Evening Edition - April 2

April 2, 2020 |

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The COVID-19 (Chinese) virus numbers are getting grimmer by the day. Wednesday, the total death toll in the US topped 5,000, and for the first time, more than 1,000 deaths were recorded in a single day. We are quickly closing in on double the death toll from the 9/11 attack, and it will only get worse. Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Nevada and Pennsylvania all added or expanded their stay-at-home orders. Let’s all continue observing safety guidelines, and pray that the efforts being taken to prevent its spread start showing results quickly.

Here’s video of President Trump’s daily briefing for Wednesday, April 1. Aside from warning Americans to brace for more “horrific” days to come, Trump made news on two other fronts. First, he announced a major offensive against Mexican drug cartels, to insure they don’t attempt to exploit the current crisis.

Second, he made it clear, as much as diplomatic niceties would allow, that we can’t trust disease data released by China. With obvious sarcastic understatement, Trump said the infection and death numbers being reported by Beijing “seem to be a little on the light side,” later adding, “As far as the numbers, I’m not an accountant from China.

It’s obvious he doesn’t want to get into a fight with China right now (particularly when we’ve foolishly allowed so much of our medicine manufacturing to move there), but the subtext is clear: nobody in their right mind believes the communist Chinese government’s propaganda, the lowball numbers they’re putting out, or the nonsense about the disease being contained.

Of course, when I refer to people in their right minds, I’m not talking about politicians and reporters in the grip of Trump Derangement Syndrome, who have been parroting the most absurd Chinese talking points as long as they make Trump look bad.

As Andrew Stiles at the Washington Free Beacon notes, a lot of these people not only cited the transparently bogus numbers from China to bash Trump, they did it in a way that made it appear they were gloating and celebrating the suffering and deaths of their fellow Americans as long as it promoted their political agenda. Stiles writes that looking back on their recent snarky tweets makes them look like idiots in retrospect, but I beg to differ: they looked like idiots the very second they pressed “Send.”

Now that we have passed the first of the month (rent due!) with no end yet in sight, I sense that Americans have reached their fed-up point with people trying to use this crisis to play political gotcha games.

There’s an old saying associated with many leaders, particularly Gen. George S. Patton: “Lead, follow or get out of the way!” We have a lot of people in the public eye now who think they should be leading this effort, yet everything they’ve done up to now, from pushing open borders and globalization, to passing endless regulations, to trying to hamstring and distract the President to urging people to ignore warnings and go to public events, have all done nothing but make matters worse. Even now, in the midst of one of the worst crises the nation has ever faced, some of them are so small-minded and tunnel-visioned, they still cling to their pathetic dreams of impeaching Trump again.

Meanwhile, even as Trump and his team move mountains to try to help the nation, they refuse to follow. The bureaucrats have hampered urgently-needed action, and the press has constantly sniped at and harassed Trump, contradicted what he says and blocked viewers from hearing it.

So having proved that they can’t lead, and they can’t follow, and with the death toll mounting, I sense that most people are ready to scream at them to pack up their TDS and “Get out of the way!”

Here’s David Marcus at the Federalist, expressing it eloquently…

And for those who prefer their opinion pieces delivered by flamethrower, here is the always blunt but never unamusing Kurt Schlicter…

CORONAVIRUS DEATHS

There’s no update yet on legendary songwriter John Prine, who was reported to be in critical care on a respirator with the COVID-19 coronavirus. But the disease has now claimed the lives of two other highly-respected musicians.

Jazz pianist and teacher Ellis Marsalis Jr. has died in New Orleans at 85 after being hospitalized with symptoms of the disease, although it has yet to be confirmed. Marsalis was not only a legendary New Orleans jazz man in his own right, he was the teacher and mentor to generations of star players, such as Harry Connick Jr. and Irvin Mayfield, as well as his famous sons, Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis. To show how much he helped advance the art of jazz, his sons now play with symphony orchestras. But he once recalled that during his youth studying classical piano at Dillard University, "you could get expelled for playing jazz. The dean would get a report that we were over there ruining pianos playing jazz on them.”

And the deadliness of the virus is not limited to the elderly, the sick or those with poor health care. The rock music world was shocked Wednesday at news that singer/songwriter Adam Schlesinger had died of COVID-19 complications at 52. Schlesinger was one of the rare talents who nearly earned “EGOT” status: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony. He was an Emmy winner for his music for the TV show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend;” a Grammy winner with his ‘90s pop/rock band Fountains of Wayne; Tony nominee for his score for the musical “Cry-Baby;” and Oscar nominee for the early Beatles-style theme song of Tom Hanks’ 1997 directorial debut, “That Thing You Do.”

Our prayers for their families and condolences to their many fans.

VERMONT WARNING SIGN

I wrote yesterday about guarding against letting government officials use the coronavirus lockdown to start infringing on Americans’ Constitutional rights. You’ve heard the saying that if you scratch a socialist, you’ll find a totalitarian underneath. Some of these politicians, particularly in deep blue states, are going far beyond their power in trying to dictate public behavior in ways that has nothing to do with public safety.

A good example comes to us from Vermont, the same political culture that gave the Senate its only open socialist, Bernie Sanders. State officials there have decreed that it’s not bad enough that people are locked up in their homes, only allowed to venture out to big box stores for supplies. But they’re buying too many “non-essential” items, so that has to stop. Sure, the items are just sitting there on the shelf, but don’t you DARE buy them!

Take a look at some of what they consider “non-essential” to families cooped up at home. Home and garden supplies, arts and crafts, books, movies, consumer electronics, paint, furniture, clothes, toys, beauty products (which includes soap and hand sanitizer, by the way) and more. So you’re supposed to keep your kids at home, but you can’t garden, bathe, read, watch movies, replace the clothes they’ve outgrown, buy an extra chair or two, or do anything else, apparently, except sit on the floor naked staring at the walls.

I get that some people in Vermont like socialism. Well, this should give them an idea of what life is like under it. The only difference is that rather than being empty, the stores will actually have all the things you need, you’re just not allowed to buy them.

If Vermont citizens put up with this, then they should get a new state slogan. “Freedom and Unity” seems to be at least half wrong.

WISHING CHRIS CUOMO A SWIFT RECOVERY

I mentioned yesterday that CNN’s Chris Cuomo has contracted the coronavirus and is reporting remotely from self-quarantine in his basement at home. All politics aside, as it should be at this time (take note, CNN), I hope you’ll join me in saying a prayer for his swift and complete recovery (and say thanks for some very good news: his wife and children tested negative.) In fact, he is doing Americans a great service now, just by describing firsthand what it’s like.

Cuomo says that he’s never experienced anything like it, with the chills, fever, body aches and tremors that accompany it. He says he was shivering so severely Tuesday night that he chipped his tooth.

If he can convince CNN viewers that this is not just a bad flu – indeed, that there really is a threat in the land even more serious than Donald Trump being President, so that people will listen to what Trump’s trying to tell them and take the government guidelines very seriously – then Cuomo will have done more to help America than anyone else I’ve seen on CNN in a long time.

TRUMP REFORM OF GOVERNMENT IS VISIBLE IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

If you listen to the media (and why would you anymore?), you would think that President Trump is just running around flailing aimlessly, with no plans or preparations for such an emergency. But in fact, as this in-depth article from the Daily Signal explains, we’re seeing the results of a massive reform effort that’s been going on since Trump was elected.

Many of the things that are helping, like being able to consult a doctor over the Internet, are results of reforms Trump has made. All would be helpful in dealing with the coronavirus, and if they’re not fully in place yet, it’s because the government has been blocking and slow-walking them, often for no discernible reason.

The problem isn’t that what Trump has done is wrong. The authors note that we’re much better off than we would have been under the previous Administration. The real problem is that the pandemic arrived before Trump was able to get government out of the way of his reforms so they’d be ready when we needed them.

We’re lucky that Trump was making these reforms, and when this is over, we should demand that they be made more quickly. In the meantime, if Trump seems to be in constant motion, it’s not because he’s lost to know what to do. It’s because he has to constantly keep swinging a machete at red tape and removing government roadblocks to common-sense reforms.

1. U.S. # CONFIRMED CASES (As of 2:15 PM): 234,462   DEATHS: 5,607  RECOVERIES: 8,849

TESTS GIVEN:  1,179,587

2.  CDC RECOMMENDATIONS: How to protect yourself  |  What to do if you are sick

3.  POLITICAL FALLOUT:  Cancel the Democrat and Republican conventions?  Maybe.  

4.  MEDIA BIAS:  Hume: TDS Media can't be trusted.

5.  CHINA LIES:  The Australian Media isn't buying them.

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  • David McGillvray

    04/02/2020 11:10 PM

    Idle thoughts: When the USA re-starts their drug producing/manufacturing businesses, Are prices going to go through the roof? Since raising the minimum wage has caused the value of existing wages to go down, is their any thought of revamping the wage laws?
    Not so Idle thought, Nancy's unbelievable shenanigans, have cost this nation a horrible amount both in money and respect. Khrushchev's words are coming true. Who would have though the Speaker of the House would wield the shovel.

