Mike Huckabee: When Trump Calls Press 'The Enemy of the People,' They Are

Mike Huckabee has backed President Donald Trump's description of the media as "the enemy of the people," lashing out at the press for failing to ask "the hard questions."

Speaking in a Saturday night interview with Fox News' Jeanine Pirro, who suggested that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should resign, the father of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the was a need to "get to the bottom of the corruption, the conspiracy, the collusion and the cover-up that's going on in the Justice Department."

Pirro in the opening segment of her show described Sessions as "nothing but a shill," suggesting he should resign from his role and sending him the message: "you are so clueless, you don't even know you are being used."

Mike Huckabee arrives to meet with Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York City, on 18 November 2016. Huckabee has said he believes the press are the enemy of the people. Reuters

Her guest Huckabee said Pirro was "spot on with the opening tonight," and adding: "It breaks my heart to say I agree with you."

"There's two big failures that are going on," Huckabee said.

"One is in the Department of Justice, FBI. The government itself is not doing the job it's supposed to do to hold accountable people who abuse their positions, use their government-funded taxpayer paid for jobs to politicize and weaponize the government against a particular party and candidate," he continued.

"The second, we have a media that is absolutely… so in their just disgust and hatred of Donald Trump—that they refuse to look at what ought to be something that makes them want to gag every day—at the cover-up of the highest levels of government. If we had a decent media, if we had a media that did its job of true journalism, you would have people asking the hard questions, demanding the answers, but we don't have it."

"When the president talks about journalists being enemy of the people, they are," he added.

Trump has lashed out at the media repeatedly, stepping up his attacks on the press in recent weeks – lambasting them as "fake news" and referring to them as "the enemy of the people," in comments that have sparked fears among journalists over a backlash from Trump supporters.

Indeed, in a live broadcast from a Trump rally, CNN host Jim Acosta had to attempt to conduct his segment while a crowd chanted "CNN sucks" behind him.