• Humorless CNN Panel Outraged Over Huckabee’s ‘Transgender’ Joke

    A panel of CNN ‘experts’ blasted former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee on Tuesday for his “insensitive” comments on transgenderism and gender-neutral bathrooms.

    Huckabee said that there is a time he wishes he could’ve been transgender: When it was time to hit the high school showers.

    The governor’s comments came in February at the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, but were uploaded to YouTube over the weekend..

    CNN’s OutFront with Erin Burnett featured Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon and HLN host Dr. Drew Pinsky who both insinuated that Huckabee doesn’t view transgenders as human beings.

    “He’s entitled to his opinion, but it’s insensitive,” Pinsky said.  “He’s now bled over into misogyny and sexism in the course of his being insensitive to these issues.”

    “Whether or not it’s a social experiment, whether or not psychologists and psychiatrists have this wrong, listen, he’s not the one to say,” he added. “The fact is there’s a human being here, these are human beings that deserve sensitive care and the best possible care by experts, not attack by their politicians.

    Avlon reiterated Pinsky’s point and argued that Huckabee was making these comments to get laughs.

    “I think the problem with this sound bite is that he’s clearly using it as a laugh line. You are dealing with real human beings here and you don’t like to see politicians divide and ridicule for political gain or simply to play to the base,” Avalon said.

    “The larger point, of course, is that we’re undergoing a sea change in this country in a gay civil rights moment that a lot – the majority of Americans now support marriage, something that would have been unthinkable a decade ago,” he continued.

    Burnett then played a clip in which the 2016 presidential candidate explained the possible dangers of having gender-neutral bathrooms.

    Pinsky implied that Huckabee has a “knuckleheaded” understanding of  the transgenderism.

    “They’re confusing gender identity with sexual orientation. He’s not helping the process. There’s a cultural moment here when these issues are coming to the fore,” he said. “People want to be sensitive, they want to get their head around – they want to understand this and this sounds very much like the kind of, sort of, frankly knuckleheaded notions that people had about gays and lesbians not that long ago. And this is the same phenomenon. Should we not allow a gay man into a man’s room either, Mr. Huckabee, is that also what you’re saying? I mean, for goodness sake.”

    “He’s essentially saying if you’re transgender or gay, right, that you’re somehow some sort of a predator,” Burnett said in agreement with Pinsky.

    “Exactly. You’re a predator – somebody who is going to act out on children,” Pinksy said. “It’s being used  for political gain, and it’s actually harming people.”

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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