Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee made a joke in February about how he wished he would’ve pretended to be transgender in high school because he would “rather shower with the girls.”

World Net Daily posted video of the comments just a day after former Olympian Bruce Jenner said she wants to be known as Caitlyn Jenner. BuzzFeed originally reported on the video. 


Jenner announced in April that she was a transgender woman.

Speaking to the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in February, Huckabee ridiculed the notion of transgender people using public restrooms and showers for the gender with which they identify.

“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 [after gym class],” Huckabee said in the video.

“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,’ ” he joked. “You’re laughing because it sounds so ridiculous, doesn’t it?

“For those who do not think that we are under threat, simply recognize that the fact that we are now in city after city watching ordinances say that your 7-year-old daughter, if she goes into the restroom cannot be offended, and you can’t be offended if she’s greeted there by a 42-year-old man who feels more like a woman than he does a man,” Huckabee said.

The Labor Department issued new guidelines Monday encouraging workplaces to allow transgender people to use restrooms for the gender with which they identify.