Mike Huckabee really f*cked up this time.
The former Fox host and failed presidential candidate posted a link on Wednesday claiming that two Northwestern University students who committed hate crimes by vandalizing property with swastika graffiti and other anti-black, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic and anti-gay slurs were actually “liberal Jews.”
That’s right. Huckabee literally blamed the Jews for Nazi graffiti. Plus he made it sound like the vandalism occurred recently in an attempt to make Donald Trump look bad even though the incident occurred in March.
“Everything You Know Is Wrong Dept: Liberals went ballistic after someone defaced the chapel at Northwestern University in Chicago, using spray paint to deface photos of Muslim students, draw swastikas and write slurs against blacks and gays, and of course, the name ‘Trump,'” Huckabee wrote. “Can you believe what those evil, racist, homophobic, Islamophobic deplorables who support Trump did?!”
“They’re two liberal, Jewish Northwestern students who were trying to smear Trump and his supporters,” Huckebee continued before claiming that liberals are responsible for these crimes to make Trump look bad.
Except that Huckabee has zero evidence that these students are liberal or Jews.
According to the New York Daily News,
Not a single report on the incident states anywhere that these young men were Jewish. Instead, the hokey Conservative Tribune website Huckabee has linked to, which also claims the students were Jewish liberals, simply links to another hokey website called the Gateway Pundit which also claims the students were Jewish liberals. Their evidence? A Jewish website which does not claim the students were Jewish at all, but tells the story of the hate crime being an offense to Jewish people.
But conservative websites are spreading the story like wildfire as if the crimes happened recently instead of seven months ago. It’s their way of trying to blame all the hate crimes that have been committed by Trump supporters over the last week as the work of liberals trying to sabotage Trump.
After being called out, a humiliated Huckabee was forced to apologize, but he refused to acknowledge the falsity of his claims, which really makes his “apology” and non-apology.
“[The Daily News] accused me of spreading false information and hatred, and demanded an apology. And they’re right, I do owe readers an apology,” Huckabee wrote on his page. “Due to a posting error, the story was actually from last March, but it appeared to be a new story. I didn’t remember the original story and assumed it was new. For that mistake, I sincerely apologize. But the facts of the story were otherwise accurate.”
Again, there is no evidence that the two students involved are liberal or Jewish. Huckabees “sources” are right-wing sites that push lies and misinformation. So Huckabee is full of shit as usual.
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