MIKE HUCKABEE: It is just the most incredible thing. I was listening to Erick Erickson, who I like, and have a great deal of respect for. But when Erick said "we got together and decided this wasn't going to work" -- I was screaming at the monitor. Who is we?
I thought we had voters? I thought that's what we do. I wanted to be the nominee... that's why I ran, but guess what, I'm not.
I'm not going to go start a third party or try to blow up the Republican Party because I didn't get my way. I accept that in an election, voters make this decision.
The message that is coming across is "the voters are stupid, we'll figure out a way to make the decision for you. We don't trust you."
Newsflash: The voters don't trust the people who have been in power. They're sick of them, they're tired of their orthodoxy, it has hurt them...
GRETCHEN CARLSON: You said voters are upset at the establishment, but here on this call we have conservative activists, not the establishment, so now you have two factions really really going up against Donald Trump, and I guess that still stuns you?
MIKE HUCKABEE: No I'm not. Because let me explain something about the inner workings of the, quote, "conservative activists."
The real thing that is going on, and people haven't understood it. What Donald Trump threatens is not just the political orthodoxy, but he threatenes the economic engine of the political consultant class, who always are going to be able to make a lot of money on every election because there's an insular group of consultants and advisors and these are not people who are in Donald trump's orbit.
And they know that if Donald Trump gets elected, it is their economic world, their -- their power. It disappears. It goes away. They're scared to death that they're going to be in the shape that american workers have been in when they've lost their jobs and they don't have pensions -- and it's terrifying to them.
Well, guess what? Maybe if they'd of been a little more sensitive about how terrified American workers were, they wouldn't be faced with this. So forgive me if I don't have to get out a box of kleenex right now and cry all over my britches because this is about when voters make a decision, you suck it up and accept it.--