Former Arkansas Republican Governor Mike Huckabee defended his controversial statement about birth control and women’s libidos in an interview with Howard Kurtz on Fox News.
Huckabee said that Kasie Hunt of NBC and Dana Bash of CNN misrepresented his statement in tweets they made about remarks Huckabee made at a Republican National Committee meeting. Accordign to Huckabee the two reporters “erroneously tweeted” his words to make it sound like he meant “the polar opposite” of what he was trying to say.
Hunt’s and Bash’s tweets seemed to imply that Huckabee was insulting women’s libidos. Hunt’s tweet said: “Huckabee: Women ‘helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them … birth control because they cannot control their libido.’” Bash wrote: “At Rnc meeting @MikeHuckabee just said fed govt shouldn’t help women w who can’t control their libido w birth control.”
The two later clarified with follow-up tweets explaining that Huckabee had been talking about Democrats, and not women or their libidos, per se.
But Huckabee said it was too late to apologize or clarify with a new tweet. The damage had already been done.
“They so totally blew it…and now it’s a scandal?” Huckabee rhetorically inquired of Kurtz.
Huckabee actually said at the RNC meeting that women are “outraged that the Democrats think that women are nothing more than helpless and hopeless creatures whose only goal in life is to have the government provide for them birth control medication.”
“If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it,” he said.
Huckabee added that there is “nothing scandalous” about talking about women’s libidos, since, as he put it, is “a normal part of being human.”