Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee took a shot at the Washington Post and the Huffington Post this week after he was badly misquoted by both news outlets.
"[F]or sloppy, lazy, and fact-less reporting, the Huckabee Fact Checkers award WaPo 4 Pinocchios!" the 2016 candidate's Facebook page said Monday.
On Sunday, when Huckabee appeared on "State of the Union with Jake Tapper," the former Arkansas governor was asked to assess reality TV star Donald Trump's claim last month that Mexican immigrants are rapists and drug dealers.
"Honestly, Donald Trump needs no help from Mike Huckabee to get publicity. He's doing a really good job of that," Huckabee said. "I've been focusing on my own views of immigration, rather than weighing on the question of who's with and who's against Trump."
CNN's Tapper pushed Huckabee, asking the former governor whether Trump's controversial remarks harm the GOP's "brand." Tapper also asked Huckabee to respond to 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who said in reference to Trump's remarks: "I think he made a severe error in saying what he did about Mexican-Americans. And I feel it was unfortunate."
For some reason, the Washington Post and Huffington Post both attributed the Romney quote to Huckabee.
What Huckabee actually said in response to Tapper's continued questions about Trump was: "Well, I say some things very differently. I say every night, I get on my knees and thank God I'm in a country people are trying to break into rather than one they're trying to break out of."
"My own experience as a governor of Arkansas, with many, many immigrants, not just from Mexico, but from throughout the areas of Central and South America, my experience is that most of them have come for opportunity," he added. "They come to help their families, some of the hardest-working people, interestingly, too, Jake — and I think this is often lost — some of the most conservative, family-oriented and faith-based people I have ever witnessed."
Huckabee conceded there's likely a criminal element sneaking across the border, but he stressed there's a bigger picture to consider.
"So are there some people who come with nefarious goals? Yes. That's why we need to secure the border. That's why we need to get control of it," he said. "But I would never besmirch all the people who come here because I think sometimes we get wrapped up in how many people are coming — the real question is: Why are they coming?"
"If they're coming because they want to be part of the American dream, if they want to come and share our flag, our interests, our language, assimilate into our culture because they believe in what we stand for, then that's the same reason our ancestors came," he added.
When Trump announced his candidacy in June, he promised to build a wall on the southern border to halt the surge of illegal immigrant flowing from Central America. He also said Mexico is sending its criminals to the United States.
The Huffington Post and Washington Post articles have both been updated to note that it was Romney — not Huckabee — who said "severe error."