Mike Huckabee told the Todd Starnes Show he hopes former President Trump holds off his “big announcement” until after the Georgia Senate runoff.
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Huckabee told host Todd Starnes the most important thing right now is to help Republican candidate Herschel Walker beat incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) on Dec. 6.
“Quite frankly, and unfortunately, Donald Trump told them, don’t trust the elections down there. And so they didn’t vote,” Huckabee said. “And we ended up with two Democrat senators. Let’s not make that mistake again. So I hope that maybe the president holds off his announcement and waits until that December runoff has been completed.”
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In the last runoff elections, Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA) and Warnock beat the Republican candidates to become the state’s senators, and many have slammed Trump for being one of the reasons why republicans lost those races, and don’t want it to happen again.
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The following is a rush transcript from the Todd Starnes Show which airs daily from noon – 3:00 p.m. EST.
TODD STARNES: [00:02:42] Hey, Governor, before we talk about what happened nationwide, I just have to congratulate your daughter, Sarah. Now, the governor, the incoming governor of the great state of Arkansas, it’s got to be, are we looking at the start of a political dynasty here? [00:02:58][16.7]
MIKE HUCKABEE: [00:03:00] Oh, I don’t think we’re quite to that moment, but I’m very proud of her. You know this is something she did on her own, on her terms. She did it by winning it county by county. You know, people can say what they want to, but this girl worked hard and she went to all 75 counties, some repeat over and over. She raised a record amount of money. She campaigned hard. She stuck to her ground and guns on the issues that mattered. She’s unapologetically pro-life, proving that you don’t lose when you’re pro-life. She won 63 and a half percent of the vote, and that’s pretty doggone significant. I don’t think anybody can say, boy, she barely squeaked in there. [00:03:43][43.0]
TODD STARNES: [00:03:44] What they need to be doing is the folks in Arizona and Nevada need to be calling Arkansas to figure out how they were able to count all of their ballots in one day. [00:03:53][8.7]
MIKE HUCKABEE: [00:03:54] Well, one thing, Todd, it would be helpful if Arizona, when they buy voting machines, wouldn’t buy voting machines from the same people that make the ice cream machines at McDonald’s. Clearly, there’s something terribly wrong. And after a while, you’d like to think that the people of the fine state of Arizona would be so embarrassed, so humiliated, by the inept way in which the public officials have carried out an election, that they would demand that they clean it up. We saw that happen in Florida in 2000. Florida botched the whole thing, and they came back and got their fix. I voted in Florida a couple of times when I was living there over the last few years. Two years ago, moved back to Arkansas. My voting is here now, but at that time I was blown away at how efficient it was. Voting would be over, and within an hour of the polls closing, the votes were all tabulated and reported. And there were zero controversies and the third most populous state in the country. Proving it can be done. It’s just that some people don’t want it to be done because they need to keep some control over mystery and who knows what. But it undermines our confidence in the election process. [00:05:05][70.6]
TODD STARNES: [00:05:06] I’ve been looking at the returns. And, of course, we’re heading to a takeover of the House, Senate still up in the air, but it could very well happen here. So I’m not one of these people that’s in panic mode. And it just and Governor, I’m wondering if all these folks who are in panic mode, they’re using this just as a mechanism, as a narrative to force Trump out of the announcement he’s going to be making next week. What what’s your assessment of what the reaction has been so far? [00:05:36][30.4]
