Evening Edition - March 30

March 30, 2020 |

I’m not going to get into all the endless TDS-inspired barking and snapping from the media that have been attacking, badgering and second-guessing everything Trump has done from day one, and who attacked him for saying he hoped to reopen by Easter and will now assail him as a miserable, incompetent failure for not reopening by Easter. I’m tired of listening to their constant, mindless negativity. He merely expressed a hope, and thank God someone has, because we’re certainly not getting any from the press.

Nor are we getting any from the “loyal opposition,” who sometimes almost seem to be rooting for a deadly virus and an economic collapse if it will help their electoral prospects. I was especially disgusted to see some media voices seeming to chortle in satisfaction at the Dow drop, describing it as the loss of “Trump’s economy.” No, that’s the American people’s economy. You should be rooting for them, not cheering their misery.

It might also be easier to take some of the constant criticism of how Trump is trying to do the impossible if the people launching it could point to anything – ANYTHING – they have said in the past three months that turned out to be correct. For instance, Joe Biden continues to criticize Trump for not acting swiftly enough or making the decisions he would have made when we know what decision he would have made back in January: he would have let people from China keep streaming into the US to spread the disease until we were Wuhan II rather than risk having someone like him call him a racist. Other Democrats like New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio continued encouraging people to go out and mingle until earlier this month, while the Mayor of New Orleans seems to think it’s somehow Trump’s fault that the city didn’t cancel Mardi Gras. I ask you to consider:

What would these liberal leaders have done if Trump had actually attempted what they now attack him for not doing – indeed, what they are doing themselves: shutting down cities, turning people away at state borders, and in the most unconscionable act I have seen in many years, if Trump had threatened, as DeBlasio has, to shut down church and synagogue services and “take additional action up to the point of fines and potentially closing the building permanently,” if people gathered to worship. Note: that's not just a threat to shut them down during the virus outbreak, but "permanently."


I think you all know what would happen if Trump had done anything like that. They would have called him a fascist dictator, “literally worse than Hitler,” and run to the nearest liberal federal judge to get a nationwide injunction to block his efforts.

We also know that while Trump was dealing with the earliest days of the outbreak, all his opponents were obsessed with was distracting him with their pointless impeachment boondoggle and trying to turn everything he did into a federal offense. Even now, as he’s trying to clear government out of the way to blunt a pandemic and save the economy, the same people complaining that he’s moving too slowly are trying to throw endless roadblocks in his way with complaints from self-styled “whistleblowers” demanding more investigations. Here we go again. Can you imagine if FDR and Eisenhower had had to deal with this while planning D-Day?


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The cold fact is that it is not possible for any nation to be fully prepared to deal with something this big, sudden and unpredictable and get everything right. To begin with, many of the resources Biden claims he would have had at the ready were depleted by the Obama/Biden Administration (when I hear the phrase “Biden 2020,” I now think it refers to his “20/20 hindsight.”) As one commenter on Lucianne.com put it well, Trump has handed off a ’58 Studebaker. Now he’s being savaged for not converting it into a Tesla overnight.

And I can’t even fault the previous Administration for not being prepared immediately to deal with something like this, when it hasn’t happened in over a century. Of course, we weren't fully prepared for it. It would be like attacking FDR for not having a standing army big enough to fight World War II two years before Pearl Harbor.

Add to it that this is a very fluid situation. It’s a new disease that we know nothing about and there’s a deadly learning curve. Trump is attacked for not listening to “experts” (even though he has; that’s more fake news.) Yet the experts first told us masks don’t help stop the spread, now some are saying maybe they do. Some called a suggested treatment “false hope;” new studies seem to show it’s helping. Experts assumed patients on ventilators must be on their backs; some now report it helps more to put some on their stomachs. So-called “experts” compare our numbers (143,055 confirmed cases, 2513 deaths) to other nations, which considering the vast differences in population density, medical systems and unreliability of statistics makes such comparisons meaningless. Experts assailed Trump for saying that a shutdown economy might lead to more suicides, and…


So pardon me if I’m fresh out of patience for listening to Trump’s professional critics claim he’ s gotten everything wrong from the beginning and we should listen to them. I’ll listen to them when they can tell me just one thing they’ve gotten right from the beginning, the middle or even just recently.


