June 26, 2016

George Will has virtually declared, "Enough of those ruffians and peasants who went and voted in record numbers in the recent Republican primary,” so he’s headed for the door, announcing that he is leaving the Republican Party.

Don’t let the door whack you in the behind as you leave! Were we all supposed to say, “Oh no! How on earth will the GOP even organize a county committee meeting without George Will there to instruct us on what to think and especially how to behave in the proper way?”

I’m sure the party would survive if I left, and I’m sure it will survive if George leaves. So sorry, George, that it had to be YOUR way or NO way, but personally, I liked your baseball writing a lot more than your political writing.

George once called me “disgusting” over one of my utterly “disgusting” views of faith that he, the self-proclaimed atheist, found revolting. So in his own little party of one, he won’t have to tolerate the likes of my Southern, redneck, grits-eating, gravy-slathering, less-than-Ivy League-educated, church-going kind. And all those hard hat and factory workers who lost jobs, pensions, homes, and their sense of self-worth because of the brilliant globalist policies that the elites pushed as “good for us” will now know that the party of Lincoln and Reagan will again have some respect for the “little people” that the George types looked down their noses at. Lincoln is quoted as saying that “God must have loved the common man because he made so many of them.” Reagan’s election coined the term “Reagan Democrats” that represented the many working men and women who were ignored and held in contempt by the “swells” of both parties.

In my book, God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy, I talked about the difference between people who were educated and those who were smart. Some very well-educated folks aren’t that smart (as Southern comedian Brother Dave Gardner put it, “Some folks are ‘educated’ way beyond their intelligence”), and some folks like the ones I grew up with may not have been well-educated, but were truly smart.

They knew that we would lose America if the only ones making money were the ones who owned the companies and who robbed Americans of jobs that were shipped to Mexico, China, or Indonesia. They knew that the Ivy League politicians who continued to live off credit by running up trillions of huge national debt would face a day of reckoning. They knew that having open borders so that we looked the other way as masses of people poured into the country illegally would lower wages and strain the budgets of states trying to educate, medicate, and incarcerate the hordes of new arrivals. They knew that losing a sense of pride and nationalism for America first and creeping into the multicultural, politically correct, and globalist “one world order” would turn America into a wussy, wobbly, and weak country where people showed up illegally, waved flags of their home country, burned ours, and demanded that we give them instructions and education in their native language, drivers licenses, healthcare and maybe even the right to vote.

George Will doesn’t like Donald Trump. He didn’t like me, either. Come to think it, he also didn’t like Bill O’Reilly. He famously got it into with Bill on TV and ended up getting shredded by his Bill-ship. (Note to self: not smart to get into argument with Bill O’Reilly on his show—Bill lets loose with the street-fighting Irish instinct he learned in a blue collar, working class neighborhood on Long Island, and his passion to stand up for the “little guy” means that he will basically beat the crap out of those who try to take his turf.)

But as much as I wish Republican voters had given me their nomination, they gave it to Donald Trump. And it wasn’t that he barely won. He got more votes than any Republican in nomination history. And Republicans ELECT our nominee, we don’t delegate the process to backroom bosses who SELECT our nominee. I’m staying and will help Donald Trump become President. George Will, Mitt Romney, Bill Kristol and a handful of others are in full-pout and have left.

To those who boast of leaving the GOP, I respect your decision. It’s a free country, and you can go as you please. But your stewardship of the GOP hasn’t been that stellar for the “folks,” so forgive me if I don’t beg you to reconsider. You decided to leave. I have decided to do everything possible to stop “Hellary” from continuing the slide of this nation into the abyss. And it appears that a lot of Americans, like me, are ready for a fight to keep their country and their culture.

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  • Erica Munafo

    07/18/2016 01:36 PM

    You are the voice of reason. Always enjoy your commentary on FOXNEWS.

  • Jeffrey Johnston

    06/28/2016 04:57 PM

    I second the motion! Mr. Huckabee, you speak for me and I'll dare say millions of other Americans that were ignored by the power brokers of the Republican party.
    Lost to memory will be Mr. George Will and those of his opinion "... May your chains set lightly upon you..."

  • Daniel Gaffney

    06/28/2016 08:00 AM

    Thanks Mike, it's always good to know that someone has the common man's back and can see someone like George Will for the petty crybaby he is. I say good riddance to him and all the other Rep. traitors who are working to get Hillary elected. Keep fighting for us.

  • Pamela Garsombke

    06/27/2016 09:13 PM

    Thank you for your God given sanity when it comes to Donald Trump and the GOP. The (GOP) have clearly shown the American people that they really care what the people want but what they want. They shame themselves with their baby fits and jeopardize the American people by their actions
    Those actions are enabling Hillary to pounce and get her message to Americans that it's OK to murder 4 Americans in Benghazi and get away with it. The GOP would rather have her as our next President than a man who sometimes puts his foot in his mouth but is basically a very good man. Obviously, the GOP is not aware that the American people are fed up with politics and politicians that do not truly represent the people. God help us all.

  • Edie Moore

    06/27/2016 06:17 PM

    DEAD ON.....from another southern educated, common sense loving, faith based Texan in
    Missouri. Voted for you, but will certainly vote for Trump to bring us back to Reagan-reality.

