Mike Huckabee may have brought levity to the debate, but some of his comments are drawing criticism from a large portion of the electorate.
By most measures, probably not. Huckabee continued his tirade agains LGBT rights and even spoke out against transgendered people serving in the military, according to a report from CNN.
Following the debate, the country’s biggest advocacy organization for LGBT rights accused the candidate of running a campaign based on hate by supporting the military’s ban on transgender service members.
The former Arkansas governor revealed at the debate that he believed the military did not need to follow society’s shifting perception of cultural norms related to transgender issues. Huckabee added that he believed the military was not a “social experiment.”
“The purpose of the military is to kill people and break things.” Huckabee believes that the military should not adopt the changing social climate alongside the rest of the country, and instead focus on the task of protecting Americans.
It’s unclear how accepting transgendered service members would prevent them from protecting the nation’s interests, and even more inexplicably, how the military would come to be forced to pay for “transgender surgery for soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines” would detract from the military’s efficacy.
The Pentagon announced last month that the ban on transgender service members would be lifted, and that transgender people serving in the military could now serve their country openly.
Huckabee’s statements drew the ire of many groups fighting for equal rights, as well as the majority of viewers watching the debate last Thursday.