It was a weekend of funerals and Trump-bashing, simultaneously.  Of course, everything now is about Trump, and hating, and hating Trump, and almost no one is acting like an adult these days.  I don’t know what Aretha Franklin’s personal politics were, or even if she was very active politically at all, but she deserved better than to have her funeral hijacked by politics.  Does every occasion have to be about that?  Every bit of sentiment at that event should have been focused on Aretha and the glorious voice she shared with the world.

As for John McCain’s funeral, it’s true that neither Trump nor Sarah Palin got an “invite” to John McCain’s funeral.  (By the way, when did people start issuing/withholding invitations to funerals?  What would Miss Manner say about this?  It sure isn’t a Southern thing.  In the South, everybody comes, everybody goes to the house afterwards, and everybody brings food.  But I digress.)  On the other hand, Trump surely wouldn’t have wanted to be there, anyway.  I imagine that, to Trump, a sit-down with Robert Mueller might have been preferable.  So the best thing to do was to follow the advice of fictional news anchor Ron Burgundy and stay classy.

 


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Perhaps these two men were so estranged because they were too much alike in their brashness.  Neither has been known for his diplomatic reserve or lack of narcissism.  Trump said an awful thing when he bluntly dismissed McCain’s heroism following his capture in Vietnam, and it might have been asking too much of McCain for him ever to forgive Trump for such a remark.  On the other hand, McCain did some things that significantly affected Trump and his administration, things so damaging that it’s hard to imagine Trump ever forgiving him.  (And note the interesting contrast:  we’re talking about what Trump SAID vs. what McCain actually DID.)  In retrospect, one of the things McCain did to Trump is particularly significant right now.

 

McCain passed along the unverified Steele dossier to then-FBI Director James Comey.

 

Now, keep in mind that the dossier was making the rounds to a number of people who might have been highly motivated to get it to the FBI, so Comey surely would have seen it regardless of McCain’s decision to give it to him.  But Trump knows he did it –- McCain wrote candidly about receiving it and passing it to Comey in his recent book, THE RESTLESS WAVE, which came out in May. 

 

John Haltiwanger at BUSINESS INSIDER offered some commentary at the time the book was released, and it’s enlightening now to take another look at that.  What happened to McCain is by now a familiar scenario:  as with some of Trump’s campaign associates, he was approached by a person who wanted to tell him something about what the Russians were up to.

 

It happened in November of 2016, shortly after Trump had won the Presidential election.  McCain was in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for an annual national security conference when Sir Andrew Wood, a retired British diplomat, approached him.  (McCain thought he might previously have met Wood in passing but wasn’t sure, and he did not recall conversing with him before this.)  McCain accompanied Wood to a room off the main conference hall, where they were joined by two other men, David Kramer, a former assistant secretary of state with Russian expertise, and Chris Brose, a staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee.  For the first few minutes, they talked about Russian election interference, according to McCain.

 

Then Wood revealed to McCain the reason he’d wanted to talk.  “He told me he knew of a former MI6 agent named Christopher Steele,” McCain wrote in the book, “who had been commissioned to investigate connections between the Trump campaign and Russian agents as well as potentially compromising information about the President-elect that Putin allegedly possessed.”

 



Let’s pause for a moment.  It’s been confirmed that Christopher Steele was a passionate anti-Trumper who was “commissioned” by a political oppo research company being paid by Hillary’s campaign and the DNC to get whatever gossip and trash he could pick up.  That’s the reality.  Now, let’s continue with McCain’s story.

 

Wood said the information in the Steele dossier was unverified but that Steele “strongly believed” it “merited a thorough examination by counterintelligence experts.”

 

Let’s pause again.  We now know that Steele himself wasn’t at all confident in the truth of the dossier.  So if what McCain wrote about Wood is true, Wood was really overselling what was in it.  Or perhaps Steele had oversold it to Wood.

 

But McCain sensed this dossier might be extremely important.  “Our impromptu meeting felt charged with a strange intensity,” he wrote.  “No one wise-cracked to lighten the mood.  We spoke in lowered voices.  The room was dimly lit, and the atmosphere was eerie.”  (In another reference to fictional news anchors, this sounds like the scene in NETWORK in which Howard Beale is confronted by conglomerate chairman Arthur Jensen in the dimly lit, eerie boardroom and comes away saying, “I have seen the face of God.”)  But all this drama was over a piece of oppo research garbage.  McCain wrote that the scenario seemed “too strange” to be believed but that he felt “even a remote risk that the President of the United States might be vulnerable to Russian extortion had to be investigated.”

 

Long story short:  Kramer met with Steele, reported back, told McCain he thought Steele was reputable.  McCain agreed to receive copy of dossier even though he had no idea if anything in it was true.  McCain locked it in his safe, called Comey, requested a meeting.  On December 19, 2016, he met with Comey for about 10 minutes and gave him the dossier.

 

“I did what duty demanded I do,” McCain wrote in the book.  He said he’d do it again.  And if anyone disagreed with what he did, they could “go to hell.”

 

“I trust the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, an experienced, skilled prosecutor, and a man of exceptional probity and character to separate fact from fiction, and get to the bottom of the so-called dossier,” he actually wrote.

 

McCain’s book came out a few months ago.  Though we’ve learned much since that time, we knew then of the dossier’s stunningly political origins.  And though the FBI has proved itself to be quite untrustworthy on the subject of Trump, and Mueller has packed his team with Hillary donors and partisan attack dogs, it doesn’t sound as if McCain ever took one second to rethink his decision to pass along the dossier.  I may really be going out on a limb here, but I suspect this might be one reason why Trump didn’t much care for John McCain.  (Of course, there were other reasons, including the little matter of his vote to save Obamacare, but I digress.)

 

McCain wrote in his book that he suspected Wood approached him about the dossier because he had been such a staunch critic of Putin over the years that he would likely take their concerns about a Trump-Russia connection seriously.  I don’t doubt he believed that, but I wonder if it’s more likely he was chosen because he was known to be so strongly anti-Trump that they were confident he’d get the dossier where they needed it to go.

 

https://www.businessinsider.com/john-mccain-conspiracy-theories-steele-dossier-trump-russia-2018-5

 

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  • Bobbi Jones

    09/04/2018 12:11 PM

    McCain did several things that hurt what Americans voted for (especially the vote to keep Obamacare).
    I’ve felt that he just should’ve admitted to being a Democrat and get it over with.
    I wasn’t a fan.

  • Elizabeth Porter

    09/04/2018 12:10 PM

    The world needs to know the whole facts about McCain's actions concerning the dossier that started all this mess with Trump/Russian investigation that has gone nowhere. How can we get that information out there?
    Also I am so sick of McCain's egotistical funeral. 5 days? Hello, what president got more of a funeral, and he planned himself. He really thought he was great. So he didn't take an early prisoner release, well if he had he could well have been court martialed under Article 111 of the military "Code of Conduct" that prisoners are to be released, first held first released, and not to mention that policy says "no man left behind" so why does that make him a hero, the men who were held longer than him never got the acclimades he got nor did they ever appear to want them, yet there have been so many others men who have suffered so much more for their country and never used it to make themsels a self-appointed "hero". He was just a regular soldier, a hero is someone who throws himself on the grenade to save other's lives, he gives his own. McCain did not do that. And what about coming home and then deserting his crippled wife for the young/rich prettier Ms. Cindy? That was very honorable. What happened to "sickness or health, till death do us part". He was a good person in many ways, and i know his daughter adored him (we girls all adore our fathers), but he was not God, or a Saint or a true Hero (by defination) so let's have the truth put out there. I still question the death of 146 men on the aircraft carrier that they have changed the story to say "a bomb got loose and hit his plane" so where was he? and why the story that he tried to "wet start" his plane causing the accident? Did his superors alter the facts because of or in honor of his father and grandfather? There are a lot of facts and unanswered questions out there about Senator McCain.

  • Elizabeth Honaker

    09/04/2018 11:35 AM

    I am utterly ashamed that I EVER voted for McCain! After the 2008 fiasco, and the media's treatment of Sarah Palin, I began to suspect that I -- and other voters like me -- had been hoodwinked. Then I came across the strong evidence against McCain regarding the U.S.S. Forrestal fire and the "Songbird" allegations against POW McCain. His rejection of his first, loyal wife and hooking up (excuse the pun) with a sweet-young-thing (a significant number of years his junior), even before he was officially divorced, speak volumes about this man's essential character. I can't help comparing his "bipartisanship" to the good-ole'-boy camaraderie Ted Kennedy enjoyed, years after walking away from a drowning woman who he had possibly impregnated. A HERO -- either of these men? Hardly. It sickens me that these two reprobates have been exalted to the highest levels of "Democrat Heaven."

  • Catherine Jones

    09/04/2018 11:27 AM

    I was appalled at the eulogy speakers at both funerals. The complete lack of respect using the funerals for political stands shows how “low class” (as my 100 year mother says).
    I only pray and hope that the majority of voters see through this hatefulness towards our President and Conservative Christian values. Our very future and lives depend on Conservatives getting out and voting. God Bless You for you standing up for us. I will be on Freedom Bus September 26 from NC to Washington to support Judge Kavanaugh. We also stand for Conservatives running for office that will protect our Constitution and Christian values. Thank you Governor ??????

  • Lois McDaniel

    09/04/2018 11:07 AM

    I will vote for Donold Trump Every time he runs .

  • Mary Ann Spade

    09/04/2018 10:47 AM

    We turned the TV off before ten minutes of Megan's speech, the hate and anger was too much, she was in a CHURCH.

  • Douglas McConnaughhay

    09/04/2018 10:44 AM

    I strongly agree with your comments and that is why the Demos are so complementary to McCain now,. His whole story about while he was in captivity did not get published, I believe because of his treatment??????

  • Sandra Martindale

    09/04/2018 09:39 AM

    What a nasty web has been woven! Politics is so crooked. Our so-called leaders can be good honest citizens until they get involved with politics. I don’t understand why our country can’t get its act together & support our President but it seems it will never happen. All these rich leaders have nothing to worry about & don’t seem to care about all of us hardworking people or those that have worked all their lives to live off of social security/ pensions. They’d rather blow money on elaborate parties & FUNERALS!! What a show this past week has been! Wasteful spending! Sad! Thanks for your ability to keep us informed with your posts.

