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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A day after former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee sparked controversy with his bizarre remark that Democrats insult women “by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government,” the failed presidential candidate, now-talk radio host is refusing to back down.

In a grammatically challenged email to supporters that was also posted on his Facebook page, Huckabee pointedly declined to back away from “Uncle Sugar.”

“I am apparently the worst conservative ever or at least the most annoying one according to the left wingers in Washington today,” Huckabee wrote. “My remarks to the RNC today were immediately jumped on and blown sky high by hand-wringing, card carrying liberals from coast to coast, some of them in the media.”

“Guess what liberals? If you can’t stand to look at yourself in the mirror, then get ready for more of this talk, because conservatives are going to continue to fight back against your destructive policies towards women and families,” he continued.

The message then goes on to ask supporters to “do something urgent”:

“Please give an immediate donation to my political action committee Huck PAC in any amount you can afford,” Huckabee writes. He then goes on to ask for money three more times (the final paragraph of the letter reads simply, “Join me tonight with a donation”).

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is one conservative who seems unlikely to write a check to Huck PAC. Although he has defended Huckabee’s right-wing views on social issues in the past, once insisting that he could be “a model for a lot of people in our party,” Priebus — who urged Republicans to soften their rhetoric and “be conscious of developing a forward-leaning vision for voting Republican that appeals to women” in his disastrously failed 2012 “autopsy” — declined to endorse Huckabee’s unique take on women’s libidos.

“I don’t know what he was talking about,” Priebus said on Friday. He added that Huckabee’s remarks were “sort of a goofy way of using some phrases,” and that he would have phrased it differently.

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