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.