Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas Governor and cable talk show host, announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination today, the second time he has launched such a campaign. The National Jewish Democratic Council criticized Huckabee, stating that the former governor has shown through actions and deeds that he stands against the values and issues most important to American Jewish voters.
“Gov. Mike Huckabee likes to say that he loves the Jewish people, but his extreme rhetoric has shown that a Huckabee presidency would be disastrous for the American Jewish community. Huckabee has, among other offensive statements, asserted that the 2012 Newtown school shooting was due to the separation of church and state and stated that women only seek out reproductive birth control because they ‘can’t control their libido.’ The former governor is remarkably dangerous on LGBT rights, including opposition to protecting the community from discrimination, support of dangerous ‘conversion therapy’ for minors, calls for a federal ban on LGBT adoptions and, of course, opposition to marriage equality so extreme that he recently called on states to ignore a potential ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. Huckabee also has a long history of comparing any number of issues to the Holocaust, including marriage equality, reproductive rights, the removal of terminally ill people from life support and economic debt – none of which, it should be noted, involve genocide and the military subjugation of numerous countries. American Jewish voters – who have repeatedly and overwhelmingly embraced progressive values – do not have a friend in Gov. Huckabee.”