Mike Huckabee said today that he was “disgusted” by the “incredibly dangerous” decision of some black members of Congress and St. Louis Rams players to use the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture to protest the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, arguing that such actions actually inspire looting and murder.
In an interview with Newsmax TV host J.D. Hayworth, a former GOP congressman, Huckabee said he “found it just incredibly dangerous that you have members of Congress on the floor of Congress holding up their hands in the ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ position as if to say that somehow that is going to get you shot.”
Huckabee, who previously compared Ferguson demonstrators to the killers of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, said people making the gesture are effectively “teaching” young people “to go loot a store, beat up a cop, reach for his gun and hope you get it before he does.”
“This is not only foolish and dangerous but it is really on the verge of anarchy and I’m just disgusted that you have NFL players, politicians and others who no matter what the evidence reveals, no matter how many sworn testimonies show that Darren Wilson — it’s a tragedy that the young man got shot, but this is a young man who had just roughed up a store owner, just robbed a store and now he’s going after a cop’s gun and it’s a horrible thing that he was killed but he could’ve avoided that if he had behaved as something other than a thug,” he said.