Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee got up extra early on Friday to beat all his fellow Republicans at making a racist Cinco de Mayo joke.
At 3:52 a.m., Huckabee tweeted:
‘For Cinco de Mayo I will drink an entire jar of hot salsa and watch old Speedy Gonzales cartoons and speak Spanish all day. Happy CdMayo!’
For Cinco de Mayo I will drink an entire jar of hot salsa and watch old Speedy Gonzales cartoons and speak Spanish all day. Happy CdMayo!
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) May 5, 2017
Yep, that really happened. It’s so offensive, one might think it was ironic, if it weren’t coming from a notoriously racist person.
Naturally, Huckabee received a lot of negative comments on his tweet. A few of the best responses can be seen below.
stick to celebrating your people's culture of wearing khakis from Sears and taking rights away from minorities.
— Dan Ozzi (@danozzi) May 5, 2017
Clearly. What makes that worse, this was posted at like 5am…
How does this crazy old drunk have platform?
— That Said, We’ve Had Enough (@pedro_americana) May 5, 2017
So essentially you want your asshole to know what it's like to be you.
— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) May 5, 2017
.@GovMikeHuckabee U gonna tweet on Black History Month that you'll eat watermelon & watch Amos & Andy? Ur casual racism here is astounding.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) May 5, 2017
hope the salsa has botulism! enjoy!
— rstevens 3.01 ?? (@rstevens) May 5, 2017
While most of the tweets, like those shown above, focused on Huckabee’s disgusting racism, others commented on the fact that the former governor’s son was caught years ago torturing a dog.
Being flamboyantly racist to distract from the fact that your son tortured a dog to death is a bold strategy, but will not work
— Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse) May 5, 2017
A few commenters also reminded Huckabee about his two failed attempts at running for president.
Aw Mike, you're attempts at humor fail almost as miserably as your attempts to run for president!
— Hap Emerson?? (@HapEmerson) May 5, 2017
If only the angry comments Huckabee has received — and will surely continue to receive — had any effect on his behavior. He has made it clear in the past that he doesn’t care one bit about whether or not he is offending anyone with his tasteless tweets.
In an interview with Yahoo News just last month, Huckabee explained that he writes for his own amusement, no matter what people think of him as a result.
He also said that, when he reads some of the comments on his tweets, he is amused by the mean things people say. He did add, though, that he doesn’t like when people attack his family members.
‘Occasionally. I read some of them. And the ones that are mean towards me, I don’t care. That’s part of the deal and some of them are funny. Quite frankly, some of the things people say back to me — that are intended to be mean — I find amusing. But when they attack members of my family, to me that’s, that’s hateful.’
So everything and everyone is fair game, except Huckabee’s family. Who would expect anything less than hypocrisy from the rigid conservative?
With comments like that, it’s no wonder he’s the former governor of Arkansas.
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