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Mike Huckabee cruelly mocks Asian & transgender people

In this Aug. 24, 2015, file photo, former Arkansas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks to reporters in Little Rock, Ark. Huckabee is scheduled to visit a Kentucky jail next week to meet with a county clerk imprisoned because she ignored repeated court orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Huckabee, a Baptist pastor, plans to host a rally in county clerk Kim Davis’ honor after the private meeting outside the Carter County Detention Center.
In this Aug. 24, 2015, file photo, former Arkansas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks to reporters in Little Rock, Ark. Huckabee is scheduled to visit a Kentucky jail next week to meet with a county clerk imprisoned because she ignored repeated court orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Huckabee, a Baptist pastor, plans to host a rally in county clerk Kim Davis’ honor after the private meeting outside the Carter County Detention Center.Photo: AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File

Former Fox News host and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) is getting called out for another one of his reactionary jokes.

“I’ve decided to ‘identify’ as Chinese,” Huckabee tweeted. “Coke will like me, Delta will agree with my ‘values’ and I’ll probably get shoes from Nike & tickets to @MLB games.”

Related: Mike Huckabee claims LGBTQ rights are the ‘greatest threat’ to America

“Ain’t America great?”

Huckabee was referring to rightwing hissy fits over Lil Nas X’s “Satan shoes” that Nike condemned. The CEOs of Coca-Cola and Delta have both condemned voter suppression laws recently passed in Georgia.

Despite the references to fake controversies, people understood the “joke”: white people are oppressed but Asian people have it easy in the U.S. (in the midst of a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes,) and trans people make up an identity to get social approval )as evidenced by an unprecedented nationwide attack on trans rights._

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