As we all know, last weekend Pastor Kevin Swanson and others called for the genocide of LGBT Americans at a “religious liberty” convention held in Iowa where Mike Huckabee was interviewed on the stage by Swanson. Right Wing Watch today provides us with a brief audio clip from Friday in which a reporter at the convention asked Huckabee about it. You’ll be shocked that Huckabee professed not to know anything. Miranda Blue writes:
An unnamed reporter asked Huckabee, apparently directly after his speech to the conference, about “reports that there are a few pastors speaking her today that say that if you’re homosexual, you should be prosecuted, you should actually be killed.” “Obviously, I don’t agree with that,” Huckabee responded. “I don’t think anyone’s ever accused me of saying that. And I don’t know, did anyone say that from this stage today?” The reporter responded that while nobody had said such things from the stage yet that day, the organizer and other speakers had previously made such remarks.
“I can’t go with ‘there are some reports that,’” Huckabee responded. “Give me a specific, give me something to react to, that won’t work for me, because I don’t have any knowledge of that. All I know is what I said, I can’t be responsible for what anybody else said on that stage, and apparently nobody said that on that stage.”
If Huckabee had stuck around just a few minutes after his speech, he would have heard Swanson saying exactly that, bellowing to the audience that the biblically ordained punishment for homosexuality is death. If he had stuck around until the next day of the conference, he would have heard Swanson return to the theme, saying that he doesn’t want the government to impose the death penalty for homosexuality quite yet because he wants to give the culture time to change and gays time to repent before imposing his version of biblical law.
Right Wing Watch warned the invited GOP candidates over and over again in the days leading up the convention, telling them about Swanson’s history of calling for the execution of homosexuals. It’s believed that only Ben Carson’s handlers heeded that call.