Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee joked that he wished he was young again — so he could pretend to be transgender and watch girls shower in locker rooms.
During his speech at the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention in February, Huckabee attacked laws to allow transgender students to use facilities that correspond to their gender identity. His speech was posted online by World Net Daily over the weekend, and his comments were highlighted by BuzzFeed on Tuesday.
“For those who do not think that we are under threat, simply recognize that the fact that 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,” the former Arkansas governor said.
“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 continued. “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.’ You’re laughing because it sounds so ridiculous doesn’t it?”
He complained that conservatives were ridiculed for “pointing out the obvious.”
It is not the first time that Huckabee has joked about pretending to be transgender to shower with girls. He made similar comments after California enacted a law to allow transgender students to use school facilities consistent with their gender identity.
“And by the way, it is a good thing that that didn’t come up when I was in high school ’cause I’m pretty sure that every boy in my high school would have suddenly felt like that he was just a little more comfortable showering with the girls no matter how uncomfortable the girls might have been with it,” Huckabee said in 2013.
His latest comments have ignited some mockery on Twitter:
BREAKING: New Huckabee 2016 campaign poster released pic.twitter.com/wBwcajEwYZ
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) June 2, 2015
.@GovMikeHuckabee Why did you lose all that weight. It's a sin to change your body, God doesn't make mistakes.
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) June 2, 2015
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