Mike Huckabee’s daily dose of rhetorical excess hit a new level last night:
He wouldn’t rule out use of FBI and troops to stop abortion, no matter what the U.S. Supreme Court might say. The report is from the Topeka Capitol-Journal and I’m quoting extensively so as to avoid any misinterpretation.
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee indicated Thursday that if elected, he wouldn’t rule out employing federal troops or the Federal Bureau of Investigation to stop abortion from taking place in the United States.
Though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against bans on abortion, Huckabee said past presidents have defied Supreme Court rulings.
The comments came at two public speaking stops on a tour of Iowa.
In response to a question from the audience at the Pizza Ranch in Jefferson, Iowa, Huckabee said he would “invoke the 5th and 14th amendments for the protection of every human being.”
“Would that be a huge controversy?” the former Arkansas governor asked. “Yes.”
But he argued that scientific advancements have now verified that unborn babies are human beings — information he said wasn’t necessarily available when the Supreme Court issued its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
“I will not pretend there is nothing we can do to stop this,” Huckabee said at the event, where a Topeka Capital-Journal correspondent was present.
At his next stop, in Rockwell City, Huckabee answered follow-up questions from the correspondent, saying: “All American citizens should be protected.”
Asked by another reporter how he would stop abortion, and whether this would mean using the FBI or federal forces to accomplish this, Huckabee replied: “We’ll see if I get to be president.”
He said he would use all resources available to protect U.S. citizens.
Huckabee said past presidents also have defied Supreme Court rulings. He cited Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, and said Lincoln had ignored the court’s 1857 Dred Scott v. Sandford decision — which found that black Americans weren’t citizens — when he emancipated slaves. He didn’t clarify in what way Jefferson had violated any court rulings.
Huckabee also said the Roe v. Wade decision was wrong to cite the right to privacy as a reason for abortion being permissible.
“Privacy doesn’t allow you to take a life,” he said.
This should propel the Amazing Huckster back into headlines and the center of cable TV talkfests.
It would be a joke if the risk was not great that this could resonate in the Republican primary. What’s next? A call to march Planned Parenthood family planning clinic employees to the ovens?
UPDATE: Matt Taibbi apparently posed the followup question and elaborated on Huckabee response on Twitter. Call out the troops. (I think Taibbi meant to write “due” process.)