Huckabee Begs Trump Not To Gut The Arts

In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Mike Huckabee manages to simultaneously defend the arts and heap insults on artists. He writes:

Donald Trump wasn’t my first choice for president. I was. But he was my second choice, and I’m proud that I supported him. In tackling the federal budget, he faces a debt that has doubled to $20 trillion in the past eight years. No doubt a chainsaw seems more appropriate to the task at hand than a carving knife, but I would urge my president and friend to hold back from one tiny area of the budget whose elimination would cost far more than it would save.

Funding for the National Endowment for the Arts might seem expendable — especially given how often celebrity artists insult and even threaten the president. But such hateful high-dollar Hollywood and music-industry stars don’t receive anything from the NEA, and they shouldn’t. Not because of their insufferable political whining, but because they get rich selling their talents to the highest bidder in the private sector. I have zero interest in spending a dime of tax money to prop up those who hate the president and the tens of millions who elected him.

I do care greatly about the real recipients of endowment funds: the kids in poverty for whom NEA programs may be their only chance to learn to play an instrument, test-drive their God-given creativity and develop a passion for those things that civilize and humanize us all. They’re the reason we should stop and recognize that this line item accounting for just 0.004 percent of the federal budget is not what’s breaking the bank.

  • Sindigo

    Fuck you. You supported the most powerful philistine on Earth. You’re complicit in every poor decision that gets made as a result, you worm.

  • HanyBaal

    Now that they’re in power, they’ll gladly avail themselves of funds they used to rally against “on principle”.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • i’d like to know who that guy is. you know, for research…

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Now that’s talent. Give that man a grant.

    • JT

      I hope he’s using his mouth too.

    • SunsetGay

      I used to think that looking at Mike Huckabee’s face was the best form of birth control imaginable. I was wrong. It’s this guy.

      How could any man look at this and not immediately turn gay?

    • teeveedub

      Not to be pedantic, but are those dildos sporting Fitbits?

    • Rex

      Back in the day I could handle three penises at a time too.

      • kareemachan


      • Acronym Jim

        Don’t listen to kareemachan, TMM (tell me more).

      • Todd20036

        Go on…..

    • Robincho

      Damn. I had plans for today, but now they’re all up in the air…

    • TheManicMechanic

      Cock juggling level: Expert. Or, as the image macro sometimes found around here states: Thundercunt.

    • Acronym Jim

      It looks like someone has a different take on the Auntie Mame meme.

  • Tawreos

    I guess the GOP just likes to bitch about the NEA to keep their base happy, but doesn’t actually want to do anything about it. Just once I wish I could be surprised at their hypocrisy.

  • Butch

    Stopped clock, blind squirrel, whatever analogy you want – I don’t know how much credit we should actually give him for the rare occasion when he says something that makes sense.

  • Rex

    Huck begging Trump, I have a feeling he’s done it before with less than successful results.

  • JT

    Hucksterbee: Everyone must be able to receive my message!

    • The Sentinel

      Nice tits.

      • Todd20036

        Melanoma is jealous.

  • clay

    How much are we willing to bet Ivanka under-pays her designers?

  • Gene

    Trump approved “arts classes”

    “how to apply gold leaf to surfaces in your home”
    “how to slice marble micro thin and apply it to walls above shag carpet”
    “Crystal…how to cover any light fixture with it”
    “toilets…a golden opportunity to show ones class and style”
    “Hair…new three year programs at MIT, GA Tech and CA Tech to learn to make 18 hairs almost look like a head of human hair (includes a degree in structural engineering and use of ‘Aqua Net’ as a building material)
    “ceiling painting….that gay guy who did that church in Rome was only an piker compared to what we can teach you to do….think…’clouds on pastels'”

    • The Milkman

      Advanced classes:

      “How to make things in your home shiny and/or sparkly, but not in a gay way.”
      “How to keep your mail order bride from sassing you without leaving a mark”
      “Wash-and-sets for men: back-combing that mess to Jesus”
      “Making new friends among authoritarian regimes”

      • Gene

        oh…the last one…making new friends….you’re good. you are very good. to quote Scarlet, I am embarrassed I did not think of that one

    • Gene

      other classes

      “over steroided faux baroque interiors in glass walled skyscrappers…its just makes sense”
      “skank/gold digger portraiture…cause family PHOTOS are just tacky”
      “How to frame your moms/wifes/step moms nude tabloid shots in the classiest way possible”
      “Tailoring…how to make a top coats extra length hide…somewhat..a ginormous ASS”
      “fine China…how to paint / decorate it in a way that you can still re heat the big mac and fries on it without blowing up the microwave”

  • greenmanTN
  • Chuck in NYC

    This is Mike’s coded confession that says, “I aDORRRRRe musicals!!!”

  • Lakeview Bob

    I’d rather hate the deplorables rather than being a part of a white supremacist group of bigots. Including Fuckabee.

  • medaka

    Here, share a bottle of this with Your President, you fucking piece of shit.

  • SunsetGay

    Mike Huckabee is the reason I am pro-choice.

