Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says states should ignore Supreme Court rulings they disagree with.
Mike Huckabee was the Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas from 1993 to 1996. He was then theÂ governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007. And from 2005 to 2006 he served as theÂ Chairman of the National Governors Association. So, you might think Mike Huckabee knows a thing or two about the job of governor and how government works. Apparently, you’d be wrong.
Huckabee is a perennial Republican candidate for president, and a money-making machine who has a dozen books listed at Amazon â€“Â including his soon-to-be-released, God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy. He’s also an ordained Southern Baptist minister, which may be why on Monday he toldÂ Iowa-based conservative talk show host Steve Deace that God trumps the Constitution, and anyone who has taken a ninth-grade civics class should know that.Â
Of course,Â anyone who has taken a ninth-grade civics class knows that you have to follow the law of the land, and here in the United States, the Supreme Court gets the final say on what the law actually is.
But Mike Huckabee says that lawmakers and politicians — like Congress and the President — should look at Supreme Court rulings as merely good, non-binding advice. Kind of like what you get from your mother.
“Well, the courts have spoken and itâ€™s an important voice,” Huckabee says, “but itâ€™s not the voice of God and the Supreme Court isnâ€™t God.”
While it’s good he’s able to make that distinction, he forgets that in this life, the Supreme Court gets the final say.
But not according to Huckabee’s Constitution, apparently. If the Supreme Court issues a ruling, “but the other two branches of government choose not to agree that they have correctly interpreted the Constitution… then it’s not law yet.”
Of course, that’s false.
Talking about Roe v. Wade, Huckabee says,Â â€œI look back to 1973 and Iâ€™m wondering what would have happened if the two branches of government, the executive and the legislative, simply said, â€˜We appreciate your opinion, court, but now if states wish to empower that, I guess they can do so, but until that happens weâ€™re not automatically going to go killing 55 million babies over the next 40 years.â€™â€
Huckabee then blames “the courts” for “the big cultural changes” made over the past few decades, like “Bible reading, public expression of faith,Â abortion, same-sex marriage. In every case the other two branches, and the public, for the most part, capitulated and said, ‘Well, the courts have spoken.'”Â
Huckabee seems to think that was the wrong way to go, that anarchy would be better.
“What I’m hoping will happen,” Huckabee continued, “is thatÂ somewhere there will be a governor who will simply say, â€˜No, Iâ€™m not going to enforce thatâ€™â€ same-sex marriage ruling.
UPDATE: Over at Talking Points Memo, Ed Kilgore writes, “Itâ€™s no wonder a pol who is also a Southern Baptist minister, Mike Huckabee, reacted to the Supreme Courtâ€™s action this week byÂ hinting at active defianceÂ of judicial authority. Thatâ€™s the opposite of a dog whistle; itâ€™s a loud insurrectionary shout that will scare GOP donors and swing voters alike.”
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In First Interview Since Loss, Trump Goes Off the Rails and Suggests FBI Is ‘Involved’ in Stealing Election
In his first interview since losing to President-elect Joe Biden, President Donald Trump repeated false claims about voter fraud and suggested that the FBI was “involved” in stealing the election.
Trump made the claims while speaking to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.
“They send millions and millions and millions of mail-in ballots,” Trump opined. “I’m sure you know people that got two, three, four — because I do. They got four ballots. They got one at a country home. Dead people were seeing ballots. But even worse, dead people were applying to get a ballot. They were making applications to get ballots. Many. And we’re not talking about 10 people, we’re talking — there are a lot of dead people that so-called voted this election.”
“This is total fraud,” he continued. “And how the FBI and Department of Justice — I don’t know, maybe they’re involved. But how people are allowed to get away with this stuff is unbelievable. This election was rigged. This election was a total fraud.”
Trump also suggested that the judicial system had been rigged against him.
“We go to judges and people don’t want to get involved,” Trump remarked to Bartiromo. “The media doesn’t even want to cover it. I mean, you’re doing something. You’re actually very brave.”
Watch the video below from Fox News.
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The central African country of Cameroon is currently experiencing a four-year separatist conflict that has killed over 3,000 people and displaced half a million more with “extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances, arbitrary and unlawful detention and torture.”
But Cameroonians who fled to the U.S. to seek political asylum here as refugees are experiencing torture as well from private prison guards and agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Louisiana and Mississippi.
A new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center and Freedom for Immigrants includes six Cameroonians who say they were physically forced to sign deportation documents that they didn’t understand and threatened with choking, pepper spray, physical pain and prolonged detention if they refused.
One accuser said that ICE agents and private guards stripped him naked from the waist down, exposing his genitals and buttocks to a room of 10 people, while forcing him to sign. Others said they and other refugees were fed substandard food, subject to a humiliating full-body strip search, and housed alongside federal prisoners while waiting for their court proceedings.
If true, the actions would violate Louisiana state and federal law, the international Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, which the U.S. has ratified, as well as ICE’s own policies within its 2011 Performance Based National Standards, Newsweek reports.
Trump has deported anywhere from 94 or 116 Cameroonians back to their home country since October. The Cameroon government has detained refugees who return to their shore to interrogate them for any separatist ties.
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The Daily Beast has cited three officials who Trump has reportedly discussed the idea with. He is assessing which big-dollar donors would support his bid and which political underlings would remain loyal to him just to benefit from whatever happens.
“Trump’s scheming about a future White House run is both an implicit recognition that he views his own current legal efforts as longshots and a reflection of his inherent desire to maintain political power and public attention,” The Daily Beast writes.
According to Bloomberg News, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, reportedly told Trump, “If you do that—and I think I speak for everybody in the room—we’re with you 100 percent.”
Trump still has yet to officially concede. On Thursday he told reporters, “It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know there was massive fraud.” Trump has been unable to prove his repeated claims of “massive fraud” in over 30 lawsuits which have either failed, been dismissed or withdrawn by his own re-election campaign.
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