Mike Huckabee to Young Americans: "We Aren't Going to Give You Anything"

Source: AP
Source: AP

At the fifth Republican presidential "undercard" debate for low-polling GOP candidates, former Arkansas Gov. and social conservative favorite Mike Huckabee earned roaring applause by announcing his plan to get kids off their lazy butts to conquer the Islamic State group.

No, that's not an exaggeration.

In response to moderator Wolf Blitzer, who asked Huckabee about his refusal to put a cap on the number of ground troops he would send to fight ISIS, Huckabee responded, "I think we make a huge mistake when we say we're gonna do up to this. I think what we say is we're gonna do whatever it takes. If it's 10,000, if it's 100,000, if it's 3,000 sorties a day, if it's 5,000 sorties a day."

"We never tell our enemy what our limitations are, what we're willing and what we're unwilling to do," Huckabee continued. "And that's one of the mistakes that I believe we're making militarily."

Huckabee criticized President Barack Obama for cutting the defense budget by "25%" (actually 15%), before launching into a tirade about how young people would get nothing from a Huckabee administration other than the chance to fight ISIS.

"We have to get our military rebuilt from the ground up and all over America I hear young people say, 'Would you tell me what you're going to do? Would you give me free college? Will you make sure that I can have medical marijuana?'" the candidate said, pantomiming a whiny voice. 

"You know what I think?" he continued. "We aren't going to give you anything! We're going to give you the opportunity to get off your butt and serve your country and secure your freedom, because if you don't, nobody else is!"

In other words, basically a George Carlin routine come to life.

Watch the full clip of his comments here:

Source: YouTube

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Tom McKay

Tom is a staff writer at Mic, covering national politics, media, policing and the war on drugs. He is based in New York and can be reached at tmckay@mic.com.

MORE FROM

Watchdog groups sue Trump for deleting tweets, allegedly violating Presidential Records Act

Trump's deleted tweets may come back to haunt him.

Grizzly bear protections in Yellowstone National park are ending

A final ruling by US government officials will strike the Yellowstone grizzly bear from the list of threatened species after its population increased to 700.

Another day, another off-camera White House press briefing

The move to scale back on-camera press briefings comes amid Trump's increasing unwillingness to interact with the press.

Minneapolis might get a $15 minimum wage, but restaurant workers aren't celebrating

Discord has been brewing in Minneapolis over whether tipped work will be counted toward a $15 minimum wage.

These abysmal new poll numbers for House health care bill don't bode well for Senate version

Only 34% of Republicans approve of the new proposed law.

'Pizzagate' shooter gets 4-year prison sentence, lawyers urged judge to deter vigilantism

Welch stormed a Washington, D.C., pizza place and shot off a firearm because of the internet.

Watchdog groups sue Trump for deleting tweets, allegedly violating Presidential Records Act

Trump's deleted tweets may come back to haunt him.

Grizzly bear protections in Yellowstone National park are ending

A final ruling by US government officials will strike the Yellowstone grizzly bear from the list of threatened species after its population increased to 700.

Another day, another off-camera White House press briefing

The move to scale back on-camera press briefings comes amid Trump's increasing unwillingness to interact with the press.

Minneapolis might get a $15 minimum wage, but restaurant workers aren't celebrating

Discord has been brewing in Minneapolis over whether tipped work will be counted toward a $15 minimum wage.

These abysmal new poll numbers for House health care bill don't bode well for Senate version

Only 34% of Republicans approve of the new proposed law.

'Pizzagate' shooter gets 4-year prison sentence, lawyers urged judge to deter vigilantism

Welch stormed a Washington, D.C., pizza place and shot off a firearm because of the internet.