I wonder if Mike Huckabee knows that just this past year, 27 people were murdered because they were transgendered. Sixteen of those were in the United States, 11 from other countries. I wonder what he might say looking at the list.
Cause of death:
“beaten to death and tossed in a dumpster.”
“Repeatedly beat in the head with a brick.”
“stabbed to death”
“Severely beaten causing fractures to the head and face before being run over by a car.”
“Was found in her apartment, she had been stabbed in the throat.”
“Beaten, gang raped and stabbed then left to die in the back seat of a car.”
“found next to a dumpster outside her home, had been shot and left to die.”
“shot in the back of the head with a 12gauge, shotgun.”
“shot while sitting in a car with her brother. Her brother was also shot but survived.”
“executed by Iraqi death squads”
Perhaps we can safely assume that former Governor Huckabee didn’t hear about the murders of Stacy Brown, Ashley Sweeney, Adolphous Simmons, Ebony Whitaker, or Lloyd Nixon. Or the three transgender women shot by Iraqi death squads. He’s been pretty busy with television appearances, so maybe he didn’t read aboutTeish Cannon, shot to death four days ago.
And February was a while ago, and he was still campaigning, so maybe he wasn’t watching a lot of national news and missed the national publicity given to the murder ofLawrence King. After all, that was barely a month after all the fuss about Huckabee’s statement equating gay marriage with bestiality, so maybe he was so busy spinning that away that he didn’t notice the story about the teenager who was shot by a classmate at his junior high because he liked to wear makeup and women’s jewelry. I guess he just plain didn’t notice when his opponentsBarack Obama and Hillary Clinton both issued formal statements on the murder.
Tomorrow is the Tenth AnnualTransgender Day of Remembrance memorializing those killed due to anti-transgender hatred and prejudice. There will be services and events all across the United States and around the world. I think we can safely assume Governor Huckabee won’t be attending one.