Republicans must fight the phony "war on women" tag that Democrats have slapped on them — a charge that is "incredibly demeaning" to U.S. women, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says.
"Every woman I know who has an IQ above broccoli tells you that it's an insult to them that the Democrats play them to be incapable of anything other than helpless and hopeless victims of their own gender, who are just sitting around wringing their hands hoping that Uncle Sugar will provide for them free birth control and a free abortion because it's the only thing in life that they really care about," Huckabee told "The Steve Malzberg Show" On Newsmax TV.
"That is incredibly demeaning," he said Monday.
"It's extraordinarily outrageous to assume that women, who are capable of running everything from major corporations in this country to running a household, that they're somehow incapable of controlling their own libido and their reproductive system to the point that if the government doesn't step in with $9 a month worth of birth control, they're going to completely fall apart," Huckabee said.
In recent years, Democrats have tagged the GOP as waging a "war on women" for its efforts to regulate abortion and because of a series of insensitive remarks by Republican lawmakers.
The most infamous example was that of former Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri, who said that abortion in cases of rape was unnecessary because "if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
Huckabee said he can't believe the GOP hasn't fought back against the Democrats' "ridiculous" tag — but he has a theory.
"Why Republicans haven't taken that on is beyond me except for this: you have to believe something in your heart before it can come out of your mouth with much effectiveness, and a lot of times, some of our Republican leaders, they're not too sure what they believe in their hearts, and therefore they find it more difficult to articulate," he said.
"But anybody who . . . thinks about it rationally and logically would say that on its face the Democrats [who are] creating this phony 'war on women' ought to be pushed back and the Republicans ought to be talking about . . . [women being] accepted as equals, for them to be respected as people who are not victims of gender but capable of anything that a man is capable of. That's what we ought to be talking about."
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