Mike Huckabee, the smiling face of the religious right, wants you to know he’s not a homophobe. (After all, who better to judge than himself?) “I’m not against anybody; I’m really not,” Huckabee said at an event in Iowa. “I’m not a hater. I’m not homophobic. I honestly don’t care what people do personally in their individual lives.”
This from a man who once talked about gay sex as the “ick factor” and
Huckabee made his remarks in a speech to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, one of those groups that has an outsize effect on presidential politics because of the early Iowa caucuses. The speech had the distinct odor of a politician testing the waters for a 2016 presidential campaign.
Huckabee reminded the collected faithful that he is a preacher who prefers the Bible to modern law: “When people say, ‘Why don’t you just kind of get on the right side of history?’ I said, ‘You’ve got to understand, this for me is not about the right side or the wrong side of history, this is the right side of the Bible, and unless God rewrites it, edits it, sends it down with his signature on it, it’s not my book to change.’ Folks, that’s why I stand where I stand.”
Just to prove that he’s not a homophobe, Huckabee made a little joke that relied upon a gay panic subtext as well as gender stereotypes.
“Guys like to go fishing with other men,” Huckabee told the adoring crowd. “They like to go hunting with other men. Women like to go to the restroom with other women. I don’t get that. I can tell you this much: if I ever say, ‘I have to go to the restroom’ and some guy says, ‘I’ll go with you,’ he ain’t goin’ with me. That much I know.”
So there you have it. Huckabee isn’t a homophobe. He’s a sexist homophobe.
Watch for yourself.