This morning, CNN ran a story “tracking the strain furious campaigning puts on the human body” for the presidential candidates. During the segment, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee joked that his campaign schedule is not providing enough time to sleep and that, for him, is “like being waterboarded”:
HUCKABEE: I’m finding just out how long I can go sleep deprived. You know, running for office is sort of like being waterboarded, I think.
A recent CNN article on the same subject also noted Huckabee’s comments and added: “He was only half-kidding.” But waterboarding is torture, illegal under both U.S. and international law, and certainly nothing to joke about.
Unfortunately, Huckabee is not the first Republican presidential candidate to compare lack of sleep and torture in jest. Last year, former New York City mayor (and current waterboarding supporter) Rudy Giuliani called liberals “silly” for describing “sleep deprivation” as torture, joking that “on that theory, I’m getting tortured running for president of the United States.”