An angry Mike Huckabee lashed out at evangelical Christians who declined to back his struggling presidential campaign.
The former Arkansas governor and conservative commentator spoke with his erstwhile colleague Todd Starnes, of Fox News, about his disappointment with the Religious Right establishment, reported Right Wing Watch.
“As I’ve often said, ‘I don’t go to them, I come from them,’ but because of that I do understand them ,” Huckabee said.
Huckabee, who has been criticized for selling his mailing list to quack doctors and conspiracy-mongers, complained that conservative Christian leaders seemed more interested in raising money off anti-abortion hysteria and same-sex marriage fears than actually ending their legal acceptance.
“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,” Huckabee said.
Huckabee, who is polling at 1.3 percent nationally and is usually relegated to the GOP debate undercard, said his sweeping social conservative agenda would cut into fundraising efforts, if he were somehow elected and managed to enact his campaign promises.
“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?” Huckabee said. “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 is what it is.”
Huckabee said organizations that failed to back his campaign should be honest with their donors and admit they operate by “secular standards” instead of biblical principles.
“Look, we’re a club, we’re an organization,” Huckabee said they should tell donors. “We talk about prayer, but we don’t necessarily believe that it will change things.”
“There comes a time in our lives where we either believe in a great God who does great things and uses sometimes the weak to get it done, or else we don’t believe in that and we just get human might and we gather all the human resources and we live or die by the human sword,” Huckabee added.