For those in need of the $1200-a-person support checks, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says Americans should see them direct-deposited into the back accounts within three weeks. For those who are not signed up for direct-deposit, there will be an online system created where you can upload your account information and not have to wait for a check to be mailed.


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The worst suffering from the COVID-19 virus is in densely-populated areas, with many rural areas not yet seeing a single case (yet another thing the left has gotten spectacularly wrong: that suburbs and country living are bad, and we all need to be in densely-populated urban areas, riding together on mass transit.) For rural folks, it may seem like a terrible thing, but far away.

However, the deadly seriousness of this disease was brought home to everyone with the word over the weekend that Grammy-winning country music artist Joe Diffie has died of complications from the coronavirus, just two days after announcing he was sick. He was only 61. Diffie had 18 top 10 hit singles, including “Home,” “Pickup Man” and “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets.)” Five reached #1, and he was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 25 years.



It was also reported that Alan Merill, co-writer of the smash '80s hit, “I Love Rock and Roll,” has died at 69 in New York City of complications from the coronavirus.


Our prayers and sympathies to both men’s families, and to everyone who is struggling with this disease or who has lost a loved one to it.


Also, please say a prayer today for folk singer/songwriter John Prine, who is reportedly in critical care with symptoms synonymous with those of COVID-19, but it’s not yet verified that’s what it is. His wife Fiona tested positive on March 20.


John Prine has long been acclaimed one of America’s greatest songwriters, with an unmatched talent for striking turns of phrase, such as his description of feeling “naked as the eyes of a clown.” Some of his classic songs include “Angel from Montgomery,” “Paradise,” “Sam Stone,” “Hello In There,” “Donald and Lydia,” “Illegal Smile,” and “Far From Me,” and those are just from his first album in 1971. He received the Grammy Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Honor in January. He has survived two life-threatening battles against cancer, and I hope you will join me in praying that he recovers fully and goes on to bring the world more warmth, joy and insight through many more great songs to come.


To all those who think the solution to our current medical crisis is government health care, here’s the latest video from Prager University, detailing some nightmare experiences with Canada’s “free government health care” system. Hint: if you’re told you can have a colonoscopy to remove polyps in November, don’t leave without finding out which year.


This is where we got the old joke, “Why can’t America adopt a Canadian-style medical care system? Because then where would Canadians go when they need a doctor?”

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Former Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn passed away Saturday at 72 after a long struggle with prostate cancer. Coburn was something you seldom see anymore in Washington: someone who fought for his principles, stood up for the taxpayer against government waste and pork barrel spending (earning him the nickname “The Dr. No of the Senate”), yet he was respected by members on both sides of the aisle. Here is an excellent tribute to him…


…And here’s another reason why Americans no longer respect the media. Even upon his death, the New York Times couldn’t resist saying negative things about Coburn for protecting taxpayer money, but they found ways to praise a murderous, oppressive communist tyrant like Fidel Castro when he descended to his final reward.


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  • Dan Ward

    04/03/2020 03:56 PM

    God Bless America, we should be on our knees to heal our nation spiritually and physically,
    I know many Americans are.

  • Christine D. Gay

    04/01/2020 01:15 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, I know this is a space to comment on the above, but, as a sister in Christ, I'm using it to ask you to pray for my 2 year old grandson, Graham, who was just admitted to a hospital with what is highly suspected to be the virus. I was widowed at 33 with two small sons. Graham is my oldest son's first child and, having lost his father when he was 6, my son is very frightened. We're a Christian family and know our Lord is lovingkind, but it is still heartrending. I ask whomever reads list would put Graham on their prayer list. Thank you,

  • Sybille Sidden

    03/31/2020 04:18 PM

    So many politicians talk about how much they care about the general population...they still collect their salary and receive all their benefits. All paid for by tax payers of this country. It is difficult for me to believe that they really understand what we are facing.

  • rodney burke

    03/31/2020 03:26 PM

    you are not the only one " fresh out of patience " Ad we are justified. The prattle of air-headed dems is FAR beyond old. Time for one of more to be slapped into next week. Wednesday will do fine. yes TDS is at epidemic level in the "opposition" The party of "no plan, no solution." It is apparent they WANT no solution. and they really are delusional to believe this is going to help them when people are openly expressing their opposition? The whole scene is disgusting, I agree, Time for a solution to the dual problem we have.

  • Norma Blatz

    03/31/2020 02:47 PM

    Yes, I agree with a previous comment, you would have made a great president and thank you for "reading the news so we don't have to" and I truly believe that we will NEVER know the full extent of this CV-19. I listened to Tom Cotton early on and also read articles about the FBI catching a Chinese National being caught bringing vials of virus into USA and also airport officials catching a Chinese professor trying to smuggle vials of ?out of country in his socks and also an article titled "Whose Fingerprints are on the Corona Virus" which was very, very interesting and all off of this taking place January/February. I totally believe that there are definite reasons for this being treated much differently than the H1N1 virus

  • Robert Center

    03/31/2020 01:54 PM

    Mike, thank you for being a beacon of truth. I am also sick and tired of the lies and innuendo spewed by the msm. In fact it’s gotten to where my wife and I mostly watch the weather on our local Fox station, then turn the tv to some other programming. I get my news mostly from online sources like yours. Again Thank You !! Be blessed in every possible way. Bob

  • Jerry Korba

    03/31/2020 11:02 AM

    What is wrong about getting America Healthy first before helping others? If our country is crippled how are we going to help others if we are busy filling up the cemeteries with our citizens. Our Hospitals in places in our country are overwhelmed and the virus travels with the people, to contain it for now will not happen. To slow it down we can do that. At this point this country needs to care for itself the advice put your mask on first before assisting others belongs in America for now without this thinking there will be no they. One more thing to the media Congress has allowed the military to become unable to function properly until our President rebuilt it Congress allowed stockpile of medical supplies to deplete our President is in the process of rebuilding that error. China has the United States begging for the supply chain of medical supplies to stay open Congress allowed that to happen also by allowing the departure and pushing out the manufacturing of our Medical supply to an enemy of the United States what side is Congress on? Communist China or the American People ask all the Millionaire Congressmen that question. Just how they amassed so much money.

  • Wallace Rowan

    03/31/2020 10:57 AM

    Why aren't you or anyone else putting this in perspective?

    You say something like this hasn't happened in over 100 years. Yet it did just eleven years ago with the H1N1 virus! Of course that was under Obama's watch and even though it was more widespread and killed more people, the austere precautions we're taking now were never undertaken then. Why the difference? Why is no one highlighting this?

    Regarding your comments on the "experts," obviously these are just people who may have some knowledge, but have absolutely no wisdom and that is apparent soon as a microphone is given to them!

    And it is now time for our leadership to call out China severely on this and seek reparations for unleashing this on the world!

    Thanks for listening.

    Wallace Rowan

  • L Diane Melton

    03/31/2020 10:51 AM

    Thank you, Mike, for your faithfulness!

  • Mike Smith

    03/31/2020 10:40 AM

    Just a quick correction. There are lots of folks mentioning that this is a new disease. That's sort of right, but the coronaviruses were discovered in the '60's. There are new strains and new names, but basically it's not really "new".

    It's sort of like marketing - "New and improved!" - nope. not really.

    All have a blessed day!

  • Tammie WHB Cade

    03/31/2020 10:33 AM

    The information is great. The articles help me guide my love ones to the truth about who should give our gratitude to, in this present day. I have always known your name- "Huckebee" maybe it was not you but a relative with the same name(I'm 48) However, I remember when I was little my grandmother, who I cherish, mentioned nothing but good things about a person with this name. It is one of the reasons I looked you up and joined your newsletter. Now I like you myself.

  • Susan Brown

    03/31/2020 10:10 AM

    Thank you!

  • Linda Whiteley

    03/31/2020 09:46 AM

    Gov Huckabee, you certainly “nailed it” with this narrative. If only just one day the media- all of it- would be positive about this administration and its efforts all Americans would have a sense of hope like hasn’t been known in years. I personally have the hope of Jesus Christ but our nation is hurting.

  • Debra Irby

    03/31/2020 08:14 AM

    Thank you for your thorough, well written commentary. You lay bare the truth and give perspective that is sorely needed today. You indeed are an important voice that encourages and rallies those of us who truly love America. Keep it up! We never miss your great show on TBN as well. May God bless you and your family.