  • Philip Stel

    09/04/2018 08:10 AM

    Huck: I struggle with the attacks on ObamaCare. I confess I do not understand all the details and issues. I grew up in Canada and was blessed with health care that covered everyone and didn't create deep anxieties and financial distress and ruin. In 1974, I married an American girl I met in college and we moved to Canada where we had five children, all dual citizens. They are all married and live in the US. My wife was killed by a drunk driver at age 49 three months after 9/11, miraculously I and two daughters survived, and I remarried. Again, a US citizen. When I immigrated to the US 15 years ago, I was covered with good health care through my employer. Premiums were $12-14,000/year before my wife turned 65 four years ahead of me. Even with that, I had to come up with over $8000/year deductibles and copay because of my cancer and other health issues that my wife and I experience. I maxed out on my HSA every year but it was gone by midyear. As a pastor in struggling churches, I didn't make much money. So over the years, I have heard and seen a lot in Canada and the US. Whenever I came to the US, the first thing people talked with me about in the farming community after church in South Dakota was about Canadian health care. How was it? They were anxious and burdened. Both my parents died of cancer. My dad had just turned 58 when he died after a year of battle with stomach cancer. My mom died four years later of a brain tumor. Both had extensive surgeries and hospitalizations. My mother would be in a nursing home for a month or two close to my sister. When all was said and done, they were not destroyed financially, they didn't have to deal with overwhelming financial struggles and anxieties while they were dealing with cancer, and we kids were able to receive a small inheritance. By the way, we immigrated to Canada in 1952, my dad was an extremely energetic and hard worker, entrepreneur and all that, but we struggled (way) below the poverty line for the first 15 years of life in Canada. For the next 15 years, before he died in 1982, life was never rich, life was “all work,” but there was some elbow room. I was born in the Netherlands and the oldest of seven children, the rest who would be born in Canada.
    I met a neighbor in Illinois a few years ago. His wife had had cancer. Their insurance company paid the bills. Then the insurance company dropped them (and everybody else in their class). The cancer recurred and they were financially wiped out. Nobody protected them. My friend from college days in the US always had a "preexisting condition." No insurance company would take him, of course, because there was no way he would make money for them. He would struggle all his life. I understand that health plans in the past could limit their payouts to $2 million dollars. With the costs of health care, many people who had health care would be destroyed anyway. What ObamaCare did was give everyone the right to health care, even if they had existing conditions, remove the $2 million cap, and protect people like my neighbor and my college days friend. As my doctor in Canada, also a Dutch immigrant, compassionate and generous, phrased it in the 1980's, "In the US, it is 'healthy for the wealthy.'" He went on to say that things started going well for him when Canada introduced its health care system. Before that time, he would absorb so many costs for his poor patients. When the health care issue was being debated, I looked forward to seeing what the US would come up with. Obviously every formula has its pluses and minuses, but the US could study and evaluate what was happening in various countries, critique our own broken system that left so many casualties in its wake, and come up with a system that reflected our open-armed invitation, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” By the way, I am not a bleeding heart liberal. I vote Republican especially because of the Democrat stand on abortion and government taxes and handouts, etc. I believe we need strong borders and all the rest. But as a Christian, I also believe that compassion -- actually justice and mercy -- need to rule the day. "Liberty and justice (and opportunity) for all." So while I see that ObamaCare has not resolved the problem, I am troubled by what I see as a Republican reaction to dismantle ObamaCare and go back to the seriously broken system we had before. When you walk and live with struggling people, you see another side. For several years, I took a side job as an on-call chaplain at a local hospital to make ends meet. The Catholic hospital did not turn people away. But they were being destroyed by walk-ins into ER with no insurance, many who repeatedly abused the system. Who ends up paying for them? The rest of us with insurance. And the hospital absorbing huge losses. How is that injustice addressed? I just made a phone call to Medicare regarding coverage for a ultrasound guided biopsy into my wife's breast. The cost sheet the hospital provided listed a charge of $7000 for one breast, $8000 for both. Medicare told me they had contracted to do this procedure for $700. 1/10th of the cost! Explain to me how this works. If I didn't have insurance, I'd pay $7000. My insurance company pays whatever it manages to negotiate. Etc. In Canada, the provincial governments seek to negotiate fair payments for everyone -- doctors, nurses, hospitals, pharmaceuticals (I can give you a lot of stories on pharmaceutical pricing. For example, a medicine my new wife needed in Canada when she moved up there with me before we came/returned to the US cost her $50/month USD copay. In Canada, I had to pay the whole shot because I didn't have insurance for her. It cost me $70 CDN for a THREE MONTH supply. And no, Canada is not a banana republic, and it is not without standards or regulations like Mexico.) I don't understand how/why the Republicans have not been able to revamp the health care fiasco to address both the original as well as the ObamaCare concerns.
    Mike: I receive your daily emails and read and appreciate everything you write. Keep up the good work.

  • DAVID W PROFFITT

    09/04/2018 07:34 AM

    Governor Huckabee, you're such a great communicator, thank you for this inside on McCain. His funeral and Aretha Franklin's funeral you hit all the issues that I have been thinking for several days. What a shame and a sham both those funerals what a waste of time. Their families and friends should have been grieving and focusing their minds and hearts on eternity where there without Christ. Thank you again pray for you and your daughter. Hang in there

  • Brett Allen Lee

    09/04/2018 01:41 AM

    Dear Mr Huckabee,
    With respect to you, all I'm hearing is partisan politics. If anything that I've learned in the last couple of years, is to what lengths politicians will go to to stand up for their side, Regardless of what is right or moral. Rather than find differences, I implore you to find common grounds on witch we can build conversation that leads to better lives and humanitarian goals. I'm not looking for someone who agrees with me, but someone who will talk and discuss our differences to find better solutions for all.
    Thank you and your family for all of the work you have done for our country. God Bless

  • Carol Sechrist

    09/04/2018 01:22 AM

    Dear Governor,
    I couldn't agree with you more regarding this entire prolonged McCain funeral episode. Who does this? Turning a time which should have been utilized to mourn, into a circus in which they managed to ridicule our President. Absolutely inexcusable & showing a complete lack of good taste & class. Not one mention of his long suffering first wife, Carol. Absolutely disgusting. We know Meghan is hurting, but a funeral is no place to denegrate our President.
    Now that I have expressed our family's feelings, I want to tell you how very much we so appreciate your continued bright light of wisdom & solace. We thoroughly enjoy your valued e-mails.

    Most sincerely,
    Carol Sechrist in LA
    (Out here in la-la land)

  • Dana Tebbs

    09/03/2018 11:11 PM

    Gov Huckabee, Thank you for graciously explaining this weekend's over politicized funerals in such a truthful manner. One thing became distastefully clear during these two funerals; the seething, extreme hatred of some guests at the funerals towards President Trump and how that hatred soured what should have been sweet, loving memorial services for two great Americans. While many were perplexed as to why the queen of soul's funeral became a showplace for several bitter, over the hill political hacks... The "bad water" between President Trump and John McCain is more easily explained. Honestly, who can blame President Trump for feeling betrayed and hurt, after John McCain hand delivered personal LIES about him to the FBI? (Lies that were first created by the democratic party and later used by the Hillary Clinton campaign.) Frankly, till reading your newsletter, and even though I watch Fox News on a regular basis... I didn't know the lengths to which John McCain personally involved himself in the current "witch hunt" of President Trump. The question remains- why did McCain do it? Why would McCain meet with fake intelligence agents and accept a fake dossier which he surely knew was 100% fake and created by the Dems and the Hillary Clinton campaign? Then, why would McCain fail to admit he knew about this obviously fake set up against Trump, then hide the fake dossier papers in a safe in his home, then hand deliver the fake dossier to left leaning/ Clinton/Obama loving FBI director James Comey? Where did war hero McCain's deep seeded personal hatred and animosity towards Trump come from anyways? Fact- The media generally ignored the giant role left leaning Republican John McCain played in the Trump witch hunt. Few people, myself included, heard even a whisper of how McCain personally handed over a FAKE Russian dossier into the quivering, waiting hands of politically motivated FBI director James Comey! WHY is no one in the media talking about any of this?
    I also find it appalling how even in death, and for seemingly all the politically wrong reasons- John McCain, obviously a still bitter and vengeful man... chose to make sure his funeral was more about continuing a message of political hate against a President, than a message of forgiveness, hope and love for eternity. This past week, ALL of John McCain's past personal failures seem to have vanished. NO ONE dared to whisper about McCain's well documented womanizing, several rumored affairs, a failed first marriage to his sweet disabled first wife (whom McCain had three beautiful children with)... And even how he met and was dating an 18 years younger Cindy "Hensley" McCain... a wealthy heiress... whom he met in Hawaii... at least one year before his divorce from his first wife was even filed? It's all been cleverly forgotten and glossed over in the media, as if it never happened! Gee... I thought that when a much younger woman knowingly dated an older married man, she was called his mistress? I'd like to know... Who are these wealthy, powerful politically well connected people, who would so blindly crucify a political opponent... a sitting US President no less... without examining the giant immoral logs in their own eyes first? Why would a man like John McCain become an active participant in a made up fake Russian plot to take down a sitting US President by accusing him of trying to hide immoral things from his past, just like McCain has hidden immoral things from his past? Everyone needs to remember this! John McCain tried but never made it to the one place President Trump currently calls home... THE WHITE HOUSE! Is it possible John McCain never came to terms with the fact that he failed to grab THE golden ring? Hatred, jealousy, bitterness and blame can do terrible things to people. Yes. McCain was a war hero. His sacrifice and service to our great country should never be forgotten. But, just because he was a war hero does NOT undo his own humanity and sinful, immoral past. He made many mistakes like everyone else in this world. And in his death, he showed even more of his big human failings by stooping to such a low political level. It's too late now for McCain to publicly apologize to his first wife and family. It's too late for John and Cindy to take FULL responsibility for their immoral past and try to undo the personal pain, loss and suffering they caused for John's first wife and family. It's too late to get rid of the skeletons that will forever haunt their closets. A past leader from the Mormon Church once said, "No success can compensate for failure in the home." And, although I am not Mormon, this statement rings with truth, especially today. What McCain did to President Trump is kind of like passing the buck. It seems it's OK for some immoral people to set up and crucify others on pure hearsay, personal hatred and made up speculation. But, it's NOT OK to examine these people and their motives after they die and immortalized to superhero status. I certainly didn't vote for President Trump because he pretended to be some moral pillar of society. His past with women is well known and documented. In defense of our President over a man like John McCain; not once has President Trump tried to toot his own moral horn. I respect that about him. He seems to be a man whose quietly come to terms with his past sins. And though I don't morally support a few personal choices from President Trump's past, he certainly wasn't out philandering around with women while he was serving as a US Senator. He wasn't pretending to be some moral hero... he wasn't puffing up his feathers and talking like a saint... nor saying one thing, while sneakily doing something else. I voted for Trump because our country needed a SMART businessman at the helm who could quickly navigate the swiftly changing currents of the world. We needed a strong leader who spoke his mind and wasn't afraid to call things for how he sees them. Unlike John McCain, what you see with President Donald Trump is what you get. Yet, unlike other President's who've had some personal skeletons in their closets; President Trump's kept his promises to the American people. I believe President Trump is a good man whose led a full life and made personal mistakes in his past, just like we all have made mistakes in our pasts. I believe he was elected President and sits in the Oval Office today by the grace of God and the great faith placed in him by the American people. And, I still believe he's doing a damned good job.

