Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told the New Hampshire Freedom Summit on Saturday that he’s “beginning to think there’s more freedom in North Korea” than the United States because he has to assume the “surrender position” when he goes to the airport.
Huckabee informed the summit, sponsored by Americans for Prosperity and Citizens United, that the radical left is trying to shut down freedom of speech in America.
"Freedom of speech in this country – that for which those men grabbed those musket off the mantel – did never mean we were supposed to have fewer voices," the former governor of Arkansas said.
"My gosh I’m beginning to think there’s more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States," he continued. "When I go to the airport I have to get in the surrender position, people put hands all over me, and I have to provide photo ID in a couple of different forms and prove that I really am not going to terrorize the airplane."
When traveling domestically, an American needs only one form of photo ID.
“But if I want to go vote – I don’t need a thing,” he said. “All I gotta do is show up and I could give them anybody’s name, and that’s okay. But again the president reminded us yesterday: There’s no voter fraud.”
The audience laughed.
The Twitterverse pounced on Huckabee’s comparison of America to North Korea, where citizens aren’t allow to travel outside of the country.
“Mike Huckabee has steadily been escalating into more extreme rhetoric over the years, used to have opposite reputation,” tweeted MSNBC reporter Benjy Sarlin.
“In a weird example, he said we have too much airport security, and not enough security for voting,” wrote New Hampshire reported Kathleen Ronayne, of the Concord Monitor.
“Mike Huckabee thinking there is more freedom in North Korea than the United States only shows how out of touch he is,” wrote one user.
“Maybe we should send Huck to NoKo so he can vet his own supposition...” tweeted another user.
Former Arkansas govenor and current Fox News host Mike Huckabee attacked Democrats for supporting birth control for women (via Obamacare) during a speech today at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting in Washington D.C.
According to The Washington Post, Huckabee claimed that Democrats want to "insult women" by providing them preventive health care such as contraception (video below).
"If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it," said Huckabee. "Let's take that discussion all across America."
The GOP audience then wildly applauded.
"I haven't seen that report, but whoever said it sounds offensive to me and to women," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in response, reports TalkingPointsMemo.com.
Huckabee made a similar statement on his Fox News TV show over the weekend, notes Slate.com.
"For Democrats to reduce women to beggars for cheap government funded birth control is demeaning to the women that I know who are far more complicated than their libido and the management of their reproductive system," stated Huckabee.
In response to Huckabee's statement today, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund said in a statement:
The problem isn’t what Mike Huckabee says – it’s what he and too many other politicians believe. These politicians need a basic anatomy and sex ed course. Birth control is basic, preventive health care for women. It helps women plan their pregnancies and manage their lives, and many women use it for a variety of other medical reasons, including treatment of endometriosis that can lead to infertility. The fact that Mike Huckabee doesn’t understand what birth control does is a perfect illustration of why decisions about birth control should be left to a woman and her doctor, without interference from politicians.
Former Arkansas Governor and Fox News talk show host Mike Huckabee recently recalled an "awkward" and "uncomfortable" moment on his former radio show in which a woman complained about being sexually discriminated against in the workplace.
The prudish Huckabee seemed squeamish because the woman had large breasts, not over the job discrimination that she faced, noted TalkingPointsMemo.com.
“It was a woman who got fired because she said that her boss thought that her breasts were too big, and I’m not making this up,” Huckabee told Politico.com. “So I’m sitting there having to interview this woman about her boss thought her breasts were too big. I’ve had conversations with a lot of people, public and private, but this is just not one I want to have on a national radio show.”
“It was bizarre," added Huckabee. "It was absolutely the most awkward, uncomfortable conversation I think I’ve probably ever had.”
Huckabee also recalled telling his radio show producer, “Look, I don’t mind doing fun stuff, I don’t mind doing some stuff that’s off the wall, but this is the kind of topic, this isn’t going to happen again.”
Unfortunately, for millions of women, sexual discrimination is a "topic" they face daily in America without a choice. According to The Huffington Post, one in five women reported being sexually harassed by their boss.
CBS News recently walked back its highly-discredited Benghazi story that aired on "60 Minutes" some weeks ago and conducted an internal review of the broadcast.
