Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee may be out of the presidential race, but he’s clearly not out of politics. Now, he wants the two former Presidents Bush to endorse Donald Trump, or get out of the party.
In an appearance on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” on Thursday, Huckabee said that if Bush 41 and 43 continued in their refusal to support Trump as the GOP nominee, they ought to formally renounce membership in the Republican Party.
“When we nominated various people over the past several election cycles to be president, there were many of us who had heartburn,” Huckabee told host Bill Hemmer. “But we sucked it up and went out there and vigorously supported our nominee.”
“If they are not going to support the people the Republicans nominated, they need to get out of the Republican Party and admit they are not Republican or be honest and say I only want it when I get it my way.”
“They could simply say I will support the Republican nominee and that means I won’t say anything bad and I’ll just kind of stay out of it,” Huckabee said of the two former Republican presidents. “That I get. But I think it’s problematic if they indicate they won’t even vote for the person the party nominates. That’s a problem.”
However, Huckabee said that a lack of support from the last two Republican presidents would be essentially an endorsement of the presumed Democrat Party nominee, Hillary Clinton.
“Anything that doesn’t help Trump helps Hillary,” Huckabee said.
In addition to his bold call for the Bushes to support Trump, the former Arkansas governor also addressed rumors that he would be Trump’s running mate in the fall.
“I don’t have any interest in anything unless he were to say he was interested,” Huckabee explained. “He never said anything about it. I’m moving on with my life.”
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