  • Donnia Legg

    09/03/2018 11:08 PM

    Have listened and watched comments from vets and others about McCain. Due to clout of his dad JM could have avoided the five years as a prisoner but due to future political ambition he stayed. Another comment JM nixed legislation related to vets. He also sealed damaging information about himself. Comments he made sounded like Jane Fonda was another comment. Also, on a ship due to impatience he started a fire which killed 133 people. He watched in safety while the fire was battled.

  • Dawn Street

    09/03/2018 11:04 PM

    I think you are right. Thank you for top notch reporting. I was no fan of McCain or Obama and I have to admit George W has been a disappointment. Hard to believe any "patriot" would attempt to destroy our election process just to get even but that is the way I see it. McCain was a spoiled entitled rich brat who graduated almost last in his class at the Academy but got plum assignments over more qualified candidates because his Daddy and his Granddaddy were Admirals. He was a "Maverick" and a hot rod. Problem is he liked to hot rod in Navy fighter planes and managed to destroy some very expensive toys. Then there was that issue on the Forestall where he gunned the engine sending a flame that enveloped the plane behind him killing the pilot of that plane and setting off missiles and starting a major fire on the deck. He sauntered down to the officer's mess for a cup of coffee. I did not notice any disciplinary action but he was transferred to another ship and the wound up crashing in VietNam where he became a POW. He had the reputation as a "song bird" in prison and probably was instrumental in the deaths of prisoners there. He blocked investigation into POW/MIA s and probably kept us from getting our soldiers and sailors back. Now - - they are probably all dead. So, hero?? Not to me. I had several family members over there. Very thankful that they all came home.

  • Kathy Overman

    09/03/2018 07:19 PM

    My disappointment in McCain is significant, yet I try to remember the good stuff (perceived to be good anyway.) We all mess up, we all need forgiveness.

    Meanwhile--in the emigration debate, why is it never stressed that human trafficking --especially trafficking of children--is a significant concern at the border? Please explain on the media how the policies on the border a re designed to address this problem...not "rip infants away from their mothers!"

  • barbara delfini

    09/03/2018 07:12 PM

    Thank you Mr. Huckabee for writing a bout the truth. There are many stories written about McCain good and bad. But he was not the great person that they are portraying in the news media after his death. in my opinion, he was a vengeful, non-forgiving person from what I saw. The entire funeral was a disgrace. they made it political but they were probably just doing what John McCain wanted - even at the end of his life - all he could think about was getting even with Trump.

  • Rodney Brown

    09/03/2018 07:10 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee, I wonder if it would be too much to ask the networks televising NFL games NOT to show athletes kneeling during the National Anthem. A few years ago they made a decision not to show streakers and others anxious for attention who disrupted games by running onto the field. It may not have brought the disruptions to a halt, but it certainly cut down on the number of incidents. Would it not make sense to let the players make their silent protests, but refuse to give them air time?

  • Luetta Wood

    09/03/2018 06:53 PM

    I just looked up the meaning of a patsy. A fool is part of that meaning. I believe this was true of John McCain in the dossier exchange!

  • JanC

    09/03/2018 06:21 PM

    Great article! One more thing...Yes, Trump's offense was simply words, and McCain's offense was worse by being actions; but what is even worse than that, was that McCain's actions affected more than one person...his actions affected the whole nation i.e. his vote to save Obamacare.

  • Arthur Tompkins

    09/03/2018 06:18 PM

    You sir are right on target. Sen. McCain is a perfect person in the current Republican Party to start a false scandal. Or lay a really rotten egg. I hope we clean up all these types and send them packing. To much of our money being spent on false or misleading media hyped narratives. Everyone has an opinion. Too much Drama , and not enough law and order. Book him Dano .

  • Steven Sohn

    09/03/2018 05:05 PM

    McCain was a different man, as I was, when we were both flying missions over Vietnam. He had the bum luck to get captured, I did not. As most military pilots, I have great respect for McCain the warrior, but I have no use for McCain the petty politician; hardly a statesman: a word one hears infrequently. Perhaps that is because we have no statesmen anymore, except maybe you.

  • Michael Galloway

    09/03/2018 05:01 PM

    I only saw and read a little bit of the Trump bashing at the funerals. So disgusted to see and hear that you politicize a funeral. Is there
    anything these Trump haters won't say. And it includes Obama and Bush right along with so many others. I already had no respect for Obama and very little and now none for George Bush and not only just for their politicizing their agenda and anti-Trump bashing, but for a lengthy list. They one more time proved themselves.
    Little to no respect for John McCain not because how he got started, but how he finished the last several years of his life taking any opportunity to undermine President Trump.
    All of the above are legends in their own mind, but to me they established their legacies, but not at all positive !!!

  • DON HUNT

    09/03/2018 04:56 PM

    Thank you for the information about John McCain. The thought of renaming the Russel Senate building after him shows that either God has a sense of ironic humor or else is gifting us with a portent/harbinger before his next phase of judgement. "McCain", think about it. "Mc" and "Mac" prefixed to a name, i.e., Cain, signifies "son of" or "sons of" or "descendants of" Cain. Cain is cited as an example of unrighteousness in 1 John 3:12 and Jude 1:11.

  • Gerald M. Gulick

    09/03/2018 04:44 PM

    Keep firing away with the truth, Mike! The illicit Mueller "House of Cards" is inexorably doomed to a collapse......and sooner, rather than later!!! President Trump holds all of the aces and the left is tortured and terrorized by these horrific thoughts that keep popping up through their denial mindsets.....every single day! Just a matter of time.......and they KNOW IT!!!

    Gerry

It was a weekend of funerals and Trump-bashing, simultaneously.  Of course, everything now is about Trump, and hating, and hating Trump, and almost no one is acting like an adult these days.  I don’t know what Aretha Franklin’s personal politics were, or even if she was very active politically at all, but she deserved better than to have her funeral hijacked by politics.  Does every occasion have to be about that?  Every bit of sentiment at that event should have been focused on Aretha and the glorious voice she shared with the world.

As for John McCain’s funeral, it’s true that neither Trump nor Sarah Palin got an “invite” to John McCain’s funeral.  (By the way, when did people start issuing/withholding invitations to funerals?  What would Miss Manner say about this?  It sure isn’t a Southern thing.  In the South, everybody comes, everybody goes to the house afterwards, and everybody brings food.  But I digress.)  On the other hand, Trump surely wouldn’t have wanted to be there, anyway.  I imagine that, to Trump, a sit-down with Robert Mueller might have been preferable.  So the best thing to do was to follow the advice of fictional news anchor Ron Burgundy and stay classy.

 


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Perhaps these two men were so estranged because they were too much alike in their brashness.  Neither has been known for his diplomatic reserve or lack of narcissism.  Trump said an awful thing when he bluntly dismissed McCain’s heroism following his capture in Vietnam, and it might have been asking too much of McCain for him ever to forgive Trump for such a remark.  On the other hand, McCain did some things that significantly affected Trump and his administration, things so damaging that it’s hard to imagine Trump ever forgiving him.  (And note the interesting contrast:  we’re talking about what Trump SAID vs. what McCain actually DID.)  In retrospect, one of the things McCain did to Trump is particularly significant right now.

 

McCain passed along the unverified Steele dossier to then-FBI Director James Comey.

 

Now, keep in mind that the dossier was making the rounds to a number of people who might have been highly motivated to get it to the FBI, so Comey surely would have seen it regardless of McCain’s decision to give it to him.  But Trump knows he did it –- McCain wrote candidly about receiving it and passing it to Comey in his recent book, THE RESTLESS WAVE, which came out in May. 

 

John Haltiwanger at BUSINESS INSIDER offered some commentary at the time the book was released, and it’s enlightening now to take another look at that.  What happened to McCain is by now a familiar scenario:  as with some of Trump’s campaign associates, he was approached by a person who wanted to tell him something about what the Russians were up to.

 

It happened in November of 2016, shortly after Trump had won the Presidential election.  McCain was in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for an annual national security conference when Sir Andrew Wood, a retired British diplomat, approached him.  (McCain thought he might previously have met Wood in passing but wasn’t sure, and he did not recall conversing with him before this.)  McCain accompanied Wood to a room off the main conference hall, where they were joined by two other men, David Kramer, a former assistant secretary of state with Russian expertise, and Chris Brose, a staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee.  For the first few minutes, they talked about Russian election interference, according to McCain.

 

Then Wood revealed to McCain the reason he’d wanted to talk.  “He told me he knew of a former MI6 agent named Christopher Steele,” McCain wrote in the book, “who had been commissioned to investigate connections between the Trump campaign and Russian agents as well as potentially compromising information about the President-elect that Putin allegedly possessed.”

 



Let’s pause for a moment.  It’s been confirmed that Christopher Steele was a passionate anti-Trumper who was “commissioned” by a political oppo research company being paid by Hillary’s campaign and the DNC to get whatever gossip and trash he could pick up.  That’s the reality.  Now, let’s continue with McCain’s story.

