Fox News’ Mike Huckabee and Tucker Carlson would love to deport quarterback Colin Kaepernick and “liberals who somehow resent this country” for exercising the very same freedoms those two claimed to cherish.
Appearing on Hannity Thursday night, Huckabee didn’t say so, but he hinted he'd love to deport anyone who doesn’t support Donald Trump, too.
HUCKABEE: I just don’t understand that people on the left who don’t like America very much and resented when a candidate for the American presidency lifts up the country and says, “I’ll put America first.” I kind of thought that was what he was supposed to do.
Huckabee was referring to criticism of Donald Trump’s immigration speech Wednesday night and suggesting that only liberals disliked it. In fact, plenty of conservatives lambasted it. And a number of Trump’s Hispanic surrogates and members of his advisory council quit in response.
Of course, Huckabee didn’t mention that. Nor did guest host Tucker Carlson correct the distortion.
Instead, Carlson helped validate it:
CARLSON: Trump is making a case for America and that infuriates a certain sort of liberal. I also, seems to me, I believe that he is making a case for democracy. There’s something about immigration that’s resonant because we have no recourse. People move refugees into your neighborhood, it makes, you know, politicians feel virtuous but you have no say in the matter. Do you think that’s part of why this resonates with people?
HUCKABEE: Absolutely, it does.
Huckabee went on to praise Trump for being respectful to immigrants. “But it’s when they come to get something out of America that we don’t have any responsibility,” Huckabee sneered.
Then, apropos of nothing related to Trump or immigration, Huckabee started attacking Kaepernick who was born in the U.S. Kaepernick, as you probably know, has refused to stand for the national anthem in protest of treatment of African Americans. He has been vilified by other Fox hosts.
HUCKABEE: I mean, I think we ought to take a certain NFL quarterback, ask him where he’d like to go and send him there with all of these liberals who somehow resent this country. If you really are that disgusted with America, just tell us where you’d like for us to send your things.
Huckabee smiled with self-satisfaction.
But when it comes to hating America, it’s hard to beat Fox News, which never goes a day, probably not even an hour, without attacking those who disagree with them.
In fact, that’s what started happening right now. Carlson called Kaepernick “that idiot football player whose name you didn’t mention and I won’t either.” Then Carlson attacked Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine for defending Kaepernick:
CARLSON: [Kaine] had an opportunity to stand up for, I don’t know, America, the national anthem, basic values that we all share in common. And he took a pass and said, “Well, it’s a free country. You can do whatever you want. I’m not gonna judge.”
Why so cowardly? Who is he trying not to offend by not attacking this football player?
Did you catch the irony? Carlson was calling Kaine a coward for standing up for freedom.
But the hypocrisy that came later dwarfed that.
HUCKABEE: Look, the reason you stand with the national anthem is not because you’re standing and saying, “I agree with everything my country does.” You’re standing as a matter of respect for everything the country represents and for all the people who have given you the freedom to stand there.
CARLSON: Do you ever get the feeling that the people who run the country don’t really believe in the country any more?
HUCKABEE: Yeah, I do and I think they go around the world apologizing for it. They want to talk about every sin we’ve ever committed but they fail to point out that this is the country, the light on the hill, that people have been drawn to like a magnet because they know when they get here, they can be free.
And while these two were loving on America (by hating on it), Carlson worked in a gratuitous dig at our president and those serving him: “If you treated your family like the Obama administration treats the country, your kids would be in rehab," Carlson "quipped."
There was a chuckle off camera and an appreciative smile from Huckabee.
Watch it above, from the September 1, 2016 Hannity.
Crossposted at News Hounds.
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