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Mike Huckabee Apologizes After Insulting Intellectual Disabilities on Fox News

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On Sunday, Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, went on Fox News to share his thoughts regarding the White House’s new chief of staff General John Kelly, and in the process, ending up insulting those with intellectual disabilities.

During the segment, Huckabee remarked, “If you have four stars on your shoulder, you’re not a slow learner, you didn’t ride the short bus. He’s going to be fine.”

Huckabee apologized for his comment later that evening on Twitter, stating:

A comment I made on Fox this am was undeservedly harmful and disrespectful to many people. No ifs or buts-I was wrong-period. I apologize.

Implying Kelly will succeed at his job because he does not have an intellectual disability hurts those who do. People with intellectual disabilities can be just as successful as their “typical” peers, and they often are. Just like anyone else, people with intellectual disabilities can run their own businesses, star in movies and have long careers doing jobs they love.

While some were satisfied by Huckabee’s apology, others took to Twitter to share their dismay over the incident.

What’s your take? Let us know in the comments below.

Originally published: July 31, 2017
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