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Huckabee Says 'All Lives Matter', Explains Racism on Twitter

by Amber Payne /
Republican Mike Huckabee speaks at the Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, in this January 24, 2015 file photo. Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor and unabashed culture warrior, enters the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on May 5, 2015 facing competition for the support of social conservatives who backed him in 2008. Picture taken January 24.JIM YOUNG / Reuters

While millions scrolled through Twitter for debate analysis and memes, Governor Mike Huckabee decided to weigh in with some commentary that was quite offensive—especially to the Black and Asian community.

Shortly after candidates were asked about whether they subscribed to a Black Lives Matter or All Lives Matter philosophy, Huckabee lit up Twitter expressing his opinion on the matter: "Black lives matter because ALL lives matter. Haven't we learned from history?"

He seemed to generalize the activity and character of protests in places like Ferguson and Baltimore, stating, "It's time we stop burning cars, shooting cops, & recognize that life is a gift from God."

He then provided offensive and unsolicited commentary on race theory: "Racism exists because we have a sin problem in America, not a skin problem." (This comment actually prompted many on Twitter to call out Huckabee on his support of Josh Duggar, who was mired in a sexual abuse scandal this year.)

Just minutes after explaining the existence of racism, he fired off a racially insensitive dig at Bernie Sanders: "I trust @BernieSanders with my tax dollars like I trust a North Korean chef with my labrador!"

Huckabee's commentary was generally met with a swift clap-back from the Twitterverse and the Asian American community.