 

Wood said the information in the Steele dossier was unverified but that Steele “strongly believed” it “merited a thorough examination by counterintelligence experts.”

 

Let’s pause again.  We now know that Steele himself wasn’t at all confident in the truth of the dossier.  So if what McCain wrote about Wood is true, Wood was really overselling what was in it.  Or perhaps Steele had oversold it to Wood.

 

But McCain sensed this dossier might be extremely important.  “Our impromptu meeting felt charged with a strange intensity,” he wrote.  “No one wise-cracked to lighten the mood.  We spoke in lowered voices.  The room was dimly lit, and the atmosphere was eerie.”  (In another reference to fictional news anchors, this sounds like the scene in NETWORK in which Howard Beale is confronted by conglomerate chairman Arthur Jensen in the dimly lit, eerie boardroom and comes away saying, “I have seen the face of God.”)  But all this drama was over a piece of oppo research garbage.  McCain wrote that the scenario seemed “too strange” to be believed but that he felt “even a remote risk that the President of the United States might be vulnerable to Russian extortion had to be investigated.”

 

Long story short:  Kramer met with Steele, reported back, told McCain he thought Steele was reputable.  McCain agreed to receive copy of dossier even though he had no idea if anything in it was true.  McCain locked it in his safe, called Comey, requested a meeting.  On December 19, 2016, he met with Comey for about 10 minutes and gave him the dossier.

 

“I did what duty demanded I do,” McCain wrote in the book.  He said he’d do it again.  And if anyone disagreed with what he did, they could “go to hell.”

 

“I trust the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, an experienced, skilled prosecutor, and a man of exceptional probity and character to separate fact from fiction, and get to the bottom of the so-called dossier,” he actually wrote.

 

McCain’s book came out a few months ago.  Though we’ve learned much since that time, we knew then of the dossier’s stunningly political origins.  And though the FBI has proved itself to be quite untrustworthy on the subject of Trump, and Mueller has packed his team with Hillary donors and partisan attack dogs, it doesn’t sound as if McCain ever took one second to rethink his decision to pass along the dossier.  I may really be going out on a limb here, but I suspect this might be one reason why Trump didn’t much care for John McCain.  (Of course, there were other reasons, including the little matter of his vote to save Obamacare, but I digress.)

 

McCain wrote in his book that he suspected Wood approached him about the dossier because he had been such a staunch critic of Putin over the years that he would likely take their concerns about a Trump-Russia connection seriously.  I don’t doubt he believed that, but I wonder if it’s more likely he was chosen because he was known to be so strongly anti-Trump that they were confident he’d get the dossier where they needed it to go.

 

https://www.businessinsider.com/john-mccain-conspiracy-theories-steele-dossier-trump-russia-2018-5

 

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  • Bobbi Jones

    09/04/2018 12:11 PM

    McCain did several things that hurt what Americans voted for (especially the vote to keep Obamacare).
    I’ve felt that he just should’ve admitted to being a Democrat and get it over with.
    I wasn’t a fan.

  • Elizabeth Porter

    09/04/2018 12:10 PM

    The world needs to know the whole facts about McCain's actions concerning the dossier that started all this mess with Trump/Russian investigation that has gone nowhere. How can we get that information out there?
    Also I am so sick of McCain's egotistical funeral. 5 days? Hello, what president got more of a funeral, and he planned himself. He really thought he was great. So he didn't take an early prisoner release, well if he had he could well have been court martialed under Article 111 of the military "Code of Conduct" that prisoners are to be released, first held first released, and not to mention that policy says "no man left behind" so why does that make him a hero, the men who were held longer than him never got the acclimades he got nor did they ever appear to want them, yet there have been so many others men who have suffered so much more for their country and never used it to make themsels a self-appointed "hero". He was just a regular soldier, a hero is someone who throws himself on the grenade to save other's lives, he gives his own. McCain did not do that. And what about coming home and then deserting his crippled wife for the young/rich prettier Ms. Cindy? That was very honorable. What happened to "sickness or health, till death do us part". He was a good person in many ways, and i know his daughter adored him (we girls all adore our fathers), but he was not God, or a Saint or a true Hero (by defination) so let's have the truth put out there. I still question the death of 146 men on the aircraft carrier that they have changed the story to say "a bomb got loose and hit his plane" so where was he? and why the story that he tried to "wet start" his plane causing the accident? Did his superors alter the facts because of or in honor of his father and grandfather? There are a lot of facts and unanswered questions out there about Senator McCain.

  • Elizabeth Honaker

    09/04/2018 11:35 AM

    I am utterly ashamed that I EVER voted for McCain! After the 2008 fiasco, and the media's treatment of Sarah Palin, I began to suspect that I -- and other voters like me -- had been hoodwinked. Then I came across the strong evidence against McCain regarding the U.S.S. Forrestal fire and the "Songbird" allegations against POW McCain. His rejection of his first, loyal wife and hooking up (excuse the pun) with a sweet-young-thing (a significant number of years his junior), even before he was officially divorced, speak volumes about this man's essential character. I can't help comparing his "bipartisanship" to the good-ole'-boy camaraderie Ted Kennedy enjoyed, years after walking away from a drowning woman who he had possibly impregnated. A HERO -- either of these men? Hardly. It sickens me that these two reprobates have been exalted to the highest levels of "Democrat Heaven."

  • Catherine Jones

    09/04/2018 11:27 AM

    I was appalled at the eulogy speakers at both funerals. The complete lack of respect using the funerals for political stands shows how “low class” (as my 100 year mother says).
    I only pray and hope that the majority of voters see through this hatefulness towards our President and Conservative Christian values. Our very future and lives depend on Conservatives getting out and voting. God Bless You for you standing up for us. I will be on Freedom Bus September 26 from NC to Washington to support Judge Kavanaugh. We also stand for Conservatives running for office that will protect our Constitution and Christian values. Thank you Governor ??????

  • Lois McDaniel

    09/04/2018 11:07 AM

    I will vote for Donold Trump Every time he runs .

  • Mary Ann Spade

    09/04/2018 10:47 AM

    We turned the TV off before ten minutes of Megan's speech, the hate and anger was too much, she was in a CHURCH.

  • Douglas McConnaughhay

    09/04/2018 10:44 AM

    I strongly agree with your comments and that is why the Demos are so complementary to McCain now,. His whole story about while he was in captivity did not get published, I believe because of his treatment??????

  • Sandra Martindale

    09/04/2018 09:39 AM

    What a nasty web has been woven! Politics is so crooked. Our so-called leaders can be good honest citizens until they get involved with politics. I don’t understand why our country can’t get its act together & support our President but it seems it will never happen. All these rich leaders have nothing to worry about & don’t seem to care about all of us hardworking people or those that have worked all their lives to live off of social security/ pensions. They’d rather blow money on elaborate parties & FUNERALS!! What a show this past week has been! Wasteful spending! Sad! Thanks for your ability to keep us informed with your posts.

  • Philip Stel

    09/04/2018 08:10 AM

    Huck: I struggle with the attacks on ObamaCare. I confess I do not understand all the details and issues. I grew up in Canada and was blessed with health care that covered everyone and didn't create deep anxieties and financial distress and ruin. In 1974, I married an American girl I met in college and we moved to Canada where we had five children, all dual citizens. They are all married and live in the US. My wife was killed by a drunk driver at age 49 three months after 9/11, miraculously I and two daughters survived, and I remarried. Again, a US citizen. When I immigrated to the US 15 years ago, I was covered with good health care through my employer. Premiums were $12-14,000/year before my wife turned 65 four years ahead of me. Even with that, I had to come up with over $8000/year deductibles and copay because of my cancer and other health issues that my wife and I experience. I maxed out on my HSA every year but it was gone by midyear. As a pastor in struggling churches, I didn't make much money. So over the years, I have heard and seen a lot in Canada and the US. Whenever I came to the US, the first thing people talked with me about in the farming community after church in South Dakota was about Canadian health care. How was it? They were anxious and burdened. Both my parents died of cancer. My dad had just turned 58 when he died after a year of battle with stomach cancer. My mom died four years later of a brain tumor. Both had extensive surgeries and hospitalizations. My mother would be in a nursing home for a month or two close to my sister. When all was said and done, they were not destroyed financially, they didn't have to deal with overwhelming financial struggles and anxieties while they were dealing with cancer, and we kids were able to receive a small inheritance. By the way, we immigrated to Canada in 1952, my dad was an extremely energetic and hard worker, entrepreneur and all that, but we struggled (way) below the poverty line for the first 15 years of life in Canada. For the next 15 years, before he died in 1982, life was never rich, life was “all work,” but there was some elbow room. I was born in the Netherlands and the oldest of seven children, the rest who would be born in Canada.
    I met a neighbor in Illinois a few years ago. His wife had had cancer. Their insurance company paid the bills. Then the insurance company dropped them (and everybody else in their class). The cancer recurred and they were financially wiped out. Nobody protected them. My friend from college days in the US always had a "preexisting condition." No insurance company would take him, of course, because there was no way he would make money for them. He would struggle all his life. I understand that health plans in the past could limit their payouts to $2 million dollars. With the costs of health care, many people who had health care would be destroyed anyway. What ObamaCare did was give everyone the right to health care, even if they had existing conditions, remove the $2 million cap, and protect people like my neighbor and my college days friend. As my doctor in Canada, also a Dutch immigrant, compassionate and generous, phrased it in the 1980's, "In the US, it is 'healthy for the wealthy.'" He went on to say that things started going well for him when Canada introduced its health care system. Before that time, he would absorb so many costs for his poor patients. When the health care issue was being debated, I looked forward to seeing what the US would come up with. Obviously every formula has its pluses and minuses, but the US could study and evaluate what was happening in various countries, critique our own broken system that left so many casualties in its wake, and come up with a system that reflected our open-armed invitation, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” By the way, I am not a bleeding heart liberal. I vote Republican especially because of the Democrat stand on abortion and government taxes and handouts, etc. I believe we need strong borders and all the rest. But as a Christian, I also believe that compassion -- actually justice and mercy -- need to rule the day. "Liberty and justice (and opportunity) for all." So while I see that ObamaCare has not resolved the problem, I am troubled by what I see as a Republican reaction to dismantle ObamaCare and go back to the seriously broken system we had before. When you walk and live with struggling people, you see another side. For several years, I took a side job as an on-call chaplain at a local hospital to make ends meet. The Catholic hospital did not turn people away. But they were being destroyed by walk-ins into ER with no insurance, many who repeatedly abused the system. Who ends up paying for them? The rest of us with insurance. And the hospital absorbing huge losses. How is that injustice addressed? I just made a phone call to Medicare regarding coverage for a ultrasound guided biopsy into my wife's breast. The cost sheet the hospital provided listed a charge of $7000 for one breast, $8000 for both. Medicare told me they had contracted to do this procedure for $700. 1/10th of the cost! Explain to me how this works. If I didn't have insurance, I'd pay $7000. My insurance company pays whatever it manages to negotiate. Etc. In Canada, the provincial governments seek to negotiate fair payments for everyone -- doctors, nurses, hospitals, pharmaceuticals (I can give you a lot of stories on pharmaceutical pricing. For example, a medicine my new wife needed in Canada when she moved up there with me before we came/returned to the US cost her $50/month USD copay. In Canada, I had to pay the whole shot because I didn't have insurance for her. It cost me $70 CDN for a THREE MONTH supply. And no, Canada is not a banana republic, and it is not without standards or regulations like Mexico.) I don't understand how/why the Republicans have not been able to revamp the health care fiasco to address both the original as well as the ObamaCare concerns.
    Mike: I receive your daily emails and read and appreciate everything you write. Keep up the good work.

