In an appearance on FOX News Saturday evening with Judge Jeanine Pirro, Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee defended President Trump’s remarks on the deadly Charlottesville protests.
Huckabee told Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro that he has a “special repulsion” for white supremacists.
“It’s part because I’m white,” he elaborated. “It’s part because I have seen this evil and hateful attitude that elevates some people above others. And as a believing Christian, I’m especially offended because anybody who believes The Bible, especially the gospels, will have to accept that there is no way that God is a respecter of persons- as scripture makes clear, He doesn’t love some people more than others because of their color, because of their affiliation, even with Him.”
He mentioned that because he believe in the gospels that “every person has equal worth,” that makes him pro-life.
Pirro asked Huckabee if the outrage over the president’s remarks are just “Trump haters” who ” will look for any reason to dump on” him.
“Well it seems like a lot of them are, I don’t know what they expect the president to do,” Huckabee responded. “At the time that he made the comment, the driver of the car had not even been identified.”
“That’s exactly right!” Pirro exclaimed.
“And so what is he supposed to say?” Huckabee continued. “Is he supposed to do what Barack Obama used to do and jump to conclusion and make a decision like he did in Ferguson. Missouri, which turned out to be totally untrue? The president has to be careful in taking steps. I thought what he condemned was what we all could immediately condemn and that was the violence, the car some coward in a car drove into innocent people to try and kill them. And he condemned that! What else is he supposed to do at that point?”
In a press conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, President Trump called on all Americans to come together amid the violent protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides,” the president said.
The president said that while hatred and violence erupt in Virginia there are “so many incredibly great things happening in our country,” such as economic growth.
“So when I watch Charlottesville to me it’s very, very sad.”
“We have to respect each other,” he said. “Ideally we have to love each other.”
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency this morning after the “Unite the Right” rally spiraled into rioting.
The chief executive called for a “swift restoration of law and order” in Virginia.
“It’s been going on for a long time in our country,” he continued. “Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It’s been going on for a long, long time.”
“We want to get the situation straightened out in Charlottesville, and we want to study it,” Trump said. “And we want to see what we’re doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen.”
“We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and really and I say this so strongly, with true affection for each other.”