  • Marilyn schwartz

    04/02/2020 10:38 PM

    Thx for your great insights. I agree with all. We watch your show every Sat night on TBN in Seattle. God bless you, President Trump, VP Pence & all who are working tirelessly in this difficult time. May God's wisdom be the source behind all their decisions. Praying for all.

  • Gwen Collins

    04/02/2020 10:36 PM

    Mike, thanks so much for your coverage of the news. I don't rely on anyone else to tell me like it is. So, tell me, are those of us on SS who have not had to file a tax return for a couple of years going to get our relief check? I have read both "yes" and "no" in the same paragraph. True, many of us do not have the household expenses that a family of 4 would, but thanks to price gouging ($13.64 for a $3.69 jar of peanut butter as an example) and medication that, along with medical insurance premiums, take half of our income per month. Thanks for all that you do and for who you are. Gwen Collins

  • Donna Palermo Guido

    04/02/2020 10:22 PM

    One quick one. If all feel China has not been truthful I hope the 160,000 and separate shipment of 300,000 masks from China are being checked for the covid -19. Could be continuing sending the virus to us with their “kindness!” Check it out!

  • Doris Q. Bailey

    04/02/2020 10:16 PM

    Thank you for this-I so agree, and we have God Almighty on our side and He is the one who can stop this virus!!Doris Bailey

  • Billy Miller

    04/02/2020 10:09 PM

    In my corner of the world there are all kinds of reactions to this "virus"/biological warfare. Too many people are totally ignoring it being something serious, and, of course, when they fall ill, will be blaming President Trump. One thing is certain: people do NOT trust the lying, fake news, and are beginning to have reservations about what they are being told by FOX. The Trump haters continue to "moon" with their clothes on.

  • Linda Smith

    04/02/2020 10:00 PM

    I received the following email about China which is very disturbing. I do not know who originated this message - it was simply forwarded to me. Do you know about this and do you think it is true? I love your updates and knowing you follow our Lord.

    DID CHINA JUST PLAY THE WORLD?

    CHINA PLAYED THE WORLD:

    SCENE 1: The curtain opens: China becomes ill, enters a "crisis" and paralyzes its trade. The curtain closes.

    SCENE II. The curtain opens: The Chinese currency is devalued. They do not do anything. The curtain closes.

    SCENE III. The curtain opens:: Due to the lack of trade of companies from Europe and the USA that are based in China, their shares fall 40% of their value.

    SCENE IV. The curtain opens:: The world is ill, China buys 30% of the shares of companies in Europe and the US at a very low price. The curtain closes.

    SCENE V. The curtain opens: China has controlled the disease and owns companies in Europe and the US. And he decides that these companies stay in China and earn $ 20,000Billions. The curtain closes. How is the play called?

    SCENE VI: Checkmate!

    Amazing but true. Two videos have passed between yesterday and today that convinced me of something I suspected but had no basis. It was just my speculation. Now I am convinced that the coronavirus was purposely propagated by the Chinese themselves.

    At first, they were too prepared. Three weeks after the start of the roll, 14 days and 12,000-bed hospitals were already under construction. And they really built them in two weeks. Awesome.

    Yesterday they announced that they had stopped the epidemic. They appear in videos celebrating, they announce that they even have a vaccine. How could they create it so quickly without having all the genetic information? Well, if you are the owner of the formula it is not difficult at all.

    And today I just saw a video that explains how Den Xiao Ping gave the west a half stick. Due to the coronavirus, the actions of Western companies in China fell dramatically. China I just hope, when they went down enough they bought them. Now the companies, created by the USA and Europe in China with all the technology put in by these exchanges and their capital they passed into the hands of China, which is now rising with all that technological potential and will be able to set prices at will to sell everything they need to the West.

    None of this could have happened by chance. China who cared that a few old men died? Fewer old-age pensions to pay, but the loot has been huge. And right now the West is financially defeated, in crisis and stunned by the disease. And without knowing what to do.
    Masterfully diabolic. It had to be the communists. |

    Adding to this, they are now the single largest owners of the US treasury with 1.18 trillion holdings surpassing Japan. An instrument that has seen the most rally.

    One ?prospective & Analogy...

    How come Russia & North Korea are totally free of Covid- 19? Because they are a staunch ally of China. Not a single case reported from these 2 countries. On the other hand, South Korea / United Kingdom / Italy / Spain and Asia are severely hit. How come Wuhan is suddenly free from the deadly virus?

    China will say that the drastic initial measures they took were very stern and Wuhan was locked down to contain the spread to other areas. Why Beijing was not hit? Why only Wuhan? Kind of interesting to ponder upon.. right? Well ..Wuhan is open for business now. America and all the above-mentioned countries are devastated financially. Soon the American economy will collapse as planned by China.

    China knows it CANNOT defeat America militarily as the USA is at present THE MOST POWERFUL country in the world. So use the virus...to cripple the economy and paralyze the nation and its Defense capabilities. I'm sure Nancy Pelosi got a part in this. . to topple Trump. Lately, President Trump was always telling of how the GREAT American economy was improving on all fronts. The only way to destroy his vision of making AMERICA GREAT AGAIN is to create economic havoc. Nancy Pelosi was unable to bring down Trump thru impeachment. ....so work along with China to destroy Trump by releasing a virus.

    Wuhan's epidemic was a showcase. At the peak of the virus epidemic. ..China's President Xi Jinping...just wore a simple RM1 facemask to visit those affected areas. As President he should be covered from head to toe.....but it was not the case. He was already injected to resist any harm from the virus.... which means a cure was already in place before the virus was released.

    Some may ask...Bill Gates already predicted the outbreak in 2015...so the Chinese agenda cannot be true. The answer is. ..YES...Bill Gates did predict. .but that prediction is based on a genuine virus outbreak. Now China is also telling that the virus was predicted well in advance. ....so that its agenda would play along well to match that prediction.

    China's vision is to control the World economy by buying up stocks now from countries facing the brink of severe ECONOMIC COLLAPSE. Later China will announce that their Medical Researchers have found a cure to destroy the virus.

    Now China has other countries stocks in their arsenal and these countries will soon be a slave to their master...CHINA. Now here is an interesting conspiracy theory if you want:

    Impact of coronavirus on stock exchanges worldwide, within 1 month:

    USA -26%
    Great Britain -26%
    Canada -25%
    Brasil -27%
    Russia -20%
    United Arab Emirates -19%
    South Africa -16%
    Australia -24%
    India -14%
    Singapore -17%
    Hong Kong -12%
    South Korea -17%

    Now, look at this:
    China +0.3%

    China, the creator of the pandemic, has miraculously "recovered", has almost no more cases of coronavirus. The world is now beginning to feel the effects and panic about the disease. Who recovered first ?? China itself! It seems to be that this virus was a move by the Chinese government in response to the loss of the trade war with the United States. The goal: to throw the world into recession !!!

    Is the scenario not clear? They are already growing! China bought almost everything it devalued on the stock exchanges around the world ... with that the Chinese became owners of the global companies that are in China and without the money leaving China.

  • Emmette Craver

    04/02/2020 09:58 PM

    I read your comments every night and find them a good rap-up of the says events. THANK YOU

  • Mary Oscarson

    04/02/2020 09:35 PM

    Exactly Mike,and again so very well said.Always remembering the ones that are sick with this virus in my continued prayers.Stay well.Gods many blessings to you and yours always.

  • fred hetler

    04/02/2020 09:23 PM

    All I can say is pray & pray longer. We go to Mass every morning on YouTube from our church live. And at 3PM we do the Divine Mercy prayers that is a 54 day world wide prayer. We also do at least 1 Rosery a day.

  • Susan M Vickous

    04/02/2020 09:08 PM

    Thank you for giving us factual news. I just wish the Democrats would get over themselves. I don't want anything bad to happen to any of them, but I do wish Adam S. and Nancy P. would retire. They look ill. Please be safe and God Bless!

  • Kay DeWitt

    04/02/2020 08:50 PM

    Mike, your opening statement, "The COVID-19 (Chinese) virus numbers are getting grimmer by the day", impacted me profoundly because you have fought so hard to see the positive things that hold a ray of hope that this crisis will not get as grim as some are suggesting that it will!

    This newsletter presents a hands down proof of WHY things need to be KEPT shut down and why what Rodney Howard -Browne did WAS "criminal" and he was not treated unjustly by being arrested because...in view of how this virus is spreading...someone...or someones....just might die because Rodney did what he was ordered not to do!! I googled the video of his service and I could not believe the size of the crowd and how close they were sitting next to one another, making Rodney 's claim that he followed the rules of social distancing a joke!

  • Mary E. Johnson

    04/02/2020 08:44 PM

    I just want to say that I think President Trump, Vice-President Pence and their whole team have been doing a great job on this whole virus scare and deserve to be congratulated on what they are doing to protect all of us despite the criticism they are still throwing at them. I'm sure they are very exhausted! And to hear that Adam Schiff is starting another investigation against the Pres.at this time is horrible. I know they want him to fail and so far it's not working, but he & Nancy & Schumer won't give up! Don't they realize how foolish they look?

  • George Curl

    04/02/2020 08:37 PM

    Thanks Governor for keeping us informed. Art Linkletter said laughter is the best medicine. I agree and now we all need a good laugh. Today's laugh is brought to us via the Speaker of the House. Her new oversight committee will be changed with rooting out “waste, fraud and abuse” and will “protect against price-gouging, profiteering and political favoritism” I'm just an old country boy but I know better than to let the fox guard the henhouse.

  • Nelda White

    04/02/2020 07:57 PM

    Pelosi and her minions want to have a group overlook the handing out of the money to help people. Isn't that like having a group of bank robbers guard the unlocked bank while everyone is gone? I don't trust them. Also, when I checked out at the store, I told the cashier that I appreciated her being there and that the workers of the store were risking catching the virus to help others in need. She replied, "not really, the whole thing is a hoax, that the government wants to take over and they will invent a vaccine and force everyone to take it and it will give everyone the virus." I told her "I hope not and to remember that God is in charge." I don't know where all these lies are coming from or maybe I do. From the real dictator want to be probably. Thank you for your time. Keep up the good work.

  • Jane West

    04/02/2020 07:55 PM

    Thanks for bringing us daily news that I feel I can trust! So appreciated! And, as for the churches not meeting...the church is not the building, but GOD's people. In today's world, media coverage is sent out everywhere that one looks! Not only to mention that where 2 or 3 are gathered together, HE is there, also. We should obey the laws of the land..as long as they are not against GOD's words. I think HE hears me, even though I am not meeting in a building with a cluster of others. I know HE understands!

  • Joyce Birch

    04/02/2020 07:54 PM

    Governor Huckabee, I just read through this article from USA Today & questioning is there any truth to this? Could you respond? Thank you.

    U.S. exported millions in masks, ventilators, other PPE ahead of coronavirus crisis here
    Dian Zhang, Erin Mansfield, Dinah Voyles PulverUSA TODAY

  • Larry Jeffers

    04/02/2020 07:52 PM

    Thank you for the information Governor.

  • Holly Anne Trice

    04/02/2020 07:27 PM

    Thank you for the updates twice a day.

  • Paul Kosovich

    04/02/2020 07:08 PM

    I heard Sandy Rios today talking about how China wanted to find some way to curb the world population and that the area it started in has a lab that could have been responsible. Also you probably know how China was backing the Clintons in their campaigns. This whole thing sounds like media hype and a democratic plan to take down the world economy. This opens the door to complete koas. The the one world government steps into control the situation and the world. I have heard the talk of tracking people to be sure they are doing what they are told. I could go on and I know you are a Christian so this is not a surprise.

  • Wynara Sleziak

    04/02/2020 07:03 PM

    Please correct the spelling of my name.
    Thanks

  • Tom Longeway

    04/02/2020 07:01 PM

    I just heard that the SSA will be sending the $1,200 checks via direct deposit even if you have no t filed any tax returns. I do not know if you interceded as I asked a few days ago BUt if you did , Thank you, if you did not then it worked out anyway so take the applause . MAGA

    Tom Longeway

  • Daniel Alvies

    04/02/2020 06:54 PM

    I'm a Christian, I love you and Donald Trump are helping Christians keep freedom . How in some places they shut down Christian Churches and leave Muslim's open? Dan Alvies

  • Philip J. Ferrara, Sr.

    04/02/2020 06:50 PM

    THE "ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM" that is the UNSPOKEN/UNADDRESSED SOURCE OF CALAMITOUS, CATASTROPHIC VIRUS THREAT TO OUR NATION!?!?!?
    What impact on our being the highest infection rate in the world would the 11+, count 'em, ELEVEN+ MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL LAW-BREAKING UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS have on our reaching this plateau???
    We don't know who they are, where they are, what they are doing, if they are healthy, where/when/how they travel (unchallenged) throughout our once great country, how to get them tested, and if infected, deported. Think of it..11 millions of roving bands of possibly infected/symptomatic/dangerous folks roaming our streets & cities & states at will, especially in those traitorous, anti-American sanctuary cesspools. Think of the cost, impact, use, waste of precious AMERICAN medical/societal/benefit(SocSec,SSI,UEC,WIC,SNAP,etc) resources, meant for AMERICANS, involved in taking care of who knows how many tens of thousands (millions?) ILLEGAL ALIENS in our hospitals, clinics, etc., assuming they even report at all, since their fear of being caught may override their morality & civility & compassion. Find them (require Doctors/Hospitals/ETC. to report them), isolate them, then deport them NOW!! Why does no one speak of this problem festering below the surface and maybe portending our national catastrophic downfall???

  • Craig Mahloch

    04/02/2020 06:44 PM

    As far as attending church services right now, maybe every one should do as Daniel did and go
    home, throw open the windows and pray. As far as these idiots trying to take down Pres. Trump
    remember they were voted jn to office. Thats what happens when a country turns its back
    on God.

Evening Edition - April 2

April 2, 2020 |

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The COVID-19 (Chinese) virus numbers are getting grimmer by the day. Wednesday, the total death toll in the US topped 5,000, and for the first time, more than 1,000 deaths were recorded in a single day. We are quickly closing in on double the death toll from the 9/11 attack, and it will only get worse. Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Nevada and Pennsylvania all added or expanded their stay-at-home orders. Let’s all continue observing safety guidelines, and pray that the efforts being taken to prevent its spread start showing results quickly.

Here’s video of President Trump’s daily briefing for Wednesday, April 1. Aside from warning Americans to brace for more “horrific” days to come, Trump made news on two other fronts. First, he announced a major offensive against Mexican drug cartels, to insure they don’t attempt to exploit the current crisis.

Second, he made it clear, as much as diplomatic niceties would allow, that we can’t trust disease data released by China. With obvious sarcastic understatement, Trump said the infection and death numbers being reported by Beijing “seem to be a little on the light side,” later adding, “As far as the numbers, I’m not an accountant from China.

It’s obvious he doesn’t want to get into a fight with China right now (particularly when we’ve foolishly allowed so much of our medicine manufacturing to move there), but the subtext is clear: nobody in their right mind believes the communist Chinese government’s propaganda, the lowball numbers they’re putting out, or the nonsense about the disease being contained.

Of course, when I refer to people in their right minds, I’m not talking about politicians and reporters in the grip of Trump Derangement Syndrome, who have been parroting the most absurd Chinese talking points as long as they make Trump look bad.

As Andrew Stiles at the Washington Free Beacon notes, a lot of these people not only cited the transparently bogus numbers from China to bash Trump, they did it in a way that made it appear they were gloating and celebrating the suffering and deaths of their fellow Americans as long as it promoted their political agenda. Stiles writes that looking back on their recent snarky tweets makes them look like idiots in retrospect, but I beg to differ: they looked like idiots the very second they pressed “Send.”

Now that we have passed the first of the month (rent due!) with no end yet in sight, I sense that Americans have reached their fed-up point with people trying to use this crisis to play political gotcha games.

There’s an old saying associated with many leaders, particularly Gen. George S. Patton: “Lead, follow or get out of the way!” We have a lot of people in the public eye now who think they should be leading this effort, yet everything they’ve done up to now, from pushing open borders and globalization, to passing endless regulations, to trying to hamstring and distract the President to urging people to ignore warnings and go to public events, have all done nothing but make matters worse. Even now, in the midst of one of the worst crises the nation has ever faced, some of them are so small-minded and tunnel-visioned, they still cling to their pathetic dreams of impeaching Trump again.

Meanwhile, even as Trump and his team move mountains to try to help the nation, they refuse to follow. The bureaucrats have hampered urgently-needed action, and the press has constantly sniped at and harassed Trump, contradicted what he says and blocked viewers from hearing it.

