Mike Huckabee announced his intention to run for the Republican presidential nomination on May 5 with one of the most maudlin and stereotypical political speeches ever. Repeatedly invoking the name of his hometown, Hope, Arkansas, Huckabee’s speech broke no new ground in the realm of populist rhetoric.
However, buried deep within his “Hope to Higher Ground” speech was an extremely offensive analogy — one that may likely cost Huckabee an entire voting population, right out of the gate — made while trying to backhand Obama for a speech the president gave last year.
Recall that, last year, during the National Prayer Breakfast, Obama made a remark that set a number of right-wingers on edge.
While speaking about Islamic terrorism, the president admonished the audience not to “get on [their] high horse,” because all religions have skeletons in their closet:
Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.
So this is not unique to one group or one religion. There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency that can pervert and distort our faith. In today’s world, when hate groups have their own Twitter accounts and bigotry can fester in hidden places in cyberspace, it can be even harder to counteract such intolerance. But God compels us to try.
This truth, however, did not set will with Huckabee, and Huckabee went out of his way to attack the president for the remark during his speech on May 5 — and in the process, swipe the entire population of Native Americans:
When I hear our current president say he wants Christians to get off their high horse so we can make nice with radical jihadists, I wonder if he can watch a western from the ’50s and be able to figure out who the good guys and the bad guys really are.
Anyone vaguely familiar with western tropes knows who the villains usually were in westerns: Native Americans — after all, the game is called “Cowboys and Indians,” not “White hats and Blacks hats.” So in his rush to slam the President, Huckabee compared Native Americans to jihadist terrorists.
And that’s leaving aside the misguided notion that reality works like a western from the ’50s, with clear “good guys” and “bad guys.”
As Lakota Law points out, the statement is especially glaring in the face of recent criticisms leveled at a Netflix western being directed by Adam Sandler — which has already achieved notoriety due to its racist script.
Huckabee would then go on to say that “I commit this to you today, I will never, ever apologize for America–ever.”
Pride, Mr. Huckbee, always comes before the fall.
Watch Huckabee Compare Native Americans to Jihadists, below:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=000uvNgzVrA]
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