In Politico, Huckabee wrote:
"Breaking News! If Ted Cruz, John Kasich and others don’t endorse Donald Trump, they won’t be invited to speak at the Republican National Convention!” So the anchors all urgently reported earlier this week.
That’s not breaking news—that’s breaking wind. Of course politicians who refuse to endorse Trump shouldn’t be speaking. As someone who has not only attended but spoken at every GOP convention in some capacity since 1992, I can assure you that not only has the GOP presidential nominee (George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney) controlled every detail of the convention down to who sings the national anthem and who closes in prayer, but every word of every speech is approved in advance by the nominee’s team.
To pretend that Trump is being heavy-handed by saying that those who don’t endorse him won’t speak is not only unfair, it also misses the bigger story: Why aren’t we talking about the outright lie told by a number of my fellow GOP presidential contenders on national television during the very first debate in August of 2015? We were asked point blank if we would support the eventual nominee who survived the primary process and won the nomination. And we all said “yes” except for Trump, who declared that he wanted to make sure he was treated “fairly.” Not long after, Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, went to Trump’s New York office and extracted from him a pledge that he would also support the nominee of the party.Huckabee was one of the 16 rivals Trump - a rookie candidate - defeated.
These Never Trump diehards are annoying. Yesterday, I had this exchange on Twitter with Gay Patriot -- nice guy but a little too wound up on the subject.
@GayPatriot @instapundit @SenatorTimScott Most delegates were not chosen by voters then either. It's the 21st century, not the 19th or 20th— Don Surber (@donsurber) July 8, 2016
@donsurber The Nazi Party had rules that were followed in 1934. Too bad no one had courage then either. @instapundit @SenatorTimScott— GayPatriot™ (@GayPatriot) July 8, 2016
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