“In January this year, during his State of the Union Address, President Obama boldly stated, “No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.” He continued, noting that 2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record, and that 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have fallen in the first 15 years of this century.
“Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and creationist presidential wannabee, had the most loaded response: “Not to diminish anything about the climate, but Mr. President, I believe that most of us would think that [an ISIS] beheading is a far greater threat to an American than a sunburn.”
Huckabee’s comments went viral on the Internet, causing a storm of responses from both his supporters as well as those who oppose his views. But, apparently, that hasn’t made the former Arkansas Gov. change his mind (or his rhetoric).
Recently, while commenting on the massacre in a Charleston, South Carolina church, Huckabee used the same comparison with ISIS beheadings; this time, he again used it to echo the criticism the president took last year for not taking seriously enough the threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) amid the beheadings of journalists. However, instead of comparing the beheadings to climate change (like he did the first time), Huckabee now stated that “the Charleston shooting was still not as important to an American as an ISIS beheading.”
The former Baptist minister told Newslo: “I always stand behind my words. And yes – I do believe that beheadings pose a greater threat to us as a nation, that ISIS poses a great threat to us as a nation than a church shooting. We could have easily stopped the Charleston tragedy if we had only allowed churchgoers to carry weapons along with them. Instead, our President couldn’t wait to jump on the opportunity to talk about gun control. You see my point? He doesn’t care about ISIS and is only looking to gain political points at home. So, he focuses on domestic terrorists and criminals when he should also be looking at foreign ones.”
Huckabee added: “I feel for the families of the 9 victims in Charleston. I really do. But they, like all Americans, must understand that what happened in that church is nothing compared to what will happen if we don’t stop ISIS right away. It might sound a bit harsh, but it’s true what they say: ‘the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.’”