Huckabee Insists Transphobic Joke Was Simply “Common Sense”

Last week, footage surfaced of 2016 contender Mike Huckabee giving a speech at the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. During said speech, Huckabee went off on a tangent all about how trans people are putting America “under threat, and how he would have faked being transgender in high school in order to get into the girl’s locker room, because he was a real rascal or something like those guys in “Porky’s,” we guess.

Let’s revisit, shall we?

“For those who do not think that we are under threat, simply recognize that 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.”

“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 PE. 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.’ You’re laughing because it sounds so ridiculous doesn’t it?”

Now, clearly, anyone with like, the most vague understanding of transgender people can see this for what it is–bigoted fearmongering. Trust me, if there had ever been a single documented incident of a person pretending to be trans in order to molest children or spy on teen girls, we would never hear the end of it.

Although Huckabee was widely mocked across the internet for these statements, he does not feel the slightest bit of regret for his words. In fact, he told Iowa podcaster Steve Deace that he thinks it’s great that so many more people were able to see him out there, giving that speech and doing all the “common sense.”

“And by the way, Steve, I take nothing back from that speech,” he added. “I’m kind of glad it’s posted because people, if they watch the whole clip, what they’re going to see is that I’m giving a commonsense answer to the insanity that’s going on out there. Because I hear people, everybody wants to be politically correct, everybody wants to be loved by the media and loved by the left and loved by the elitists. But, you know, I know I’m not going to be, so let’s just get it over with. I’d rather be a commonsense candidate for people who did take their brains to work today.”

What world does Mike Huckabee live in where he thinks this is common sense? I mean, really, even if you are a dickhead bigot who doesn’t like trans people for whatever reason–do you actually think this is something a teenager would go through just to catch a glimpse of some sideboob in the girl’s locker room? Hell no!

I realize it’s been a long time since AwShucksabee has been in high school, so he may not quite recall how things work, but it is pretty unlikely that any teenager would suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous bullying that come with being different in high school without having a much better reason than simply wanting to collect some material for his spank bank.

To boot, what is it that makes him think that a trans person would be more likely to molest a kid in a bathroom than a cis person? Is it just a feeling he has? Perhaps he ought to spend more time worrying about perfect Christian saints like his friends the Duggars than about transgender people he doesn’t know anything about. Clearly, Huckabee’s pervdar is a little off, and so is his “common sense.”

You can’t just make things up that you think might be true, yet have no proof for and then declare them to be “common sense.” That’s not called “common sense,” that is called a delusion. There’s a difference, and in this case, it’s a really important one.

[Right Wing Watch]