Republican presidential candidate and Former Arkansas Gov. Huckabee suggested in a radio interview Saturday that Syrian refugees be put in the neighborhoods or homes of the "limousine liberals" who support accepting them into the U.S.
"[L]isten, all of these feel good liberals who say we ought to be taking in refugees," Huckabee said on the John Gibson show Saturday, "how come they never end up in the neighborhood where the limousine liberal lives? Behind gated communities and with armed security around."
Additionally, Huckabee said he wanted Democratic debate moderators to ask presidential candidate Hillary Clinton if refugees should be housed in her neighborhood of Chappaqua, New York.
"Mrs. Clinton, you have suggested we take in 65,00 refugees, how many can we bring to your neighborhood in Chappaqua? Can you please just give us a number. That would be the question that I would like to ask her," Huckabee said.
Huckabee concluded the interview with one last suggestion: Students at the University of Missouri, which has recently been roiled by student protests over the university's handling of racism on campus, should house the refugees.
"Heck, we may take them to the University of Missouri," Huckabee said. "A lot of the students are so stressed out from feeling unsafe because somebody said a word they didn't like that they are not using their dorm rooms anymore. Maybe we can put them there."
Huckabee also questioned whether Syrian refugees could acclimate to the U.S.
"And if you think about it, we would be bringing people in who lived in the desert their entire lives, and they would be completely disrupted, not only in terms of their culture, their language, their religion, my gosh even in terms of their climate," Huckabee said. "Can you imagine bringing in a bunch of Syrian refugees who've lived in the desert their whole lives that are suddenly thrown into an English speaking community? Where it's maybe in Minnesota where it is 20 degrees below zero? I mean just I don't understand what we possibly can be thinking."
Megan Apper is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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