Mike Huckabee Made Some Racist Remarks on Twitter During The Debate

October 14th 2015

Tuesday night's first Democratic presidential primary debate had its moments, but it lacked the pure entertainment of earlier Republican debates, where an excitable and tenacious bunch of contenders vied for the harshest stance on immigration, bickered over the National Security Agency, and made questionable comments about women.

But anyone suffering withdrawals could have easily turned to Twitter, where some Republican candidates provided play-by-play commentary on Tuesday's Democratic debate. Perhaps not surprisingly, at least one candidate was forced to explain racist remarks. Following a question to the Democratic candidates about whether black lives matter or all lives matter, Republican contender and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tweeted out his answer to the question.

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"ALL lives matter. It's time we stop burning cars, shooting cops, & recognize that life is a gift from god," Huckabee wrote. "Black lives matter because ALL lives matter. Haven't we learned from history?"

His comments:

The former Gov. and bass guitarist also pegged racism as an outcropping of religious sin, not the effects of systemic intolerance and fear. "Racism exists because we have a sin problem in America, not a skin problem," he tweeted.

But perhaps the most eyebrow-raising comment came in the form of a bizarre jab at Bernie Sanders' tax platform. "I trust @BernieSanders with my tax dollars like I trust a North Korean chef with my labrador!," Huckabee wrote.

Needless to say, the tweet received swift pushback on Twitter.

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