High from his “freedom rally” with Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis, Republican Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee weighed in on the Dred Scott decision—because when you’re wrong, be wrong about everything.
During a radio interview on Wednesday with host Michael Medved, Huckabee took it upon himself to give his listeners an entirely inaccurate history lesson, saying the 1857 Supreme Court ruling, where blacks were declared as not whole humans, is still a law even though no one upholds it. From BuzzFeed:
“I’ve been just drilled by TV hosts over the past week, ‘How dare you say that it’s not the law of the land?’” Huckabee said. “Because that’s their phrase, ‘it’s the law of the land.’ Michael, the Dred Scott decision of 1857 still remains to this day the law of the land which says that black people aren’t fully human. Does anybody still follow the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision?”
The Dred Scott decision by the Supreme Court was overturned by the Civil War; the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery; and the 14th Amendment, which gave citizenship to African Americans. The Dred Scott decision is clearly no longer the law of this land. I should add though that the prevalence of police violence against people of color, high incarceration rates and the need for movements like Black Lives Matter is proving Huckabee, dumb as he is, a bit right, though on paper he is still totally incorrect.
And then Huckabee said some more dumb stuff about whether he’d try to overturn gay marriage, which is also legal in these here United States of America, according to the Supreme Court’s ruling in June.
“I don’t think that’s necessary,” Huckabee replied. “Because, in the case of this decision, it goes back to what Jefferson said that if a decision is rendered that is not borne out by the will of the people either through their elected people and gone through the process, if you just say it’s the law of the land because the court decided, then Jefferson said, ‘You now have surrendered to judicial tyranny.’ The Supreme Court in the same-sex marriage decision made a law and they made it up out of thin air.
Thin air? Oh, he’s not done.
Therefore, until Congress decides to codify that and give it a statute it’s really not an operative law and that’s why what Kim Davis did was operate under not only the Kentucky Constitution which was the law under which she was elected but she’s operating under the fact that there’s no statute in her state nor at the federal level that authorizes her,” Huckabee said before Medved cut him off for a break.
Then Huckabee got catty toward the end when asked about shutting Ted Cruz out of his and Davis’ “freedom rally”:
“I’d never go to another candidate’s event,” he said. “I just don’t do that and I don’t know of any candidate who ever has.”
The Republican presidential race to say the dumbest thing ever wages on!
Here’s the Medved vs. Huckabee interview, if you’d like your ears to bleed:
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