Mike Huckabee spoke to Fox & Friends the morning after Donald Trump’s sweeping Super Tuesday victories to praise the mogul’s “peaceful revolution,” and to encourage the Republican party to begin lining up behind their likely nominee.
Huckabee argued that the anti-Trump Republican establishment needed to wise up to the fact that his likely nomination reflected the will of an angry electorate. “The establishment Republicans are all bedwetting over this,” he said, “but they don’t seem to understand that we have an election. I just believe that at some point we need to recognize that if you want to oppose Donald Trump, do it, but don’t pretend that somehow all these voters who have gone out and voted for him are stupid. They’re not stupid. I’ll tell you what they are — they’re angry at the very establishment that is going nuts because Donald Trump is doing so well.”
That establishment, he added emphatically, was the problem.
Huckabee brushed aside the notion that Trump was aligned with racist or white supremacist ideologies, dismissively repeating Trump’s excuse that, when asked about his David Duke endorsement, his earpiece had malfunctioned. “I don’t know what he heard in his earpiece,” Huckabee said. “I wasn’t there. But I don’t think there’s any question […] Donald Trump is not some kind of racist bigot.” He suggested that it was absurd for some people in the party to consider that a “big concern.”
He added that Trump was more polite and conciliatory in his Super Tuesday victory speech than Paul Ryan had been in his fierce repudiation of Trump’s waffling on whether or not he would accept the endorsement of white supremacists. He repeated that Ryan, who said Tuesday that bigotry had no place in the GOP, was part of the problem.
“You know what we ought to be?” he asked the hosts. “Glad that this is a peaceful revolution with ballots, rather than one with bullets.”
The former Arkansas governor, whose daughter currently works for Trump’s campaign, said that he was not endorsing anyone. Co-host Brian Kilmeade quickly added at the end of the interview that Huckabee had not attacked Trump even while he was still in the race. (In the final weeks before the Iowa caucuses, Huckabee instead campaigned heavily against Ted Cruz.)
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