Huckabee: Mitt Romney 'Trying to Take Jeff Flake's Place' as Thorn in Trump's Side
Mike Huckabee said Monday he was "sickened" to hear Sen. Mitt Romney's (R-Utah) most recent criticism of President Trump over conduct laid out by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
"I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President. I am also appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia," the Utah Republican said after reading the report.
"Reading the report is a sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders," he said.
I have now read the redacted Mueller report and offer my personal reaction: pic.twitter.com/ACnExskqXJ
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) April 19, 2019
Responding on "Fox & Friends," the former Arkansas governor said he sees Romney as trying to act as the "contrarian" among Republicans.
"I think he’s trying to take Jeff Flake's place as the guy who gets afraid in the elevator. You know, if Mitt Romney has a disagreement with the President, I get that. He’s certainly free to do it. But I don't understand what he thinks he gets by being the contrarian in the Senate for the Republicans and always trying to always make Donald Trump look bad," said Huckabee.
He blasted Romney for seeking out Trump's endorsement in 2012 when he ran for president against Barack Obama. Huckabee said four years later, Romney delivered a blistering rebuke of Trump in which he labeled him a "fraud" in the heat of the Republican primary fight.
After Trump won the presidency, he famously met with Romney about the secretary of state position, which ultimately went to Rex Tillerson.
"So he became Senator [in 2018], and now he wants to be the thorn in the side. I think Mitt needs to realize flip-flops are great for the beach, but don't really work in the U.S. Senate," said Huckabee.
He also reacted to CNN's April Ryan calling for his daughter to be fired as White House press secretary. Watch the full interview above.