MIKE HUCKABEE: [00:05:38] Well, clearly, we had a problem, and I think a lot of it was that we underestimated the combined power of people, for the most part, getting their voting information from the monolithic combination of social media and of mainstream media, and not from a balanced perspective that gave people at least another point of view to think about. Add to that the bureaucratic institutions of government and the weaponization of the FBI, and the DOJ, and the reporting of those activities as if really what happened was an insurrection on January six. But those 100-plus riots in 2020 were just mostly peaceful protests, even though several police officers were attacked and police stations were burned to the ground and people’s businesses were burned, that was no big deal. But by golly, having a few hotheaded rascals get loose on the Capitol grounds and they nearly upended a government, a government that had nuclear weapons and fighter jets. That kind of stuff is so unbalanced in the way it’s presented. And then you add to that, we had an extraordinary turnout of younger voters, 18 to 29 who voted, 64 plus for Democrats. And it’s hard to overcome lopsided vote leanings like that. [00:07:04][86.1]
TODD STARNES: [00:07:06] Governor Mike Huckabee on the Patriot Mobile Newsmaker Line. And you’re right about that. And I think social media, and especially when you look at Tik Tok, has become a major player and how young people are getting their news and information. You know, maybe we should have seen this coming. I don’t know. But to, you know, to blame all of this on Donald Trump at this point, I just don’t see that that is a viable reason for what happened. I think you could have multiple reasons why things went south or did not. We did not do as well as we thought on Election Day. [00:07:40][34.7]
MIKE HUCKABEE: [00:07:42] I agree with you. I think we all have to accept some responsibility for maybe failing to get information out better, supporting our candidates better. But to blame all of this on Trump is ridiculous. I mean. [00:07:52][10.9]
TODD STARNES: [00:07:53] The only person who did that. Go ahead. [00:07:54][1.7]
MIKE HUCKABEE: [00:07:56] I do hope that Trump may hold off any announcement about his future until we get this Georgia Senate race behind us. Because I think it’s important that instead of curling up in a fetal position we go full bore. Everybody got to Georgia. Let’s do everything we can to get Herschel Walker elected over Raphael Warnock because we’re not got in the last nine because a lot of Republicans sat it out. And quite frankly, and unfortunately, Donald Trump told them, don’t trust the elections down there. And so they didn’t vote. And we ended up with two Democrat senators. Let’s not make that mistake again. So I hope that maybe the president holds off his announcement and waits until that December runoff has been completed. [00:08:36][40.3]
TODD STARNES: [00:08:37] You know what I would like to see? And again, the lieutenant governor came out yesterday and said that Trump needs to stay out of the race and maybe DeSantis needs to get out there. I would love to see DeSantis, Kemp, and Trump together campaigning out there for Herschel Walker, and that just might be enough to get him across that finish line. [00:08:56][19.1]
MIKE HUCKABEE: [00:08:57] That would be a much better picture that all of us would love to see because we need a show within the Republican Party that while there are personality differences and some policy differences, we basically stand together when it means it’s us versus the Nats on the left that think that we ought to go into socialism, open our borders, that inflation is no big deal. Energy independence doesn’t matter, and we don’t mind paying double the price of fuel. We need to show that there is real unity among Republicans on issues that matter to so many Americans. [00:09:30][32.6]
TODD STARNES: [00:09:31] Yeah, I know. I’m with you on that 1,000%. Governor, we’re going to leave it there. What’s coming up on the big show Saturday? [00:09:37][6.0]
MIKE HUCKABEE: [00:09:39] It’s going to be a great mix of comedy entertainment. Reflecting on the election we’re still working on. Can’t announce the guests yet for our political segment because we haven’t quite got all the travel arrangements nailed down. But it’ll be someone worth watching, I promise. [00:09:53][14.9]
TODD STARNES: [00:09:54] Love it. All right, Governor. Hope you’re doing well. And again, congratulations. What a great day for the Huckabee family. [00:09:59][5.5]
MIKE HUCKABEE: [00:10:01] Thank you, Todd. [00:10:01][0.4]
TODD STARNES: [00:10:01] Appreciate it. All right, Governor Mike Huckabee, everybody. And, of course, his daughter, the next governor of the state of Arkansas. And the governor just broke some national news on our radio program. The governor now calling on President Trump to postpone his announcement next week until after the race, the runoff race in December. Do you think that’s a good idea? Is that what the president should do is hold off and focus on what’s happening in Georgia, getting Herschel Walker reelected? [00:10:33][31.3]