On Saturday, Mike Huckabee gave the keynote address at Phyllis Schlafly’s How To Take Back America conference. Huckabee praised Schafly, calling her book “Choice not an Echo” an inspiration when he was a teenager.
Huckabee spent a considerable amount of his address railing against the United Nations, calling it the “international equivalent of ACORN” and demanding that America should withdraw. As Dave Weigel noted, the crowd greeted Huckabee’s anti-UN rhetoric with a standing ovation:
HUCKABEE: It’s time to get a jackhammer and to simply chip that part of New York City. Let it float into the East River, never to be seen again. [STANDING OVATION] [...]
It’s time to say enough of the American taxpayer dollar being spent that may have had a noble idea, but it has become a disgrace. It has become the international equivalent of ACORN, and it’s time to say enough.
The UN and other international diplomatic organizations have been a popular boogieman for Huckabee and his followers for years. During the 2008 campaign, Huckabee scored the endorsement of evangelical leader Rev. Tim LaHaye, whose books predict that the end-times will be accelerated by the secretary-general of the United Nations. During the campaign, Huckabee also — falsely — boasted that he had been consulted on foreign policy by John Bolton, who has made a career out of bashing the UN.
In August, Huckabee traveled to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories and rejected a two-state solution. As Matthew Yglesias has noted, Huckabee also called for an ethnic cleansing of Palestinians to be removed from the region.