On his Fox News show, Mike Huckabee attempted to defend Herman Cain by comparing sexual harassment to ordering chicken at Popeye’s
Here is the video from Media Matters:
Huckabee compared Herman Cain’s sexual harassment past to ordering chicken at Popeyes , “Especially, I just adore the staff there because they speak the Southern language that I grew up on and still understand, but in light of the Herman Cain controversy, I realized it might not have been Southern gentility, but sexual harassment, because the ladies behind the counter called me honey, sweetie, and darling. Maybe instead of feeling at home, I should have been offended, called a lawyer and demanded free spicy chicken for life. I mean I should have known something was inappropriate when they asked me if I wanted legs, breasts or thighs, and then they wanted to know did I want them spicy, or what about when they ask if I wanted my tea sweetened?”
Mike Huckabee then attacked Cain’s victims, “Of course I need to wait 15 years before I work up the necessary outrage to come forward with the charges, and even then I need to do it anonymously so that those nice ladies behind the counter are going to dragged through the muckraking and mud throwing media without even knowing who’s accusing them. Look I am not making light of real sexual harassment, but the allegations against a man who is trying to become president are far and away tame compared to the real life actions of men who have actually been president, and whose actions were not 15 years before than ran, but while in office.”
He continued, “And the media wasn’t this worked up over a white Democratic candidate who not only fathered a child with his staff or mistress while his wife was dying of cancer, but he paid to hush it up using campaign money, then he lied about the whole thing. I’m not too keen on anonymous allegations about things that happened years ago, and then just suddenly surface in the most critical stage of an election.”
After Huckabee compared Herman Cain settling sexual harassment claims to people that have leveled charges at him in the past, he concluded, “We obviously have real issues in this country like raging unemployment, foreclosures for many homeowners, small business operators going belly up, and a national debt that’s destroying our future. Surely, those issues matter a whole lot more than a Southern man calling a woman sweetie fifteen years ago.”
Huckabee’s story, much like Herman Cain’s, had a few holes in it. These women didn’t wait 15 years to make their complaints. They made them right away. Huckabee never actually mentioned that the National Restaurant Association found these complaints to have enough merit that they settled with each woman instead of going to court. It wasn’t the victims who were worried about going to court. It was Herman Cain and the National Restaurant Association that decided to settle.
If Huckabee has a problem with baseless attacks based on charges from years ago then he must have been appalled by the swift boating of John Kerry in 2004? Not so much, Huckabee was the chairman of the Bush/Cheney 2004 Arkansas operation.
Huckabee’s comparison of Herman Cain’s pattern of sexual harassment was an attempt by Fox News to delegitimize his victims and make the story go away. Cain supporters use the polls as evidence that this story isn’t harming their candidate, but a new Reuters/Ipsos poll has found that Cain’s favorability rating among Republicans has dropped nine points since the story broke, and 53% of those polled think that the allegations are true.
Mike Huckabee can make all the jokes he wants to about sexual harassment, but Herman Cain is starting to look like damaged goods. Huckabee didn’t just blame the victims. He humiliated them. Keep it classy, Mike Huckabee. It is mind blowing to think that there are people out there who actually wanted this man to be president.