Lawrence O'Donnell tore into Mike Huckabee for the former Arkansas governor's false statement that President Obama grew up in Kenya.
Speaking to New York radio station WOR on Tuesday, Huckabee was asked about Obama's birth certificate by host Steve Malzberg. Malzberg claimed that Obama has been sending lawyers to quash people from looking at the certificate, and asked, "don't you think we deserve to know much more about this man?"
"I would love to know more," Huckabee responded. "What I know is troubling enough. And one thing that I do know is his having grown up in Kenya, his view of the Brits, for example, very different than the average American."
Speaking on his own Tuesday show, O'Donnell did not take kindly to this mistake. "No, no, no, no, no," he said. "He did not grow up in Kenya. Yes, he did have a Kenyan father and grandfather, but he did not grow up there. This is what we know. This is what is beyond dispute." O'Donnell noted that Huckabee said Obama's having grown up in Kenya was "one thing I do know."
"If that is the one thing that Mike Huckabee knows, then Huckabee knows less than nothing," O'Donnell said. He also refused to take seriously Huckabee's statement later on Tuesday that he had misspoken and that he was not questioning Obama's citizenship. To O'Donnell, Huckabee was guilty of playing dog-whistle politics with Republican primary voters who doubt that Obama is a U.S. citizen.
"Mike Huckabee desperately wants every one of their votes if he's going to run for president next year," O'Donnell said. "In his ugly pursuit of those votes he has now fallen below the already low standard for integrity that we have come to expect from former governors of Arkansas."
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