Mike Huckabee Hits Back at Critics of His Commentary on Women
Former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee found himself the target of media and Hollywood ire after making comments yesterday at a Republican National Committee meeting about women and contraception.
Comedian Sarah Silverman lashed out at Huckabee on MSNBC, calling the former governor "gross," and saying, "These are people who are anti-big government, and yet they want to make laws about ... what I do with my body. I don't think that would be tolerated if we started legislating men's bodies."
In an interview with Megyn Kelly, Huckabee rejected claims that his comments were sexist or out of line. The former governor and presidential candidate said his comments were taken out of context and misconstrued.
Huckabee made it clear to Kelly that he passes no judgment on women who choose to use contraception and pointed out that he signed a bill as governor of Arkansas that included contraception for state employees.
"I'm not opposed to women having contraceptives or birth control... I'm opposed to Democrats treating women as though they somehow are incapable of being able to function unless the Democrats, and particularly the government, comes in to rescue them," Huckabee said.
"I was elevating and affirming that women are quite capable as equals to men."
The text of Huckabee's remarks on women at the RNC meeting is below.
"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 the government provide for them birth control medication. Women I know are smart, educated, intelligent, capable of doing anything that 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' 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 the government, then so be it. Let us take that discussion all across America, because women are far more than the Democrats have played them to be. And women across America need to stand up and say, 'enough of that nonsense.'"
Watch the full interview from The Kelly File.