect As Mike Huckabee Defends Trans Fantasy - Advocate.com
"...A new report reveals that Mike Huckabee's February "joke," in which he sarcastically laments that he wishes he could have pretended he were transgender when he was a teenager (so he could then shower with girls in his high school) is a familiar bit for the former preacher and presidential candidate.ADVERTISINGBuzzFeed found at least two earlier examples of the former Arkansas governor rolling out that punchline for easy yuks. And Huckabee tells the website's Andrew Kaczynski the only ones who seem to be stirred up about it is the media...." see full article


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1051 days ago | eonline
Mike Huckabee Removes All Signs of Recent Support for the Duggars - E! Online
"...It seems that Mike Huckabee's support for the Duggars may have undergone a subtle shift. The controversial family's endorsement of the Republican presidential hopeful has disappeared from the 59-year-old politician's campaign website. According to reports, archived versions of the campaign site show that the 19 Kids and Countingstar's statements were removed sometime Monday night.Less than two weeks ago, the conservative politician spoke out in support of Josh Duggar following the allegations that he molested underage girls in 2002 and 2003. The 27-year-old reality star admitted to acting "inexcusably" when he was teenager, and last night, in a preview for the Duggar's forthcoming Fox News interview, it was revealed that Jessa and Jill Duggar were victims of their brother's sexual misconduct. ..." see full article


1051 days ago | arktimes
Mike Huckabee meets media, save banned Ark. Times, defends self, Milligan - Arkansas Times (blog)
"...But, had they been paying attention, would they be surprised that Huckabee was more concerned about Josh Duggar's reputation than the girls he fondled? Where were they when, in 2014, Huckabee spouted off that women who use birth control could not "control their libidos" and were so weak-minded that they could be brainwashed by Democrats into believing "they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription"?Huckabee's insensitivity to women's issues is of long-standing: No change there...." see full article


1052 days ago | cnn
Mike Huckabee's creepy transgender 'joke' - CNN

"...Huckabee's comments are not only crass but insulting. Even if he wants to dismiss the basic dignity and rights of transgender Americans, he could at least get his facts straight: Gender identity has nothing to do with sexual orientation. Is Huckabee aware that transgender youths are subject to intense levels of bullying and harassment in school and that more than half of these kids who were bullied in school have attempted suicide? Does Huckabee realize that 13 transgender women were murdered in 2014 alone? Does he know that transgender Americans experience poverty at four times the national average, due to employment discrimination and the costs associated with gender transition, combined with a lack of health care coverage? Does Huckabee think it's fun to belittle these people for the sake of juvenile humor?..." see full article


1052 days ago | vagazette
Mike Huckabee jokes about posing as transgender to shower with girls - Virginia Gazette
"...Huckabee is a long-shot for winning the GOP nomination. His hopes of doing so depend on winning heavily among evangelical conservatives, particularly in Southern states.In speeches and books, he has made a habit of statements that attract controversy, particularly on issues involving sexuality. He plays to the position many of his supporters hold that their beliefs are under assault by popular culture.His views on social issues, particularly his opposition to same-sex marriage, play well with GOP primary voters, but appear to be out of step with the broader national electorate.Huckabee also faces a generational challenge. Some younger Republican rivals are urging voters to back younger candidates in 2016. ..." see full article


1052 days ago | csmonitor
Why Mike Huckabee's 'shocking' transgender remarks resonate with many ... - Christian Science Monitor
"...Yet, despite the apparent tide of opinion seeming to shift in favor of transgender rights, there's a sizable, mostly silent, contingent uncomfortable with the issue. It is these Americans Gen Xers and baby boomers in Middle America, the Bible Belt, and the conservative West that represent Huckabee's audience.A February 2015 Harris poll found that about 40 percent of Americans show discomfort with a transgender person supervising children, and more than a third say they'd feel discomfort playing on a sports team that included a transgender athlete. The poll showed higher levels of discomfort in the South on nearly every LGBT issue...." see full article


1052 days ago | refinery29
Mike Huckabee Has Terrible Opinions On Trans Issues
"...While Huckabee's comments would be offensive no matter when the tape surfaced, they're particularly significant because of Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover and story, the growing conversation around trans issues, and the broader acceptance that has been building for more than a year. The former Arkansas Governor also trotted out a bit of fearmongering in his speech, suggesting that anti-discrimination laws allowing trans people to use restrooms appropriate for their identity are actually bad for children...." see full article


1052 days ago | latimes
Mike Huckabee jokes about posing as transgender to shower with girls
"...Huckabee is a long-shot for winning the GOP nomination. His hopes of doing so depend on winning heavily among evangelical conservatives, particularly in Southern states.In speeches and books, he has made a habit of statements that attract controversy, particularly on issues involving sexuality. He plays to the position many of his supporters hold that their beliefs are under assault by popular culture.His views on social issues, particularly his opposition to same-sex marriage, play well with GOP primary voters, but appear to be out of step with the broader national electorate.Huckabee also faces a generational challenge. Some younger Republican rivals are urging voters to back younger candidates in 2016. ..." see full article



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