- Really? April 13
North Korea is a cloistered, totalitarian state where dissidents are sent to prison camps, whiffs of insurrection are punished by propagandized death, and male citizens are reportedly, though probably not actually, all forced to get the same haircut as leader Kim Jong Un. It's also, according to Fox News host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) a place with more freedom than the United States.
Speaking to a friendly crowd at a Libertarian-sponsored gathering in New Hampshire on Saturday, Huckabee joked that the TSA's pre-boarding procedures were so excessive as to make the Hermit Kingdom seem like a bastion of liberty. His remarks, as transcribed by MSNBC:
"My gosh, I'm beginning to think that there's more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States," he said in his remarks. "When I go to the airport, I have to get in the surrender position, people put hands all over me, and I have to provide photo ID and a couple of different forms and prove that I really am not going to terrorize the airplane – but if I want to go vote I don't need a thing." [MSNBC]
Huckabee was one of a handful of potential 2016 candidates to speak at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, which was sponsored by Citizens United and the Koch brothers' Americans For Prosperity.- -
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Here comes the Pentagon's newest space plane
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- Extreme haunted houses: Inside Halloween's most terrifying new trend
- The real story behind Deliver Us From Evil
- Did the media get Ferguson wrong?
- The U.S. is about to sell weapons to Vietnam. That's bad news for China.
- America's anti-feminist mega-corporations' toxic disregard for women must stop
- What the Middle Ages can tell us about the GOP's big charity myth
Subscribe to the Week