A recent poll found that the bulk of Iowa Republicans agree with former Republican Arkansas governor and possible 2016 hopeful Mike Huckabee, who said that pop-star Beyoncé’s music is “mental poison.”
AllHipHop.com reported on a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll which found that while members of the Iowa GOP may agree with Huckabee about Beyoncé’s music, they feel that the Fox News personality went too far in saying that President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama are bad parents for allowing their daughters to listen to the “Flawless” singer.
The first poll question asked, “In his recently published book, Mike Huckabee criticized the singer Beyoncé, calling her ‘mental poison.’ Do you think Huckabee is mostly right about Beyonce or did he go too far?”
Respondents — who all said that they definitely or probably will attend the 2016 Iowa Republican caucuses — agreed with Huckabee’s statements regarding the Grammy-nominated performer at a rate of 40 percent. Thirty-eight percent of respondents felt that calling Beyoncé “mental poison” was going too far. Another 22 percent said they were unsure as to whether they should agree or not.
Earlier this year, Huckabee said in an interview with People magazine that he questions the Obamas’ judgment as parents.
“I don’t understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything — how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school,” Huckabee said, “and yet they don’t see anything that might not be suitable” about exposing their children to Beyoncé’s work.
Among respondents, 60 percent said that Huckabee’s statements went “too far.” Twenty-three percent said that the former governor was mostly right to criticize the First family, while 16 percent said they weren’t sure.
Huckabee’s own son, David Huckabee, was fired from his job as a camp counselor at Camp Pioneer in Hatfield, Arkansas when it came to light that the younger Huckabee participated in the torture and killing of a stray dog at a Boy Scout camp in 1998, while Huckabee was still in office.
Then-17-year-old David Huckabee and a friend admitted that they had tortured and strangled the animal to death. No charges were ever filed.