Preaching a message of fear and bigotry, Republican Presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee mocks transgender individuals while wishing he could have said he was transgender while in high school so he could have showered “with the girls.”
Huckabee made his anti-trans remarks earlier this year while speaking at the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention back in February.
During his speech to the conservative Christian audience, Huckabee said:
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 P.E. 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.’
Huckabee, responding to laughter from the audience, continued:
You’re laughing because it sounds so ridiculous doesn’t it?
However, Huckabee did more than tell an insensitive, cruel, and juvenile joke. Huckabee also went out of his way to demonize and slander transgender individuals in general, and trans women in particular:
For those who do not think that we are under threat, simply recognize the fact that we are now in city after city watching ordinances say that your seven-year-old daughter—if she goes into the restroom—cannot be offended and you can’t be offended if she’s greeted there by a 42-year-old man who feels more like a woman than he does a man.
Huckabee is no stranger to making controversial claims fueled by his anti-gay Christian extremism.
Last month Huckabee promised that if elected president he would defy and ignore any Supreme Court ruling granting marriage equality for gays and lesbians, claiming he would not be bound by decisions issued by the Supreme Court if they violate commandments issued by the “Supreme Being.”
While last April, Huckabee argued that marriage equality would mean the “criminalization of Christianity.”
Previously Huckabee promised that if elected president he would fight the supposed “secular theocracy” that he claims is destroying Christian liberty in America.
Huckabee said that if elected president he would have “God’s blessing” to fight the so-called “secular theocracy” that he claims has been imposed upon the American people by atheists and humanists.
Bottom line: Beneath the friendly facade Huckabee is a mean-spirited bigot who hides behind his Christian faith to demonize LGBT people and others he does not like and does not understand. He is an ugly reminder of the impulse towards Christian theocracy that currently threatens the nation.