    • Statistics Palin

      He’s certainly an argument for abortion after the 243rd trimester.

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        There’s still time in my book. -_-

      • Paula

        I am in favor of retroactive abortion in Huckabee’s case.

  • Boreal

    This fat POS can fuck off. Like all repiglican scum, he built this shitshow.

    • M Jackson

      We’re going to watch each of the rats step up to pay the piper for what they’ve done.

      • Boreal

        They have no remorse. They’ll just blame teh gays and libruls.

        • KarenAtFOH

          Really. Who does he think comprise the majority of creative people in the arts?

          • Boreal

            Huckabee has very little awareness of the arts nor does he have a clue who artists are.

  • Rex

    No, Mike, the NEA is not going to fund your one-man comedy and tent revival show.

    • Uncle Mark

      “One man comedy & tent revival show”…I think you just described what Huckabee also calls a chubby is his shorts

  • Rex

    Huckabee should develop a passion for the things that civilize and humanize – he could be more of both.

  • The Sentinel

    “insufferable political whining”. That’s rich coming from Fuckabee. He needs that banjo shoved up his ass.

  • SunsetGay

    If only the conversion therapy people forced gays to look at pictures of Mike Huckabee, it may have worked.

  • Max_1
    • Rebecca Gardner

      Veruca Salt was my favorite character.

      • M Jackson

        Of all time.

  • another_steve

    So Mike honey… Your god likes Hollywood?

    Who knew!

    • Rex

      Fundraising from movie boycotts is big these days.

      • another_steve

        Lol. Seriously, that’s a good point. He does diss Trump-hating Hollywood stars in his statement, though.

        Not sure whether he considers cinema to be “art.”

        Maybe if it’s Charlton Heston and Jesus, he likes Hollywood.

  • M Jackson


  • billbear1961

    “Not because of their insufferable political whining . . .”

    Oh, the irony.

    ” . . . they get rich selling their talents to the highest bidder in the private sector.”

    Like Trump and the rest of you Republicans?

    Although in your case, it’s “talents,” and the private sector includes HOSTILE foreign powers.

  • Robincho

    The closest this bloated piece of shit ever gets to the arts is banjo music to kill
    dogs by…

  • Uncle Mark

    And yet no word about supporting Meals on Wheels or any of the other programs that aid the impoverished

    • Boreal

      Those elderly shut ins need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and get a job if they want to eat.

      • M Jackson

        As long as they’re those black ghetto iPhone owners.

      • Uncle Mark

        Either that or they need to pray harder for manna from heaven

      • BearEyes

        those cat food cans don’t pay for themselves

        • Boreal
          • billbear1961

            I’d like to strip HIM of HIS government-sponsored insurance and all the other benefits he gets that taxpayers pay for!

            And let HIM eat some goddamned CAT FOOD, the goddamned MURDERER!

            Calls himself a CHRISTIAN!!

          • Boreal

            Actually he is representative of most xtians I know.

          • Goodboy

            I believe he called himself a Ayn Rand disciple till he found out she wasn’t a believer. Of coarse for the Christian sheep vote.

  • M Jackson

    Did anyone else notice that “I was.” is kinda funny?
    No? Hello?

    • McSwagg

      To parody a phrase,
      “Le’ go o’ my ego …”

  • billbear1961
  • Max_1
  • Max_1
  • Bj Lincoln

    I never thought I would agree with this scum but this was my life..
    “I do care greatly about the real recipients of endowment funds: the kids in poverty for whom NEA programs may be their only chance to learn to play an instrument, test-drive their God-given creativity and develop a passion for those things that civilize and humanize us all. They’re the reason we should stop and recognize that this line item accounting for just 0.004 percent of the federal budget is not what’s breaking the bank.”
    Individual do not receive NEA funds any more but the most at risk kids do and they need it more than anyone. The money dried up when the recession started and has not fully recovered since. Without the NEA, grants come and go on the whim of the people offering them. Frankly, most of them don’t want to sink their money into a program for kids who will “wind up jail anyway”. They see it as a waste. Even when I was able to create a program with 19 classes a week covering 3 counties, I was repeatedly told by administrators on down that it was a waste of my time and talent to teach all these rotten kids about art. Most of them being wealthy republicans, I just let it go and kept doing the best I could until the money dried up.

    • M Jackson

      Thanks for being on the front lines for those kids. That is totally
      what the NEA and NEH are about.
      Put an instrument or a microphone or a paintbrush in any kid’s hand and you can change their world.

      • Bj Lincoln

        I can only hope in 10 years I was able to turn a few around.

      • Goodboy

        Yeah, too bad he wasn’t on front line for this one.

        • Beagle

          Yipe! Yipe! Yipe! Yipe! Yipe! Yipe!

    • billbear1961
      • Bj Lincoln

        Thank you. Love it.

        • billbear1961

          I thought–hoped–you might.

          Thanks for the work you do, Bj!

          • Bj Lincoln

            I do enjoy many of your selections. Thank my mom for turning me on to the classics. Thank you.

