Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is pursuing an ever-more unlikely bid for the presidency, responded to Friday’s terrorist attack in the West African nation of Mali on social media with a non sequitur about something President Obama never said.
“After today’s attack in Mali, the Obama-approved domestic anti-terror plan: Give up your guns and memorize a Koran verse,” Huckabee wrote. According to reports, the attackers in Mali freed some hostages who were able to recite verses from the Koran.
Huckabee — or someone hired to manage his Facebook page — seems to delete all negative comments, but the response on the more unwieldy platform of Twitter was not positive.
@GovMikeHuckabee it’s too bad that ISIS weren’t dogs, because then maybe one of your large adult sons could take care of them.# p #4_14 # ad skipped = true #
— troll lover (@SoccerFanKevin) November 20, 2015# p #5_14 # ad skipped = true #
@GovMikeHuckabee Just stop dude. You will never be in the White House# p #7_14 # ad skipped = true #
— Jay Wilson (@JWil1980) November 20, 2015# p #8_14 # ad skipped = true #
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— St. Artie (@artiehustle) November 20, 2015# p #11_14 # ad skipped = true #
Eighteen people died when gunmen raided the Radisson Blu Hotel and more than 100 hostages were taken, according to the BBC. Malian special forces raided the hotel and have rescued the hostages. The attack was carried about by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and an offshoot group.
Earlier this week, Huckabee made a strange analogy comparing Syrian refugees with tainted Chipotle food, and last month agreed with a fringe radio host that slavery is an appropriate punishment for the American criminal justice system.