(CNSNews.com) – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee pointed out the media’s hypocrisy for criticizing President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the hospital briefly while battling COVID-19 to go for a ride in the motorcade to wave to his supporters.
The former governor told Fox Business’ “Mornings With Maria” on Monday that if any other president, especially former President Barack Obama had done that, the media would have talked about how wonderful it is, but when Trump does it, somehow he’s endangering the entire world.
“Yeah, the media went berzerk. The doctors approved it. Our former colleague Catheridge Herridge over at CBS confirmed that the doctors were okay with it. They thought he was fine. There were safety precautions taken, and it's classic Trump to go out there and to just show support for the people that are standing out there showing their love and support for him,” Huckabee said.
“If any other president, most recently Barack Obama, had been in the hospital and had done the exact same thing, they would have talked about how brave it was, how wonderful it was, how generous it was for him to leave hospital bed and bring some cheer, but if Donald Trump does it, somehow it's just endangering the entire globe. It's beyond hypocritical and, you know, I'm glad he did it,” he said.
“I thought it was a great gesture on his part, and I think one thing we are aware this is a president who’s a tough old boot. He really is,” Huckabee said.
The former governor said he doesn’t think that Trump’s diagnosis will affect the upcoming vice presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).
“I doubt it affects them a whole lot. I'm sure it's going to come up. Will Kamala Harris try to blame the president for COVID? I think she ought to give him some credit. Of course, she won't, but for shutting travel from China down and when people say he doesn't take it seriously, this is the dumbest thing I've ever heard,” Huckabee said.
“This is the president who loved the economy that was on fire, and he was the one who actually shut it down in order to spare people from COVID. I think it's going to be pretty spirited. Mike Pence is, you know, he's not a yeller or screamer. He will be very civil, but he’s got a lot of very significant questions to pose to Kamala Harris. To start with, do you think that Joe Biden is the racist you said he was during the Democrat debates? That's one I'm sure he’ll throw out there,” he said.