Democrats had the chance to fix immigration years ago but didn't even try, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday, and he finds their focus on their own political fortunes "disgusting."
"They just want to make sure Donald Trump doesn't solve any problems," Huckabee told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."
"Let's remind ourselves that the Democrats owned the whole thing a few years ago. They had the White House, both Houses of Congress and could have fixed immigration. They didn't even try."
Now that there is outcry about children being separated from their parents at the Mexican border, Democrats are using the controversy as a "political stunt," Huckabee added.
"This is a political stunt for them, not about kids," said the former governor. "It is about power and that's one of the things that I find so disgusting is that in the name of caring about children, what they really care about is their own political fortunes, their own political positions and I find that really disgusting."
Huckabee added that the entire government system is "broken" and can't pass an immigration bill "because they want to fight over the minor details rather than take care of the big issue."
The news media is also broken, said Huckabee, as it is "missing big stories and then they are making up stuff."
He pointed out this week's "Time" magazine cover, which shows a small immigrant girl crying as Trump peers down at her. The girl, however, was never separated from her family at all and Trump never saw the child personally, said Huckabee.
"This is why America I think is just disgusted and fed up with the manner in which our country is headed," he told the program.
Huckabee also commented that many of the photos that have been seen of children in cages were taken in 2014, not during Trump's administration.
"They were four-year-old pictures from when Obama was president and I don't remember Chuck Schumer or any of the other Democrats and I don't remember some of the anchors from other networks now who have invoked ridiculous terms like Nazi and Japanese internment camps, I don't remember a word from these folks during that period of time," said Huckabee.
"You know why? They never said anything about it. That's why it proves that this is a phony outrage. But it is a dangerous outrage. It further divides the country and makes it more difficult to actually solve a problem that we all would like to see solved."
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