Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) keeps insisting that the LGBT community coined the phrase “ick factor,” which he recently used to describe same-sex relationships.
On Fox News Sunday yesterday, Huckabee argued that it’s “disingenuous” that the gay community uses the phrase, and “somehow it’s OK if they talk about it, but if someone else talks about it it’s off bounds.”Huckabee had argued last week that the phrase “ick factor” was not his, citing writings by Martha Nussbaum and Joseph Erbentraut, a writer for Edge magazine. Nussbaum has since denied that she has ever used the phrase. “Mr. Huckabee has gotten bad information about my work and has completely turned its meaning upside down, imputing to me a position (that gays and lesbians are disgusting) that I criticize as childish and morally deficient,” she said.
But that didn’t stop Huckabee from continuing to defend his comments: “That phrase was not mine, it actually is a phrase that exists within the gay community.”
He then added that it’s “a little bit disingenuous” on the part of those within the LGBT community, who “want on one hand to push this issue, but then they really don’t want their public discussion to be brought t into the public square.”