With One Ridiculous Comment, Mike Huckabee Manages to Unite the Left and the Right Against Him

mike-huckabee-1It’s not often that liberals and conservatives can get on the same page when it comes to much of anything nowadays. Even things that shouldn’t be controversial like science and history can cause heated disagreements among the left and the right.  So when a conservative ex-politician and Fox News commentator manages to anger both the left and the right with one absurd statement, it’s relatively newsworthy.

Especially when that person is among the leaders in early polls asking conservative voters who they want for president in 2016.

But that’s exactly what Mike Huckabee did yesterday at the Inaugural Freedom Summit in Manchester, New Hampshire when he said this:

“My gosh, I’m beginning to think that there’s more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States.”

Yes, that’s a leading contender for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, speaking at a “freedom summit,” proving that he doesn’t know the first damn thing about what “freedom” means.

He then tried to salvage the comparison by bringing up the TSA and segueing into voter fraud:

“When I go to the airport, I have to get into the surrender position, people put hands all over me, and I have to provide photo ID in a couple of different forms to prove that I’m not going to terrorize the airplane… If I want to go vote, I don’t need a thing. All I gotta to do is show up and I can give ’em anybody’s name, and that’s okay.”

Yes, because the fact that we have tightened airport security and the freedom to vote means we have less freedom than North Koreans have under Kim Jong Un’s leadership.  Because that totally makes sense. 

Huckabee’s comments are so ridiculous that there should literally be no need to explain why, but here’s a primer for anybody who’s unaware of the “freedoms” North Koreans possess.

Then of course he has to tie in the conservative rallying cry of voter fraud – which simply does not exist at anywhere near the levels conservatives try to perpetuate when calling for voter ID laws.  In fact, some conservative states have even conducted their own investigations into whether or not voter fraud is a problem – just ask Iowa and Florida how that turned out for them.

To the conservative blogosphere’s “credit,” most conservatives have been acknowledging that these comments are absurd.  Which begs the question, will they acknowledge that he’s not a viable option for 2016?  Because going by the latest polls, he’s still getting support from millions of conservative voters across the country.

I’d invite Huckabee and all of his supporters to spend a month or two in North Korea.  If they survive the overwhelming onslaught of “freedom” they’ll encounter, maybe they’ll have a little better perspective on freedom in our country.

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  • John Brig

    I love it when the expose their true thinking.

  • Not an idiot xian.

    Air drop him deep inside North Korea.

  • Randy

    It’s hyperbole for the sake of setting up a discussion or making a point. Really, people? Do you REALLY think someone who KNOWS what N. Korea engages in thinks we have it worse here?

    Most politicians have REAL flaws in their thinking. Expose those.

    Anyone who jumps on this (or breathlessly reports it) just looks desperate.

    • Phil Keast

      It matters not whether he believes it (I’m unconvinced either way, wouldn’t surprise me if he does, but it could well be, as you say, an attempt to stimulate debate), but the fact that to millions of people he is a trusted authority figure, and those millions of people will take his words as a statement of fact make his statement concerning (if one is wont to understatement). Outlandish hyperbole in the comments in the blogosphere are one thing [mea culpa], but public broadcast of such sheer stupidity on the scale his statement will/has been reported is irresponsible at best, and may even be harmful to the fragile balance of freedoms that prevent the USA and other civilized nations from plunging into the same murky waters of regimes such as North Korea on the basic of the fear and distrust left in the wake of the strange, confusing post-9/11 world.

  • Ric Babel

    Sorry Huckster but most of us in NH aren’t as stupid as the audience you are used to catering to.

    • Sodbuster

      Perhaps you are actually stupider.

  • Sam Mortensen

    A better comparison would be to point out how we have the largest prison population/per capita, than any country in the free world.

    • PoodyPoo

      But what North Korea lacks in prison population, they make up for it in executions. 🙂

    • DadAltman

      I disagree.
      The entire population of NK is a prisoner. 24mil vs 2.5mil. NK is at 100%.
      I do agree that we have too many.

