Mike Huckabee Says ‘Hate Wins,’ Publishes Resignation Letter to CMA Foundation

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who, less than 24 hours after taking a post on the board of the Country Music Association Foundation, stepped down from his position amid furor in Nashville over his hardline politics and anti-LGBTQ stance, has published the letter tendering his resignation to the CMA Foundation.

In it, the conservative radio host lambastes “irrational vitriol directed toward [the CMA Foundation] or me for my religious or political views that necessitated my abrupt departure,” and defends his commitment to music education, hailing the “transformative” impact that musicianship had on his life growing up in Arkansas.

In publicizing the letter, which was published by the Tennessean, Huckabee tweeted “Hate Wins,” taunting those who called for protest and threatened to pull artists from the annual CMA awards show (like Sandbox Management’s Jason Owen, who represents Kacey Musgaves and Little Big Town) as “bullies” who “care about themselves [more] than kids needing music.”

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