Mike Huckabee continues to play the junior provocateur in the GOP presidential primary (senior status being occupied by another candidate). Not yet prepared to endorse the repeal of the Fourteenth Amendment, he’s limiting himself to undermining U.S. foreign policy is Israel and laying claim to intimate knowledge of the thoughts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who says would be “appalled” at the Black Lives Matter movement.
On a speech in Jerusalem — en route to a fundraiser at an illegal settlement in the West Bank — the former governor delivered a “garbled” press conference, the Guardian says:
Taking a position to the right of even the declared statements of rightwing Israeli ministers who have argued for the annexation of parts of the West Bank, Huckabee, an evangelical Christian who has visited Israel dozens of times, repeated his comments made in Shilo [a settlement in the occupied territory] that the West Bank was part of Israel, adding that Israel should be free to expand there.
“I think it is very important that as Americans we show support for Israelis in their capacity to build their neighbourhoods in their own country,” he said.
“It is interesting to me that our government has put more pressure on the Israeli government to stop building bedrooms in their own neighbourhoods, than on Iran to stop building bombs.”
Huckabee appears to be advocating full annexation of the West Bank — although he said he prefers to call it “Judea and Samaria” — and wouldn’t give a straight answer about what would happen to the two million or so Palestinians in the area, many of whom lived through the 1967 Six Day War that established Israeli military occupation of the territory
On why the West Bank should be part of Israel, Huckabee appeared shaky on both geography and history, saying: “I cannot imagine that any American who comes here would somehow feel that the Israelis are out of line in wanting to have as safe a barrier between them and their sworn enemies as possible.”
The country neighbouring the West Bank, however, is Jordan which has a peace treaty with Israel.
If you prefer your Hucksterisms closer to home, don’t worry. The former governor also weighed in on civil rights protesters in America, Politico reports:
During an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday evening, the former Arkansas governor touted the “all lives matter” mantra and said he was troubled that the [Black Lives Matter] movement focuses on one ethnicity. Huckabee added that the late civil rights leader would feel the same.
“When I hear people scream, ‘black lives matter,’ I think, of course they do. … But all lives matter. It’s not that any life matters more than another,” Huckabee said. “That’s the whole message that Dr. King tried to present, and I think he’d be appalled by the notion that we’re elevating some lives above others.”
I sort of want to urge the protesters to not target him, because it’s exactly what he’s gunning for: More attention. Then again, I guess by posting this, I’m doing exactly the same thing.