Mike Huckabee claims that Donald Trump met with Kanye West on Tuesday so he could bury criticism over his choice of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state.
In a fundraising email sent out Wednesday, the former governor of Arkansas said the president-elect was a “master media manipulator.”
“Let’s face it, any pick Donald Trump makes for his Cabinet will set the liberal media hounds barking,” Huckabee wrote. “But naming the CEO of Exxon as secretary of State is tossing a beef steak into a pound of pit bulls.”
“The left’s howls of outrage over Rex Tillerson would have been the news of the day if Trump, a master media manipulator, hadn’t used their own tactics to outfox them.”
“Knowing the media’s obsession with celebrity, he pushed the criticism of Tillerson out of the headlines by meeting with hip-hop star Kanye West and NFL legends Jim Brown and Ray Lewis,” Huckabee continued.
“These three men can expect to get a lot of hate on the Internet from people who’ve never actually met or spoken with Trump, but who’ve only heard from political enemies that he’s a hateful racist,” he added. “I suspect that false image is already starting to fade because Trump seems intent on keeping his promises to the African-American community.
“He really intends to show residents of cities that have been run into the ground by decades of Democratic rule that there is a better way, and that despite Hillary [Clinton]’s $1.2 billion smear campaign, he was really elected because he promotes economic opportunity, not racism.”