So having proved that they can’t lead, and they can’t follow, and with the death toll mounting, I sense that most people are ready to scream at them to pack up their TDS and “Get out of the way!”

Here’s David Marcus at the Federalist, expressing it eloquently…

And for those who prefer their opinion pieces delivered by flamethrower, here is the always blunt but never unamusing Kurt Schlicter…

CORONAVIRUS DEATHS

There’s no update yet on legendary songwriter John Prine, who was reported to be in critical care on a respirator with the COVID-19 coronavirus. But the disease has now claimed the lives of two other highly-respected musicians.

Jazz pianist and teacher Ellis Marsalis Jr. has died in New Orleans at 85 after being hospitalized with symptoms of the disease, although it has yet to be confirmed. Marsalis was not only a legendary New Orleans jazz man in his own right, he was the teacher and mentor to generations of star players, such as Harry Connick Jr. and Irvin Mayfield, as well as his famous sons, Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis. To show how much he helped advance the art of jazz, his sons now play with symphony orchestras. But he once recalled that during his youth studying classical piano at Dillard University, "you could get expelled for playing jazz. The dean would get a report that we were over there ruining pianos playing jazz on them.”

And the deadliness of the virus is not limited to the elderly, the sick or those with poor health care. The rock music world was shocked Wednesday at news that singer/songwriter Adam Schlesinger had died of COVID-19 complications at 52. Schlesinger was one of the rare talents who nearly earned “EGOT” status: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony. He was an Emmy winner for his music for the TV show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend;” a Grammy winner with his ‘90s pop/rock band Fountains of Wayne; Tony nominee for his score for the musical “Cry-Baby;” and Oscar nominee for the early Beatles-style theme song of Tom Hanks’ 1997 directorial debut, “That Thing You Do.”

Our prayers for their families and condolences to their many fans.

VERMONT WARNING SIGN

I wrote yesterday about guarding against letting government officials use the coronavirus lockdown to start infringing on Americans’ Constitutional rights. You’ve heard the saying that if you scratch a socialist, you’ll find a totalitarian underneath. Some of these politicians, particularly in deep blue states, are going far beyond their power in trying to dictate public behavior in ways that has nothing to do with public safety.

A good example comes to us from Vermont, the same political culture that gave the Senate its only open socialist, Bernie Sanders. State officials there have decreed that it’s not bad enough that people are locked up in their homes, only allowed to venture out to big box stores for supplies. But they’re buying too many “non-essential” items, so that has to stop. Sure, the items are just sitting there on the shelf, but don’t you DARE buy them!

Take a look at some of what they consider “non-essential” to families cooped up at home. Home and garden supplies, arts and crafts, books, movies, consumer electronics, paint, furniture, clothes, toys, beauty products (which includes soap and hand sanitizer, by the way) and more. So you’re supposed to keep your kids at home, but you can’t garden, bathe, read, watch movies, replace the clothes they’ve outgrown, buy an extra chair or two, or do anything else, apparently, except sit on the floor naked staring at the walls.

I get that some people in Vermont like socialism. Well, this should give them an idea of what life is like under it. The only difference is that rather than being empty, the stores will actually have all the things you need, you’re just not allowed to buy them.

If Vermont citizens put up with this, then they should get a new state slogan. “Freedom and Unity” seems to be at least half wrong.

WISHING CHRIS CUOMO A SWIFT RECOVERY

I mentioned yesterday that CNN’s Chris Cuomo has contracted the coronavirus and is reporting remotely from self-quarantine in his basement at home. All politics aside, as it should be at this time (take note, CNN), I hope you’ll join me in saying a prayer for his swift and complete recovery (and say thanks for some very good news: his wife and children tested negative.) In fact, he is doing Americans a great service now, just by describing firsthand what it’s like.

Cuomo says that he’s never experienced anything like it, with the chills, fever, body aches and tremors that accompany it. He says he was shivering so severely Tuesday night that he chipped his tooth.

If he can convince CNN viewers that this is not just a bad flu – indeed, that there really is a threat in the land even more serious than Donald Trump being President, so that people will listen to what Trump’s trying to tell them and take the government guidelines very seriously – then Cuomo will have done more to help America than anyone else I’ve seen on CNN in a long time.

TRUMP REFORM OF GOVERNMENT IS VISIBLE IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

If you listen to the media (and why would you anymore?), you would think that President Trump is just running around flailing aimlessly, with no plans or preparations for such an emergency. But in fact, as this in-depth article from the Daily Signal explains, we’re seeing the results of a massive reform effort that’s been going on since Trump was elected.

Many of the things that are helping, like being able to consult a doctor over the Internet, are results of reforms Trump has made. All would be helpful in dealing with the coronavirus, and if they’re not fully in place yet, it’s because the government has been blocking and slow-walking them, often for no discernible reason.

The problem isn’t that what Trump has done is wrong. The authors note that we’re much better off than we would have been under the previous Administration. The real problem is that the pandemic arrived before Trump was able to get government out of the way of his reforms so they’d be ready when we needed them.

We’re lucky that Trump was making these reforms, and when this is over, we should demand that they be made more quickly. In the meantime, if Trump seems to be in constant motion, it’s not because he’s lost to know what to do. It’s because he has to constantly keep swinging a machete at red tape and removing government roadblocks to common-sense reforms.

1. U.S. # CONFIRMED CASES (As of 2:15 PM): 234,462   DEATHS: 5,607  RECOVERIES: 8,849

TESTS GIVEN:  1,179,587

2.  CDC RECOMMENDATIONS: How to protect yourself  |  What to do if you are sick

3.  POLITICAL FALLOUT:  Cancel the Democrat and Republican conventions?  Maybe.  

4.  MEDIA BIAS:  Hume: TDS Media can't be trusted.

5.  CHINA LIES:  The Australian Media isn't buying them.

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  • David McGillvray

    04/02/2020 11:10 PM

    Idle thoughts: When the USA re-starts their drug producing/manufacturing businesses, Are prices going to go through the roof? Since raising the minimum wage has caused the value of existing wages to go down, is their any thought of revamping the wage laws?
    Not so Idle thought, Nancy's unbelievable shenanigans, have cost this nation a horrible amount both in money and respect. Khrushchev's words are coming true. Who would have though the Speaker of the House would wield the shovel.

  • Marilyn schwartz

    04/02/2020 10:38 PM

    Thx for your great insights. I agree with all. We watch your show every Sat night on TBN in Seattle. God bless you, President Trump, VP Pence & all who are working tirelessly in this difficult time. May God's wisdom be the source behind all their decisions. Praying for all.

  • Gwen Collins

    04/02/2020 10:36 PM

    Mike, thanks so much for your coverage of the news. I don't rely on anyone else to tell me like it is. So, tell me, are those of us on SS who have not had to file a tax return for a couple of years going to get our relief check? I have read both "yes" and "no" in the same paragraph. True, many of us do not have the household expenses that a family of 4 would, but thanks to price gouging ($13.64 for a $3.69 jar of peanut butter as an example) and medication that, along with medical insurance premiums, take half of our income per month. Thanks for all that you do and for who you are. Gwen Collins

  • Donna Palermo Guido

    04/02/2020 10:22 PM

    One quick one. If all feel China has not been truthful I hope the 160,000 and separate shipment of 300,000 masks from China are being checked for the covid -19. Could be continuing sending the virus to us with their “kindness!” Check it out!

  • Doris Q. Bailey

    04/02/2020 10:16 PM

    Thank you for this-I so agree, and we have God Almighty on our side and He is the one who can stop this virus!!Doris Bailey

  • Billy Miller

    04/02/2020 10:09 PM

    In my corner of the world there are all kinds of reactions to this "virus"/biological warfare. Too many people are totally ignoring it being something serious, and, of course, when they fall ill, will be blaming President Trump. One thing is certain: people do NOT trust the lying, fake news, and are beginning to have reservations about what they are being told by FOX. The Trump haters continue to "moon" with their clothes on.

  • Linda Smith

    04/02/2020 10:00 PM

    I received the following email about China which is very disturbing. I do not know who originated this message - it was simply forwarded to me. Do you know about this and do you think it is true? I love your updates and knowing you follow our Lord.

    DID CHINA JUST PLAY THE WORLD?

    CHINA PLAYED THE WORLD:

    SCENE 1: The curtain opens: China becomes ill, enters a "crisis" and paralyzes its trade. The curtain closes.

    SCENE II. The curtain opens: The Chinese currency is devalued. They do not do anything. The curtain closes.

    SCENE III. The curtain opens:: Due to the lack of trade of companies from Europe and the USA that are based in China, their shares fall 40% of their value.

