Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee joked earlier in the year he wished he could have pretended to be transgender in high school "when it came time to take showers in PE."
Huckabee made the comments at the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, earlier this year but the comments were uploaded to YouTube over the weekend by World Net Daily.
"For those who do not think that we are under threat, simply recognize that the fact that we are now in city after city watching ordinances say that your 7-year-old daughter, if she goes into the restroom cannot be offended and you can't be offended if she's greeted there by a 42-year-old man who feels more like a woman than he does a man."
Huckabee continued saying saying he wished someone told him in high school he "could have felt like a woman" and shower with the girls.
"Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE," said Huckabee. "I'm pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, 'Coach, I think I'd rather shower with the girls today.' You're laughing because it sounds so ridiculous, doesn't it?"
Huckabee said there was "something inherently wrong about forcing little children to be a part of this social experiment."
"And yet today we are the ones who are ridiculed and scorned because we point out the obvious," he said.
"That there is something inherently wrong about forcing little children to be a part of this social experiment. I'm not against anybody. I'd just like for somebody to bring their brain to work some day and not leave it on the bed stand when they show up to govern."
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