5 Absurd Things Mike Huckabee Said On Fox News During His Tenure There

Former Arkansas Gov. and Fox News host Mike Huckabee announced his second run for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday. His speech gave shout outs to his small-town roots and his hardworking parents, who he said are representative of people in America who "can't seem to get ahead." His speech was rather placid given his background as a former ranting host on Fox News. Huckabee's most outrageous Fox News quotes range from conspiracy theories about President Barack Obama's citizenship to insensitive comments about the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting.

Not surprisingly, many of the quotes reference religion or even go so far as to blame tragedies on U.S. citizens being non-religious. According to CNN, Huckabee is an ordained baptist minister, and his recent book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy actually has a chapter titled "Bend Over and Take it Like a Prisoner!," according to Salon. When he was on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show, he insulted Beyoncé for the second time, according to The Washington Post.

"Young girls want to be like her," Huckabee said to Stewart. "Do you know any parent who has a daughter who says, 'Honey, if you make really good grades, someday, when you're 12 or 13, we'll get you your own stripper pole.' I mean, come on, Jon, we don't do that in our culture."

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He's been even more uninhibited on Fox News, where he receives nothing but support. Here are some of his most outrageous and face palm-worthy quotes.

On the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012:

On the same subject, he compared access to guns to access to bombs:

On Mitt Romney refusing to immediately release his tax returns during the 2012 election:

On President Obama, Israel, and Christianity:

In an interview with CNN, Huckabee said Indiana's Religious Freedom Law didn't actually hurt anyone and wasn't as nearly as bad as companies like Wal-Mart and Apple working with China and Saudi Arabia where, in his opinion, far worse human rights abuses occur:

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