    SCENE IV. The curtain opens:: The world is ill, China buys 30% of the shares of companies in Europe and the US at a very low price. The curtain closes.

    SCENE V. The curtain opens: China has controlled the disease and owns companies in Europe and the US. And he decides that these companies stay in China and earn $ 20,000Billions. The curtain closes. How is the play called?

    SCENE VI: Checkmate!

    Amazing but true. Two videos have passed between yesterday and today that convinced me of something I suspected but had no basis. It was just my speculation. Now I am convinced that the coronavirus was purposely propagated by the Chinese themselves.

    At first, they were too prepared. Three weeks after the start of the roll, 14 days and 12,000-bed hospitals were already under construction. And they really built them in two weeks. Awesome.

    Yesterday they announced that they had stopped the epidemic. They appear in videos celebrating, they announce that they even have a vaccine. How could they create it so quickly without having all the genetic information? Well, if you are the owner of the formula it is not difficult at all.

    And today I just saw a video that explains how Den Xiao Ping gave the west a half stick. Due to the coronavirus, the actions of Western companies in China fell dramatically. China I just hope, when they went down enough they bought them. Now the companies, created by the USA and Europe in China with all the technology put in by these exchanges and their capital they passed into the hands of China, which is now rising with all that technological potential and will be able to set prices at will to sell everything they need to the West.

    None of this could have happened by chance. China who cared that a few old men died? Fewer old-age pensions to pay, but the loot has been huge. And right now the West is financially defeated, in crisis and stunned by the disease. And without knowing what to do.
    Masterfully diabolic. It had to be the communists. |

    Adding to this, they are now the single largest owners of the US treasury with 1.18 trillion holdings surpassing Japan. An instrument that has seen the most rally.

    One ?prospective & Analogy...

    How come Russia & North Korea are totally free of Covid- 19? Because they are a staunch ally of China. Not a single case reported from these 2 countries. On the other hand, South Korea / United Kingdom / Italy / Spain and Asia are severely hit. How come Wuhan is suddenly free from the deadly virus?

    China will say that the drastic initial measures they took were very stern and Wuhan was locked down to contain the spread to other areas. Why Beijing was not hit? Why only Wuhan? Kind of interesting to ponder upon.. right? Well ..Wuhan is open for business now. America and all the above-mentioned countries are devastated financially. Soon the American economy will collapse as planned by China.

    China knows it CANNOT defeat America militarily as the USA is at present THE MOST POWERFUL country in the world. So use the virus...to cripple the economy and paralyze the nation and its Defense capabilities. I'm sure Nancy Pelosi got a part in this. . to topple Trump. Lately, President Trump was always telling of how the GREAT American economy was improving on all fronts. The only way to destroy his vision of making AMERICA GREAT AGAIN is to create economic havoc. Nancy Pelosi was unable to bring down Trump thru impeachment. ....so work along with China to destroy Trump by releasing a virus.

    Wuhan's epidemic was a showcase. At the peak of the virus epidemic. ..China's President Xi Jinping...just wore a simple RM1 facemask to visit those affected areas. As President he should be covered from head to toe.....but it was not the case. He was already injected to resist any harm from the virus.... which means a cure was already in place before the virus was released.

    Some may ask...Bill Gates already predicted the outbreak in 2015...so the Chinese agenda cannot be true. The answer is. ..YES...Bill Gates did predict. .but that prediction is based on a genuine virus outbreak. Now China is also telling that the virus was predicted well in advance. ....so that its agenda would play along well to match that prediction.

    China's vision is to control the World economy by buying up stocks now from countries facing the brink of severe ECONOMIC COLLAPSE. Later China will announce that their Medical Researchers have found a cure to destroy the virus.

    Now China has other countries stocks in their arsenal and these countries will soon be a slave to their master...CHINA. Now here is an interesting conspiracy theory if you want:

    Impact of coronavirus on stock exchanges worldwide, within 1 month:

    USA -26%
    Great Britain -26%
    Canada -25%
    Brasil -27%
    Russia -20%
    United Arab Emirates -19%
    South Africa -16%
    Australia -24%
    India -14%
    Singapore -17%
    Hong Kong -12%
    South Korea -17%

    Now, look at this:
    China +0.3%

    China, the creator of the pandemic, has miraculously "recovered", has almost no more cases of coronavirus. The world is now beginning to feel the effects and panic about the disease. Who recovered first ?? China itself! It seems to be that this virus was a move by the Chinese government in response to the loss of the trade war with the United States. The goal: to throw the world into recession !!!

    Is the scenario not clear? They are already growing! China bought almost everything it devalued on the stock exchanges around the world ... with that the Chinese became owners of the global companies that are in China and without the money leaving China.

  • Emmette Craver

    04/02/2020 09:58 PM

    I read your comments every night and find them a good rap-up of the says events. THANK YOU

  • Mary Oscarson

    04/02/2020 09:35 PM

    Exactly Mike,and again so very well said.Always remembering the ones that are sick with this virus in my continued prayers.Stay well.Gods many blessings to you and yours always.

  • fred hetler

    04/02/2020 09:23 PM

    All I can say is pray & pray longer. We go to Mass every morning on YouTube from our church live. And at 3PM we do the Divine Mercy prayers that is a 54 day world wide prayer. We also do at least 1 Rosery a day.

  • Susan M Vickous

    04/02/2020 09:08 PM

    Thank you for giving us factual news. I just wish the Democrats would get over themselves. I don't want anything bad to happen to any of them, but I do wish Adam S. and Nancy P. would retire. They look ill. Please be safe and God Bless!

  • Kay DeWitt

    04/02/2020 08:50 PM

    Mike, your opening statement, "The COVID-19 (Chinese) virus numbers are getting grimmer by the day", impacted me profoundly because you have fought so hard to see the positive things that hold a ray of hope that this crisis will not get as grim as some are suggesting that it will!

    This newsletter presents a hands down proof of WHY things need to be KEPT shut down and why what Rodney Howard -Browne did WAS "criminal" and he was not treated unjustly by being arrested because...in view of how this virus is spreading...someone...or someones....just might die because Rodney did what he was ordered not to do!! I googled the video of his service and I could not believe the size of the crowd and how close they were sitting next to one another, making Rodney 's claim that he followed the rules of social distancing a joke!

  • Mary E. Johnson

    04/02/2020 08:44 PM

    I just want to say that I think President Trump, Vice-President Pence and their whole team have been doing a great job on this whole virus scare and deserve to be congratulated on what they are doing to protect all of us despite the criticism they are still throwing at them. I'm sure they are very exhausted! And to hear that Adam Schiff is starting another investigation against the Pres.at this time is horrible. I know they want him to fail and so far it's not working, but he & Nancy & Schumer won't give up! Don't they realize how foolish they look?

  • George Curl

    04/02/2020 08:37 PM

    Thanks Governor for keeping us informed. Art Linkletter said laughter is the best medicine. I agree and now we all need a good laugh. Today's laugh is brought to us via the Speaker of the House. Her new oversight committee will be changed with rooting out “waste, fraud and abuse” and will “protect against price-gouging, profiteering and political favoritism” I'm just an old country boy but I know better than to let the fox guard the henhouse.

  • Nelda White

    04/02/2020 07:57 PM

    Pelosi and her minions want to have a group overlook the handing out of the money to help people. Isn't that like having a group of bank robbers guard the unlocked bank while everyone is gone? I don't trust them. Also, when I checked out at the store, I told the cashier that I appreciated her being there and that the workers of the store were risking catching the virus to help others in need. She replied, "not really, the whole thing is a hoax, that the government wants to take over and they will invent a vaccine and force everyone to take it and it will give everyone the virus." I told her "I hope not and to remember that God is in charge." I don't know where all these lies are coming from or maybe I do. From the real dictator want to be probably. Thank you for your time. Keep up the good work.

  • Jane West

    04/02/2020 07:55 PM

    Thanks for bringing us daily news that I feel I can trust! So appreciated! And, as for the churches not meeting...the church is not the building, but GOD's people. In today's world, media coverage is sent out everywhere that one looks! Not only to mention that where 2 or 3 are gathered together, HE is there, also. We should obey the laws of the land..as long as they are not against GOD's words. I think HE hears me, even though I am not meeting in a building with a cluster of others. I know HE understands!

  • Joyce Birch

    04/02/2020 07:54 PM

    Governor Huckabee, I just read through this article from USA Today & questioning is there any truth to this? Could you respond? Thank you.

    U.S. exported millions in masks, ventilators, other PPE ahead of coronavirus crisis here
    Dian Zhang, Erin Mansfield, Dinah Voyles PulverUSA TODAY

  • Larry Jeffers

    04/02/2020 07:52 PM

    Thank you for the information Governor.

