OPINION: If Democrats Had Their Way, Arkansas Schools Would Still be Segregated
Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, criticized the Democrat reaction to federal troops supporting city police in protest hotspots like Portland and asked if these politicians would be as opposed to the federal troops who supported the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School back in 1957.
Huckabee said President Eisenhower deployed the 101 Airborne to help get the nine black students into the school.
He asked, “Do the liberals who are whining about law and order and how the president ought to get out of there and not go into Portland or Seattle, I’m just wondering would they go on the record and say, ‘What Eisenhower did was wrong, he should never have done it and [Gov.] Orval Faubus should have been able to stand to stand in the school door and keep the Little Rock Nine from every getting in?’”
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Huckabee told the “Todd Starnes Show” on Monday that he just wanted to see if the Democrats would be consistent in their belief that federal troops should never be used for domestic purposes. Democrats have been critical of President Trump whenever he deployed federal troops in any city during the unrest since George Floyd’s death in police custody.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took to Twitter on Friday to identify them as “unidentified stormtroopers.”
“Unmarked cars. Kidnapping protesters and causing severe injuries in response to graffiti,” she tweeted. “These are not the actions of a democratic republic. @DHSgov’s actions in Portland undermine its mission. Trump & his stormtroopers must be stopped.”
Huckabee said the leadership of these cities need to understand that their top priority is to make sure that their residents live in peace so that “people can live their lives and have their constitutional rights protected.”
He called out Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. who said much of the crime increase could be blamed on poor people seeking bread for their families. Huckabee said those comments show how fundamentally out of touch the congresswoman is to the reality on the ground.
“If people were out shoplifting bread, how come nobody broke into a bakery?” Huckabee asked. “I don’t know how many times I’ve not been able to find bread at Gucci, Tiffany’s or Louis Vuitton stores in New York on Fifth Avenue.”