Fournier Likens Huckabee to Segregationist: ‘He Should be Ashamed of Himself’

Sunday on CNN’s “Inside Politics,” discussing the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same sex marriage, National Journal reporter Ron Fournier compared Republican presidential candidate former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AK) to the segregationist former Governor of Arkansas Orval Faubus.

Fournier said, “Switch out civil rights and put in gay rights and Mike Huckabee is on the wrong side of history and he should be ashamed of himself.”

He said,  “Well, definitely. I think Jonathan hit a very good point that we have to be careful not to read too much into this on the ideological spectrum that people are changing cultural we are becoming more tolerant especially rising generations. And that’s what the Republican Party really has to work about. I’m going to circle back to Huckabee. He didn’t just didn’t call this judicial tyranny. He said he’s not going to heed this ruling. That it’s an unconstitutional ruling. Now this is the guy I covered in Arkansas. There’s another governor, a former governor, I ran into in Arkansas a few times named Orval Faubus. Mike Huckabee today sounds just like Orval Faubus.”

He added, “He’s appealing to the worst instincts of some people. I don’t want to condemn the whole right of the Republican Party there are some very good voters out there who really think this is the wrong thing to do. But you don’t appeal to the worst instincts. You don’t make this us versus them.”

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