Mike Huckabee was interviewed by the Washington Examiner this week, during which he discussed Kim Davis’ meeting with Pope Francis as well as the continuing controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood:
Examiner: The big news lately for you has been involving Kim Davis. I was wondering what you thought in two ways. What did you think about her changing parties and coming over to the Republican side, and also, do you think the media was unfair to her, especially now that it’s come out that [Pope Francis] talked to her as well?
Huckabee: Well, I think it’s very significant that the pope had a private meeting with her, and that he affirmed her, not only as a person but that he affirmed her actions as conscientious objection. I’m anxious to see if some of the media on the Left will be as thrilled about reporting the content of that meeting as when they thought the pope was being critical of capitalism or advocating for climate change legislation. I’m just really anxious to see if it will be a consistency of that. I thought it was very powerful and significant. My gosh. I think there are millions of Catholics all over America that would like to meet the pope, so why did he choose to meet with her privately? Because he has great respect that she followed her conscience, and that she represents a person that was actually criminalized because of her Christian faith.
Examiner: I want to talk about the Democrats for a quick second … yesterday Cecile Richards, the head of Planned Parenthood, testified before Congress, and one of the things she said that was noteworthy was that she said that Planned Parenthood is “proud” of their involvement in provided aborted fetal tissue for medical research. Give me your take on that? What do you think should happen from here?
Huckabee: Well it’s amazing to me that that people would defend Planned Parenthood. I mean, it’s just stunning because Planned Parenthood has been caught red-handed with their people taking, really what ought to be a very sensitive and traumatic for a mother, and it’s hard enough that she goes through an abortion. But unbeknownst to her, they take that unborn child that they described to the mother as just a blob of tissue.
Turns out it’s got lungs and a heart and a brain and arms and legs and toes. And they negotiate the price of selling those parts for money. I mean, I just find that — it just makes a person want to go and vomit. I mean, my gosh how can anyone defend that. And why the president would make this a cause — why would the Democrats make this a cause. If this is the most important thing in front of them is to protect an organization that dismembers and then sells the organs and parts of a human baby, and that’s what they’re most proud of? It sure makes our process in the next election much easier.
Examiner: What do you think of the state of the Democratic Party right now?
Huckabee: I think they are really struggling. That their only identity is a person who can’t keep up with her emails, they defend Lois Lerner and the IRS, and their biggest call is to protect the slaughter and selling of baby parts. That ain’t much of a platform. Their foreign policy has caused us to be in the most dangerous place we’ve ever been. We have no respect for the other leaders of the world. They roll all over us. It’s hardly a record of success and achievement that I’d want to defend.
Thomas Valentine is a researcher for APIA and a junior at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.