America has been in the throes of varying states of panic since the final presidential debate. In the last moments of the 2016 general election, many voters could hardly stand it. They've taken to vices or thrown themselves into self-care. Some threw tantrums, however, including prominent politicians and public figures. Take, for instance, Mike Huckabee and his racist election night tweet rallying against Hillary Clinton. It's the latest in controversial, head-scratching social media missives from the former Arkansas governor.
Huckabee has had a mixed opinion of Donald Trump at best. Though he's endorsed him, he recently likened The Donald to a car wreck in a tweet. But, you know, the good kind of automotive accident. In that same analogy, Huckabee referred to Clinton as a "drunk-driver going the wrong way on the freeway." So, she didn't crash but I guess she's far worse than a busted car and also way drunker. Teasing the nuances of the former presidential hopeful is truly a difficult feat and his latest tweet certainly hasn't shown that he's any more comprehensible, though it does make clear how anti-Clinton he is.
Seriously, what does it really mean to racially profile a potentially nonexistent maid while also giving current CIA director John. O Brennan the boot? What gives, Huckabee?
Let's get the obvious stuff out of the way first. It's highly doubtful that Clinton will deign to appoint a successor to Brennan straight out the gate, if at all. The CIA director position has no term limits, Brennan's only been in office for three years, and he was appointed by President Obama. There's simply no reason for Clinton to undermine the outgoing Democratic president she so deeply aligns herself with in policy and in party.
Taking a macro look at Huckabee's tweet points to the racist rhetoric that has pervaded the Republican party throughout the course of the 2016 election, with an added twist of implicating Clinton in controversy. Despite recently finding alleged new emails related to Clinton's use of a private email server, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that the bureau was sticking by its July decision not to indict the former Secretary of State. And yet tweets like Huckabee's exist as a sly nod to a debacle that's already been resolved.
The racist part is simply the gilded Trump frosting and cherry on top, as it's become nearly impossible to keep track of the many ethnic, cultural, and religious groups that The Donald has insulted over the course of his candidacy, though the New York Times did give it a good go listing the many insults he's spewed on Twitter. Almost as soon as it was printed, the list became outdated.
Huckabee's tweet marks a disappointing low even in terms of social engagement. A majority of the replies to him are disparaging, calling him a racist, and expressing disappointment in an innocuous former politician who ran on a generally wholesome, non-controversial platform. As of this writing, the tweet has yet to be deleted. If racism, sexism, and utter nonsense prove to be politically lucrative tonight, it may never disappear.