Former Arkansas Governor and presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is such a long-time champion of women, he wants them to know that he gave them birth control in his state before Obama took office, and he has always felt that way, until this past week.
This after last week’s comments about how Democrats treat women like victims who cannot get their own birth control without the government’s help. “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,” Huckabee said.
Huckabee continued with the now-famous and hilarious “Uncle Sugar” comment:
“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.”
Huckabee was speaking last Thursday at a Republican National Committee summit in an attempt to join in on the GOP’s efforts to show a greater sensitivity toward women and women’s issues.
Campaign For America’s Future adds to the conversation that in 2005, Huckabee thought it was a good idea for women to have contraceptives, even those working for religious-based organizations like hospitals and colleges. In 2012, The LA Times listed politicians who were vehemently in favor of birth control for women in the Clinton and Bush eras, among them Mike Huckabee.
So it appears the “Uncle Sugar” Huckabee is speaking of is himself.
Political pundits are positing that the GOP is attempting to re-energize their evangelical base to get out and vote against candidates who want to make birth control readily available to women through medical coverage.
In response to the blowback over his “Uncle Sugar” comments, Huckabee took to the Fox airwaves to stand up for himself and again said he thought it was okay for women to have “access” to birth control, the same thing he earlier said Democrats thought women should have.
You can watch Huckabee do the oh-hell-I-need-to-deflect-deflect-deflect dance below: