January 25, 2014

Despite the fact that it was obvious that even a lot of Republicans were not thrilled with Mike Huckabee's remarks about women's libidos and birth control, he's been making the rounds on Fox, doing his best to try to defend them and claiming that he was taken out of context by the media.

Sorry Huckabee, but regardless of whether or not some in the media put out a few Tweets (which they quickly corrected) which had the context wrong or not, most of the media and posts discussing what you said included the full quote, and it doesn't make it any less offensive, no matter how much you and your buddies over at Fox protest.

As Karoli noted right after Huckabee made his speech:

What clever framing! By putting it in a context of what Democrats tell women, Huckabee gets to express his own views about women while trying to pin it on Democrats.

No Democrat, or woman for that matter, takes birth control because they feel like they can't control their libido, Mr. Huckabee. But you keep pretending like you give a damn about women, and they'll show you how they feel about you.

He pulled the same stunt on Megyn Kelly's show this Friday night, claiming he didn't have anything to apologize for: Mike Huckabee Insists His ‘Uncle Sugar’ And Libido Comments Showed His Respect And Admiration For Women.

Ellen did a nice job of taking apart Huckabee's arguments as well:

Huckabee protested he’s not opposed to contraception, that he included it in his “state plan” when he was governor of Arkansas. He also said that “Uncle Sugar” is an old southern expression that combines “Uncle Sam” with “sugar daddy.” [...]

But here’s the problem that Kelly never got to. If Huckabee really esteems women so much then why did they “fall” for that Democratic ploy he adamantly claims was pulled on them? Also, underneath his declaration that women are too “capable” to be guaranteed contraception in health insurance is the suggestion that no woman would really have a problem paying for it on their own. Or if it is a problem, there’s something a woman must be doing wrong.

Furthermore, the “war on women” charge is not just about contraception, it’s also about Planned Parenthood funding, equal pay laws and abortion rights. But maybe Huckabee thinks women are “too capable” to be ensured access to those things, too.

Undeterred, he decided to triple down on the stupidity on Fox & Friends this Saturday, which you can watch if you've got the stomach for it in the clip above.

It's ironic to say that least that the video editors over at Fox decided to take a whole bunch of people in the media out of context themselves to make the little mashup in the beginning of the clip and to insist they never let their audience hear all of Huckabee's remarks that day.

His remarks were offensive in context, and they are lies to boot. Huckabee and the clowns taking up for him over at Fox obviously believe their audience is stupid if this is the best they can come up with in his defense.

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