Last night on his show Mike Huckabee called on (a seemingly unprepared) Ann Coulter to explain last month’s claim that “all liberals are atheists. Only the ones who have to stand for election even bother pretending to believe in God…There’s only one true Christian liberal in the country and that’s Mike Huckabee.” Indeed.I've seen Huckabee allow liberals to get him to back off a bit on his Christian views so Coulter may have a point in one context, but calling any conservative a "liberal Christian" has to rile them.
Coulter, who protested “this was not our topic, Governor!” defended the quote by saying it was not an insult to Huckabee, but an insult to all of Obama’s so-called Christian advisers (“they are such fake, phony frauds”) whom Coulter thinks do not spend enough time protesting abortion in the President’s presence.
“So I started thinking, what if you were a genuine Christian but you had some crazy liberal views on things that are not directly Christian, what would that look like? And I thought of you Governor.”
The crux of Coulter’s ‘Huckabee is a liberal’ argument is that she thinks he was soft on illegal immigration during his 2008 run — specifically he once compared it to slavery — and moreover “everyone wants to be black in this country…everyone wants to claim the mantle of victimhood” and it’s neither acceptable nor a fair comparison. Coulter additionally asserts that Huckabee’s position that you shouldn’t punish the children of illegal aliens is the modern day equivalent of the government supporting illegitimacy in the African American community 30 years ago (presumably she is referring to welfare here) and when you subsidize something you get more of it.
Huckabee, perhaps not surprisingly, appeared more upset at the idea of being called a liberal than he did at any of Coulter’s typically unhinged analogies, though it should be noted amidst all his protestations he held his ground and refused to “judge” anyone else’s Christianity. Watch below. If this midterm election season is anything to judge by, it’s probably just a matter of time before Coulter is asked to moderate an upcoming presidential debate.