*Mike Huckabee on Thursday criticized fellow Fox News Channel host Glenn Beck for calling the former governor and potential White House hopeful a “progressive” for supporting first lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity efforts.
Beck on Tuesday referred to Huckabee as a “progressive,” a term that Huckabee said Beck has likened to cancer and Nazis. Beck singled out Huckabee’s support of the anti-obesity initiative.
“He is a progressive,” Beck said. “Look at his record, he’s a progressive”
Beck also called Huckabee someone who doesn’t want to “disrupt big government.”
“I think Mike Huckabee is a guy who’s had Michelle Obama on and said ‘you know what? I think your fat kid programs, they are great,'” Beck said.
Huckabee on Thursday pushed back against the comments, defending Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative to curb childhood obesity and painting Beck as trying to portray that program as a big-government conspiracy. Huckabee interviewed the first lady on his show last year about the program.
“I’m no fan of her husband’s policies for sure, but I have appreciated her efforts that Beck misrepresented — either out of ignorance or out of a deliberate attempt to distort them to create yet another ‘boogey man.’ The first lady’s approach is about personal responsibility, not the government literally taking candy from a baby’s mouth,” Huckabee said in a statement posted on his website Thursday morning. “He seems to fancy himself a prophet of sorts for his linking so many people and events together to describe a massive global conspiracy for pretty much everything.”
Huckabee hosts a weekly talk show on Fox News. Beck also has a show on the channel that is to end later this year. Beck declined to comment on Huckabee’s statement, a spokesman said.
Beck in a speech last year referred to progressivism as a “cancer in America,” and he’s also compared the tactics of progressives to Nazis.
Huckabee’s criticism of Beck is the second time he’s taken on fellow conservatives this week as he considers another run for the Republican presidential nomination. The winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses, Huckabee has said he plans to decide later this summer whether to make another run.
Earlier this week, Huckabee defended fellow potential presidential candidate Donald Trump against criticism from the Club for Growth, an anti-tax group that criticized Huckabee for his support of some tax hikes when he was governor.
“I never understood when it became a mark of conservatism to run up debt on your children’s credit card instead of biting the bullet and paying your bills,” Huckabee said on his radio show. “Under their narrow criteria, the things that Ronald Reagan had to do as governor of California and as president probably would have made him a tax-loving Socialist unfit for the White House as well.”