Mike Huckabee doesn’t believe that God told Evangelical leaders to endorse Cruz, Rubio

Mike Huckabee hasn’t gained any traction in his presidential run this year. Not even in Iowa, the state he won in 2008 amid widespread support from the state’s large Evangelical Christian community.

And, per Buzzfeed, he’s at least a little bitter about it:

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Said Huckabee, when asked by Todd Starnes if he was disappointed by the lack of Evangelical support for his campaign:

Mike Huckabee, via Wikimedia Commons

Mike Huckabee, via Wikimedia Commons

Well, certainly a sense of disappointment, and yet I do understand because, as I’ve often said, “I don’t go to them, I come from them,” but because of that I do understand them. A lot of them, quite frankly, I think they’re scared to death that if a guy like me got elected, I would actually do what I said I would do, and that is, I would focus on the personhood of every individual. We would abolish abortion based on the Fifth and 14th Amendment. We would ignore the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision.

And you know what the result would be? A lot of these organizations wouldn’t have the ability to do urgent fundraising because if we slay the dragon, what dragon do they continue to fight? And so, for many of them, it could be a real detriment to their organization’s abilities to gin up their supporters and raise the contributions, and I know that sounds cynical but, Todd, it’s just, it is what it is.

I think sometimes, while people say, “we’re praying about this, we’re asking God,” that’s fine, but it seems like the criteria that I’ve been told for selecting candidates seems very secular. It’s about well, this person is polling well, this person has the cash. And I’m thinking, you know if these guys were going up against goliath they would’ve insisted that it was the big guy, with the king’s armor—they never would’ve allowed that shepherd boy with the five smooth stones, and with Gideon’s army, they would’ve run for cover when God got gideon’s army down to 300.

To be clear, Mike Huckabee is openly questioning the integrity of Evangelical leaders’ claims that they are choosing their standard bearer based on their direct line of communication with God. Instead, he claims, these leaders are backing candidates they think, for secular reasons, have a better shot of winning and, perhaps by extension, are less likely to deliver victories on Christian conservative issues — which will allow them to continue to fundraise off of those issues.

He isn’t exactly off-base on either count, although the strategy isn’t working so well for at least one of these groups.

However, calling Evangelical Christian leaders out for being pragmatic grifters is quite the accusation for Huckabee, who has raised a not-insignificant chunk of his own personal funds by hawking Biblical cures for diseases that don’t actually have cures, like cancer and diabetes.

I guess it takes one to know one.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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18 Responses to “Mike Huckabee doesn’t believe that God told Evangelical leaders to endorse Cruz, Rubio”

  1. HelenRainier says:

    ROFLMAO! Too bid Mikey — I guess God just isn’t into you.

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  3. BeccaM says:

    “…then please smite my enemies and everybody I don’t like, then put me in charge so I can rule America as its Holy King Forevah, amen.”

  4. The_Fixer says:

    “Dear Lord, grant me the strength to change the things I can, and the patience to accept the things I cannot change” except when it doesn’t go my way.

  5. marknc says:

    God has such a sense of humor. Must crack Him up watching these buffoons fail miserably.

  6. 2karmanot says:

    Sorry Huckleberry, Mr. Gawd just isn’t that into you.

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  8. crazymonkeylady says:

    So, God only talks to Huckabee? Everyone else is faking it.

  9. BeccaM says:

    Hang on a sec. Huckabee would abolish all reproductive rights under one set of Constitutional provisions, the 5th and 14th Amendments, but ignore the Supreme Court — whose duties and jurisdictions are laid down in Article III of the same document — because it decided in a way he doesn’t like. I guess SCOTUS becomes irrelevant, since he would arrogate to himself the right to make judicial decisions as to what is and isn’t Constitutional, and then enforce his own interpretation absent any concurring ruling.

    (Never mind the fact the 14th Amendment does not define someone as an American citizen with rights until after they have been born to a U.S. citizen or on U.S. territorial soil. It says specifically “(A)ll persons BORN or naturalized in the United States” — not “every fertilized egg.”)

    In any case, this false piety BS is exactly that — bullshit — and in some ways it’s funny to finally see these hypocritical Republican fundamentalists argue which of them is God’s favorite.

  10. Macbill says:

    Except with Huck-a-fuck, a waist is a terrible to mind. He’s gained all his weight back.

  11. Houndentenor says:

    Funny how god keeps telling Republicans to run but doesn’t bother telling primary voters to vote for them. Credo in un Dio crudel?

  12. Sally says:

    I don’t know, Huck. maybe it’s that people don’t want to vote for a guy whose own ‘Christian’ son tortures innocent animals. I doubt any of your former supporters actually think you or Trump would do what you said you were going to do to con their votes. Trump is the least religious candidate on either side.

  13. Zorba says:

    You mean that Mike Hucksterbee ever had a mind to waste in the first place? ;-)

  14. nicho says:

    Actually, these people use faith incorrectly. As Alan Watts points out, faith is willingness to accept the universe as it unfolds and changes. What these people are into is not faith, but rather dogma. These are dogma-based religions, not faith-based. They’re rigid, unchanging, and fearful of new information.

  15. nicho says:

    Sounds like the Huckster is going full-bore Pat Robertson on us. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

  16. douglas01 says:

    Look into thyself, Huckster, and realize that nobody likes you. Time to go home now and lick your wounds. I don’t even think god likes you.

  17. Cliff Vegas says:

    There’s your problem right there Mike Huckabee – saying that you’d ignore any SCOTUS decision shows a breathtaking lack of gravitas for one seeking the highest political office in the U.S.

  18. Baal says:

    He knows that the other people seeking the “evangelical vote” are full of shit. He hides that he is also a full of shit grifter.

    Faith is the worst possible way to “know” something.

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