Mike Huckabee: Trump 'has sullied his own good reputation'

The former governor of Arkansas has some words of advice for the president.

Published: January 12, 2021 10:20pm

Updated: January 13, 2021 10:20am

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee says President Trump "has sullied his own good reputation" in the last month.

"We have to be honest, the last month has not been a good one for President Trump, he has sullied his own good reputation," Huckabee said in an interview Tuesday with Just the News.  "And instead of using the last few weeks to celebrate the successes of his administration, and make the country really wish he was still going to be president, I think some of the rhetoric — and some of it wasn't all his fault, but still, he's being blamed, and the net result is people are going to be glad that he's not on the stage, creating the kind of the discord."

Huckabee, a strong Trump supporter since dropping out of the 2016 presidential race, told the John Solomon Reports podcast that for Trump to lead his supporters again, he will have to move beyond the election results and fight for the people.

"So he's gonna have to do some work of repair before he can come back and lead," Huckabee said. "Could he run again? I don't know. Only if he can sort of show that he can be that above-it-all leader and not just deal with his hurts. And I have said to him personally, and I've said this about him, when he is at his best is when he's fighting for the people. When he is at his worst, it's when he's fighting for himself."

When Trump stands and fights for the "disaffected citizen ... he's unbeatable, and he's lovable," Huckabee continued. "And that's the Donald Trump, if he comes back, he'll be an important voice."

"But if all he does is to relitigate what went wrong in the election, and I think a lot of things went wrong, but sometimes we have to step back and just accept, life isn't fair," Huckabee said. "There are a lot of things in life. It's just not fair. And so we can nurse our hurts, or we can rise above them. If he can rise above them, he's got a great voice. But if he goes back and nurses his hurts and tells us and reminds us of how horrible the election was, I think he limits his influence and his voice."

Huckabee offered these words of advice for Trump as the House of Representatives is preparing to impeach the president for a second time. However, this time, more Republicans are expected to vote with the Democrats to impeach him than there were last year.

This is the result of the riot at the Capitol last Wednesday after Trump spoke at a "Stop the Steal" rally, which many Republicans, in addition to Democrats, have blamed the president for. These events have led several members of the administration to resign prior to Joe Biden's inauguration.

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