Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus threw Mike Huckabee "under the bus" by criticizing the former Arkansas governor's crack about the "libido" of U.S. women, former U.S. Rep. Allen West says.
"He didn't just throw him under the bus — he backed over it," West, a Republican from Florida, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
On Monday, Priebus slammed Huckabee, saying he was wrong to talk about women's libidos when he slammed Democrats three times last week
for accusing Republicans of waging a "war on women."
In a speech at the RNC's winter meeting on Thursday, Huckabee said: "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."
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Asked by NBC's Chuck Todd whether he was critical of Huckabee's comments, Priebus responded:
"Sure. Yes, I was. And the reason is that, you know, you have to accept the political world we live in, in the sense that you cannot offer up words like libido — wherever that came from — you don't offer up these sorts of lobs and set-up passes and serves that allow the Democrats to spike the ball."
West, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, said he was jolted by Priebus' chastising of Huckabee, and compared it to a soldier's being abandoned by his commanding officer during wartime.
"[It's like] if you are out there on the battlefield and you are requesting additional resources and support and your commanding officer says, 'I'm not giving it to you, I didn't like the plan that you came up with,'" West said.
"'You just figure out how you're going to fight the enemy yourself.'"
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