Former Arkansas governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for President in 2008. Huckabee has often been a darling and spokesman for the “religious” far right. He is a 2016 Republican presidential candidate.
Huckabee has made millions by pandering to right wing audiences, including money made from advertising snake-oil products like fake cancer cures.
Huckabee Cites Poor Background, Lives In Wealthy Florida Neighborhood. “[T]he former governor, who rose to prominence after a poor childhood in Arkansas, has taken up residence in a wealthy area of Florida.” [New York Times, 5/4/15]
Huckabee Used Scenes From ISIS Propaganda Movie In Video. “The video also features B-roll from a 55-minute ISIS propaganda video, “Flames of War,” which was professionally made and features graphic content that includes the mass execution of a group of men who fall into a ditch.” [Buzzfeed, 5/1/15]
Huckabee Wrote ‘Not In My Backyard’ Letter Opposing Beach Nourishment Project In His Neighborhood. “Mr. Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who will declare his presidential campaign on Tuesday, is fighting a beach nourishment project at his home in Walton County, in the Florida Panhandle.” [New York Times, 5/4/15]
Huckabee Owns A 10,900 Square Foot Mansion Worth $3 Million. “There’s the 10,900-square-foot beachfront mansion he built on Florida’s Panhandle, worth more than $3 million. There are regular trips on private jets, often to elite events at which he has given countless paid speeches.” [Politico, 5/5/15]
Huckabee On Crime
Huckabee Pushed For Release Of Serial Rapist, Who Raped After He Was Released. “As governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee aggressively pushed for the early release of a convicted rapist despite being warned by numerous women that the convict had sexually assaulted them or their family members, and would likely strike again. The convict went on to rape and murder at least one other woman.” [Huffington Post, 12/04/07]
Huckabee’s LGBT Positions
Huckabee Said The Government Would Prosecute People Who Oppose Gay Rights. “The former governor and likely GOP presidential candidate predicted that the government will bring “criminal charges” against those who oppose gay rights and pastors who preach against gay marriage.” [Right Wing Watch, 4/23/15]
Huckabee Defended Dangerous Ex-Gay Therapy. Huckabee claimed that “the government is barring chaplains from telling those they counsel to “seek assistance” for a “homosexual lifestyle.”” [Right Wing Watch, 4/23/15]
Huckabee On The Poor
Huckabee Compared Government Assistance Programs To Slavery. ““A public official that causes people to become enslaved to the government is no leader,” Huckabee said at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition summit in Waukee, Iowa.” [The Hill, 4/25/15]