Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said over the weekend he’s glad pop icon Justin Bieber expressed pro-life views on abortion in a recent interview.
Huckabee painted the revelations that Bieber is pro-life as another way in which the next generation of Americans is defying the pro-abortion expectations liberals have for young people — by saying, as Bieber did, that they oppose abortion and regard it as “the killing of a baby.”
In comments to NewsMax, a conservative news web site, Huckabee said:
“He’s an entertainer and he’s a young guy so he’s not expected to be an expert on the issue. But how refreshing it is that a young person who could have easily just taken a walk on that issue had the courage to stand by his convictions.
“I find it interesting that the left always preaches choice, and as long as you agree with what they would choose, which is abortion, they celebrate choice. But if someone, in this case Justin Bieber, actually chooses life, suddenly he’s a persona non grata and the object of ridicule and attack.
“I just find it so hypocritical and utterly disingenuous on the part of the left and the pro-abortion side.
“They don’t understand they are losing this battle, and the reason, research has shown, is that for the first time since 1973 more people now identify as pro-life than not. And the reason those numbers have changed is because of younger people.”
Huckabee was also asked about the controversial “truce” potential presidential candidate Mitch Daniels put forward, essentially saying social issues like abortion should be put on the back burner while the next president addresses the economy. Huckabee has already criticized the “truce” before, but added:
“Republicans can certainly walk and chew gum at the same time. I think it’s ridiculous to say we can only touch the economy, we can’t talk about anything else. We have to.”
In his comments about abortion, Bieber originally said:
“I really don’t believe in abortion. I think it [an unborn child] is a human. It’s like killing a baby,” he said. Asked about whether he was all right with abortion in cases of rape or incest, he added: “Um. Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason. I don’t know how that would be a reason. I guess I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.”