The last time Twitchy checked in with Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor was making noises about a 2016 presidential run, and conservative tweeters were placing their orders for jumbo cyanide martinis in response. Huckabee today is once again every liberal’s favorite Republican, as remarks he made at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting on Thursday seem custom-made for the “war on women” meme. OK, what did he say this time?
Whoa, he said that? The Democrats have already put together their own video of the comments about women and their libidos.
As Human Events points out, though, neither the tweet nor the video shows Huckabee’s complete remark. Here is the entire passage from his speech.
I think it’s time for Republicans to no longer accept listening to Democrats talk about a ‘War on Women.’ Because the fact is, the Republicans don’t have a war on women. They have a war for women – for them to be empowered, to be something other than victims of their gender.
Women I know are outraged that Democrats think that women are nothing more than helpless and hopeless creatures whose only goal in life is to have a government provide for their 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, it’s a war for them. 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 for them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government, then so be it. Let’s take that discussion all across America, because women are far more than Democrats have made them to be. And women across America have to stand up and say, “Enough of that nonsense.”
The takeaway, of course, was to be that Republicans are fighting a war for women. Unfortunately, by talking about libidos and reproductive systems, Huckabee teed up the perfect soundbite for the “war on women” crowd. Behold:
Why, Huck, why? Please stop “helping.” You have to know by now how the media works.
What? He didn’t say that. The tweet’s been retweeted more than 170 times, though.
There we go. That’s pretty close to accurate.