Mike Huckabee drew widespread outrage on social media for a tweet claiming that he will “identify” as Chinese.
The former Arkansas governor, 65, attracted controversy from Twitter users who were offended by his Saturday morning tweet listing reasons he is choosing to “‘identify’ as Chinese.”
“I’ve decided to ‘identify’ as Chinese. Coke will like me, Delta will agree with my ‘values’ and I’ll probably get shoes from Nike & tickets to @MLB games,” Huckabee wrote. “Ain’t America great?”
I’ve decided to “identify” as Chinese. Coke will like me, Delta will agree with my “values” and I’ll probably get shoes from Nike & tickets to @MLB games. Ain’t America great?
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) April 3, 2021
The comments were widely criticized by Twitter users, many of whom found the tweet insensitive in light of reports rising rates of anti-Asian hate crimes throughout the nation.
Are you ready for when strangers kick you to the ground or set you on fire, Mike? Ain’t America grand? https://t.co/KEsBo3cLQj
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 3, 2021
Mike Huckabee is the David Duke of Dennis Millers https://t.co/DuX5aV8yIP
— Ed Solomon (@ed_solomon) April 3, 2021
But you’ll still be Mike Huckabee. That’s your cross to bear. https://t.co/D2jIzF2yGz
— Wajahat “Butter King” Ali (@WajahatAli) April 3, 2021
This is disgraceful.
— Frank Figliuzzi (@FrankFigliuzzi1) April 3, 2021
What in the openly racist hell?
— New Georgia Project (@NewGAProject) April 3, 2021
You are a pathetic excuse for a human being.#StopAAPIHate
— Katie S. Phang (@KatiePhang) April 3, 2021
Yeah, but you will also get told to go back to wherever you came from by racist followers of Mike Huckabee.
— Mr. Newberger (@jeremynewberger) April 3, 2021
What weird hills you racist dinosaurs always want to die on.
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) April 3, 2021
This is a shocking tweet from you.
I don’t agree with you politically, but I did have a higher opinion of you.
This public message is unbecoming of someone of your service and stature.
Win with ideas. This is disappointing.
— Kiff VandenHeuvel (@kiffvh) April 3, 2021