Why Mike Huckabee’s Defense Of Kim Davis Makes Him Unfit To Be President (VIDEO)

No Republican presidential candidate has come out more strongly in support of jailed Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis than Mike Huckabee. It’s not clear yet whether Huckabee’s defense of Davis will give him a boost in the polls, but he’s certainly getting plenty of airtime to talk about the case. When Huckabee appeared on Fox and Friends on September 7, he not only proved that he is off base on the matter of Kim Davis, he also may have proved that he doesn’t know enough about the Constitution to be president.

Huckabee talked to guest host Ed Henry about the case during a segment that Fox titled “The Fight For Faith.” Throughout the conversation, the “fair and balanced” network runs a series of “fair and balanced” captions, such as “Faith Under Fire” and “Christianity Criminalized” as Huckabee talks about how poor Kim Davis has been persecuted.

After advertising the rally he will be holding in support of Davis, Huckabee says that Davis “followed the only law that is in front of her.” Of course, he doesn’t mention that the court’s ruling clarifies how that law in front of her must be interpreted. From there, he goes on to say that the dissenting justices on the Supreme Court believed that the marriage equality ruling would cause “mass confusion.” He doesn’t explain why, maybe because he has no explanation. What can possibly be confusing about a court ruling that says that all consenting adults have to be treated equally when they request to be married?

From there, Huckabee falls back on the old “the Supreme Court can’t make a law” argument that conservatives have used for years to attack decisions they don’t like. Of course, in the marriage equality case the court didn’t “make a law.” The court simply said that the laws regarding marriage apply equally to all adults. While there are some on both sides of the political spectrum who have argued that the power of the Supreme Court needs to be reigned in, the fact is the court’s power to interpret laws has been accepted since Marbury v. Madison, which Huckabee surely learned about in school.

Huckabee observes that the judge who put Davis in jail is a Republican, and Davis is a Democrat. Then he says that the case “isn’t about partisan issues.” Which it isn’t. So why did that even come up, except as a lead-in that allows Henry to say, “Most of the media does not mention that fact, which is very interesting.”

Actually, a lot of the media has mentioned that fact, including The Washington Post, which featured a roundtable discussion about it on September 4. And there was the profile of Judge David L. Bunning that The New York Times offered on September 3. But this is Fox News. What hosts and guests say doesn’t have to be accurate, as long as it fits the narrative Fox wants to spin.

Of course there has to be a “blame Obama” segment in the conversation. Henry takes a gratuitous shot at the president, bringing up the repeated Republican claim that he is “lawless,” as a way to ask Huckabee if the court’s decision could cause “chaos” if more clerks say “I’m not going to follow the law.”

Huckabee responds to Henry’s question in a way that has to make rational people ask whether he understands the Constitution well enough to be president. He makes this statement:

“We follow what the law says. The court says something, and it’s not fully implemented into law, and enabled, until the people’s representatives pass that law, and specifically describe what it looks like, and until the executive signs it. This is Civics 101.”

That is an explanation of the role of the courts that would make most middle school social studies teachers cringe. But it gets worse. After saying that “everybody should understand the three branches of government,” Huckabee launches into a twisted description of how those three branches work. His notion of how the branches relate to each other would probably earn him an “F” in that Civics 101 class.

Huckabee says that the branches work “in concert with each other, not independently of each other.” But that’s completely off base. He must have been reading his Bible in Civics 101 the day the teacher was talking about the doctrine of “separation of powers.” He also says that “one [branch] cannot overrule the other two.” Except that they can, and as a former governor he certainly knows that. Courts can rule a law unconstitutional. Congress can then amend that law to clarify it, or address the court’s objections. The president can veto a bill sent to him by Congress. Congress can override that veto. The branches can, and do, constantly overrule each other.

Mike Huckabee is the guy who tweeted about President Obama’s “unconstitutional executive orders.” But in five minutes on Fox News, he shows that he doesn’t know enough about the Constitution to weigh in on anything regarding it. Either that, or he is deliberately playing to the Republican base, who largely say they love the Constitution while knowing next to nothing about it. Whichever it is, with his defense of Kim Davis, Huckabee is proving that he is not qualified to be president.

Here’s the video, via Fox News:

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