  • Pipercat

    One thing is certain and reassuring, there are shared limits to all this vitriolic hyperbole.

  • Stephen Collingsworth

    He’s confusing what he needs to vote with what he needs to purchase a gun.

  • hermanprovi

    Let us not forget, that he is also a “flat-earther”! He, being a very religious person, he believes that there is not such thing as global warming, or that we are causing climate change,because it is “Gods will”! Someday, he may get his head out of where the sun does not shine, and “see the light”!

  • suburbancuurmudgeon

    Wait a minute. Doesn’t this clown belong to the same party that thinks everyone should have a photo ID to vote?

  • BILL

    What freedoms does this bigot not have?

  • bam

    republicans…fear and hate and lies…is all they know

  • Jim Spillane

    Such a piece of Mierda! He is going nowhere.

  • James Schroder

    Huckabee has no chance of ever being president and he knows it. He’s all about fleecing the sheep.

  • Schuyler Thorpe

    If Sarah Palin is the Queen of Stupid, then Mike Huckabee is the King of Idiots. The man’s lack of subtly and realism paints a dire picture for the rest of the GOP–if they sanction this behavior as the “norm” for modern day politics.

    His followers may eat up every word he utters as foi gras, but the rest of us just want to take a shovel and smack him upside the head with it.

    • sodbuster

      Because he speaks the truth and it hurts you liars

  • Eddie Krebbs

    Remember how a week or so ago, the right wing went nuts just because an entertainer, while in China, made a polite statement that he could live there.

  • Salty_Dave

    So, I am in Canada visiting relatives and I am asked by non- political aunt, ‘Why are Americans so crazy?’. I say, because they are incredibly screwed up people.

  • PoodyPoo

    I saw The Donald speaking at this event on TV and was appalled at some of the ignorance I heard displayed from that podium. I also noticed that 90% of the people in the audience looked as if they were waiting for a space ship to land in the auditorium. What is that weird look they all have going on???

  • JZRaleigh

    What airline is he flying that he has to provide photo ID “in a couple different forms”? I have a couple million miles of air miles flown and I’ve always ben able to show ONE ID – Driver’s license, or passport, but not both, and never more than one.

  • rossbro

    Once an asshole, always an asshole.

  • Jim Copenhaver

    Gee, shall we examine some statements made by Hilary, Pelosi, Feinstein, Biden, Reid, Frank, Sharpton, Jackson, Jackson-Lee, Kerry, and some others, not to mention someone named Hussain Obama?

  • Davard

    Desperation thy name is Democrat. You are seriously taking time to debate (???) this issue. Get out your seldom used dictionaries and look up the word, Sarcasm. Do you need any more proof as to why so many stupid people voted for Obama a second time. Hurry up before you miss your berth on the ship of fools.

  • Danny1279

    You can’t really be this stupid. You have to know he was using Hyperbole to make a point. It wasn’t meant to be taken literally

  • Jake

    Hyperbole…its a literary term. Its often used in speeches to prove a point.

  • Sodbuster

    What you idiots don’t get is that the USA is headed in the same direction if you don’t put a stop to it. Huck can see it coming just as all thinking people do.

  • J Alford

    I GUESS NONE OF YOU PEOPLE ARE FAMILIAR WITH ALL OF THE EXECUTIVE ORDERS THAT OBAMA KEEPS PUMPING OUT,WHICH TAKES A LITTLE MORE OF YOUR FREEDOM,TAXES,RIGHT TO DECIDE FOR YOURSELF IN ALL ARES OF LIFE HERE IN THE US.. ETC,ETC,ETC…THATS WHAT MIKE IS TALKING ABOUT WITH THE NEVER ENDING ASSAULT BY THE DEMOCRATS ON OUR RIGHTS UNDER THE CONSTITUTION..AS FOR VOTER ID’S THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT WOULD HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT WOULD BE………SURPRISE!! THOSE THAT WANT TO BREAK THE LAW….AND ELECT ANOTHER INCOMPETENT POTUS………