  • DAVID W PROFFITT

    09/04/2018 07:34 AM

    Governor Huckabee, you're such a great communicator, thank you for this inside on McCain. His funeral and Aretha Franklin's funeral you hit all the issues that I have been thinking for several days. What a shame and a sham both those funerals what a waste of time. Their families and friends should have been grieving and focusing their minds and hearts on eternity where there without Christ. Thank you again pray for you and your daughter. Hang in there

  • Brett Allen Lee

    09/04/2018 01:41 AM

    Dear Mr Huckabee,
    With respect to you, all I'm hearing is partisan politics. If anything that I've learned in the last couple of years, is to what lengths politicians will go to to stand up for their side, Regardless of what is right or moral. Rather than find differences, I implore you to find common grounds on witch we can build conversation that leads to better lives and humanitarian goals. I'm not looking for someone who agrees with me, but someone who will talk and discuss our differences to find better solutions for all.
    Thank you and your family for all of the work you have done for our country. God Bless

  • Carol Sechrist

    09/04/2018 01:22 AM

    Dear Governor,
    I couldn't agree with you more regarding this entire prolonged McCain funeral episode. Who does this? Turning a time which should have been utilized to mourn, into a circus in which they managed to ridicule our President. Absolutely inexcusable & showing a complete lack of good taste & class. Not one mention of his long suffering first wife, Carol. Absolutely disgusting. We know Meghan is hurting, but a funeral is no place to denegrate our President.
    Now that I have expressed our family's feelings, I want to tell you how very much we so appreciate your continued bright light of wisdom & solace. We thoroughly enjoy your valued e-mails.

    Most sincerely,
    Carol Sechrist in LA
    (Out here in la-la land)

  • Dana Tebbs

    09/03/2018 11:11 PM

    Gov Huckabee, Thank you for graciously explaining this weekend's over politicized funerals in such a truthful manner. One thing became distastefully clear during these two funerals; the seething, extreme hatred of some guests at the funerals towards President Trump and how that hatred soured what should have been sweet, loving memorial services for two great Americans. While many were perplexed as to why the queen of soul's funeral became a showplace for several bitter, over the hill political hacks... The "bad water" between President Trump and John McCain is more easily explained. Honestly, who can blame President Trump for feeling betrayed and hurt, after John McCain hand delivered personal LIES about him to the FBI? (Lies that were first created by the democratic party and later used by the Hillary Clinton campaign.) Frankly, till reading your newsletter, and even though I watch Fox News on a regular basis... I didn't know the lengths to which John McCain personally involved himself in the current "witch hunt" of President Trump. The question remains- why did McCain do it? Why would McCain meet with fake intelligence agents and accept a fake dossier which he surely knew was 100% fake and created by the Dems and the Hillary Clinton campaign? Then, why would McCain fail to admit he knew about this obviously fake set up against Trump, then hide the fake dossier papers in a safe in his home, then hand deliver the fake dossier to left leaning/ Clinton/Obama loving FBI director James Comey? Where did war hero McCain's deep seeded personal hatred and animosity towards Trump come from anyways? Fact- The media generally ignored the giant role left leaning Republican John McCain played in the Trump witch hunt. Few people, myself included, heard even a whisper of how McCain personally handed over a FAKE Russian dossier into the quivering, waiting hands of politically motivated FBI director James Comey! WHY is no one in the media talking about any of this?
    I also find it appalling how even in death, and for seemingly all the politically wrong reasons- John McCain, obviously a still bitter and vengeful man... chose to make sure his funeral was more about continuing a message of political hate against a President, than a message of forgiveness, hope and love for eternity. This past week, ALL of John McCain's past personal failures seem to have vanished. NO ONE dared to whisper about McCain's well documented womanizing, several rumored affairs, a failed first marriage to his sweet disabled first wife (whom McCain had three beautiful children with)... And even how he met and was dating an 18 years younger Cindy "Hensley" McCain... a wealthy heiress... whom he met in Hawaii... at least one year before his divorce from his first wife was even filed? It's all been cleverly forgotten and glossed over in the media, as if it never happened! Gee... I thought that when a much younger woman knowingly dated an older married man, she was called his mistress? I'd like to know... Who are these wealthy, powerful politically well connected people, who would so blindly crucify a political opponent... a sitting US President no less... without examining the giant immoral logs in their own eyes first? Why would a man like John McCain become an active participant in a made up fake Russian plot to take down a sitting US President by accusing him of trying to hide immoral things from his past, just like McCain has hidden immoral things from his past? Everyone needs to remember this! John McCain tried but never made it to the one place President Trump currently calls home... THE WHITE HOUSE! Is it possible John McCain never came to terms with the fact that he failed to grab THE golden ring? Hatred, jealousy, bitterness and blame can do terrible things to people. Yes. McCain was a war hero. His sacrifice and service to our great country should never be forgotten. But, just because he was a war hero does NOT undo his own humanity and sinful, immoral past. He made many mistakes like everyone else in this world. And in his death, he showed even more of his big human failings by stooping to such a low political level. It's too late now for McCain to publicly apologize to his first wife and family. It's too late for John and Cindy to take FULL responsibility for their immoral past and try to undo the personal pain, loss and suffering they caused for John's first wife and family. It's too late to get rid of the skeletons that will forever haunt their closets. A past leader from the Mormon Church once said, "No success can compensate for failure in the home." And, although I am not Mormon, this statement rings with truth, especially today. What McCain did to President Trump is kind of like passing the buck. It seems it's OK for some immoral people to set up and crucify others on pure hearsay, personal hatred and made up speculation. But, it's NOT OK to examine these people and their motives after they die and immortalized to superhero status. I certainly didn't vote for President Trump because he pretended to be some moral pillar of society. His past with women is well known and documented. In defense of our President over a man like John McCain; not once has President Trump tried to toot his own moral horn. I respect that about him. He seems to be a man whose quietly come to terms with his past sins. And though I don't morally support a few personal choices from President Trump's past, he certainly wasn't out philandering around with women while he was serving as a US Senator. He wasn't pretending to be some moral hero... he wasn't puffing up his feathers and talking like a saint... nor saying one thing, while sneakily doing something else. I voted for Trump because our country needed a SMART businessman at the helm who could quickly navigate the swiftly changing currents of the world. We needed a strong leader who spoke his mind and wasn't afraid to call things for how he sees them. Unlike John McCain, what you see with President Donald Trump is what you get. Yet, unlike other President's who've had some personal skeletons in their closets; President Trump's kept his promises to the American people. I believe President Trump is a good man whose led a full life and made personal mistakes in his past, just like we all have made mistakes in our pasts. I believe he was elected President and sits in the Oval Office today by the grace of God and the great faith placed in him by the American people. And, I still believe he's doing a damned good job.

  • Donnia Legg

    09/03/2018 11:08 PM

    Have listened and watched comments from vets and others about McCain. Due to clout of his dad JM could have avoided the five years as a prisoner but due to future political ambition he stayed. Another comment JM nixed legislation related to vets. He also sealed damaging information about himself. Comments he made sounded like Jane Fonda was another comment. Also, on a ship due to impatience he started a fire which killed 133 people. He watched in safety while the fire was battled.

  • Dawn Street

    09/03/2018 11:04 PM

    I think you are right. Thank you for top notch reporting. I was no fan of McCain or Obama and I have to admit George W has been a disappointment. Hard to believe any "patriot" would attempt to destroy our election process just to get even but that is the way I see it. McCain was a spoiled entitled rich brat who graduated almost last in his class at the Academy but got plum assignments over more qualified candidates because his Daddy and his Granddaddy were Admirals. He was a "Maverick" and a hot rod. Problem is he liked to hot rod in Navy fighter planes and managed to destroy some very expensive toys. Then there was that issue on the Forestall where he gunned the engine sending a flame that enveloped the plane behind him killing the pilot of that plane and setting off missiles and starting a major fire on the deck. He sauntered down to the officer's mess for a cup of coffee. I did not notice any disciplinary action but he was transferred to another ship and the wound up crashing in VietNam where he became a POW. He had the reputation as a "song bird" in prison and probably was instrumental in the deaths of prisoners there. He blocked investigation into POW/MIA s and probably kept us from getting our soldiers and sailors back. Now - - they are probably all dead. So, hero?? Not to me. I had several family members over there. Very thankful that they all came home.

  • Kathy Overman

    09/03/2018 07:19 PM

    My disappointment in McCain is significant, yet I try to remember the good stuff (perceived to be good anyway.) We all mess up, we all need forgiveness.

    Meanwhile--in the emigration debate, why is it never stressed that human trafficking --especially trafficking of children--is a significant concern at the border? Please explain on the media how the policies on the border a re designed to address this problem...not "rip infants away from their mothers!"

