The former governor of New York state and latest entrant into the GOP presidential brawl is criticizing Mike Huckabee for his transphobic comments.
A video of the former Arkansas governor speaking at the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tennessee earlier this year, emerged in recent days.
In it, Huckabee said that if he could have showered with girls when he was young, he would have “found his feminine side” right quick.
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The GOP presidential wannabe did exactly what trans advocates say trans Americans are facing in their daily battle for dignity: He likened their mere existence and fight for civil rights to sexual misconduct and pedophilia and sexual impropriety.
“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,” Huckabee 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 PE. 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.’ You’re laughing because it sounds so ridiculous doesn’t it?And yet today we are the ones who are ridiculed and scorned because we point out the obvious.” he said.
“There is something inherently wrong about forcing little children to be a part of this social experiment. I’m not against anybody. I’d just like for somebody to bring their brain to work some day and not leave it on the bedstand when they show up to govern” he said
Pataki, when asked about the comments, seemed to cut Huckabee a little slack but nonetheless mildly rebuked him.
"I think the more important point is we should give people their dignity and let them make their own decisions," Pataki told CNN.
"If someone chooses a path that's different than mine, we should respect it as opposed to mocking it or in any way trying to prevent that," Pataki said.
The former governor of New York is positioning himself as a conservative who is moderate enough to win a general election.