  • HZ81

    I remember Mike Huckabee back in the day on Real Time with Bill Maher. I disagreed with him on issues, but about 10-5 years ago, he was a reasonable, pleasant and kind-sounding man.

    Today’s he’s a fucking piece of shit whose every word makes me want to vomit.

    How time changes things, huh? And people.

  • Gene Perry

    Thank you Gov. Huck. (God, I never thought I’d type those words!)

  • The_Wretched

    Oh what a topsy-turvy land we live in. Would that Huckabee could see that pretty much everything that Trump the Unfit took a chainsaw to is also pretty damn critical.

    • billbear1961

      A murderer and a villain,
      A slave that is not twentieth part the tithe
      Of your precedent lord, a vice of kings,
      A cutpurse of the empire and the rule,
      That from a shelf the precious diadem stole,
      And put it in his pocket—

      A king of shreds and patches—

      • Daaaam! Shaking the Spear! Good one!

    • Jon Doh

      Starve and freeze memaw, but don’t take away Jonny’s right to explore his god given talent. I don’t want Arts funding chopped, but I am a little surprised at his rationale.

  • Michael

    Mike should consider acting lessons himself. He doesn’t yet know how to deliver a convincing portrayal of a human being.

  • JWC

    Ah ha , the co conspiritors think a weak bid to the mob as they are on their way to the gallows will save them

  • Yawn……NEXT! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • billbear1961

    Trump–liar, thief, predator, hatemonger, traitor, FASCIST–soon to be the Bloody-Handed–you and your depraved regime are justly HATED!!

    And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life,
    Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
    Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

    As it is written, so LET IT BE DONE.

  • billbear1961
  • ByronK

    I saw the headline and though OMG he has a soul. Then read the op-ed.


  • TheManicMechanic

    Must have something to lose financially. The only explanation.

    • McSwagg

      Perhaps it’s his wife’s gig.

  • kareemachan

    Now wait, is this the same guy who tweeted all those “jokes”?

  • KQCA

    Upchuckabee probably thinks he sounds sooooooooo rational and bipartisan in moments like these. He’s a hollow shell.

  • Goggles

    Huckabee: “Please don’t gut the arts the way my son gutted that dog he murdered.”

  • Ernest Endevor

    We already don’t support individual artists. And re Hollywood: Why do you hate the free market?

  • Halou

    A broken clock tells the right time twice a day.

  • geoffalnutt

    Like a typical 4-year-old…everything is about revenge. He has no intelligence, no taste, no beauty – so all that needs to be killed for everyone else. Erased…so he can remain “the bigly best”.

    • It’s not Trump — the NEA, the NEH, PBS have all been targets for the right ever since they were created — the idea of government funding for something that’s not pushing their agenda is completely unacceptable.

  • This became a right-wing issue in the 90s over four controversial grants. The process has been changed significantly since then. This is just holdover from low-information voters and idiot Teabagger Congressmen. The NEA isn’t just modern art, opera and ballet. They fund a wide variety of visual and performing arts. Even a small NEA grant is respected because of a good peer review process which translates into many more grants from individuals and foundations who trust the opinions of respected musicians, choreographers, etc. about the value of the work of up-and-coming artists and companies. The loss of the NEA will be devastating and those hurt the most will be people who don’t live in a dense urban center with well-funded arts groups.

  • T-Batwoman

    Is torturing and mutilating dogs considered performance art?

    • Todd20036

      Perhaps. If he plays the part of the dog.

  • Waarki
    • kareemachan

      It would be narrower than that….

  • canoebum

    Gee, I wonder how the national debt could have doubled? A couple of wars on the national credit card maybe, while cutting taxes on the wealthiest people in the country? That couldn’t possibly have any effect on the debt. Hell, let’s try it again! Maybe it will work on the 4th time around.

  • Pablo Sánchez

    “…because they get rich selling their talents to the highest bidder in the private sector.” He says this like its a bad thing. It’s called Capitalism. The GOP’s favorite “ism”.

  • Robin Bailey
  • Gerry Fisher

    Pay your fair share of taxes, and keep the military budget level. There. Problem solved.

  • Get Melania into the WH – no need to guard Trump Tower. Stop going to Florida every weekend. Pay your taxes -release your taxes.

  • charemor

    Thinking of, does anyone know what kind of music Drumpf likes? Maybe something for Melanoma to pole dance to?

    • McSwagg

      I think he probably likes classical music. The kind that accompanies cartoons.

  • CottonBlimp

    Isn’t it amazing that Republicans have the fucking gall to pretend they care about fiscal responsibility while their president wastes hundreds of millions of dollars on vacations?

    • Gianni

      You mustn’t have gotten the explanation from Sean Sphincter in one of the press briefings. Trump is not actually on vacation just because he plays some golf. Unlike Obama’s golfing, Trump is actually there to work each weekend at his now famous Winter/Summer White House. So in between rounds of golf, he is actually working on official business. I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t buy it. I don’t know how Sean tells that shit with a straight face.

  • An interesting bit of trivia: Huckabee and NEA Chair Jane Chu attended college together. He was a few years older and had a different major so it’s unlikely that they had classes together, but it’s not that big a school.