EXCLUSIVE – Huckabee Scolds Anti-Trump Conservatives: You Should Be Thanking Him for Broadening the Base

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) listens as fellow candidate Mike Huckabee speaks to veterans at Drake University on January 28, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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TEL AVIV – During a radio interview with this reporter on Sunday, ex-Arkansas Gov. and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee warned that if the conservative movement doesn’t get behind Donald Trump, “What they are doing is they are just giving the most flawed Democratic candidate since George McGovern the White House.”

“This would be absurd,” added Huckabee.

Huckabee stated that he doesn’t understand “some of the people in the party, conservative leaders, who feel like that, well, if they didn’t get their guy, they are just going to quit. Well, maybe they will. But Donald Trump, like it or not, has brought people to the Republican party who have never been with us before.”

Huckabee scolded anti-Trump conservatives:

And rather than nitpick everything we don’t like about Donald Trump, what we ought do is say, “Thank you, Mr. Trump, for bringing people into the party, broadening the base and giving us the opportunity to take Hillary out.” Which I think he has the best opportunity to do. And I believe he will win.

Huckabee explained that despite losing to Trump, he will help the presumptive nominee defeat Clinton:

I’m a guy who spent a year of my life walking away from a wonderful living to go and campaign only to be defeated, just like everybody else, by Donald Trump. You know, I’m not going to take my ball and go home. I’m going to pick up the pieces and I’m going to go help Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton. Because I guarantee you, whatever decisions he makes, whether it’s Supreme Court appointments, or whether it’s the leadership in dealing with immigration policy or dealing with threats of ISIS or other radical Islamists, Donald Trump is going to be far better for us.

I guarantee you Vladimir Putin isn’t going to be flying fighter jets 30 feet above a U.S. destroyer if Donald Trump was in the White House. With Hillary, they’ll do more than just fly by.

Huckabee was speaking in an interview set to air Sunday night on this reporter’s weekend talk radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” broadcast on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and NewsTalk 990 AM in Philadelphia.

Huckabee was asked what advice he has to offer Trump.

He replied:

I would tell him to do what he has done so far. That’s be himself. Don’t allow himself to be suckered in to getting into the mold of the Washington politicians because the country is clearly rejecting politics as usual. They are rejecting the norm of what we have seen. …

I hope Donald Trump doesn’t feel like he has to make too many accommodations. The accommodations need to be made on the part of the party insiders in DC who still don’t seem to understand that they are the problem.

Aaron Klein is Breitbart’s Jerusalem bureau chief and senior investigative reporter. He is a New York Times bestselling author and hosts the popular weekend talk radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.” Follow him on Twitter @AaronKleinShow. Follow him on Facebook.