July 20, 2016

The question of the night was whether Ted Cruz would honor his word and support the nominee or earn the moniker “Lyin Ted” given to him by the man who won. The question was whether Cruz would make his speech about HIS future or the future of the country. And that question was answered when Ted Cruz chose to not keep his word that he (along with me and every other GOP candidate) gave one year ago in that very arena where tonight he put his own ambitions above country.

Donald Trump did something no previous nominee has done—he allowed Ted Cruz to speak without his promising to support the nominee. I’ve spoken at every convention since 1992, and I can attest to the fact that no one got near that stage without supporting the nominee. Trump trusted Ted and was rewarded with a betrayal, but the delegates in that arena booed Cruz off the stage and out of Cleveland.

I’m certain that many of you will react harshly and angrily to my words. So be it. But when a person gives his word, he should keep it. When a person is treated with generosity to give a speech, he should either respond with respect or graciously decline. And when a person loses, he should accept the will of the voters and then offer support to the victor of the primary to defeat the anti-gun, pro-abortion, incompetent, dishonest, and dishonorable nominee of the Democrat party.

So fire away with your comments, Facebook Friends. But from where I sit, I didn’t see a statesman step forth for the country’s future. I saw a self-absorbed politician grab the microphone and try to line up his own future. Ted walked in tall and walked out small.

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  • Wallace Jarnagin

    08/04/2016 03:59 PM

    I also believe as you do. In politics many many nasty things are said on both sides. A man is only as good as his word. If you cannot honor your word you will never get my support.

    Really enjoy GOV"S writings and keep up the good work!

  • Fred Cooper

    07/25/2016 02:42 PM

    It would have been soooooo easy for Ted Cruz just to make the simplest gesture of support (a faint nod of the head, not a full bow to the knees) for Donald Trump. The cheering mob would have hailed him as the hero of the present and the man of the future. Trump's vitriol came after the pledge was made. Had Trump done a magnanimous "walk-back" of his insults, it would have been appropriate for Ted to respond in kind. If Donald is a true Christian, advisors like Mike Huckabee and Jerry Falwell, Jr. should have successfully prevailed upon Trump to reconcile graciously with his brother. (It could still happen). I have not heard even the slightest words of acknowledgement of faith in Jesus Christ from Donald Trump--only a broad statement of being a Christian (just like Obama and Hillary). Yes, some Christian leaders have tried to "carry the Christian water bucket" for the Donald, but until he himself acknowledges Christ in some way, I have no reason to think he is a Christian at all. Ted showed himself to be a man of courage and honor.

  • Carl Hunerwadel

    07/25/2016 09:37 AM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee,

    Thank you to Ted Cruz for demonstrating that one's commitment to his wife and desire to honor his father "trumps" one's political promise. Ted Cruz's marriage vow to protect his wife and his desire to follow the 5th commandment to "honor your father and mother" is much more important than any political promise.

    Senator Cruz's commitment to his marriage vow is something that people like Trump, Gingrich, LImbaugh, Gulliani, and many others who were unfaithful and divorced their first or even second, wife can't or will never understand. If "one's word is their bond" then these people are hypocrites for condemning Ted Cruz for not endorsing Trump.

    Since you were once a pastor, can you not praise Senator Cruz's commitment to his wife and father as a Biblical example to us all?



    07/21/2016 12:40 PM

    It's an old Napoleon tactic: "When your enemy is making a mistake, don't interrupt him."

    Trump is learning the art of the politics more each day.

  • Shelby Kathleen Pluskat

    07/21/2016 09:26 AM

    Ted Cruz hopefully destroyed his own political career. His ego and total disregard for the pledge he made, along with trying to give the election to Killary - I gave him a fair shot just like I did everyone else. I found (and still find him) to be grating to listen to, full of himself, and NOT likeable. The PEOPLE have spoken, and he obviously has no respect for the PEOPLE of the United States of America, that he goes on and on about caring about so much. Donald Trump was gracious enough to give him a chance to act like a real MAN and TEAM-PLAYER, and Ted Cruz failed miserably on both counts. Kasich, Graham, the Bushes, and Cruz should hang their heads in shame, and never be elected to anything again. Their words mean zilch. Thank you, Mike Huckabee, for being such a CLASS ACT. Much respect for you. My husband, myself, and my parents that believe if America was in a time when faith in God was as important as it should be, you would have been our #1 vote and the best for the job. We all hope that you are given a place in Trump's team; you will bring much wisdom, character, integrity, love for others, and your faith to said team. God bless you!

  • William L. Rowe

    07/21/2016 06:50 AM

    I originally had a favorable opinion of Mr. Cruz, however his actions over the last 6 months have drastically changed my mind. With the typical self serving attitude of a career politician, Mr. Cruz decided to join that ME club instead of being the young leader he could have been. Cudos to Donald Trump for HONORING his word and allowing Cruz to speak, even after seeing the speech. Mr. Cruz you have shown your true face and at NO POINT would I ever support or vote for you in the future. #NEVERTED

  • Shawn Griffin

    07/21/2016 12:22 AM

    Excellent. Thank you for weighing in.

  • Audrey Russo

    07/21/2016 12:07 AM

    Thank you, Gov. Huckabee...your comments were spot on. It's a disgrace for a man I once admired to refuse to humble himself, as the world watched. Truly myopic in his perspective. It's sad and tragic how human pride and selfish ambition can destroy a life.

  • D Daniels

    07/20/2016 11:45 PM

    You've nailed it Gov. Huckabee. Ted Cruz just earned the name "lyin' Ted" because of not honoring his pledge to endorse and support whoever would be the candidate.