Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is attempting to bestow upon jailed Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis precisely the status she has sought with her disingenuous crusade to discriminate against same-sex couples -- martyr.
The Republican presidential candidate (so he says) reacted to news of Davis' arrest for failure to comply with a court order today after a U.S. District Court judge determined that simply fining the Rowan County Clerk wouldn't suffice due to the likelihood that Davis would have her fines paid for by supporters by announcing that he was heading to Kentucky to stand by the latest "persecuted" celebrity for the religious liberty crowd. Davis was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals this afternoon.
"Mrs. Davis took an oath," Judge David Bunning said. "Oaths mean things."
But (shockingly) the Huckster disagrees, jumping on Twitter to rant against the decision and announce a rally to end the "criminalization of Christianity." Huckabee also apparently missed the memo about stealing Twitter jokes with his ripped Erick Erickson tweet asking, "What a world, where Hillary Clinton isn't in jail but #KimDavis is," a reference to the Democratic frontrunner's private email server controversy:
This morning, on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Huckabee argued that the Supreme Court decision overturning state bans on same-sex marriage was "bordering on judicial tyranny," and insisted that Davis was only obligated to follow Kentucky law:
The only law she is following is the Kentucky law which by constitutional amendment defines marriage as a man and a woman.
Now if the Kentucky legislature decides that they agree with the Supreme Court and they change the laws of Kentucky, that's a whole different thing.