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Mike Huckabee Called Out For Pushing Debunked Biden Racial Slur Narrative

Mike Huckabee Called Out For Pushing Debunked Biden Racial Slur Narrative

Mike Huckabee caught in immigration lie

Joe Rogan is getting lots of love from the far-right for promoting anti-vax propaganda, and there are even extremists twisting themselves into knots to defend his racist rhetoric as well. Of course, one of the right’s first defenses is always a good offense, all too frequently in the form of finger-pointing, even if it’s necessary to lie to find something to point at.

Mike Huckabee caught in immigration lie
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We see this in claims that Joe Biden was smuggling sex-trafficked children through tunnels under the White House, while the former president actually has been accused of sex crimes, for instance. We also see it when the right or their darlings get accused of racism — especially if there’s plenty of evidence.

In this case, it’s conservatives and q-anon-aligned folks trying to counter numerous cases of blatant racism on display from Joe Rogan’s podcast by pointing out that Biden once said the same racial slur, while serving as a U.S. Senator.

The latest round of it starts with ConservativeBrief, which told the true story with an inflammatory headline: “Video Clip Surfaces Showing Joe Biden Using The N-Word Two Times, We Have The Context” — bear in mind that social media shares often cut off the end of the headline. The author tweeted it himself with the comment, “A video like this could end a politician’s career.”

Again, the article itself tells the truth: Biden did quote the n-slur on camera, and there is context. He was reading a memo from Lawrence Chehardy, then a Tax Assessor in New Orleans, as he questioned Ronald Reagan’s nominee for Associate Attorney General in 1985.

It fairly and honestly noted that the clip was deceptively cut short to make it appear that those words were Biden’s own — though it also suggests that there’s some valid context for Rogan’s use of the word as well, though there’s no ‘context’ that would explain away Rogan’s glee at getting a guest to say the n-word, or for his describing a neighborhood as “planet of the apes’ because he didn’t see any white people.

Still, the article’s honesty about the viral Biden clip isn’t stopping anyone from using it dishonestly.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is among those who shared it, adding his own commentary that suggested there was a double-standard at hand:

Fortunately, a lot of people seem to follow Huckabee on Twitter with the intention of correcting disinformation, and they were quick to call him out.

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