  • Holly Anne Trice

    04/02/2020 07:27 PM

    Thank you for the updates twice a day.

  • Paul Kosovich

    04/02/2020 07:08 PM

    I heard Sandy Rios today talking about how China wanted to find some way to curb the world population and that the area it started in has a lab that could have been responsible. Also you probably know how China was backing the Clintons in their campaigns. This whole thing sounds like media hype and a democratic plan to take down the world economy. This opens the door to complete koas. The the one world government steps into control the situation and the world. I have heard the talk of tracking people to be sure they are doing what they are told. I could go on and I know you are a Christian so this is not a surprise.

  • Wynara Sleziak

    04/02/2020 07:03 PM

    Please correct the spelling of my name.
    Thanks

  • Tom Longeway

    04/02/2020 07:01 PM

    I just heard that the SSA will be sending the $1,200 checks via direct deposit even if you have no t filed any tax returns. I do not know if you interceded as I asked a few days ago BUt if you did , Thank you, if you did not then it worked out anyway so take the applause . MAGA

    Tom Longeway

  • Daniel Alvies

    04/02/2020 06:54 PM

    I'm a Christian, I love you and Donald Trump are helping Christians keep freedom . How in some places they shut down Christian Churches and leave Muslim's open? Dan Alvies

  • Philip J. Ferrara, Sr.

    04/02/2020 06:50 PM

    THE "ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM" that is the UNSPOKEN/UNADDRESSED SOURCE OF CALAMITOUS, CATASTROPHIC VIRUS THREAT TO OUR NATION!?!?!?
    What impact on our being the highest infection rate in the world would the 11+, count 'em, ELEVEN+ MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL LAW-BREAKING UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS have on our reaching this plateau???
    We don't know who they are, where they are, what they are doing, if they are healthy, where/when/how they travel (unchallenged) throughout our once great country, how to get them tested, and if infected, deported. Think of it..11 millions of roving bands of possibly infected/symptomatic/dangerous folks roaming our streets & cities & states at will, especially in those traitorous, anti-American sanctuary cesspools. Think of the cost, impact, use, waste of precious AMERICAN medical/societal/benefit(SocSec,SSI,UEC,WIC,SNAP,etc) resources, meant for AMERICANS, involved in taking care of who knows how many tens of thousands (millions?) ILLEGAL ALIENS in our hospitals, clinics, etc., assuming they even report at all, since their fear of being caught may override their morality & civility & compassion. Find them (require Doctors/Hospitals/ETC. to report them), isolate them, then deport them NOW!! Why does no one speak of this problem festering below the surface and maybe portending our national catastrophic downfall???

  • Craig Mahloch

    04/02/2020 06:44 PM

    As far as attending church services right now, maybe every one should do as Daniel did and go
    home, throw open the windows and pray. As far as these idiots trying to take down Pres. Trump
    remember they were voted jn to office. Thats what happens when a country turns its back
    on God.

Evening Edition - April 2

April 2, 2020 |

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The COVID-19 (Chinese) virus numbers are getting grimmer by the day. Wednesday, the total death toll in the US topped 5,000, and for the first time, more than 1,000 deaths were recorded in a single day. We are quickly closing in on double the death toll from the 9/11 attack, and it will only get worse. Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Nevada and Pennsylvania all added or expanded their stay-at-home orders. Let’s all continue observing safety guidelines, and pray that the efforts being taken to prevent its spread start showing results quickly.

Here’s video of President Trump’s daily briefing for Wednesday, April 1. Aside from warning Americans to brace for more “horrific” days to come, Trump made news on two other fronts. First, he announced a major offensive against Mexican drug cartels, to insure they don’t attempt to exploit the current crisis.

Second, he made it clear, as much as diplomatic niceties would allow, that we can’t trust disease data released by China. With obvious sarcastic understatement, Trump said the infection and death numbers being reported by Beijing “seem to be a little on the light side,” later adding, “As far as the numbers, I’m not an accountant from China.

It’s obvious he doesn’t want to get into a fight with China right now (particularly when we’ve foolishly allowed so much of our medicine manufacturing to move there), but the subtext is clear: nobody in their right mind believes the communist Chinese government’s propaganda, the lowball numbers they’re putting out, or the nonsense about the disease being contained.

Of course, when I refer to people in their right minds, I’m not talking about politicians and reporters in the grip of Trump Derangement Syndrome, who have been parroting the most absurd Chinese talking points as long as they make Trump look bad.

As Andrew Stiles at the Washington Free Beacon notes, a lot of these people not only cited the transparently bogus numbers from China to bash Trump, they did it in a way that made it appear they were gloating and celebrating the suffering and deaths of their fellow Americans as long as it promoted their political agenda. Stiles writes that looking back on their recent snarky tweets makes them look like idiots in retrospect, but I beg to differ: they looked like idiots the very second they pressed “Send.”

Now that we have passed the first of the month (rent due!) with no end yet in sight, I sense that Americans have reached their fed-up point with people trying to use this crisis to play political gotcha games.

There’s an old saying associated with many leaders, particularly Gen. George S. Patton: “Lead, follow or get out of the way!” We have a lot of people in the public eye now who think they should be leading this effort, yet everything they’ve done up to now, from pushing open borders and globalization, to passing endless regulations, to trying to hamstring and distract the President to urging people to ignore warnings and go to public events, have all done nothing but make matters worse. Even now, in the midst of one of the worst crises the nation has ever faced, some of them are so small-minded and tunnel-visioned, they still cling to their pathetic dreams of impeaching Trump again.

Meanwhile, even as Trump and his team move mountains to try to help the nation, they refuse to follow. The bureaucrats have hampered urgently-needed action, and the press has constantly sniped at and harassed Trump, contradicted what he says and blocked viewers from hearing it.

So having proved that they can’t lead, and they can’t follow, and with the death toll mounting, I sense that most people are ready to scream at them to pack up their TDS and “Get out of the way!”

Here’s David Marcus at the Federalist, expressing it eloquently…

And for those who prefer their opinion pieces delivered by flamethrower, here is the always blunt but never unamusing Kurt Schlicter…

CORONAVIRUS DEATHS

There’s no update yet on legendary songwriter John Prine, who was reported to be in critical care on a respirator with the COVID-19 coronavirus. But the disease has now claimed the lives of two other highly-respected musicians.

Jazz pianist and teacher Ellis Marsalis Jr. has died in New Orleans at 85 after being hospitalized with symptoms of the disease, although it has yet to be confirmed. Marsalis was not only a legendary New Orleans jazz man in his own right, he was the teacher and mentor to generations of star players, such as Harry Connick Jr. and Irvin Mayfield, as well as his famous sons, Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis. To show how much he helped advance the art of jazz, his sons now play with symphony orchestras. But he once recalled that during his youth studying classical piano at Dillard University, "you could get expelled for playing jazz. The dean would get a report that we were over there ruining pianos playing jazz on them.”

And the deadliness of the virus is not limited to the elderly, the sick or those with poor health care. The rock music world was shocked Wednesday at news that singer/songwriter Adam Schlesinger had died of COVID-19 complications at 52. Schlesinger was one of the rare talents who nearly earned “EGOT” status: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony. He was an Emmy winner for his music for the TV show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend;” a Grammy winner with his ‘90s pop/rock band Fountains of Wayne; Tony nominee for his score for the musical “Cry-Baby;” and Oscar nominee for the early Beatles-style theme song of Tom Hanks’ 1997 directorial debut, “That Thing You Do.”

Our prayers for their families and condolences to their many fans.

VERMONT WARNING SIGN

I wrote yesterday about guarding against letting government officials use the coronavirus lockdown to start infringing on Americans’ Constitutional rights. You’ve heard the saying that if you scratch a socialist, you’ll find a totalitarian underneath. Some of these politicians, particularly in deep blue states, are going far beyond their power in trying to dictate public behavior in ways that has nothing to do with public safety.

A good example comes to us from Vermont, the same political culture that gave the Senate its only open socialist, Bernie Sanders. State officials there have decreed that it’s not bad enough that people are locked up in their homes, only allowed to venture out to big box stores for supplies. But they’re buying too many “non-essential” items, so that has to stop. Sure, the items are just sitting there on the shelf, but don’t you DARE buy them!

Take a look at some of what they consider “non-essential” to families cooped up at home. Home and garden supplies, arts and crafts, books, movies, consumer electronics, paint, furniture, clothes, toys, beauty products (which includes soap and hand sanitizer, by the way) and more. So you’re supposed to keep your kids at home, but you can’t garden, bathe, read, watch movies, replace the clothes they’ve outgrown, buy an extra chair or two, or do anything else, apparently, except sit on the floor naked staring at the walls.