  • Michael Willmann

    03/31/2020 08:02 AM

    Excellent article! In an effort to give Americans another glimmer of hope, could you, perhaps, put some pressure on the media to show the number of recovered cases and perhaps tell us if the case count they tout is total since day 1 or current total with recovered cases subtracted? These numbers, I'm sure, would tell a significant story that isn't all doom and gloom.

  • Cindy Taylor

    03/30/2020 11:50 PM

    Dear Governor,
    I know a man, in his mid-sixties, a cancer survivor, diabetic, former heart bypass patient, who goes to work, at the hospital, every day, in spite of the risks. He says he has to go, that is what he does and someone has to take care of patients with and without COVID19. He is a hospital based physician in a mid sized city. They are better equipped than many their size but don’t have enough PPE. They have to use their N95 mask over and over and there are no Respirators at all. One of the problems at his hospital is people (often patients and visitors) keep stealing masks, gloves and gowns. I pray every time he walks out the door to go to work that he won’t contract this disease.
    We are proud of the job President Trump has been doing. He keeps doing what he and his advisors think is best. I agree with you, I am tired of listening to all of the horrible people constantly attacking him and lying about him. I am disgusted by reporters who, when called upon at press briefings, think it’s time for the to be aggressive and disrespectful. They are confrontational, snarky and try to argue. I agree with Mike Lindell, the outcome of the 2016 election was a gift from God.
    Please keep well and God bless.
    With respect,
    Cindy Taylor

  • Carol Denardo

    03/30/2020 11:45 PM

    Thank you telling the truth. I watched the President's presentation Monday from the Rose Garden. Jim Acosta should not be allowed to ask any more questions. I cheered when President Trump put him in his place. Acosta must have gone to the same school of vindictiveness as Pelosi.

  • Floyd A Unger

    03/30/2020 11:35 PM

    Yeah it’s a terrible time and mess but we’ll get it done. Oh and about poor “Sleep” Joe. I’m beginning to feel sorry for him. I don’t think that he even knows what’s going on anymore and he sure doesn’t know about his son or brother.

    Oh yeah....a 1958 Studabaker Lark with a V8 was a very hot car.

  • Grace Shannon

    03/30/2020 11:33 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I really do admire and respect you, and all that you do. I look forward to your emails, especially the daily Bible verse. I do love President Trump and know he has done great for our country, especially in these trying times and all he has had to endure since being sworn in. I will tell you this, I feel you would have made a great president! Thank you!

  • Carolyn Davis

    03/30/2020 11:25 PM

    Didn’t Joe Diffie have serious health issues he was dealing with before contracting Coronavirus?

  • Ruth Ferraro

    03/30/2020 11:18 PM

    Thank you for sharing the information about Canadian healthcare. My mother was born here but her parents as well as my father were born in Sweden. Alain Lambert's experiences were very similar to what my cousins experience in Sweden. Their taxes are very high & doctors only perform "life threatening surgeries" during the summer months. A cousin of mine (born here) moved to Canada for "free socialized medicine". She waited 1 1/2 years for gallbladder surgery! I can't imagine the pain she must have gone through as I had my gallbladder removed shortly after being diagnosed with problems. The attacks felt like a knife going through your body. Everyone should be aware of this. Thank you for sharing!

  • Gary Hanna

    03/30/2020 11:06 PM

    Yes, the pain stream media is still trying to poison people's minds about President Trump so as to sway then into voting for a Democrat President. I still say it is time to get something done about George Soros for he is the one keeping the media moving on it. Too bad, how sad.

  • Mitch Cervinka

    03/30/2020 10:41 PM

    Mike, please check out pastor Joe Boot's analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic and the actual dangers it poses.

  • Diana De Ruyver

    03/30/2020 10:27 PM

    God bless you Mike for your commitment to truth and honesty. I appreciate your insight and wisdom.

  • Janet Underwood

    03/30/2020 09:54 PM

    Great article again, Mike! Kudos to you and your staff!

    You may have seen this already, but in case you didn't, here's a link to the twitter feed of some guy named Chris Sommerfeldt having a meltdown over Mike Lindell being allowed to not only speak at today's press conference, but for talking about God. Oh, the horrors!