Mike Huckabee Still Thinks Black People Are Not Full Citizens

Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee Still Thinks Black People Are Not Full Citizens

Presidential candidate said Dred Scott decision is "still law of the land."

Published September 11, 2015

Mike Huckabee needs a clue and a history lesson.

This week, after defending Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’s refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses, the presidential candidate said that the Dred Scott decision, which ruled that free or enslaved Blacks could not be American citizens, is still the law of the land.

Uh, what?

“I’ve been just drilled by TV hosts over the past week, ‘How dare you say that, uh, it’s not the law of the land?’” Huckabee told radio host Michael Medved. “Because that’s their phrase, ‘It’s the law of the land.’ Michael, the Dred Scott decision of 1857 still remains to this day the law of the land which says that Black people aren’t fully human. Does anybody still follow the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision?”

The Dred Scott decision was overturned by the 14th amendment in 1868. Huckabee, who is a former governor of Arkansas, might need to step into a middle-school class to catch up on American history.

Also in the interview, Huckabee said that he believes the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage is confusing and understands why Davis was not following the law.

“The Supreme Court in the same-sex marriage decision made a law and they made it up out of thin air," he said. "Therefore, until Congress decides to codify that and give it a statute it’s really not an operative law and that’s why what Kim Davis did was operate under not only the Kentucky Constitution, which was the law under which she was elected, but she’s operating under the fact that there’s no statute in her state nor at the federal level that authorizes her.”

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