Apparently Mike Huckabee has just lost his damn mind. It still shocks me to think that around 2007/2008 I once spoke of the former Arkansas governor as someone from the Republican party who wasn’t all that bad. To be fair, I didn’t know a great deal about him back then, but he just always seemed fairly rational in the interviews I had seen.
Boy, was I wrong.
I’m not sure if he’s always been this way, or if he’s quite literally losing his mind, but Huckabee has possibly become the most radical Republican presidential candidate out of all seventeen. That’s saying something when that field includes the likes of Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry and Donald Trump.
Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn bans on same-sex marriage, Huckabee called for states to ignore the ruling (and in turn the very fabric of our Constitution) and refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses to gay couples. Even though by doing so it opened up these country clerks to fines and the state in which they serve to massive lawsuits that they had absolutely no way of winning.
It’s possible Huckabee was simply pandering to the ignorance of the typical conservative voter who doesn’t understand how our Constitution works, but he was literally advocating for something that was completely unconstitutional.
Well, just last week he proved he could be even more vile when he evoked a disgusting Nazi reference by saying that President Obama’s Iran deal would usher Jews “to the door of the oven.” The remarks were so offensive that even many Republicans said he was out of line.
Now, seemingly in an effort to prove he wants to be the most reprehensible Republican presidential candidate of them all, Huckabee refused to rule out the possibility of using the military or the FBI to prevent women from having abortions if he were to become president.
“I will not pretend there is nothing we can do to stop this,” Huckabee said during a campaign stop in Iowa.
Then when he was asked by a reporter if that meant using federal troops, the National Guard or the FBI to stop abortion, Huckabee replied, “We’ll see if I get to be president.”
Yes, that’s a Republican presidential candidate declaring that he believes there are ways to “stop” abortions, and refusing to directly answer whether or not he would be open to the idea of using the FBI or the military to prevent women from exercising their Constitutionally protected rights.
We’re literally reaching a point with Republicans where either they just flat-out don’t understand how the Constitution works or they don’t care. It would be incredibly illegal (and unconstitutional) for a sitting president to ignore the Supreme Court by ordering federal or state authorities to prevent women from having an abortion. Not only that, but it’s absolutely insane to even hint that you might be open to using federal agencies to block abortion access.
But I’m sure most conservatives who come across his remarks will see his words and applaud him enthusiastically. If there’s one thing Republicans do well (and often) it’s talk about how much they love our Constitution – while supporting politicians who seem to know nothing about it.
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