Mike Huckabee’s last show on Fox was Saturday evening. Huckabee, who has been a fixture on Fox for six-and-a-half years, announced his decision to leave the network on the air. He also posted his statement to his Facebook page many times – the same post for every state in the country, and Puerto Rico and Guam.
The reason Mike Huckabee is leaving his extremely popular show on the Fox network? He’s mulling over another presidential campaign. Huckabee’s book, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy” is released on January 20th, and some see that as a precursor to a run at the White House.
Here’s a snippet of Mike Huckabee’s announcement:
There’s been a great deal of speculation as to whether I would run for president. And if I were willing to absolutely rule that out, I could keep doing this show. But I can’t make such a declaration.
So far, most conservative pundits have remained mum on this, save for Laura Ingraham, who doesn’t believe Mike Huckabee will ever be president. During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Ingraham gave her opinion:
The idea that Mike Huckabee is going to be president of the United States? I’ll predict that’s not going to happen.
To be fair, Mike Huckabee won the Iowa caucuses in 2008, but went on to abandon his campaign after John McCain emerged as the front-runner. As we all remember, McCain went on to secure the Republican nomination, spend a lot of his time “refudiating” his VP candidate’s rather outlandish statements, and Barack Obama became POTUS.
But what of another Huckabee run at the White House: Is Laura Ingraham right? Let’s take a closer look at who Mike Huckabee is, and see if 2016 might be the year for President Huckabee.
Mike Huckabee is a former governor (of the great state of Arkansas), an author, a fundamentalist Christian, a staunch conservative, a husband and father, and an ordained Southern Baptist minister. In his religious life, Huckabee is an admirer of the late Jerry Falwell, the man who said this about the attacks of September 11:
Throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. The pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way — all of them who have tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say ‘you helped this happen.’
In 2008, Huckabee received the endorsement of Tim LaHaye, author of the “Left Behind” series, and co-founder of the Moral Majority. LaHaye’s wife, Beverly, is the founder of Concerned Women For America, a right-wing group dedicated to promoting extremely conservative causes. Huckabee also received the endorsement of Jerry Falwell’s son, Jerry, Jr.
Huckabee is a man who proudly affirms the Baptist Faith and Message statement, which includes this:
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
Like many fundamentalist Christians, Mike Huckabee believes the Bible to be one hundred percent accurate and true. He also believes that David Barton, a man who lies about the history of this country almost every time he opens his mouth, should be teaching our children. In fact, during a speech in 2011 to attendees of the Conservative Principles Political Action Committee in Iowa, Huckabee said he wished there could be a telecast of Barton shown to everyone in America:
I almost wish that there would be a simultaneous telecast, and all Americans would be forced at gun point no less, to listen to every David Barton message and I think our country would be better for it.
There is not enough room here to delve into why promoting David Barton’s warped views of American history are dangerous, but for people interested in who Barton is and what it is he does, allow me to introduce you to Chris Rodda. Ms. Rodda has written many articles, and recorded numerous videos, debunking David Barton. It’s fascinating to watch Barton lie, and Rodda calmly prove it.
So what does Mike Huckabee bring to the table? A letter from the Anti-Defamation league, calling on him to stop comparing abortions to the Holocaust. Support from a revisionist historian, and from an End Times author who, during an appearance on Huckabee’s Fox program said this about President Obama:
Our present president doesn’t seem to get it. He doesn’t understand that some of the things he’s introducing that many of us call ‘raw socialism’ — it’s a different name, but it’s essentially government control and government domination of everything. He sees that an a panacea, but instead it’s going to work against our country, and bring us closer to the apocalypse. (source)
Huckabee then asks LaHaye if we are living in End Times, from LaHaye’s perspective. LaHaye responds “Very definitely, Governor.”
If Mike Huckabee is gearing up for the 2016 presidential campaign, one has to wonder who his constituents will be. When Huckabee speaks about End Times, and compares abortion to the Holocaust, he echoes the rhetoric of people like Stan Solomon, Tim and Beverly LaHaye, and Jerry Falwell. Mike Huckabee stated, during an appearance on the American Family Association’s radio show, that he would leave the GOP over the party’s abdication on same sex marriage. The same AFA that , by the way, employs Bryan Fischer, a man who tells his listeners that the Nazis were gay:
So Hitler himself was an active homosexual. And some people wonder, didn’t the Germans, didn’t the Nazis, persecute homosexuals? And it is true they did; they persecuted effeminate homosexuals. But Hitler recruited around him homosexuals to make up his Stormtroopers, they were his enforcers, they were his thugs. And Hitler discovered that he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutal and vicious enough to carry out his orders, but that homosexual soldiers basically had no limits and the savagery and brutality they were willing to inflict on whomever Hitler sent them after. So he surrounded himself, virtually all of the Stormtroopers, the Browshirts, were male homosexuals.
If we are to measure the character of a man by his friends and supporters, what does it say about Mike Huckabee that his friends and supporters are some of the most hateful, dishonest, and bigoted people in fundamentalist Christianity? I think it echoes what Laura Ingraham said: Mike Huckabee will never be president.