While promoting his new book, God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, Mike Huckabee said in an interview with PEOPLE that he doesn’t approve of the Obama’s allowing their children to listen to Beyoncé.
“I don’t understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything – how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school and making sure they’re kind of sheltered and shielded from so many things,” Huckabee said. “And yet they don’t see anything that might not be suitable for either a preteen or a teen in some of the lyrical content and choreography of Beyoncé, who has sort of a regular key to the door [of the White House.]”
Of course, Huckabee is entitled to his own opinion, but if someone is going to question another’s parenting skills in the public sphere, then it’s only fair if we turn the focus on his for a moment.
Not many people know this, but in 1998, Huckabee’s then 18 year-old son tortured and killed a dog while he was away at Boy Scout camp. Now what kind of parenting skills would bring about that kind of monstrous act?
Admittedly, when we first heard he story, we were skeptical as to whether it was true or not. But it definitely checks out. Even Snopes weighed in:
On 11 July 1998, two young men working as counselors at Camp Pioneer in Hatfield, Arkansas, killed a dog at that Boy Scout camp. One of those young men was 19-year-old Clayton Frady of Texarkana and the other David Huckabee, the youngest son of Arkansas Governor Michael Dale “Mike” Huckabee. David Huckabee was 17 at the time of the slaying, although he would turn 18 less than two weeks later. Both young men were fired over the incident.
The father of the other young man fired over the dog’s slaying said in a 1998 news article that his son had come upon one or more Scouts who had the dog “hung over a limb and choking,” so his son helped “put it out of its misery.”
Huck’s son seems to be a real winner. Torturing and killing animals during the teenage years puts him right in company with the Jeffrey Dahmers of the world.