Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee weighed in on student protests at the University of Missouri, this time questioning the existence of the infamous poop swastika, one of several alleged incidents of racism on campus that led to the protests.
Missouri students have been protesting the school administration's handling of several recent alleged incidents, such as swastika drawn on a wall using human feces and the black student body president being called a racial slur.
In his Huckabee Exclusive podcast last week, the former Arkansas governor had said protesters at the University of Missouri never identified the exact policies they were protesting. On Friday he took aim at the Nazi symbol carved in waste.
"At the university of Missouri there were protests against the university over an alleged drunken racial slur that may or may not have actually happened. And if it did, might not have been uttered by a student," Huckabee said on Friday before quickly transitioning to the so-called poop swastika.
"There was also a report, and please pardon me, I'll try to put this delicately, a report of someone drawing a swastika on a bathroom wall with human waste," Huckabee said. "The police claim to have verified the story, but reporters for the Federalist couldn't track down a single witness — not among the custodial staff who would've been responsible for cleaning it up."
Conservative media had raised questions that the poop swastika, could have been a hoax. However, by Thursday, before Huckabee's podcast, police released photos of the fecal Nazi emblem.
"They found some people who claimed to know people who claimed to have seen it, but couldn't find any names," continued Huckabee. "But that was proof enough to burn up the internet and set off protests that resulted in the resignations of the university president and a well-liked professor who refused to cancel an exam just because some students claimed to feel unsafe."
"He told his class that, if you give in to bullies, they win. The only way bullies are defeated is to stand up to them," added Huckabe. "Naturally, that indisputable and eternal truth sparked outrage at the professor who felt forced to apologize and resign. Although, at last word someone at the university still had enough spine left to refuse to accept his resignation."
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