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Author:  Peter [ Fri Jul 08, 2016 3:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Politico: Huck:You Can’t Support Trump, You Don’t Deserve...

From Mike Huckabee's pen, plain and sensible as always.

If You Can’t Support Trump, You Don’t Deserve a Microphone
Many of my fellow GOP presidential contenders told an outright lie when they promised to support their party’s eventual nominee. Why should Trump give them a spot on his stage?

By Mike Huckabee
July 08, 2016

“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. ...

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