WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS Washington) — Fox News host Mike Huckabee claims — tongue-in-cheek — he was the “victim of sexual harassment” at an Atlanta fast-food restaurant while talking about the allegations levied against Herman Cain.
The clip from the “Huckabee” show has been steadily gaining views in the hours since it originally aired Nov. 5.
While discussing the larger topic of sexual harassment, the former Arkansas governor used an anecdote of a visit to Popeye’s Chicken to make his point.
“(I)n light of the Herman Cain controversy, I realize it might not have been Southern gentility (exhibited by the employees), but sexual harassment,” he said, adding that the Popeye’s staff called him “honey” and “sweetie.”
“Maybe instead of feeling at home, I should feel offended, (I should have) called a lawyer, and demanded free spicy chicken for life.”
Huckabee then insisted that his intention is not to “make light of real sexual harassment.”
He showed images of several other politicians accused of harassment, including former Presidents Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy and 2008 Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards.
As the images streamed, Huckabee alleged that sexual harassment accusations aimed at them were significantly more egregious than those being held against Cain.
More details regarding Cain’s alleged harassment of his former employees came to light Monday, just two days after Huckabee’s missive aired.
Accuser Sharon Bialek shed her anonymity and described an incident in which the GOP presidential candidate attempted to touch her inappropriately and urged her to perform similar acts on him.