  • barbara delfini

    09/03/2018 07:12 PM

    Thank you Mr. Huckabee for writing a bout the truth. There are many stories written about McCain good and bad. But he was not the great person that they are portraying in the news media after his death. in my opinion, he was a vengeful, non-forgiving person from what I saw. The entire funeral was a disgrace. they made it political but they were probably just doing what John McCain wanted - even at the end of his life - all he could think about was getting even with Trump.

  • Rodney Brown

    09/03/2018 07:10 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee, I wonder if it would be too much to ask the networks televising NFL games NOT to show athletes kneeling during the National Anthem. A few years ago they made a decision not to show streakers and others anxious for attention who disrupted games by running onto the field. It may not have brought the disruptions to a halt, but it certainly cut down on the number of incidents. Would it not make sense to let the players make their silent protests, but refuse to give them air time?

  • Luetta Wood

    09/03/2018 06:53 PM

    I just looked up the meaning of a patsy. A fool is part of that meaning. I believe this was true of John McCain in the dossier exchange!

  • JanC

    09/03/2018 06:21 PM

    Great article! One more thing...Yes, Trump's offense was simply words, and McCain's offense was worse by being actions; but what is even worse than that, was that McCain's actions affected more than one person...his actions affected the whole nation i.e. his vote to save Obamacare.

  • Arthur Tompkins

    09/03/2018 06:18 PM

    You sir are right on target. Sen. McCain is a perfect person in the current Republican Party to start a false scandal. Or lay a really rotten egg. I hope we clean up all these types and send them packing. To much of our money being spent on false or misleading media hyped narratives. Everyone has an opinion. Too much Drama , and not enough law and order. Book him Dano .

  • Steven Sohn

    09/03/2018 05:05 PM

    McCain was a different man, as I was, when we were both flying missions over Vietnam. He had the bum luck to get captured, I did not. As most military pilots, I have great respect for McCain the warrior, but I have no use for McCain the petty politician; hardly a statesman: a word one hears infrequently. Perhaps that is because we have no statesmen anymore, except maybe you.

  • Michael Galloway

    09/03/2018 05:01 PM

    I only saw and read a little bit of the Trump bashing at the funerals. So disgusted to see and hear that you politicize a funeral. Is there
    anything these Trump haters won't say. And it includes Obama and Bush right along with so many others. I already had no respect for Obama and very little and now none for George Bush and not only just for their politicizing their agenda and anti-Trump bashing, but for a lengthy list. They one more time proved themselves.
    Little to no respect for John McCain not because how he got started, but how he finished the last several years of his life taking any opportunity to undermine President Trump.
    All of the above are legends in their own mind, but to me they established their legacies, but not at all positive !!!

  • DON HUNT

    09/03/2018 04:56 PM

    Thank you for the information about John McCain. The thought of renaming the Russel Senate building after him shows that either God has a sense of ironic humor or else is gifting us with a portent/harbinger before his next phase of judgement. "McCain", think about it. "Mc" and "Mac" prefixed to a name, i.e., Cain, signifies "son of" or "sons of" or "descendants of" Cain. Cain is cited as an example of unrighteousness in 1 John 3:12 and Jude 1:11.

  • Gerald M. Gulick

    09/03/2018 04:44 PM

    Keep firing away with the truth, Mike! The illicit Mueller "House of Cards" is inexorably doomed to a collapse......and sooner, rather than later!!! President Trump holds all of the aces and the left is tortured and terrorized by these horrific thoughts that keep popping up through their denial mindsets.....every single day! Just a matter of time.......and they KNOW IT!!!

    Gerry

It was a weekend of funerals and Trump-bashing, simultaneously.  Of course, everything now is about Trump, and hating, and hating Trump, and almost no one is acting like an adult these days.  I don’t know what Aretha Franklin’s personal politics were, or even if she was very active politically at all, but she deserved better than to have her funeral hijacked by politics.  Does every occasion have to be about that?  Every bit of sentiment at that event should have been focused on Aretha and the glorious voice she shared with the world.

As for John McCain’s funeral, it’s true that neither Trump nor Sarah Palin got an “invite” to John McCain’s funeral.  (By the way, when did people start issuing/withholding invitations to funerals?  What would Miss Manner say about this?  It sure isn’t a Southern thing.  In the South, everybody comes, everybody goes to the house afterwards, and everybody brings food.  But I digress.)  On the other hand, Trump surely wouldn’t have wanted to be there, anyway.  I imagine that, to Trump, a sit-down with Robert Mueller might have been preferable.  So the best thing to do was to follow the advice of fictional news anchor Ron Burgundy and stay classy.

 


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Perhaps these two men were so estranged because they were too much alike in their brashness.  Neither has been known for his diplomatic reserve or lack of narcissism.  Trump said an awful thing when he bluntly dismissed McCain’s heroism following his capture in Vietnam, and it might have been asking too much of McCain for him ever to forgive Trump for such a remark.  On the other hand, McCain did some things that significantly affected Trump and his administration, things so damaging that it’s hard to imagine Trump ever forgiving him.  (And note the interesting contrast:  we’re talking about what Trump SAID vs. what McCain actually DID.)  In retrospect, one of the things McCain did to Trump is particularly significant right now.

 

McCain passed along the unverified Steele dossier to then-FBI Director James Comey.

 

Now, keep in mind that the dossier was making the rounds to a number of people who might have been highly motivated to get it to the FBI, so Comey surely would have seen it regardless of McCain’s decision to give it to him.  But Trump knows he did it –- McCain wrote candidly about receiving it and passing it to Comey in his recent book, THE RESTLESS WAVE, which came out in May. 

 

John Haltiwanger at BUSINESS INSIDER offered some commentary at the time the book was released, and it’s enlightening now to take another look at that.  What happened to McCain is by now a familiar scenario:  as with some of Trump’s campaign associates, he was approached by a person who wanted to tell him something about what the Russians were up to.

 

It happened in November of 2016, shortly after Trump had won the Presidential election.  McCain was in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for an annual national security conference when Sir Andrew Wood, a retired British diplomat, approached him.  (McCain thought he might previously have met Wood in passing but wasn’t sure, and he did not recall conversing with him before this.)  McCain accompanied Wood to a room off the main conference hall, where they were joined by two other men, David Kramer, a former assistant secretary of state with Russian expertise, and Chris Brose, a staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee.  For the first few minutes, they talked about Russian election interference, according to McCain.

 

Then Wood revealed to McCain the reason he’d wanted to talk.  “He told me he knew of a former MI6 agent named Christopher Steele,” McCain wrote in the book, “who had been commissioned to investigate connections between the Trump campaign and Russian agents as well as potentially compromising information about the President-elect that Putin allegedly possessed.”

 



Let’s pause for a moment.  It’s been confirmed that Christopher Steele was a passionate anti-Trumper who was “commissioned” by a political oppo research company being paid by Hillary’s campaign and the DNC to get whatever gossip and trash he could pick up.  That’s the reality.  Now, let’s continue with McCain’s story.

 

Wood said the information in the Steele dossier was unverified but that Steele “strongly believed” it “merited a thorough examination by counterintelligence experts.”

 

Let’s pause again.  We now know that Steele himself wasn’t at all confident in the truth of the dossier.  So if what McCain wrote about Wood is true, Wood was really overselling what was in it.  Or perhaps Steele had oversold it to Wood.

 

But McCain sensed this dossier might be extremely important.  “Our impromptu meeting felt charged with a strange intensity,” he wrote.  “No one wise-cracked to lighten the mood.  We spoke in lowered voices.  The room was dimly lit, and the atmosphere was eerie.”  (In another reference to fictional news anchors, this sounds like the scene in NETWORK in which Howard Beale is confronted by conglomerate chairman Arthur Jensen in the dimly lit, eerie boardroom and comes away saying, “I have seen the face of God.”)  But all this drama was over a piece of oppo research garbage.  McCain wrote that the scenario seemed “too strange” to be believed but that he felt “even a remote risk that the President of the United States might be vulnerable to Russian extortion had to be investigated.”

 

Long story short:  Kramer met with Steele, reported back, told McCain he thought Steele was reputable.  McCain agreed to receive copy of dossier even though he had no idea if anything in it was true.  McCain locked it in his safe, called Comey, requested a meeting.  On December 19, 2016, he met with Comey for about 10 minutes and gave him the dossier.

 

“I did what duty demanded I do,” McCain wrote in the book.  He said he’d do it again.  And if anyone disagreed with what he did, they could “go to hell.”

 

“I trust the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, an experienced, skilled prosecutor, and a man of exceptional probity and character to separate fact from fiction, and get to the bottom of the so-called dossier,” he actually wrote.

 

McCain’s book came out a few months ago.  Though we’ve learned much since that time, we knew then of the dossier’s stunningly political origins.  And though the FBI has proved itself to be quite untrustworthy on the subject of Trump, and Mueller has packed his team with Hillary donors and partisan attack dogs, it doesn’t sound as if McCain ever took one second to rethink his decision to pass along the dossier.  I may really be going out on a limb here, but I suspect this might be one reason why Trump didn’t much care for John McCain.  (Of course, there were other reasons, including the little matter of his vote to save Obamacare, but I digress.)

 

McCain wrote in his book that he suspected Wood approached him about the dossier because he had been such a staunch critic of Putin over the years that he would likely take their concerns about a Trump-Russia connection seriously.  I don’t doubt he believed that, but I wonder if it’s more likely he was chosen because he was known to be so strongly anti-Trump that they were confident he’d get the dossier where they needed it to go.

 

https://www.businessinsider.com/john-mccain-conspiracy-theories-steele-dossier-trump-russia-2018-5

 

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  • Bobbi Jones

    09/04/2018 12:11 PM

    McCain did several things that hurt what Americans voted for (especially the vote to keep Obamacare).
    I’ve felt that he just should’ve admitted to being a Democrat and get it over with.
    I wasn’t a fan.

