Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) said on Wednesday that slain Ferguson, Mo. teenager Michael Brown would still be alive if he’d acted “like something other than a thug.”
Huckabee made his comments about Brown, the unarmed black teen who was fatally shot in August by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, during an appearance on NewsMax TV’s “America’s Forum” on Wednesday.
“It’s a horrible thing that he was killed, but he could have avoided that, if he’d have behaved like something other than a thug,” Huckabee said.
Huckabee, who has his own show on Fox News, also told NewsMax TV he was “disgusted” by politicians and athletes who took up the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture in protest of Brown’s shooting death.
“Well, first of all, I found it just incredibly dangerous that you have members of Congress, on the floor of Congress, holding up their hands in the ‘hands up don’t shoot’ position, as if to say that somehow that is gonna get you shot,” Huckabee said.
“I’m gonna tell you something — what gets you shot is when you grab a police officer’s gun, and you lunge at him, and you try to hit him in the face,” he continued. “And this nonsense that — telling young people ‘don’t hold up your hands, ’cause thats gonna get you in trouble,’ and instead I guess what they’re teaching them is go loot a store, beat up a cop, reach for his gun, hope you get it before he does. This is not only foolish and dangerous but it’s really on the verge of anarchy.”
Watch the video below, courtesy of NewsMax TV. The comments come at about the 05:15 mark: