Mike Huckabee has lashed out at the media for what he says is its nonstop nitpicking over President Donald Trump's decisions.
"Is everything that President Trump does going to be treated by the media as an unprecedented outrage?" the former Arkansas governor says in a message posted Monday night on his Facebook page.
"Because they're already starting to resemble hyperactive greyhounds taking off running after anything that remotely resembles a rabbit."
Huckabee noted that after Trump announced his reshaping of the National Security Council, something he said every president does, "the media went ballistic."
"That was until press secretary Sean Spicer showed them a virtually identical Obama-era presidential memo on the NSC that they hadn't criticized at all," he said.
"Part of the outrage centered on Trump not including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and Director of National Intelligence in the formal NSC group, but Spicer said that's just to give them leeway to skip meetings that don't pertain to their fields.
"The media also blasted Trump for not including the CIA, even though they haven't been included since the DNI position was created in 2005."
In addition, Huckabee said, there was also "much foaming at the mouth" over Trump's including of his political strategist Steve Bannon, just as Barack Obama had included David Axelrod.
"Critics pointed out that [George W.] Bush didn't include [senior adviser] Karl Rove in NSC meetings. But at Instapundit, historian Austin Bay noted that Bush had military experience and Rove didn't, while Bannon has military experience and Trump doesn't, which would make Bannon's advice more valuable," he said.
Huckabee, who ran for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination before dropping out and throwing his support to Trump, appears to believe his observations are wasted on reporters covering Washington.
Invoking a famous line from the classic 1974 mystery "Chinatown," Huckabee said: "Why am I wasting my pixels, writing about logic and historical precedent? Forget it, Jake, its Potomac Town."
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