  • Elizabeth Porter

    09/04/2018 12:10 PM

    The world needs to know the whole facts about McCain's actions concerning the dossier that started all this mess with Trump/Russian investigation that has gone nowhere. How can we get that information out there?
    Also I am so sick of McCain's egotistical funeral. 5 days? Hello, what president got more of a funeral, and he planned himself. He really thought he was great. So he didn't take an early prisoner release, well if he had he could well have been court martialed under Article 111 of the military "Code of Conduct" that prisoners are to be released, first held first released, and not to mention that policy says "no man left behind" so why does that make him a hero, the men who were held longer than him never got the acclimades he got nor did they ever appear to want them, yet there have been so many others men who have suffered so much more for their country and never used it to make themsels a self-appointed "hero". He was just a regular soldier, a hero is someone who throws himself on the grenade to save other's lives, he gives his own. McCain did not do that. And what about coming home and then deserting his crippled wife for the young/rich prettier Ms. Cindy? That was very honorable. What happened to "sickness or health, till death do us part". He was a good person in many ways, and i know his daughter adored him (we girls all adore our fathers), but he was not God, or a Saint or a true Hero (by defination) so let's have the truth put out there. I still question the death of 146 men on the aircraft carrier that they have changed the story to say "a bomb got loose and hit his plane" so where was he? and why the story that he tried to "wet start" his plane causing the accident? Did his superors alter the facts because of or in honor of his father and grandfather? There are a lot of facts and unanswered questions out there about Senator McCain.

  • Elizabeth Honaker

    09/04/2018 11:35 AM

    I am utterly ashamed that I EVER voted for McCain! After the 2008 fiasco, and the media's treatment of Sarah Palin, I began to suspect that I -- and other voters like me -- had been hoodwinked. Then I came across the strong evidence against McCain regarding the U.S.S. Forrestal fire and the "Songbird" allegations against POW McCain. His rejection of his first, loyal wife and hooking up (excuse the pun) with a sweet-young-thing (a significant number of years his junior), even before he was officially divorced, speak volumes about this man's essential character. I can't help comparing his "bipartisanship" to the good-ole'-boy camaraderie Ted Kennedy enjoyed, years after walking away from a drowning woman who he had possibly impregnated. A HERO -- either of these men? Hardly. It sickens me that these two reprobates have been exalted to the highest levels of "Democrat Heaven."

  • Catherine Jones

    09/04/2018 11:27 AM

    I was appalled at the eulogy speakers at both funerals. The complete lack of respect using the funerals for political stands shows how “low class” (as my 100 year mother says).
    I only pray and hope that the majority of voters see through this hatefulness towards our President and Conservative Christian values. Our very future and lives depend on Conservatives getting out and voting. God Bless You for you standing up for us. I will be on Freedom Bus September 26 from NC to Washington to support Judge Kavanaugh. We also stand for Conservatives running for office that will protect our Constitution and Christian values. Thank you Governor ??????

  • Lois McDaniel

    09/04/2018 11:07 AM

    I will vote for Donold Trump Every time he runs .

  • Mary Ann Spade

    09/04/2018 10:47 AM

    We turned the TV off before ten minutes of Megan's speech, the hate and anger was too much, she was in a CHURCH.

  • Douglas McConnaughhay

    09/04/2018 10:44 AM

    I strongly agree with your comments and that is why the Demos are so complementary to McCain now,. His whole story about while he was in captivity did not get published, I believe because of his treatment??????

  • Sandra Martindale

    09/04/2018 09:39 AM

    What a nasty web has been woven! Politics is so crooked. Our so-called leaders can be good honest citizens until they get involved with politics. I don’t understand why our country can’t get its act together & support our President but it seems it will never happen. All these rich leaders have nothing to worry about & don’t seem to care about all of us hardworking people or those that have worked all their lives to live off of social security/ pensions. They’d rather blow money on elaborate parties & FUNERALS!! What a show this past week has been! Wasteful spending! Sad! Thanks for your ability to keep us informed with your posts.

  • Philip Stel

    09/04/2018 08:10 AM

    Huck: I struggle with the attacks on ObamaCare. I confess I do not understand all the details and issues. I grew up in Canada and was blessed with health care that covered everyone and didn't create deep anxieties and financial distress and ruin. In 1974, I married an American girl I met in college and we moved to Canada where we had five children, all dual citizens. They are all married and live in the US. My wife was killed by a drunk driver at age 49 three months after 9/11, miraculously I and two daughters survived, and I remarried. Again, a US citizen. When I immigrated to the US 15 years ago, I was covered with good health care through my employer. Premiums were $12-14,000/year before my wife turned 65 four years ahead of me. Even with that, I had to come up with over $8000/year deductibles and copay because of my cancer and other health issues that my wife and I experience. I maxed out on my HSA every year but it was gone by midyear. As a pastor in struggling churches, I didn't make much money. So over the years, I have heard and seen a lot in Canada and the US. Whenever I came to the US, the first thing people talked with me about in the farming community after church in South Dakota was about Canadian health care. How was it? They were anxious and burdened. Both my parents died of cancer. My dad had just turned 58 when he died after a year of battle with stomach cancer. My mom died four years later of a brain tumor. Both had extensive surgeries and hospitalizations. My mother would be in a nursing home for a month or two close to my sister. When all was said and done, they were not destroyed financially, they didn't have to deal with overwhelming financial struggles and anxieties while they were dealing with cancer, and we kids were able to receive a small inheritance. By the way, we immigrated to Canada in 1952, my dad was an extremely energetic and hard worker, entrepreneur and all that, but we struggled (way) below the poverty line for the first 15 years of life in Canada. For the next 15 years, before he died in 1982, life was never rich, life was “all work,” but there was some elbow room. I was born in the Netherlands and the oldest of seven children, the rest who would be born in Canada.
    I met a neighbor in Illinois a few years ago. His wife had had cancer. Their insurance company paid the bills. Then the insurance company dropped them (and everybody else in their class). The cancer recurred and they were financially wiped out. Nobody protected them. My friend from college days in the US always had a "preexisting condition." No insurance company would take him, of course, because there was no way he would make money for them. He would struggle all his life. I understand that health plans in the past could limit their payouts to $2 million dollars. With the costs of health care, many people who had health care would be destroyed anyway. What ObamaCare did was give everyone the right to health care, even if they had existing conditions, remove the $2 million cap, and protect people like my neighbor and my college days friend. As my doctor in Canada, also a Dutch immigrant, compassionate and generous, phrased it in the 1980's, "In the US, it is 'healthy for the wealthy.'" He went on to say that things started going well for him when Canada introduced its health care system. Before that time, he would absorb so many costs for his poor patients. When the health care issue was being debated, I looked forward to seeing what the US would come up with. Obviously every formula has its pluses and minuses, but the US could study and evaluate what was happening in various countries, critique our own broken system that left so many casualties in its wake, and come up with a system that reflected our open-armed invitation, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” By the way, I am not a bleeding heart liberal. I vote Republican especially because of the Democrat stand on abortion and government taxes and handouts, etc. I believe we need strong borders and all the rest. But as a Christian, I also believe that compassion -- actually justice and mercy -- need to rule the day. "Liberty and justice (and opportunity) for all." So while I see that ObamaCare has not resolved the problem, I am troubled by what I see as a Republican reaction to dismantle ObamaCare and go back to the seriously broken system we had before. When you walk and live with struggling people, you see another side. For several years, I took a side job as an on-call chaplain at a local hospital to make ends meet. The Catholic hospital did not turn people away. But they were being destroyed by walk-ins into ER with no insurance, many who repeatedly abused the system. Who ends up paying for them? The rest of us with insurance. And the hospital absorbing huge losses. How is that injustice addressed? I just made a phone call to Medicare regarding coverage for a ultrasound guided biopsy into my wife's breast. The cost sheet the hospital provided listed a charge of $7000 for one breast, $8000 for both. Medicare told me they had contracted to do this procedure for $700. 1/10th of the cost! Explain to me how this works. If I didn't have insurance, I'd pay $7000. My insurance company pays whatever it manages to negotiate. Etc. In Canada, the provincial governments seek to negotiate fair payments for everyone -- doctors, nurses, hospitals, pharmaceuticals (I can give you a lot of stories on pharmaceutical pricing. For example, a medicine my new wife needed in Canada when she moved up there with me before we came/returned to the US cost her $50/month USD copay. In Canada, I had to pay the whole shot because I didn't have insurance for her. It cost me $70 CDN for a THREE MONTH supply. And no, Canada is not a banana republic, and it is not without standards or regulations like Mexico.) I don't understand how/why the Republicans have not been able to revamp the health care fiasco to address both the original as well as the ObamaCare concerns.
    Mike: I receive your daily emails and read and appreciate everything you write. Keep up the good work.

  • DAVID W PROFFITT

    09/04/2018 07:34 AM

    Governor Huckabee, you're such a great communicator, thank you for this inside on McCain. His funeral and Aretha Franklin's funeral you hit all the issues that I have been thinking for several days. What a shame and a sham both those funerals what a waste of time. Their families and friends should have been grieving and focusing their minds and hearts on eternity where there without Christ. Thank you again pray for you and your daughter. Hang in there

  • Brett Allen Lee

    09/04/2018 01:41 AM

    Dear Mr Huckabee,
    With respect to you, all I'm hearing is partisan politics. If anything that I've learned in the last couple of years, is to what lengths politicians will go to to stand up for their side, Regardless of what is right or moral. Rather than find differences, I implore you to find common grounds on witch we can build conversation that leads to better lives and humanitarian goals. I'm not looking for someone who agrees with me, but someone who will talk and discuss our differences to find better solutions for all.
    Thank you and your family for all of the work you have done for our country. God Bless

  • Carol Sechrist

    09/04/2018 01:22 AM

    Dear Governor,
    I couldn't agree with you more regarding this entire prolonged McCain funeral episode. Who does this? Turning a time which should have been utilized to mourn, into a circus in which they managed to ridicule our President. Absolutely inexcusable & showing a complete lack of good taste & class. Not one mention of his long suffering first wife, Carol. Absolutely disgusting. We know Meghan is hurting, but a funeral is no place to denegrate our President.
    Now that I have expressed our family's feelings, I want to tell you how very much we so appreciate your continued bright light of wisdom & solace. We thoroughly enjoy your valued e-mails.