I get that some people in Vermont like socialism. Well, this should give them an idea of what life is like under it. The only difference is that rather than being empty, the stores will actually have all the things you need, you’re just not allowed to buy them.

If Vermont citizens put up with this, then they should get a new state slogan. “Freedom and Unity” seems to be at least half wrong.

WISHING CHRIS CUOMO A SWIFT RECOVERY

I mentioned yesterday that CNN’s Chris Cuomo has contracted the coronavirus and is reporting remotely from self-quarantine in his basement at home. All politics aside, as it should be at this time (take note, CNN), I hope you’ll join me in saying a prayer for his swift and complete recovery (and say thanks for some very good news: his wife and children tested negative.) In fact, he is doing Americans a great service now, just by describing firsthand what it’s like.

Cuomo says that he’s never experienced anything like it, with the chills, fever, body aches and tremors that accompany it. He says he was shivering so severely Tuesday night that he chipped his tooth.

If he can convince CNN viewers that this is not just a bad flu – indeed, that there really is a threat in the land even more serious than Donald Trump being President, so that people will listen to what Trump’s trying to tell them and take the government guidelines very seriously – then Cuomo will have done more to help America than anyone else I’ve seen on CNN in a long time.

TRUMP REFORM OF GOVERNMENT IS VISIBLE IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

If you listen to the media (and why would you anymore?), you would think that President Trump is just running around flailing aimlessly, with no plans or preparations for such an emergency. But in fact, as this in-depth article from the Daily Signal explains, we’re seeing the results of a massive reform effort that’s been going on since Trump was elected.

Many of the things that are helping, like being able to consult a doctor over the Internet, are results of reforms Trump has made. All would be helpful in dealing with the coronavirus, and if they’re not fully in place yet, it’s because the government has been blocking and slow-walking them, often for no discernible reason.

The problem isn’t that what Trump has done is wrong. The authors note that we’re much better off than we would have been under the previous Administration. The real problem is that the pandemic arrived before Trump was able to get government out of the way of his reforms so they’d be ready when we needed them.

We’re lucky that Trump was making these reforms, and when this is over, we should demand that they be made more quickly. In the meantime, if Trump seems to be in constant motion, it’s not because he’s lost to know what to do. It’s because he has to constantly keep swinging a machete at red tape and removing government roadblocks to common-sense reforms.

1. U.S. # CONFIRMED CASES (As of 2:15 PM): 234,462   DEATHS: 5,607  RECOVERIES: 8,849

TESTS GIVEN:  1,179,587

2.  CDC RECOMMENDATIONS: How to protect yourself  |  What to do if you are sick

3.  POLITICAL FALLOUT:  Cancel the Democrat and Republican conventions?  Maybe.  

4.  MEDIA BIAS:  Hume: TDS Media can't be trusted.

5.  CHINA LIES:  The Australian Media isn't buying them.

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  • David McGillvray

    04/02/2020 11:10 PM

    Idle thoughts: When the USA re-starts their drug producing/manufacturing businesses, Are prices going to go through the roof? Since raising the minimum wage has caused the value of existing wages to go down, is their any thought of revamping the wage laws?
    Not so Idle thought, Nancy's unbelievable shenanigans, have cost this nation a horrible amount both in money and respect. Khrushchev's words are coming true. Who would have though the Speaker of the House would wield the shovel.

  • Marilyn schwartz

    04/02/2020 10:38 PM

    Thx for your great insights. I agree with all. We watch your show every Sat night on TBN in Seattle. God bless you, President Trump, VP Pence & all who are working tirelessly in this difficult time. May God's wisdom be the source behind all their decisions. Praying for all.

  • Gwen Collins

    04/02/2020 10:36 PM

    Mike, thanks so much for your coverage of the news. I don't rely on anyone else to tell me like it is. So, tell me, are those of us on SS who have not had to file a tax return for a couple of years going to get our relief check? I have read both "yes" and "no" in the same paragraph. True, many of us do not have the household expenses that a family of 4 would, but thanks to price gouging ($13.64 for a $3.69 jar of peanut butter as an example) and medication that, along with medical insurance premiums, take half of our income per month. Thanks for all that you do and for who you are. Gwen Collins

  • Donna Palermo Guido

    04/02/2020 10:22 PM

    One quick one. If all feel China has not been truthful I hope the 160,000 and separate shipment of 300,000 masks from China are being checked for the covid -19. Could be continuing sending the virus to us with their “kindness!” Check it out!

  • Doris Q. Bailey

    04/02/2020 10:16 PM

    Thank you for this-I so agree, and we have God Almighty on our side and He is the one who can stop this virus!!Doris Bailey

  • Billy Miller

    04/02/2020 10:09 PM

    In my corner of the world there are all kinds of reactions to this "virus"/biological warfare. Too many people are totally ignoring it being something serious, and, of course, when they fall ill, will be blaming President Trump. One thing is certain: people do NOT trust the lying, fake news, and are beginning to have reservations about what they are being told by FOX. The Trump haters continue to "moon" with their clothes on.

  • Linda Smith

    04/02/2020 10:00 PM

    I received the following email about China which is very disturbing. I do not know who originated this message - it was simply forwarded to me. Do you know about this and do you think it is true? I love your updates and knowing you follow our Lord.

    DID CHINA JUST PLAY THE WORLD?

    CHINA PLAYED THE WORLD:

    SCENE 1: The curtain opens: China becomes ill, enters a "crisis" and paralyzes its trade. The curtain closes.

    SCENE II. The curtain opens: The Chinese currency is devalued. They do not do anything. The curtain closes.

    SCENE III. The curtain opens:: Due to the lack of trade of companies from Europe and the USA that are based in China, their shares fall 40% of their value.

    SCENE IV. The curtain opens:: The world is ill, China buys 30% of the shares of companies in Europe and the US at a very low price. The curtain closes.

    SCENE V. The curtain opens: China has controlled the disease and owns companies in Europe and the US. And he decides that these companies stay in China and earn $ 20,000Billions. The curtain closes. How is the play called?

    SCENE VI: Checkmate!

    Amazing but true. Two videos have passed between yesterday and today that convinced me of something I suspected but had no basis. It was just my speculation. Now I am convinced that the coronavirus was purposely propagated by the Chinese themselves.

    At first, they were too prepared. Three weeks after the start of the roll, 14 days and 12,000-bed hospitals were already under construction. And they really built them in two weeks. Awesome.

    Yesterday they announced that they had stopped the epidemic. They appear in videos celebrating, they announce that they even have a vaccine. How could they create it so quickly without having all the genetic information? Well, if you are the owner of the formula it is not difficult at all.

    And today I just saw a video that explains how Den Xiao Ping gave the west a half stick. Due to the coronavirus, the actions of Western companies in China fell dramatically. China I just hope, when they went down enough they bought them. Now the companies, created by the USA and Europe in China with all the technology put in by these exchanges and their capital they passed into the hands of China, which is now rising with all that technological potential and will be able to set prices at will to sell everything they need to the West.

    None of this could have happened by chance. China who cared that a few old men died? Fewer old-age pensions to pay, but the loot has been huge. And right now the West is financially defeated, in crisis and stunned by the disease. And without knowing what to do.
    Masterfully diabolic. It had to be the communists. |

    Adding to this, they are now the single largest owners of the US treasury with 1.18 trillion holdings surpassing Japan. An instrument that has seen the most rally.

    One ?prospective & Analogy...

    How come Russia & North Korea are totally free of Covid- 19? Because they are a staunch ally of China. Not a single case reported from these 2 countries. On the other hand, South Korea / United Kingdom / Italy / Spain and Asia are severely hit. How come Wuhan is suddenly free from the deadly virus?

    China will say that the drastic initial measures they took were very stern and Wuhan was locked down to contain the spread to other areas. Why Beijing was not hit? Why only Wuhan? Kind of interesting to ponder upon.. right? Well ..Wuhan is open for business now. America and all the above-mentioned countries are devastated financially. Soon the American economy will collapse as planned by China.

    China knows it CANNOT defeat America militarily as the USA is at present THE MOST POWERFUL country in the world. So use the virus...to cripple the economy and paralyze the nation and its Defense capabilities. I'm sure Nancy Pelosi got a part in this. . to topple Trump. Lately, President Trump was always telling of how the GREAT American economy was improving on all fronts. The only way to destroy his vision of making AMERICA GREAT AGAIN is to create economic havoc. Nancy Pelosi was unable to bring down Trump thru impeachment. ....so work along with China to destroy Trump by releasing a virus.

