The United States criminal justice system could be improved if we sell poor people convicted of crimes into slavery, according to Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. The former Arkansas governor weighed in on our nation’s current criminal justice system during an appearance yesterday on Mickelson in the Morning, a leading Iowa radio program. Host Jan Mickelson began by bemoaning that the “criminal justice system has been taken over by progressives”. In order to fight back, he argued, conservatives should look to the biblical Book of Exodus. “It says, if a person steals, they have to pay it back two-fold, four-fold”, Mickelson explained. “If they don’t have anything, we’re supposed to take them down and sell them.” (…) This isn’t the first time Mickelson has endorsed reinstating slavery in the United States. In August, Mickelson argued that undocumented immigrants should “become property of the state”, who should “extort or exploit or indenture [their] labor”. After a caller pointed out that what he was describing is slavery, Mickelson responded, “Well, what’s wrong with slavery?” But Huckabee’s comments, which come 150 years after the 13th Amendment’s adoption, appear to be the first time in modern history that a credible presidential candidate has joined the fringe call to reinstate slavery.
Scott Keyes in Huckabee Suggests Poor People Should Be Sold Into Slavery For Stealing (Thinkprogress)