Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee kept it simple Friday night when asked about the continuing opposition of 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to Donald Trump, the party’s 2016 standard bearer.
“I think these guys are spiraling into utter irrelevance,” he said of Fox News’ The Kelly File. “I like Mitt, but he’s trying to divide the party at a time when we need to unite.”
On Friday, Romney attacked Trump once again, saying he would never vote for the billionaire but also making it clear he would not run in a third-party effort to deny Trump the White House.
Romney, who launched the GOP’s #NeverTrump movement three months ago, attacked Trump over the candidate’s criticism of the judge hearing the Trump University lawsuit, and accused Trump of inciting racism.
Trump replied to Romney’s latest comment by repeating his past criticism of Romney’s 2012 campaign.
Mitt Romney had his chance to beat a failed president but he choked like a dog. Now he calls me racist-but I am least racist person there is
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2016
On The Kelly File Friday night, guest host Trish Regan asked Huckabee why it was that Romney opposed Trump, but did not run against him.
“Good question. I mean I think that’s it. If you don’t like the product that’s on the shelf, say, ‘Let me put my product out there,’” Huckabee said. “I did that. I ran. I was rejected. Sixteen of us were told, ‘No thank you.’ I accept that. I’m not sitting around being bitter.”
Huckabee then cut to the core of the issue.
“Get behind him. We’re Republicans. We don’t want Hillary Clinton. It’s that simple,” Huckabee said.