Fox News' Mike Huckabee called for CNN to "deal with" contributor April Ryan after she made a comment about his daughter, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, that he interpreted as inciting violence, according to Mediaite.
Ryan was discussing a portion of the Mueller report which indicated that Sanders had made false statements to the media, and called for her to be fired. Here's what Ryan said:
"Not only does she not have credibility, she lied. She out and out lied. And the people––the American people can't trust her. They can't trust what's said from the president's mouthpiece, spokesperson from the people's house."
"Therefore, she should be let go. She should be fired, end of story. When there is a lack of credibility there, you have to start and start lopping the heads off. It's Fire-Me Thursday or Fire-Me Good Friday. She needs to go."
Huckabee, apparently either missing or not having read/heard the full context of Ryan's remarks responded as if Ryan was actually calling for Sanders to be decapitated.
"So liberals—is this okay?" Huckabee wrote on Twitter. "Does CNN have the integrity to deal w/ this incitement to murder?"
He also suggested that the White House Correspondents' Association should revoke Ryan's credentials over what she said.
"Will the @whca revoke April Ryan's credentials? If not, they are gutless tools," Huckabee wrote.
So liberals—is this okay?Does CNN have the integrity to deal w/ this incitement to murder? CNN's April Ryan Says S… https://t.co/ue6rPGqOS6— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@Gov. Mike Huckabee)1555717318.0
Will the @whca revoke April Ryan’s credentials? If not, they are gutless tools. CNN's April Ryan Says Sarah Sa… https://t.co/TATWHvSt7o— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@Gov. Mike Huckabee)1555717658.0
A father's instinct to protect his daughter is quite understandable. Still, it's very clear from Ryan's comments that she was not calling for acts of violence against Sanders. Her "lopping heads off" remark was preceded and followed by references to firing.
Ryan defended herself on Twitter.
"You sir need to sit down," Ryan wrote. "You gave me a veiled threat not long ago. You call yourself a man of God? Boy bye! As your people come for me! My people see you and will do the same for you!"
You sir need to sit down. You gave me a veiled threat not long ago. You call yourself a man of God? Boy bye! As yo… https://t.co/3agJU29vo4— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan)1555718406.0