As far as conservative Christians candidates go, I always thought that Mike Huckabee was a slight cut above the rest. He doesn’t seem dogmatic, and he was governor at one time. So you would think that he would have some sense, while also being true to his conservative principles.
But this past week he has proved to be either a guy who thinks his followers are idiots, or perhaps he is an idiot.
It’s one thing to lend support to Kim Davis, the Kentucky law clerk now in jail for contempt of court because she refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But the sheer ignorance coming from Huckabee in relation to that support is amazing.
Let’s start with this Huckabee quote:
“Gavin Newsome in San Francisco as mayor, performed same-sex weddings, even though it was illegal. Did he ever get put in jail? He most certainly did not.”
Nnnnope. Gavin defended himself:
. @GovMikeHuckabee you are dead wrong on the Kim Davis issue — we issued marriage licenses because we believed the law at that time
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 7, 2015
Put another way, bans on same-sex marriage had not been adjudicated illegal, nor was their a court order telling Newsome to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Once there was a court order, he stopped. He followed the federal court order.
Kim Davis, as Huckabee cannot seem to get through his head, is in jail for violating a federal court order on a matter that had been fully judicated.
In other words, if Newsome had continued to issue marriage licenses despite the federal court order, THEN he would be in contempt of court, and like Kim Davis, could have been fined and put in jail.
Huckabee is also one of those guys who thinks Davis is like Rosa Parks, a citizen denied her rights by the government. In actuality, she is George Wallace standing in the doorways of the University of Alabama — someone who is acting on behalf of the government who is denying rights to citizens.
And then Huckabee also said this:
“Jeffrey Dahmer got bail, Albert DeSalvo, the Boston Strangler got bail, John Wayne Gacy got bail. Kim Davis [the Kentucky clerk], because she followed her convictions is put in jail, and is not given bail.”
Is he kidding with that remark? Does he know what “bail” is?
It is something criminal defendants get while they are being held awaiting criminal trial. Let’s ignore that fact that Dahmer and other serial killers didn’t get bail AFTER they were convicted. Let’s just point out that…. Kim Davis is not getting a trial. And she is not a criminal defendant. Congress vested federal courts with incredible power to “punish by fine or imprisonment, or both” any individual who disobeys or resists their dictates. This is what’s known as courts’ civil contempt power, and may include orders, judgments, instructions to appear, or other rules.
It’s comparing apples to oranges. This, I suppose, was Huckabee’s clumsy way of trying to make the point that Kim Davis is being treated worse than Jeffrey Dahmer. What horror!! But does anyone really buy that? Even Davis supporters? Davis, unlike Dahmer, can get out of jail anytime she wants to. And she can do it without changing her beliefs. All she has to do is (a) agree to do her job; (b) resign or (c) allow others to do her that aspect of her job. Dahmer, on the other hand, had no control over his future.
Ted Cruz is going to visit her now in jail, too. Prepare for more absurdity.
Meanwhile, she has filed an appeal of the contempt of court penalty.
Here’s a good read: 5 Myths About Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis You Shouldn’t Fall For