Huckabee fires back at Axelrod over comment about Sarah Sanders: He 'earned' his CNN paycheck

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) tore into CNN’s David AxelrodDavid AxelrodThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Buttigieg: 'Medicare for all,' free college tuition are 'questionable on their merits' Gabbard hits Harris for 'false accusation that Joe Biden is a racist' MORE for saying his daughter, outgoing White House press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersBiden pledges return to daily press briefings as president Sarah Sanders: I will walk out of the White House 'with my head held high' Trump directs Pentagon to develop policy allowing service academy athletes to go pro right away MORE Sanders, will be remembered as “the spokesperson for a habitual liar.”

Huckabee told Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum that he was “shocked and surprised” at the former top Obama campaign adviser’s comments before claiming that CNN “pay[s] people to hate President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE.”

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“I’m really shocked and surprised that he would go there to that degree. But again, he’s a CNN contributor. What is he gonna do?” Huckabee said. “That’s what they pay them to do, so I guess he earned his paycheck on that particular segment.”

Huckabee's remarks came after Axelrod slammed Sanders's legacy during an appearance on CNN, claiming she will be remembered for “defending the indefensible and not being truthful with the American people.”

“In this job, she was called upon to choose between her fidelity to Trump and her fidelity to the truth, and she chose Trump,” Axelrod said after Sanders announced her resignation.

Huckabee fired back, saying, “People who don’t like Donald Trump don’t like my daughter.”

“And it’s not that they don’t like her because most of them don’t even know her,” he said. “They just don’t like President Trump, and that’s unfortunate because a lot of us do like him, and we’re grateful for what he’s doing.”

Sanders announced her departure from the Trump White House late Thursday afternoon, marking the end of a rocky run as Trump’s top spokeswoman. Sanders, one of the longest-serving members in the Trump administration, often battled with the press corps and faced numerous accusations about her credibility.