Mike Huckabee Joked He Wanted To Fake Being Transgender To “Shower With Girls” — WATCH VIDEO HERE
Mike Huckabee says he wished he could have faked being transgender in high school so he could “take showers” with girls during gym class. The presidential candidate made the comment, meant to be a joke, during a speech in February, but video of the remark surfaced on Tuesday, in the wake of Caitlyn Jenner‘s debut as a woman. Watch below.
Huckabee was making a speech at the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, where he slammed unisex bathrooms. “For those who do not think that we are under threat, simply recognize that the fact that we are now in city after city watching ordinances say that your seven-year-old daughter, if she goes into the restroom, cannot be offended and you can’t be offended if she’s greeted there by a 42-year-old man who feels more like a woman than he does a man,” said the Republican candidate.
He then said, “Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in [gym]. I’m pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, ‘Coach, I think I’d rather shower with the girls today.'” Huckabee added to the crowd, “You’re laughing because it sounds so ridiculous doesn’t it?”
Huckabee’s comments are getting renewed attention just one day after Jenner was widely praised for revealing herself as a woman on the cover of Vanity Fair. As Gossip Cop previously reported, the politician’s competitor, Rick Santorum, was asked last month about permitting transgender women such as Jenner to use ladies’ restrooms. “If he says he’s a woman, then he’s a woman,” Santorum said, expressing acceptance of Jenner. He then, however, clarified on Facebook, “My comment affirmed Jenner as a person, made by God in His likeness as we all are. It was meant to express empathy not a change in public policy.”
Now Huckabee’s old-new remarks are making waves, just a week after he sparked controversy by defending “19 Kids And Counting” star Josh Duggar, after he admitted sexually abusing minors when he was a teen, saying, “Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things.” Watch the video of Mike Huckabee joking about transgender people below. What do you think of the presidential candidate’s comments?