By Jesse Byrnes
Huckabee: Establishment 'bed-wetting' over Trump
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) pushed back against the GOP establishment Wednesday after Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSan Diego newspaper endorses Clinton Clinton proposes 'reserve' program for volunteers Voters want more from Clinton, Trump on fiscal issues, poll says MORE picked up a series of wins in his quest for the Republican presidential nomination.
"The establishment Republicans are all, you know, bed-wetting over this," Huckabee said on "Fox and Friends," adding, "They don't seem to understand that we have an election."
"If you want to oppose Donald Trump, do it. But don't pretend somehow that all these voters who have gone out and voted for him are stupid," Huckabee said. "They're not stupid ... they're angry."
"Paul RyanPaul RyanUS secretly agreed to help lift Iran bank sanctions: report 9/11 bill is a global blunder that will weaken US efforts abroad Dear Speaker Ryan: your 'forward-looking agenda' ignores climate change MORE and other people in Washington need to recognize the reason Trump is winning is because they feel like people in Washington have helped them lose, and they're sick of it," Huckabee said.
Some Republicans are holding out hope for an alternative to Trump should he continue picking up delegates over his main rivals, Sens. Ted CruzTed CruzCruz criticizes federal law enforcement on terrorism Four states sue to stop internet transition House approves stopgap funding, averting costly shutdown MORE (R-Texas) and Marco RubioMarco RubioFlorida paper endorses Clinton, writes separate piece on why not Trump Overnight Finance: Lawmakers float criminal charges for Wells Fargo chief | Scrutiny on Trump's Cuba dealings | Ryan warns of recession if no tax reform The Trail 2016: Just a little kick MORE (R-Fla.).
But after winning seven states on Super Tuesday, Trump's grip on the nomination is tightening. Should he triumph in the winner-take-all primaries of Ohio and Florida on March 15, it may be too late for any other Republican to overtake him.
Huckabee, who ended his own presidential bid in early February, has yet to endorse Trump despite repeatedly defending him in recent days. Trump has hired Huckabee's daughter as a senior adviser to his campaign.
On Wednesday, Huckabee said Republicans should get behind their nominee no matter who it is.
He pushed back on the possibility of a contested convention in July if Trump cannot lock up enough delegates for the nomination, calling it a "ridiculous" idea that would make the campaign a waste of money.