Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said in an interview with Des Moines, Iowa’s KCCI Channel 8 that he doesn’t see the difference between states flouting federal anti-pot laws and state employees like Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
One reporter said that decriminalization of marijuana is an aspect of police reform that has been coming up in discussions again and again.
“Would that be something you’d be willing to consider?” she asked Huckabee.
“Well, I think we need to recognize that marijuana has never made anybody a better citizen,” the former pastor replied. “Does it make you a better worker? Does it make you a better mom or dad? A better citizen? Does it make you a more attentive driver?”
“If there’s a benefit to it, and there may be medically,” he said, “if your doctor prescribes certain uses of it, then I’m open to that.”
He said we should keep an eye on Colorado and see how the legalization of recreational marijuana works out there.
“I’ve been to Amsterdam a few times,” he went on, “and I don’t want us to look like Amsterdam.”
“The federal issue of that,” said the reporter, “is that they’re violating federal law. And if you believe in the rule of law at all, you have to either change the law or enforce the laws that are on the books, right?”
“Let me ask you this,” Huckabee said. “How come it’s that liberals are okay with not keeping the federal law when it comes to the marijuana laws and it’s okay for the states to ignore it, but if it comes to a county clerk in Kentucky who doesn’t believe that she can abide by a federal court ruling — not even a law — then she goes to jail?”
“Do you see where conservatives sometimes their heads explode because they say, ‘Boy, there’s one set of rules for people on the left and a total different set of rules for people on the right?'” he asked.
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GOP congressman demands Pelosi’s House floor statement be ‘taken down’ after she denounces Trump’s racist tweets
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Tuesday took to the floor of Congress to read a statement denouncing President Donald Trump's recent statements telling four congresswomen of color to go back to their home country.
"The comments are racist," Pelosi said. "How shameful to hear him continue to defend the offensive words. Words we have heard him repeat not only about our members but about countless others. Our caucus will continue to forcefully respond on these attacks which reflect a fundamental disrespect for the beautiful diversity of America. There’s no place anywhere for the president’s words which are not only divisive but dangerous and have legitimatized an increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color."
WATCH: GOP lawmaker has a meltdown on the House floor over resolution condemning Trump’s racism
As the House of Representatives debated a resolution that condemned President Donald Trump for making racist tweets, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) had an emotional meltdown in which he said Trump couldn't be a racist because he never specifically mentioned anyone's race.
On Sunday, Trump told Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) to "go back" to the countries they came from, despite the fact that all four women are American citizens and three of them were born in the United States.
Duffy, however, insisted that there was nothing racist about telling American citizens of color to "go back" to foreign countries even though most of them were born in the U.S.
GOP strategist calls Trump ‘a vile racist’ — who is counting on white voters being just as racist as he is
Republican strategist Rick Tyler told MSNBC Tuesday that President Donald Trump is clearly doubling-down on his attempts to court an all-white voting bloc for 2020. Tyler called it "vile" and "racist," noting that he doesn't say those words lightly.
Citing Washington Post reporter Phil Rucker, Tyler agreed that the Republican Party is trying to twist the issue to make it about ideology and not race. However, Trump never attacked specific issues; he told the women to go back to their countries of origin and called them terrorists.