Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee called on newly-sworn in President Joe Biden to follow his message of unity with some tangible actions.
In an interview on Fox News Wednesday, Huckabee suggested that the Democrat issue a “firm rebuke” to his own party on the “charade” impeachment against former President Donald Trump. The two-time Republican presidential candidate also believes Biden should send a strong message to social media companies for silencing conservatives online.
Huckabee weighed in on the “consequences” of the November 2020 election, and to Biden being sworn in as the new president, during a phone interview with Fox News anchor Bret Baier on Wednesday.
“If you really are serious about bringing unity, then it needs to be substantive,” he said. “I don’t expect Joe Biden to compromise on his core beliefs, values, or that of his party. Frankly, elections do have consequences.”
During his inaugural address Wednesday, Biden made his dramatic appeal to the nation to come together.
“I know the forces that divide us are deep and they are real. But I also know they are not new. Our history has been a constant struggle between the American ideal that we are all created equal and the harsh, ugly reality that racism, nativism, fear, demonization have long-torn us apart,” Biden said. “This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the path forward and we must meet this moment as the United States of America.”
In his remarks to Baier, Huckabee noted that Biden will “run the table as much as he can” but there are some steps he could immediately take to spur healing in the nation.
“If he would issue a firm rebuke to his own party about the impeachment nonsense,” Huckabee continued.
“Donald Trump is no longer president. He really can’t be thrown out of an office that he doesn’t hold,” he said. “So if Joe Biden could say for the sake of the country and the fact that there’s really nothing to be gained, let’s end this little charade.”
Another healing move, Huckabee contended, would be for Biden to “issue a stern rebuke to social media companies that have said we don’t want to hear conservative voices.”
“If he would simply say, I may not do what you folks want, I probably won’t, but at least I’ll let you have your opportunity to get on your soapbox in public opportunities and say what your piece is. I think that frankly would go a long way,” he added.
During her first press briefing on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki danced around the issue of impeaching Trump, when asked by Fox News’ Peter Doocy about the message that sends on so-called unity.
Psaki responded by saying Biden is “going to leave it to members of Congress to carry out their constitutional duty and determine what the path forward is and what the mechanisms are going to be what the process will be and what the timeline will be.”
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson later called out the message for hypocritically calling for unity while also declaring a “war” on those that do not agree with the view of those in power.
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Carlson noted the contrast of a speech calling for Americans to come together while “the Biden administration has declared war on people they claim have white supremacist ideas.”
“But there’s a new regime in power starting today, and they seem to be planning to accelerate things dramatically. They’re getting the FBI and the Pentagon involved in this hunt for people who may criticize them,” Carlson said. “That’s a very big change, and you should understand what it’s really about.”
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