Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and former candidate for president in the race against Donald Trump in 2016, had a few choice words for Democrats in an interview with Fox & Friends on Saturday morning.
Ignoring the many GOP elected leaders who are also concerned by intelligence proving that Russia attempted to influence the presidential election in favor of Trump, the Fox & Friends hosts asked only what Huckabee thought of “Democrats” who “have said this delegitimizes Trump.”
‘Get over it, snowflakes, your snow has melted.’
Besides the fact that it isn’t just Democrats who are outraged by the intelligence report or by the idea that a foreign adversary intentionally tried to influence a presidential election, it’s astonishingly hypocritical of Huckabee to be so flippant about the news. This is, after all, the same man who bashed President Obama for eight years for every move he made while calling him “un-American.”
Huckabee is, however, toeing the party line. His sentiments regarding Democrats misses the fact that it is intelligence agencies, and not Hillary Clinton or the Democrats, who wrote the very reports that he and Donald Trump are blantantly choosing to lie about. Trump, for example, posted the following on Twitter after receiving the briefing:
Intelligence stated very strongly there was absolutely no evidence that hacking affected the election results. Voting machines not touched!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2017
Trump even repeated this claim in his official statement to the American people on what he was told during the briefing by FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, as well as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
‘While Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations, including the Democrat [sic] National Committee, there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election, including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines.’
What the briefing actually said, however, was much different.
‘We did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election.’
Trump’s statement was not only patently false, it was also too easily debunked to not be considered an insult to the intelligence of the American people. The declassified report was already set to be released to the public when Trump received his briefing, and voters are able to see the vast discrepancy between what Trump told the American people compared to what senior intelligence officials unanimously told the president-elect.
Huckabee’s “Christian values” don’t seem to extend to that whole “thou shalt not bear false witness” thing. Lying is perfectly acceptable to him, and he will happily join in.
See the full segment below: