Former presidential candidate and 2016 hopeful Mike Huckabee is raising ire over his comments at the RNC’s meeting in Washington this morning. In an attempt to defend what Democrat’s have coined the Republican party’s “war on women,” Huckabee said:
Democrats, “think that women are nothing more than helpless and hopeless creatures whose only goal in life is to have the government provide for them birth control medication. Women I know are smart, educated, intelligent, capable of doing anything anyone else can do. Our party stands for the recognition of the equality of women and the capacity of women — that’s not a war on them, that’s a war for them.”
He didn’t stop there.
“And if the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it — let us take that discussion all across America,” he said.
Good luck with that Harvard. (Huckabee will a visiting fellow for Harvard’s spring semester.)
In related news, as of yesterday’s 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the New York Times reports that Republicans are using the abortion platform to bolster support from their base. Sounds like they’re deeply committed to fighting for women’s rights.
“In the House in the coming weeks, Republicans will make passing the ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’ one of their top priorities this year, ” reports the Times. Except that according to a Gallup poll, only 1 percent of Americans think that abortion is an important issue.