Thank goodness this buffoon never got anywhere near the presidency.
Former Arkansas governor and FOX News host Mike Huckabee put his foot in his mouth big time on Saturday regarding the Black Lives Matter movement. Then on Monday, he doubled down on the dumb in response to the controversy he created!
Huckabee lamented that Black Lives Matter was, in his mind, misguided when he said on TV over the weekend:
“If we have a shooting, we end up assuming that it had to be racial. Leaders have a responsibility to keep things in perspective.”
He brought up his point by citing stats that in terms of overall number of shootings, more white people were shot by police officers in the last year than minorities.
That is technically true in terms of raw numbers — the Washington Post reported that out of 990 people shot by police in 2015, 494 were white and 258 were black.
But when you go past the raw numbers, which are a bad way to measure crime and violence statistics, and actually look at the rates at which white and black people are shot, the real story emerges.
Black people make up a much smaller portion of the population than do white people, and yet the proportion of black people getting shot by cops is WAY higher than that!
To put it very simply for Mike, and anyone else who has a hard time with it: if you are black, you are FAR more likely to be shot by the police!!
So what was Huck’s response to, ya know, actual facts? More stupidity!
Through his spokesperson, Huckabee responded to the backlash his initial comments caused by doubling down on… sexism?!
When the Washington Post asked to fact check him on Monday, he said:
“It’s not me that needs to be ‘fact checked.’ It’s the Post ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ I only said exactly what YOU reported. My comments were 100 percent factual. The pure facts also reveal that 94 percent of those killed by police are men, so by your ‘proportional’ standards, the real movement in America should be ‘Male Lives Matter.'”
Sounds like an old, out-of-touch, ignorant white guy who never had any clue what Black Lives Matter was actually about in the first place.
In other words, it sounds just like Huckabee.
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