Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Huckabee Jokes That Transgenders Want to Shower with Opposite Sex

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Ex-Arkansas Governor and GOP Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee didn't mind apologizing for the incestuous child abuse of Josh Duggar last week, but this week someone found a speech Huckabee made back in February in which he joked that Transgender people must be pretending so they can use bathrooms and gym showers to spy on the opposite sex.

The latter was probably a slam at Bruce Jenner, the high-profile celebrity Dad of the Kardashian family, who recently announced his intention to live as a transgender woman.

In Huckabee's world of sexual arrested-development, adult orientation is all about leering at underage girls in the shower, right? No wonder Huck supports Josh Duggar, who liked to crawl into bed with his little sisters. But he implies that actual transgender people are just fakes - not like self-righteous creepers who pretend that their own sexual activities are pre-forgiven by God.

From Huffington Post
"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 said in February at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville in comments that were first reported by BuzzFeed on Tuesday.
“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,” Huckabee said. “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.’"

From The Guardian
“There is something inherently wrong about forcing little children to be a part of this social experiment,” Huckabee said. “I’m not against anybody. I’d just like for somebody to bring their brain to work some day and not leave it on the bedstand when they show up to govern.”
While speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Huckabee was asked what he thought about the latest cover of Vanity Fair, which features Caitlyn Jenner, in the latest stage of former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner’s transition to a female identity.
“I’m not going there,” Huckabee replied.

Dr. Drew Pinksky had this to say on CNN, via Transcript
Well, look, he's entitled to his opinion, but it's insensitive. He's now bled over into misogyny and sexism in the course of his being insensitive to these issues. And whether or not it's a social experiment, whether or not psychologists or psychiatrist have this wrong, listen, he's not the one to say. The fact is there's a human being here, these are human beings that deserve sensitive care and the best possible care by experts, not attack by their politicians.
. . . He's not helping the process. As we're saying, there's a cultural moment here -- when the issues are coming to the fore. People want to be sensitive. They want to get their head around. They want to understand this. This sounds very much like the kind of sort of frankly knuckleheaded notions that people had about gay and lesbians not that long ago. And this is the same phenomenon.
Should we not allow a gay man into a man's room either, Mr. Huckabee, is that what you're saying? I mean, for goodness sakes --

From Mashable
In one fell swoop, Huckabee dismisses the entire notion of being transgender as "ridiculous" and suggests that legislators who recognize it have "left their brains on the night stand."
Huckabee is a former presidential candidate and often mentioned as a potential GOP contender for 2016. But in his transphobia, he appears to be out of step even with another right-wing Christian conservative potential candidate: Rick Santorum.
"if [Jenner] says he’s a woman, then he’s a woman,” Santorum told CBS News in South Carolina on Tuesday, screwing up his pronouns, but still. “My responsibility as a human being is to love and accept everybody," he added. "Not to criticize people for who they are.”


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