    Wuhan's epidemic was a showcase. At the peak of the virus epidemic. ..China's President Xi Jinping...just wore a simple RM1 facemask to visit those affected areas. As President he should be covered from head to toe.....but it was not the case. He was already injected to resist any harm from the virus.... which means a cure was already in place before the virus was released.

    Some may ask...Bill Gates already predicted the outbreak in 2015...so the Chinese agenda cannot be true. The answer is. ..YES...Bill Gates did predict. .but that prediction is based on a genuine virus outbreak. Now China is also telling that the virus was predicted well in advance. ....so that its agenda would play along well to match that prediction.

    China's vision is to control the World economy by buying up stocks now from countries facing the brink of severe ECONOMIC COLLAPSE. Later China will announce that their Medical Researchers have found a cure to destroy the virus.

    Now China has other countries stocks in their arsenal and these countries will soon be a slave to their master...CHINA. Now here is an interesting conspiracy theory if you want:

    Impact of coronavirus on stock exchanges worldwide, within 1 month:

    USA -26%
    Great Britain -26%
    Canada -25%
    Brasil -27%
    Russia -20%
    United Arab Emirates -19%
    South Africa -16%
    Australia -24%
    India -14%
    Singapore -17%
    Hong Kong -12%
    South Korea -17%

    Now, look at this:
    China +0.3%

    China, the creator of the pandemic, has miraculously "recovered", has almost no more cases of coronavirus. The world is now beginning to feel the effects and panic about the disease. Who recovered first ?? China itself! It seems to be that this virus was a move by the Chinese government in response to the loss of the trade war with the United States. The goal: to throw the world into recession !!!

    Is the scenario not clear? They are already growing! China bought almost everything it devalued on the stock exchanges around the world ... with that the Chinese became owners of the global companies that are in China and without the money leaving China.

  • Emmette Craver

    04/02/2020 09:58 PM

    I read your comments every night and find them a good rap-up of the says events. THANK YOU

  • Mary Oscarson

    04/02/2020 09:35 PM

    Exactly Mike,and again so very well said.Always remembering the ones that are sick with this virus in my continued prayers.Stay well.Gods many blessings to you and yours always.

  • fred hetler

    04/02/2020 09:23 PM

    All I can say is pray & pray longer. We go to Mass every morning on YouTube from our church live. And at 3PM we do the Divine Mercy prayers that is a 54 day world wide prayer. We also do at least 1 Rosery a day.

  • Susan M Vickous

    04/02/2020 09:08 PM

    Thank you for giving us factual news. I just wish the Democrats would get over themselves. I don't want anything bad to happen to any of them, but I do wish Adam S. and Nancy P. would retire. They look ill. Please be safe and God Bless!

  • Kay DeWitt

    04/02/2020 08:50 PM

    Mike, your opening statement, "The COVID-19 (Chinese) virus numbers are getting grimmer by the day", impacted me profoundly because you have fought so hard to see the positive things that hold a ray of hope that this crisis will not get as grim as some are suggesting that it will!

    This newsletter presents a hands down proof of WHY things need to be KEPT shut down and why what Rodney Howard -Browne did WAS "criminal" and he was not treated unjustly by being arrested because...in view of how this virus is spreading...someone...or someones....just might die because Rodney did what he was ordered not to do!! I googled the video of his service and I could not believe the size of the crowd and how close they were sitting next to one another, making Rodney 's claim that he followed the rules of social distancing a joke!

  • Mary E. Johnson

    04/02/2020 08:44 PM

    I just want to say that I think President Trump, Vice-President Pence and their whole team have been doing a great job on this whole virus scare and deserve to be congratulated on what they are doing to protect all of us despite the criticism they are still throwing at them. I'm sure they are very exhausted! And to hear that Adam Schiff is starting another investigation against the Pres.at this time is horrible. I know they want him to fail and so far it's not working, but he & Nancy & Schumer won't give up! Don't they realize how foolish they look?

  • George Curl

    04/02/2020 08:37 PM

    Thanks Governor for keeping us informed. Art Linkletter said laughter is the best medicine. I agree and now we all need a good laugh. Today's laugh is brought to us via the Speaker of the House. Her new oversight committee will be changed with rooting out “waste, fraud and abuse” and will “protect against price-gouging, profiteering and political favoritism” I'm just an old country boy but I know better than to let the fox guard the henhouse.

  • Nelda White

    04/02/2020 07:57 PM

    Pelosi and her minions want to have a group overlook the handing out of the money to help people. Isn't that like having a group of bank robbers guard the unlocked bank while everyone is gone? I don't trust them. Also, when I checked out at the store, I told the cashier that I appreciated her being there and that the workers of the store were risking catching the virus to help others in need. She replied, "not really, the whole thing is a hoax, that the government wants to take over and they will invent a vaccine and force everyone to take it and it will give everyone the virus." I told her "I hope not and to remember that God is in charge." I don't know where all these lies are coming from or maybe I do. From the real dictator want to be probably. Thank you for your time. Keep up the good work.

  • Jane West

    04/02/2020 07:55 PM

    Thanks for bringing us daily news that I feel I can trust! So appreciated! And, as for the churches not meeting...the church is not the building, but GOD's people. In today's world, media coverage is sent out everywhere that one looks! Not only to mention that where 2 or 3 are gathered together, HE is there, also. We should obey the laws of the land..as long as they are not against GOD's words. I think HE hears me, even though I am not meeting in a building with a cluster of others. I know HE understands!

  • Joyce Birch

    04/02/2020 07:54 PM

    Governor Huckabee, I just read through this article from USA Today & questioning is there any truth to this? Could you respond? Thank you.

    U.S. exported millions in masks, ventilators, other PPE ahead of coronavirus crisis here
    Dian Zhang, Erin Mansfield, Dinah Voyles PulverUSA TODAY

  • Larry Jeffers

    04/02/2020 07:52 PM

    Thank you for the information Governor.

  • Holly Anne Trice

    04/02/2020 07:27 PM

    Thank you for the updates twice a day.

  • Paul Kosovich

    04/02/2020 07:08 PM

    I heard Sandy Rios today talking about how China wanted to find some way to curb the world population and that the area it started in has a lab that could have been responsible. Also you probably know how China was backing the Clintons in their campaigns. This whole thing sounds like media hype and a democratic plan to take down the world economy. This opens the door to complete koas. The the one world government steps into control the situation and the world. I have heard the talk of tracking people to be sure they are doing what they are told. I could go on and I know you are a Christian so this is not a surprise.

  • Wynara Sleziak

    04/02/2020 07:03 PM

    Please correct the spelling of my name.
    Thanks

  • Tom Longeway

    04/02/2020 07:01 PM

    I just heard that the SSA will be sending the $1,200 checks via direct deposit even if you have no t filed any tax returns. I do not know if you interceded as I asked a few days ago BUt if you did , Thank you, if you did not then it worked out anyway so take the applause . MAGA

    Tom Longeway

  • Daniel Alvies

    04/02/2020 06:54 PM

    I'm a Christian, I love you and Donald Trump are helping Christians keep freedom . How in some places they shut down Christian Churches and leave Muslim's open? Dan Alvies

  • Philip J. Ferrara, Sr.

    04/02/2020 06:50 PM

    THE "ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM" that is the UNSPOKEN/UNADDRESSED SOURCE OF CALAMITOUS, CATASTROPHIC VIRUS THREAT TO OUR NATION!?!?!?
    What impact on our being the highest infection rate in the world would the 11+, count 'em, ELEVEN+ MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL LAW-BREAKING UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS have on our reaching this plateau???
    We don't know who they are, where they are, what they are doing, if they are healthy, where/when/how they travel (unchallenged) throughout our once great country, how to get them tested, and if infected, deported. Think of it..11 millions of roving bands of possibly infected/symptomatic/dangerous folks roaming our streets & cities & states at will, especially in those traitorous, anti-American sanctuary cesspools. Think of the cost, impact, use, waste of precious AMERICAN medical/societal/benefit(SocSec,SSI,UEC,WIC,SNAP,etc) resources, meant for AMERICANS, involved in taking care of who knows how many tens of thousands (millions?) ILLEGAL ALIENS in our hospitals, clinics, etc., assuming they even report at all, since their fear of being caught may override their morality & civility & compassion. Find them (require Doctors/Hospitals/ETC. to report them), isolate them, then deport them NOW!! Why does no one speak of this problem festering below the surface and maybe portending our national catastrophic downfall???

  • Craig Mahloch

    04/02/2020 06:44 PM

    As far as attending church services right now, maybe every one should do as Daniel did and go
    home, throw open the windows and pray. As far as these idiots trying to take down Pres. Trump
    remember they were voted jn to office. Thats what happens when a country turns its back
    on God.