Mike Huckabee’s Unconscionable Attack on the First Lady and Beyoncé

For years Republicans have insisted on an apology for anything said about them, however true, while their own rhetoric has devolved from mud- to feces-slinging. That has never been truer than in Mike Huckabee’s attack on the Obamas for letting their daughter listen to Beyoncé.

The Obama’s are unabashed Beyoncé fans, and Beyoncé, Jay Z and their daughter, Blue Ivy were at the First Lady’s birthday party in January. Michelle Obama has taken her daughters to Beyoncé’s concerts.

So, of course, to Mike Huckabee, looking to make a splash with the gun-toting, black-hating, ethnic nationalist Republican base, this is a big deal.

In an interview published Tuesday in People Magazine,

That’s the whole point. I don’t understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything – how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school and making sure they’re kind of sheltered and shielded from so many things – and yet they don’t see anything that might not be suitable for either a preteen or a teen in some of the lyrical content and choreography of Beyoncé, who has sort of a regular key to the [White House] door.

In his opinion, Beyoncé’s dance moves are “best left for the privacy of her bedroom.”

Of course, as Max Lockie points out at Bloomberg Politics, Huckabee is a huge Ted Nugent fan, and,

From draft-dodging to singing an ode to comely 13-year-old girls to dropping n-bombs and supporting apartheid, The Nuge is no stranger to “obnoxious and toxic mental poison,” and apparently that’s just fine with the governor.

Of course, “the Nuge” is not a black woman, but a white male. I’m not sayin’. I’m just sayin’.

The master of relativistic morality, not to say hypocrisy, Huckabee managed to attack two popular and successful black women in the same sentence:

With the first lady so concerned about making sure her daughters’ bellies don’t ingest unhealthy food, how can she let their brains ingest obnoxious and toxic mental poison in the form of song lyrics? If lived out, those lyrics would be far more devastating to someone’s health than a cupcake.

This parenting critique is coming from the man whose son hung a dog.

David Huckabee was 17 when, back in 1998 at Boy Scouts camp – where he was working as a camp counselor no less – Camp Pioneer, he saw a stray. Did he take the dog in? Did he ignore it? Did he shoo it away? Did he call somebody else to deal with the dog? No. He hanged the dog from a tree.

He told Newsweek, in his own defense, that, “There was a dog that apparently had mange and was absolutely, I guess, emaciated.”

Um, so feed it? Give it a bath?

There were ugly rumors that the intrepid camp counselors had also slit the dog’s throat and stoned it to death.

Mike Huckabee claimed it looked like it was going to attack. If it looks like a stray dog is going to attack, do you even go near it so you can hang it? None of it makes any sense. I guess if David would have had a Glock that day, we’d be telling a whole ‘nother story today.

Newsweek tells us of the sordid episodes aftermath, which was near as sordid as the event itself:

[The incident] prompted the local prosecuting attorney— bombarded with complaints generated by a national animal-rights group—to write a letter to the Arkansas state police seeking help investigating whether David and another teenager had violated state animal-cruelty laws. The state police never granted the request, and no charges were ever filed. But John Bailey, then the director of Arkansas’s state police, tells NEWSWEEK that Governor Huckabee’s chief of staff and personal lawyer both leaned on him to write a letter officially denying the local prosecutor’s request. Bailey, a career officer who had been appointed chief by Huckabee’s Democratic predecessor, said he viewed the lawyer’s intervention as improper and terminated the conversation. Seven months later, he was called into Huckabee’s office and fired. “I’ve lost confidence in your ability to do your job,” Bailey says Huckabee told him. One reason Huckabee cited was “I couldn’t get you to help me with my son when I had that problem,” according to Bailey. “Without question, [Huckabee] was making a conscious attempt to keep the state police from investigating his son,” says I. C. Smith, the former FBI chief in Little Rock, who worked closely with Bailey and called him a “courageous” and “very solid” professional.

Huckabee, reported Fox News, said that Mike Huckabee believed politics were behind the dog-killing accusations, not – you know – the fact that his son hung a dog.

This is the man who would be president, America.

And that doesn’t include the time in 2007 that David Huckabee was caught at Little Rock National Airport with a Glock and a clip in his carry-on bag. He hung the dog because it was emaciated. He had the pistol because in true, well-trained gun-owner fashion, he “forgot it was there.”

The 2007 mugshot of Dog-hanging, Glock-carrying David Huckabee
The 2007 mugshot of Dog-hanging, Glock-carrying David Huckabee

Mike Huckabee’s response was to say, “It’s one of those stupid things. He knows better.”

Well, that was actually the second of two stupid things. All Obama’s daughters have done is listen to music.

I think if there is one person on the planet who shouldn’t be criticizing the Obamas as parents, it is maybe Mike Huckabee.

Which brings us to Huckabee’s completely over-the-top attack on Beyoncé and her husband, rapper Jay-Z.

In his book, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,” Huckabee describes the Grammy Award-winning Beyoncé’s lyrics as “obnoxious and toxic mental poison,” and accuses her husband, Jay-Z, of pimping his wife:

Beyoncé is incredibly talented – gifted, in fact. She has an exceptional set of pipes and can actually sing. She is a terrific dancer – without the explicit moves best left for the privacy of her bedroom. Jay Z is a very shrewd businessman, but I wonder: Does it occur to him that he is arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp by exploiting his wife as a sex object?

As Ruben Navarette wrote at CNN yesterday, “While Republicans like Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky talk about the importance of reaching out to African-Americans, Huckabee may have reached a new low in terms of offending them.” And it’s safe to say Beyoncé has sold more albums than Huckabee will ever sell books.

While Huckabee is busy calling Beyoncé a whore, the contraceptive-opposing rape-enthusiast accuses Democrats of insulting women:

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 a 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,” Huckabee said. “Let us take that discussion all across America.

By all accounts, Huckabee is considering a run at the presidency. It is interesting that he thinks building his platform around an attack on a popular singer and her husband, and on the sitting President’s and First Lady’s parenting skills, is the way to proceed.

Michelle Obama has had too much class to respond to these attacks, but the rest of us might wonder, and should demand to know, how the expression of a woman’s sexuality is more of a threat to civilization than starving children and homeless families, veterans without healthcare for the wars his political party sent them to fight, and seniors having their security net pulled out from beneath them.

Mike Huckabee has demonstrated not only his own lack of parenting skills, but shown through his confused, relativistic, and distinctly un-American values, that he has no place aspiring to the highest office in the land.

39 Replies to “Mike Huckabee’s Unconscionable Attack on the First Lady and Beyoncé”

  1. As Reverend Huckabee makes his book tour wonder how many from the MSM will ask him about his son and his parenting skills?

  2. Huckleberry Hound has also performed Cat Scratch Fever with Ted Nugent on his show. Have a gander at these lyrics:

    Well, I don’t know where they come from but they sure do come
    I hope they comin’ for me
    And I don’t know how they do it but they sure do it good
    I hope they’re doin’ it for free

    They give me cat scratch fever
    Cat scratch fever

    Well, the first time that I got it I was just ten years old
    I got it from some kitty next door
    An’ I went to see the doctor and he gave me the cure
    I think I got it some more


    It’s nothin’ dangerous
    I feel no pain
    I’ve got the choo-choo train
    You know you got it when you, you’re going insane
    It makes a grown man cry, cry, oh won’t you make my bed

    Well, I make the pussy purr with the stroke of my hand
    They know they gettin’ it from me
    They know just where to go when they need their lovin’ man
    They know I’m doin’ it for free

  3. Someone who did what Huckabee’s son did is the product of a flawed heredity, an abusive upbringing, or both, and none of that speaks well for the dad.

  4. I believe that animal mutilation and killing is a characteristic of serial killers, right. What goes on in that Huckabee house? Living with a phony pastor and all that hypocrisy must be devastating.

    Huckabee is a habitual liar and sells his brand of hate and fear-mongering to the most gullible. He was on stage with hasbeen raunch rocker, draft dodger and admitted pedophile, Ted Nugent. Beyonce is a saint compared to that. Oh my, a successful, married mother. Why are the old white guys at faux so obsessed with her? She is quite beautiful but their obsession with her sex life is just disturbing.

  5. He seems to hate people that have beautiful children, The Obamas, The Carters. Is that cause his are so fugly?

  6. Yeah right Mikey!! That book of lies that you try to shove down peoples throats IS obnoxious mental poison you ignorant twit! I would much rather have my kids listening to ANYTHING other than the obnoxious mental poison that you and your Reich Wing spew and thrive on. Take your Turd Nugget and shove him up your ass! Go back to the Goebbels Channel and sell your creepy totally false animated bible lie videos and to relax have a steaming cup of STFU!!!!!

  7. Squirrel in cream gravy, when properly done, is rather a delicacy, but they have to be lobbed, not shot. They should, like all wild game, be dressed with gloves on (the cook, not the squirrels), and it helps to marinate them overnight in Coca Cola before proceeding. Afterwards, any good fricassee method will work.

