Mike Huckabee’s nothing if not a man of conviction.
Despite the international outrage over his AIDS quarantine comments, the Republican presidential candidate told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that he refuses to “recant” his offensive statements. The Southern Baptist also attempts to clarify, saying,
I didn’t say that we should quarantine. I said it was the first time in public health protocols that when we had an infectious disease and we didn’t really know just how extensive and how dramatic it could be and the impact of it, that we didn’t isolate the carrier.
Isolation? Quarantine? Why get bogged down by semantics? The fact of the matter is that Huckabee seems to think that further stigma, fear and ignorance are the best tools in this protracted battled.
Wallace reminds Huckabee that his 1992 comments came seven years after the CDC concluded that HIV cannot be transmitted via casual contact. Sensing that his image could actually be tarnished, Huckabee tries to balance his conservatism with compassion by mentioning that fact that he has known people with HIV, including a homo! Said homo’s dead now, of course.