MIKE HUCKABEE’S FEVER SWAMP…. He didn’t “misspeak.”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) lashed out at President Obama on Tuesday, insisting repeatedly that he “grew up in Kenya,” lying about the president’s upbringing, suggesting there are legitimate questions about the president’s birth certificate, and engaging in an ugly, borderline-racist smear.

By late Tuesday, the conservative preacher-turned-politician-turned-media-personality said he “misspoke,” though the walkback was detached from reality. Yesterday, Huckabee decided to go for an encore, digging a little deeper.

Talking to the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, Huckabee agreed when the host argued that Obama’s childhood is responsible for instilling some “fundamentally anti-American ideas” in the president, responding, “Well, that’s exactly the point that I make in the book.”

The former governor went on to say of the president:

“…I have said many times, publicly, that I do think he has a different worldview and I think it is, in part, molded out of a very different experience. Most of us grew up going to Boy Scout meetings and, you know, our communities were filled with Rotary Clubs, not madrassas.”

The president of the United States has been in office for more than two years, and Mike Huckabee isn’t quite done trying to make him out to be less American than he is.

The far-right Arkansan didn’t “misspeak” on Tuesday; he’s appealing directly to right-wing pathologies, stoking the fires of extremists’ basest instincts.

Any sense of decency or moral standing Huckabee likes to claim is quickly evaporating. He appears to be so filled with contempt that he just can’t help but spew vile attacks.

And for the record, Obama grew up in a Hawaii community with a Rotary Club and a Boy Scouts council. He did not attend a madrassa.

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