Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee said that Phil Robertson’s views of gay people and African Americans are “traditional” values that are endemic to Christianity, Judaism, Islam and suggested, during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, that President Obama subscribed to the same beliefs during the 2008 presidential campaign.
The potential 2016 presidential candidate has started an online petition in support of the Duck Dynasty patriarch, who was suspended from the popular A&E show after comparing gay relationships to bestiality and saying that black people were better off before the civil rights movement.
“I think it has come to a point in our culture where political correctness has made it so if you want to take a point of view, it is traditional. it holds to steadfast old fashioned biblical principals, that you’re supposed to just shut up and keep that to yourself,” Huckabee said. “There is a new level of bullying on the part of these militant activist groups, who if anyone says something that holds to the same position that Barack Obama held in 2008 when he was at the Saddleback Church with John McCain made it clear very clear that he opposed same sex marriage, and he said he did so because he was a Christian and because of his biblical views.” Obama eventually embraced marriage equality in May of 2012. Watch it:
Pressed on the substance of Robertson’s comments by host Chris Wallace, Huckabee said that the remarks were probably “more appropriate for the duck woods than the pages of a major news magazine.” “I think I saw the world of the south a little differently than maybe he did,” he added.
Robertson likened homosexuality to bestiality and adultery in the now infamous GQ interview and said of African Americans living in the pre-civil rights era, “Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”