Washington (KRON/CNN)– A video showing presidential candidate Mike Huckabee mocking transgender people can gone viral.
Huckabee says there’s a time he wishes he could’ve been transgender: When it was time to hit the high school showers.
If he “could have felt like a woman,” the Republican former Arkansas governor joked earlier this year, then he could have seen his female classmates without their clothes on.
“Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE,” Huckabee said.
“I’m pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, ‘Coach, I think I’d rather shower with the girls today.’ You’re laughing because it sounds so ridiculous doesn’t it?”
Huckabee’s comments came in February at the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
The comments were notable because transgender people say their decisions aren’t driven by sexuality and are a matter of personal identity: they identify with a gender they were not assigned at birth.
A Huckabee spokeswoman did not respond to CNN’s request for a comment on those remarks.
Huckabee, the winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses, was in Orlando, Florida with other GOP presidential candidates on Tuesday. A CNN reporter asked for his reaction to Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover in which the former Olympic champion, and self described Republican, came out as a female.
“Not going there,” Huckabee said.
The former Baptist pastor has attracted the support of religious conservatives in previous elections because of his stances on gay rights issues — and doesn’t seem to be backing off those positions headed into the 2016 campaign.
He’s already said there are ways for states to ignore a potential Supreme Court ruling in June legalizing same-sex marriage across the United States.
Last week, Huckabee was in the news for coming out in support of reality tv personality Josh Duggar after shocking report was published that outlined multiple allegations of child molestation against him.
Through his Facebook account, Huckabee posted, “Josh’s actions when he was an underage teen are as he described them himself, ‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable.’ He and his family dealt with it and were honest and open about it with the victims and the authorities. No purpose whatsoever is served by those who are now trying to discredit Josh or his family by sensationalizing the story.”