The mainstream media's coverage of Donald Trump has become "Trump all the time and all negative," and Media Research Center study showing that 91 percent of the coverage of the GOP president is hostile is a "pretty, pretty fair analysis," former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Wednesday.
"It may explain why right now the confidence of the American people in the news media is [down], even below Congress," the Trump surrogate told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" host Bill Hemmer. "The media has become about as popular as a whole gang of cockroaches in your kitchen today."
Huckabee, though, did agree with Hemmer that Trump does sometimes bring some of the negative coverage on himself with his more controversial comments, including in a recent policy speech, when he also included a threat to file lawsuits against the women who have accused him of sexual improprieties.
"I will be the first to tell you that I think sometimes Donald Trump buries his own lead, to use a journalistic term," Huckabee said. "In Gettysburg the other day, I thought that he missed an opportunity to focus solely on his reforms by even bringing up the potential lawsuit. As soon as he said that, I said, 'There is your Sunday talk show headline right there.' That is what they're talking about. Sure enough it was."
But that aside, Huckabee said he has no doubt that the media will take anything negative against Trump "and they will blow it up like it is the Fourth of July."
When it comes to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, however, with "the things that really matter," including her hopes for open borders, coordinating with her PAC, destroying evidence, and more, that isn't covered, said Huckabee.
"We have a four-star Marine general who will go to prison for doing less than what Hillary has done," Huckabee said. "[She] gave classified information to the reporters, lied to the FBI. Hillary lied to Congress. She tore up classified evidence. She, you know, destroyed evidence that was under subpoena, for heaven's sakes. This guy is going to the big house. She wants to go to the White House."
Americans are "sick of the fact that the Clintons play by a totally different set of rules than the great unwashed that they seem to have such contempt for," he continued.
Huckabee also said that Trump's comments about the election being rigged are "not that big of a headline," as there have been other candidates, including then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2008, complaining about the election being rigged.
"People treated it as if, you know, [Trump] stomped on the Constitution or something," said Huckabee.
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