Mike Huckabee manages to be spectacularly sexist and homophobic at the exact same time

Men like to go "hunting with other men," Huckabee says. But watch out if they go to the bathroom together!

By Katie McDonough
April 10, 2014 1:08AM (UTC)
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Mike Huckabee gave a speech in Iowa Tuesday night and said a whole host of terrible things, per Mike Huckabee usual.

Here's the former Arkansas governor and reported 2016 presidential hopeful urging conservative Christians to stand for their "religious liberty" and stop taking it "in the teeth time and time and time again":


You see, I have a concern that one of the reasons we lose battles we should win is because we wait to see whether or not the crowd is going to be with us. My question to you tonight — it's nice to see a nice, full crowd of folks here in this wonderful Point of Grace Church — but I just wonder if you were the only one who showed up tonight, would you still be ready to take on the cause? Because the fact is we don't like to do things by ourselves. We really don't. Guys like to go fishing with other men. They like to go hunting with other men. Women like to go to the restroom with other women. I don't get that. I can tell you this much: if I ever say, 'I have to go to the restroom' and some guy says, 'I'll go with you,' he ain't goin' with me. That much I know.

Sexist? Check.

Deeply homophobic? Check.

Des Moines Register columnist Kathee Obradovich tweeted the line during Huckabee's Tuesday remarks. When asked to confirm the statement by Talking Points Memo, Obradovich replied, "Yes, he really said that."

Yes, he really did.



Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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