  8. Mike. If I wanted to embarrass myself, I would grab my bass and play Stranglehold or Wang Dang sweet Poontang, or any of the other three chord songs Nooge the stooge is famous for.

  9. Huck, that Christ guy you’re always talking about but never listening to, he had a famous quote about casting the first stone. Maybe you should check that one the next time you’re browsing for ‘hate the gay’ quotes.

  10. Just another example of a good “Christian” I sent him an email once about his lies and love of money. It’s been a few years so I don’t remember what made me mad enough to write. He never has been anything but a liar and greedy POS. As governor he and his wife renewed their vows so they could receive “gifts”. There’s a lot more so if he runs he’ll have a lot of tap dancing to do.

  11. Here’s afew lyrics from Mike Huckabee’s friend Ted Nugent. “I don’t care if you’re 13. You look to good to be true.I just know that you’re probably clean. There’s one lil’ thing I got do to you. Now those lyrics sounds like a man who want to be with a 13 year old child. Now you are pals with someone like that, your son kills a dog for no reason other than to kill it and you think you have the right to judge someone else parenting skills.

  12. And can you imagine, Huckabee wrote a diet
    book, too bad he and his family did not read it.

    I visited my local Costco this am as I do every Thursday (Greensboro NC) feeling pretty good, then I passed the book section and saw a big picture of Huckabee and a notice saying he would be there on 29th Jan to sign copies of his new book (with the ridiculous title) am not sure whether I should go that day, can anyone give me any ideas about how to make a statement???? I cannot stand him.

  13. He couldn’t care less about how the Obamas raise their kids. It was his excuse to take a dig at a president he neither likes nor respects through criticizing the man’s family. With the atrocity his own son committed against a helpless animal, he’s the last person who should criticize anyone’s parenting style because his son is a monster. As for criticizing Jay-Z and Beyonce, some people do have their issues with them, but he doesn’t like or respect them either and he used an opportunity to disparage them as well as to disparage the Obama family. He needs to get a life because none of these folks are bothering him.

  14. Joan, Mikey left out the most important “G” word in the title of what he claims is a “book”. It should have been titled “The Gullibility of God Guns And Grits People” That title is way more accurate and infinitely more truthful. Obama was 100% correct when he made that statement about the “god and guns people” What is the most sad and a bit silly is that the “god and guns” people simply refuse and or are too ignorant to see the irony of that label that they hold so dear. Simple logic evades them..I pity them I can’t really bring myself to hate a mentally challenged person…

  15. Joseph,
    I always try to reply to anything about Turd Nugget stressing what a total turd he is.
    You sir, have rendered me speechless. Your ability to sum up what a piece of crap both he and Huck are, is an art form.
    Thank you for speaking it out so succinctly.


  16. Joan, go to the book signing and ask him about his parenting skills in light of his son’s dog killing habit.

  17. Thank you Beth..I’m blushing. I will be here every night in the Blue Room, remember to enjoy your waiter and tip your meal. Have a Great Democratic Day!

  18. I remember when then governor Huckabee wanted an escape hatch cut into the floor of a closet in his office. That way he could go down a ladder into the parking garage and avoid the press. What a guy!

  19. This transparent pandering hypocritical zero of a person is totally irrelevant in any discussion of anything real; he’s playing to the idiots of the world.

  20. It must be a republican thing with dog torture. Palin lets her kid stand on a dog, Romney ties his to the car roof, and the Huckabee’s just go full on execution!!
    Who votes for these people anyway?

  21. Idiots who think that if you give the 1% tax cuts it will trickle down on them. The only problem is the only trickling being done is a golden shower on all the sane people

  22. Uncle Huck a buck’s motto is “do as I say, not as I do”. He has such a Christian attitude. He’s a preacher in disguise.

  23. Their sense of entitlement gives them the right. No biggie as I am special. They shite vanilla ice cream.

  24. Huckabee is a hypocrite, liar, and a fool. A typical christian asshole.

    He’s an evil, arrogant, smug SOB that doesn’t belong anywhere there are decent people.

  25. I think as parents they aha e failed there son or else he has severe emotional problems. Are they praying them away or,simply ignoring them the way most on the right do.doesnt seem like him and his wife can earn “parents of the year” awards. Their son looks deeply disturbed on that photo. Huckabuck should start with his own family before attacking others. He’s a very mean man with a lot of nastiness in him.he should look inward to his many major faults first.

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