Following the release of the internal review, "60 Minutes" host Lara Logan and her producer Max McClellan were placed on a leave of absence following revelations that their main source for the story, security contractor Dylan Davies, had given different contradictory versions of the Benghazi terrorist attack, reported MediaMatters.org.
However, today, Fox News host Mike Huckabee lavished praise on Logan for her debunked report, calling her a "hero journalist," noted RawStory.com.
Huckabee told "Fox & Friends" this morning that he was “very shocked” that Logan was suspended by CBS News (video below).
“And I think that the fact is that we’re missing the big story here," said Huckabee. "We still don’t know what happened in Benghazi. Our government lied to us, they covered it up.”
Huckabee failed to provide to any proof of a cover up, but added, “Lara Logan is certainly a hero journalist to at least attempt to get the story out."
Fox News host Mike Huckabee welcomed NRA board member Ted Nugent to his radio show today, where the two joked about hunting Democrats.
"You've got one of the most amazing dogs I've ever seen work in the woods and you gotta bring him with you when you come hunting," gushed Huckabee.
"Nobody hunts more than the Nugent family. We literally hunt between 250 and 300 days a year. You think Gonzo is good on ducks, you should see him on squirrels, doves, rabbits and woodcock. He really is a mystical, wonderful hunting dog," said Nugent.
Huckabee then added: “Maybe we ought to turn him loose on some Democrats and see if he can hunt them too."
“There’s a lot of varmints out there and I think he would do good pointing [out] varmints and then we can vote them out of office," replied Nugent.
While appearing on the Concerned Women for America radio broadcast on Monday, former Arkansas governor and current Fox News host, Mike Huckabee, claimed Americans are being forced to read about gay people in textbooks and watch gay people on TV commercials (audio below).
Concerned Women for America (CWA) recently launched a new campaign called “Willing 2 Stand,” which encourages young people to stand up against their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender peers, noted RightWingWatch.org.
"The very thing that many people and I know CWA was a part of this, saying, this is why the legalization of same-sex marriage is going to be a much bigger issue than just saying we let people love whoever they want to love, that’s not the issue," Huckabee said.
He added: "Will it force businesses, of course everyone will say, 'Oh no people still have their rights,' but they don’t. And every fear that people had has in fact come true, that this is being forced in textbooks on how marriage is depicted, we’re now even seeing television commercials portraying same-sex couples, that’s something I guess I didn’t expect to see anytime soon."
Back in 2007, Huckabee supported quarantining people with AIDS and compared homosexuality to "lying" and "stealing," reported NBC News.
In 2010, Huckabee said allowing gays and lesbians to marry is comparable to legalizing incest, polygamy and drug use, noted CBS News.
RNC chairman Reince Priebus told the National Review in March of this year: “I always tell people, listen to Governor Mike Huckabee. I don’t know anyone that talks about [LGBT rights] any better.”
Karl Rove may have returned to his role as neutral analyst on Fox News but anyone who knows anything about politics also knows that he has formed a new SuperPac designed to prevent “non-electable” Republicans (think Todd Akin and Christine O’Donnell) from getting nominated. That has provoked long-simmering Republican resentments against Rove to erupt. Saturday night, Mike Huckabee took to the Fox News airwaves and went straight after "some people in the conservative movement and the Republican Party" who "think our way forward is to manipulate the primary process."
Huckabee couched his attack as an explanation about why a visit to Syracuse University heartened him about the future of conservatism. But in short order, Huckabee started sniping against “some of the adults who think they’re in charge.”
I’ve been a little disgusted to hear that some people in the conservative movement and the Republican Party think our way forward is to manipulate the primary process by trying to destroy good and decent Republican candidates with boatloads of big money so as to ensure that we end up nominating establishment Republicans instead of movement conservatives. The fratricide approach of the establishment, to spend money to attack those of the conservative wing of the Republican family will prove catastrophic.
OK, I’m fine with raising and spending money to elect the Republicans you like. But why would any Republican want to do the dirty work of the Democrats and destroy a fellow Republican?
Huckabee contrasted this with the students at Syracuse who “know what they’re for and not just what they’re against.” Although, he said he went there to encourage the college Republicans (“who are definitely in the minority” on campus) Huckabee said he received a dose of encouragement from them.
Huckabee never named Rove nor the SuperPac but it’s hard to believe viewers didn’t know exactly whom he meant.
His commentary got an enthusiastic round of applause from the audience.