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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