    Most sincerely,
    Carol Sechrist in LA
    (Out here in la-la land)

  • Dana Tebbs

    09/03/2018 11:11 PM

    Gov Huckabee, Thank you for graciously explaining this weekend's over politicized funerals in such a truthful manner. One thing became distastefully clear during these two funerals; the seething, extreme hatred of some guests at the funerals towards President Trump and how that hatred soured what should have been sweet, loving memorial services for two great Americans. While many were perplexed as to why the queen of soul's funeral became a showplace for several bitter, over the hill political hacks... The "bad water" between President Trump and John McCain is more easily explained. Honestly, who can blame President Trump for feeling betrayed and hurt, after John McCain hand delivered personal LIES about him to the FBI? (Lies that were first created by the democratic party and later used by the Hillary Clinton campaign.) Frankly, till reading your newsletter, and even though I watch Fox News on a regular basis... I didn't know the lengths to which John McCain personally involved himself in the current "witch hunt" of President Trump. The question remains- why did McCain do it? Why would McCain meet with fake intelligence agents and accept a fake dossier which he surely knew was 100% fake and created by the Dems and the Hillary Clinton campaign? Then, why would McCain fail to admit he knew about this obviously fake set up against Trump, then hide the fake dossier papers in a safe in his home, then hand deliver the fake dossier to left leaning/ Clinton/Obama loving FBI director James Comey? Where did war hero McCain's deep seeded personal hatred and animosity towards Trump come from anyways? Fact- The media generally ignored the giant role left leaning Republican John McCain played in the Trump witch hunt. Few people, myself included, heard even a whisper of how McCain personally handed over a FAKE Russian dossier into the quivering, waiting hands of politically motivated FBI director James Comey! WHY is no one in the media talking about any of this?
    I also find it appalling how even in death, and for seemingly all the politically wrong reasons- John McCain, obviously a still bitter and vengeful man... chose to make sure his funeral was more about continuing a message of political hate against a President, than a message of forgiveness, hope and love for eternity. This past week, ALL of John McCain's past personal failures seem to have vanished. NO ONE dared to whisper about McCain's well documented womanizing, several rumored affairs, a failed first marriage to his sweet disabled first wife (whom McCain had three beautiful children with)... And even how he met and was dating an 18 years younger Cindy "Hensley" McCain... a wealthy heiress... whom he met in Hawaii... at least one year before his divorce from his first wife was even filed? It's all been cleverly forgotten and glossed over in the media, as if it never happened! Gee... I thought that when a much younger woman knowingly dated an older married man, she was called his mistress? I'd like to know... Who are these wealthy, powerful politically well connected people, who would so blindly crucify a political opponent... a sitting US President no less... without examining the giant immoral logs in their own eyes first? Why would a man like John McCain become an active participant in a made up fake Russian plot to take down a sitting US President by accusing him of trying to hide immoral things from his past, just like McCain has hidden immoral things from his past? Everyone needs to remember this! John McCain tried but never made it to the one place President Trump currently calls home... THE WHITE HOUSE! Is it possible John McCain never came to terms with the fact that he failed to grab THE golden ring? Hatred, jealousy, bitterness and blame can do terrible things to people. Yes. McCain was a war hero. His sacrifice and service to our great country should never be forgotten. But, just because he was a war hero does NOT undo his own humanity and sinful, immoral past. He made many mistakes like everyone else in this world. And in his death, he showed even more of his big human failings by stooping to such a low political level. It's too late now for McCain to publicly apologize to his first wife and family. It's too late for John and Cindy to take FULL responsibility for their immoral past and try to undo the personal pain, loss and suffering they caused for John's first wife and family. It's too late to get rid of the skeletons that will forever haunt their closets. A past leader from the Mormon Church once said, "No success can compensate for failure in the home." And, although I am not Mormon, this statement rings with truth, especially today. What McCain did to President Trump is kind of like passing the buck. It seems it's OK for some immoral people to set up and crucify others on pure hearsay, personal hatred and made up speculation. But, it's NOT OK to examine these people and their motives after they die and immortalized to superhero status. I certainly didn't vote for President Trump because he pretended to be some moral pillar of society. His past with women is well known and documented. In defense of our President over a man like John McCain; not once has President Trump tried to toot his own moral horn. I respect that about him. He seems to be a man whose quietly come to terms with his past sins. And though I don't morally support a few personal choices from President Trump's past, he certainly wasn't out philandering around with women while he was serving as a US Senator. He wasn't pretending to be some moral hero... he wasn't puffing up his feathers and talking like a saint... nor saying one thing, while sneakily doing something else. I voted for Trump because our country needed a SMART businessman at the helm who could quickly navigate the swiftly changing currents of the world. We needed a strong leader who spoke his mind and wasn't afraid to call things for how he sees them. Unlike John McCain, what you see with President Donald Trump is what you get. Yet, unlike other President's who've had some personal skeletons in their closets; President Trump's kept his promises to the American people. I believe President Trump is a good man whose led a full life and made personal mistakes in his past, just like we all have made mistakes in our pasts. I believe he was elected President and sits in the Oval Office today by the grace of God and the great faith placed in him by the American people. And, I still believe he's doing a damned good job.

  • Donnia Legg

    09/03/2018 11:08 PM

    Have listened and watched comments from vets and others about McCain. Due to clout of his dad JM could have avoided the five years as a prisoner but due to future political ambition he stayed. Another comment JM nixed legislation related to vets. He also sealed damaging information about himself. Comments he made sounded like Jane Fonda was another comment. Also, on a ship due to impatience he started a fire which killed 133 people. He watched in safety while the fire was battled.

  • Dawn Street

    09/03/2018 11:04 PM

    I think you are right. Thank you for top notch reporting. I was no fan of McCain or Obama and I have to admit George W has been a disappointment. Hard to believe any "patriot" would attempt to destroy our election process just to get even but that is the way I see it. McCain was a spoiled entitled rich brat who graduated almost last in his class at the Academy but got plum assignments over more qualified candidates because his Daddy and his Granddaddy were Admirals. He was a "Maverick" and a hot rod. Problem is he liked to hot rod in Navy fighter planes and managed to destroy some very expensive toys. Then there was that issue on the Forestall where he gunned the engine sending a flame that enveloped the plane behind him killing the pilot of that plane and setting off missiles and starting a major fire on the deck. He sauntered down to the officer's mess for a cup of coffee. I did not notice any disciplinary action but he was transferred to another ship and the wound up crashing in VietNam where he became a POW. He had the reputation as a "song bird" in prison and probably was instrumental in the deaths of prisoners there. He blocked investigation into POW/MIA s and probably kept us from getting our soldiers and sailors back. Now - - they are probably all dead. So, hero?? Not to me. I had several family members over there. Very thankful that they all came home.

  • Kathy Overman

    09/03/2018 07:19 PM

    My disappointment in McCain is significant, yet I try to remember the good stuff (perceived to be good anyway.) We all mess up, we all need forgiveness.

    Meanwhile--in the emigration debate, why is it never stressed that human trafficking --especially trafficking of children--is a significant concern at the border? Please explain on the media how the policies on the border a re designed to address this problem...not "rip infants away from their mothers!"

  • barbara delfini

    09/03/2018 07:12 PM

    Thank you Mr. Huckabee for writing a bout the truth. There are many stories written about McCain good and bad. But he was not the great person that they are portraying in the news media after his death. in my opinion, he was a vengeful, non-forgiving person from what I saw. The entire funeral was a disgrace. they made it political but they were probably just doing what John McCain wanted - even at the end of his life - all he could think about was getting even with Trump.

  • Rodney Brown

    09/03/2018 07:10 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee, I wonder if it would be too much to ask the networks televising NFL games NOT to show athletes kneeling during the National Anthem. A few years ago they made a decision not to show streakers and others anxious for attention who disrupted games by running onto the field. It may not have brought the disruptions to a halt, but it certainly cut down on the number of incidents. Would it not make sense to let the players make their silent protests, but refuse to give them air time?

  • Luetta Wood

    09/03/2018 06:53 PM

    I just looked up the meaning of a patsy. A fool is part of that meaning. I believe this was true of John McCain in the dossier exchange!

  • JanC

    09/03/2018 06:21 PM

    Great article! One more thing...Yes, Trump's offense was simply words, and McCain's offense was worse by being actions; but what is even worse than that, was that McCain's actions affected more than one person...his actions affected the whole nation i.e. his vote to save Obamacare.

  • Arthur Tompkins

    09/03/2018 06:18 PM

    You sir are right on target. Sen. McCain is a perfect person in the current Republican Party to start a false scandal. Or lay a really rotten egg. I hope we clean up all these types and send them packing. To much of our money being spent on false or misleading media hyped narratives. Everyone has an opinion. Too much Drama , and not enough law and order. Book him Dano .

  • Steven Sohn

    09/03/2018 05:05 PM

    McCain was a different man, as I was, when we were both flying missions over Vietnam. He had the bum luck to get captured, I did not. As most military pilots, I have great respect for McCain the warrior, but I have no use for McCain the petty politician; hardly a statesman: a word one hears infrequently. Perhaps that is because we have no statesmen anymore, except maybe you.

  • Michael Galloway

    09/03/2018 05:01 PM

    I only saw and read a little bit of the Trump bashing at the funerals. So disgusted to see and hear that you politicize a funeral. Is there
    anything these Trump haters won't say. And it includes Obama and Bush right along with so many others. I already had no respect for Obama and very little and now none for George Bush and not only just for their politicizing their agenda and anti-Trump bashing, but for a lengthy list. They one more time proved themselves.
    Little to no respect for John McCain not because how he got started, but how he finished the last several years of his life taking any opportunity to undermine President Trump.
    All of the above are legends in their own mind, but to me they established their legacies, but not at all positive !!!

  • DON HUNT

    09/03/2018 04:56 PM

    Thank you for the information about John McCain. The thought of renaming the Russel Senate building after him shows that either God has a sense of ironic humor or else is gifting us with a portent/harbinger before his next phase of judgement. "McCain", think about it. "Mc" and "Mac" prefixed to a name, i.e., Cain, signifies "son of" or "sons of" or "descendants of" Cain. Cain is cited as an example of unrighteousness in 1 John 3:12 and Jude 1:11.

  • Gerald M. Gulick

    09/03/2018 04:44 PM

    Keep firing away with the truth, Mike! The illicit Mueller "House of Cards" is inexorably doomed to a collapse......and sooner, rather than later!!! President Trump holds all of the aces and the left is tortured and terrorized by these horrific thoughts that keep popping up through their denial mindsets.....every single day! Just a matter of time.......and they KNOW IT!!!

    Gerry