Mike Huckabee, a likely presidential candidate in 2016, blamed "the militant gay community" for the outcry over the Indiana religious freedom law.
"There’s been more pressure this week to put sanctions on Indiana than Iran, said Huckabee, former Arkansas governor.
Huckabee said corporations pressured government officials "because the militant gay community put the pressure on them."
“I found it a little hypocritical when you have companies – even, and I love Walmart, big company in my home state – but they do business in China, for gosh sake. I mean, I don’t think the Chinese are exactly the paragon of human rights.
“You’ve got Apple Computer – they’re selling Apple computers in Saudi Arabia. Is Tim Cook going to pull out of there? I don’t think so. He doesn’t mind making millions, if not billions of dollars, in cultures and countries where human rights are really an issue.
“And I think these corporations really ought to either be consistent – quit making money from these countries that are really oppressing human rights, and quit bowing to the pressure – and just sell their stuff. That’s what they’re in business for," he said on CNN.
Earlier last week, Huckabee said "The left has gotten very good at creating a crisis, something to divide the country. ...It won’t stop until there are no more churches, until there are no more people who are spreading the gospel. And I’m talking now about the unapologetic, unabridged gospel that is really God’s truth.”
Huckabee cited "a page out of [George Orwell's] 1984, when what things mean are the opposite of what they really are. And that’s what I’m seeing here is that in the name of tolerance, there’s intolerance,” he said. “In the name of diversity, there’s uniformity. In the name of acceptance, there’s true discrimination.”