Gov. Mike Huckabee, resting up in Florida after his disastrous presidential campaign, came on the MSNBC Morning Joe show to, I guess, give a Southerner’s take on Donald Trump‘s hemming and hawing over the KKK. Trump, who has a long history of racially charged remarks, declined to say in a Sunday CNN interview whether he would denounce white supremacists, the KKK, and David Duke. He said he didn’t know who they were and would research them. (Trump also re-tweeted a quote from fascist dictator Benito Mussolini over the weekend.)
Huckabee said that Duke and the KKK are “absolutely abominable,” and said he’s never known someone who supports them.
But Trump did nothing wrong, Huckabee said:
Does anybody think Donald Trump is a racist? I don’t. I mean, I really don’t. I don’t know of anything in his life that indicates that this man has racist tendencies.
Host Joe Scarborough noted that sometimes campaigns in the South and elsewhere nod and wink at racists and that Trump might be playing to “some people’s most base instincts.”
“I doubt he is as sensitive about just how deplorable David Duke is to many of us in the South,” Huckabee said. Huckabee said that, growing up in the South: “I’m more sensitive and frankly more repulsed by racism than … people who didn’t grow up here.” Be that as it may, the Huckster thinks that the Donald ain’t so bad.
Huckabee’s daughter, for the record, just started working for the Trump campaign.
Huckabee said that the problem isn’t Trump, it’s the Republican party “being so elitist, so snobbish.” If the people pick Trump, the party machine shouldn’t get in the way, Huckabee said. “If we’re loyal to the party, shouldn’t the party be loyal to us?”
Huckabee said that he would not endorse anyone during the primary.