Mike Huckabee slams Glenn Beck for criticizing him over support of Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity efforts

Holly Bailey
The Ticket

Mike Huckabee has a beef with fellow Fox News host Glenn Beck.

On Thursday, the former Arkansas governor posted a long missive on his political action committee's website criticizing the outgoing Fox News host for calling him a "progressive" for defending First Lady Michelle Obama's anti-childhood obesity campaign.

"This week, Glenn Beck has taken to his radio show to attack me as a progressive, which he has said is the same as a 'cancer' and a 'Nazi," Huckabee writes. "What did I do that apparently caused him to link me to a fatal disease and a form of government that murdered millions of innocent Jews? I had the audacity…to give respect to the efforts of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign to address childhood obesity."

The spat apparently stems from Beck's comments on his radio show Tuesday in which he called Huckabee the "perfect progressive candidate," likening him to John McCain as a Republican who plays "both sides of the aisle."

"Mike Huckabee is a guy who's had Michele Obama on, and said, 'You know what, your fat kid programs, they are great," Beck said.

He also criticized Huckabee for his tax positions while he was governor of Arkansas. "He is a progressive," Beck intoned. "Look at his record!"

That didn't sit well with Huckabee, who slammed Beck for distorting Obama's program "either out of ignorance or out of a deliberate attempt to create yet another bogeyman hiding in the closet that only he can see."

"I am no fan of her husband's policies for sure, but I have appreciated her efforts," Huckabee writes. "The first lady's approach is about personal responsibility—not the government literally taking candy from a baby's mouth."

Beck, Huckabee writes, "seems to fancy himself a prophet of sorts of linking so many people and events together to describe a massive global conspiracy for pretty much everything."

The former governor called Beck "equally inept" at recognizing that obesity in the country is a crisis. And he trashed Beck's attempts to link him to McCain, calling it "equally laughable."

"Beck needs to stick to conspiracies that can't be so easily de-bunked by facts," the former governor writes. "Why Beck has decided to aim his overloaded guns on me is beyond me. But he ought to clean his gun and point it more carefully lest it blow up in his face like it did this time."

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