Former Republican Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas has spoken out against Mitt Romney after he was named as one of the top contenders in the secretary of state position under Donald Trump’s administration. According to Huckabee, appointing Romney would be an insult to the supporters of the president-elect.
Huckabee’s strong dislike for his fellow GOP member stems from Romney’s actions during the campaign period earlier this year. As noted by the former governor, Romney not only opposed Trump and his policies but also personally attacked him.
“It’s not about that I don’t care for Mitt personally, but I am still unhappy that Mitt did everything he could to derail Donald Trump,” Huckabee said according to Breitbart. “He didn’t just go after him from a point of saying I disagree with his policy on immigration, I disagree with his policy on taxes.”
“He attacked him on a personal level about his character, integrity and his honor,” he added.
Aside from criticizing Trump’s platform, Romney also tried to have him disqualified from the presidential race earlier this year. Back in May, Romney pointed out that Trump’s refusal to divulge his tax returns to the public is grounds for disqualification. Furthermore, Romney also claimed that Trump is unfit to be the next president of the United States.
Romney was one of the Republican Party members who opposed Trump during his campaign. But, during the final weeks before the election, the GOP came together to show unified support for its frontrunner and new leader.
Trump and Romney also got the chance to talk and reconcile after the election.
For Huckabee though, this is still not enough given the way Romney attacked Trump during the campaign.
“When you go after the person who is the nominee of your party, who has been duly nominated by the voters and then you’re savaging the voters, you’re not just savaging Trump,” he said. “It would be an insult to all those Donald Trump voters who worked really hard.”