In this Jan. 31, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at Inspired Grounds Cafe in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP)

Mike Huckabee apologizes for blaming swastika graffiti on "Jewish liberals"

The ex-Fox News host sent a message to his audience about a completely bogus story

Matthew Rozsa
November 17, 2016 9:20PM (UTC)

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has apologized for posting a fake news story that blamed an anti-Semitic hate crime at Northwestern University on "liberal, Jewish" students.

The controversy occurred when Huckabee posted an article from the Conservative Tribune on his Facebook page with the claim that a swastika spray-painted on a nondenominational church at the Northwestern campus had been put there by liberal Jewish students seeking to discredit Trump. In fact the swastika had been spray-painted in March, not after the November election of Trump, and there is no indication that the students were Jewish or politically motivated.


Huckabee was called out by New York Daily News writer Shaun King and quickly apologized.

“They accused me of spreading false information and hatred, and demanded an apology,” Huckabee told The Forward, a U.S. Jewish publication. "And they’re right, I do owe readers an apology."

When Huckabee first put the story on his Facebook page, the post read, "They’re two liberal, Jewish Northeastern students who were trying to smear Trump and his supporters." In the comments section of the posting, Huckabee wrote, "Everything You Know Is Wrong Dept."


As a wave of hate crimes continues to spread across the nation following Trump's election, President-elect Trump and his surrogates seem determined to either ignore it or claim that many of the incidents were fabricated.

Meanwhile the hashtag #JewishResistance has started to trend on Facebook, with Jews expressing solidarity toward Muslims who are at risk of experiencing discrimination due to Trump's impending presidency.


Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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