  • Baruch Schneider

    06/27/2016 04:48 PM

    Governor, I believe you articulate the disconnect between elites like Mr. Will and folks who support Trump in a cogent and persuasive way. But why does a candidate like Mr. Trump, who understands that the American worker has been getting abused by globalist policies, have to resort to all of the scapegoating and, at times, out and out bigotry to attain such a high level of popularity? If anything, more politic rhetoric might build a movement that's even more inclusive, since working minorities might see through the identity politics and understand the ways they're government has let them down too. But instead, Mr. Trump stirs up anger for more than just economics. And this is indeed chilling to many of us who understand the slippery slope to persecution. You yourself were hyperbolic about the Iran Deal, but when Mr. Trump's rallies evoke images that lead ovenward, it should indeed be incumbent on leadership of all stripes to speak out.
    It's fine to say good riddance to Messrs. Will, Bush and Romney. But let's be honest about what resonates about Mr. Trump that those guys don't deliver.

  • Carlene Huckabee

    06/27/2016 12:31 PM

    You tell it like it is, Mike. The only way I can go to sleep at night is knowing that my Almighty Sovereign God is in charge. If I thought my future, the futures of my children and my young grandchildren were in the hands of any mere mortal man, I'd go absolutely crazy with worry.
    So while George, et al. takes his/ their toys and head to the house, I'm going to take the immutable promises of God to the bank. He alone is my Voice of Reason and my only True North.
    1 Kings 8:57

  • Charlann Reely

    06/27/2016 12:07 PM

    You have always had a wonderful "way with words" & you nailed it again!!!

  • Christy Blevins

    06/27/2016 12:05 PM

    Well said Mr. Huckabee!

  • Terry W. Bradley

    06/27/2016 12:01 PM

    One time I supported you for President. I even gave money and that is hard to do when you are in your 80s and on SS. I wouldn't support you for dog catcher now. The Trump Party may get along just fine without Christians and George Will. I consider you a traitor to the Christian Right of the Republican Party. My first vote was for Ike. I'll vote for Trump because I cannot bring myself to vote for the feminist Hillary. If I were Sen Cruz I would right a letter to the Speaker and to the national Republican Party and state that I would not attend the Convention unless I am allowed to speak and I would urge all of my bound delegates to not attend.

  • Pete Johnson

    06/27/2016 08:24 AM

    Outstanding Mike!

  • J B

    06/27/2016 06:35 AM

    Nailed it; really good piece!

  • David L Moore

    06/27/2016 05:51 AM

    Thank you Mike

  • Rose Howell

    06/27/2016 02:53 AM

    I love Mike Huckabee. Sure hope you are one of the guys in the WH with Trump, Carson, Ginrich, Sessions, Gohmert, Tom Cotton, HEY, and even Kelsey Grammer and Clint Eastwood!
    Seriously, we are gonna need a BIG TEAM in the WH to get the job done.

  • Ginger jones

    06/27/2016 12:54 AM

    Thank you, Governor Huckabee for these words. I couldn't agree more!

  • Leon E. Grumling

    06/26/2016 11:41 PM

    Love your spirit, brother!!

  • Kat Simmons

    06/26/2016 11:22 PM

    Amen! Our country was built on freedom and I am happy to vote for anyone that might fight against the regime currently in power. Obama's days in office are coming to a close. I pray that God will have mercy on our country.

  • Jean Hodge

    06/26/2016 11:02 PM

    Very well said. The PEOPLE have spoken! I find it interesting, the back and forth between Trump and Bernie Sanders. NO MORE ESTABLISHMENT.

  • John D. Murley

    06/26/2016 09:39 PM

    You are exactly right about George Will. He is an elitist. I am totally disgusted with the likes of George, Mitt and the like. The established republican party is afraid of DT because they cant control him.

  • johnny coleman

    06/26/2016 09:34 PM

    George Will, among others, seems to see himself as an exceptionally intelligent individual and part of the solution..I see G.W. as an exceptionally arrogant elitist and part of the problem..
    In short, George is like a vanity plastic surgeon in a world where we need emergency first responders..By that I mean that G.W. can only function in a sterile, orderly environment where the only changes to be made are optional and superficial..

  • Mind Wave

    06/26/2016 09:34 PM

    I could not agree more, that some people may get more educated than their brains can handle. Einstein had said that the thing that has gotten the most in his way is his education, and our so called geniuses of today cant stop bragging about their education and put down supporters of Trump as non-college graduates. Incredible ignorance! I cant stand the "elites" of the media!

  • Mark Johnson

    06/26/2016 08:07 PM

    Thanks Mike.
    your right , winning with cheaters is not winning it is screwing somebody, somewhere.

  • Rick Glushakow

    06/26/2016 07:37 PM

    Well said, Mike! Of course I hope Trump wins and I hope you are in the new cabinet. You are a good man with lots of integrity.

  • Priscilla Slominski

    06/26/2016 07:20 PM

    Way to go, Mike. Well said. If Hillary's worst enemies are republicans , how does she expect to work with them?

  • Brian Molnar

    06/26/2016 07:18 PM

    Thank You Governor. I know they will rip you,and people that agree with you,but with my high school education,I'm problem not smart enough to understand their insults.

  • Susan mackey

    06/26/2016 06:49 PM

    Well said!!!!!!

  • michelle stingley

    06/26/2016 06:42 PM

    We do not need an atheist in our government,our commandment was proclaimed by god fearing people we need a Christian leader to fix the USA!!!

  • Elizabeth Hartley

    06/26/2016 06:34 PM

    Time to get over yourself George! Leave if you must. We don't care anymore.

  • John A Ballou

    06/26/2016 06:07 PM

    Great comment! Gotta get your book!

  • Kathryn Fitchett

    06/26/2016 06:02 PM

    Will left the GOP cuz of Trump's ranting that the Indiana judge on his legal suit was Mexican. I almost ditched also. Trump is an idiot sometimes. There is no appealing candidate this year for either party.

  • John Starnes

    06/26/2016 05:52 PM

    Thanks for the reference to Bro' Dave Gardner. Sorta' miss him... and thanks for this piece. We will indeed do just fine without him.