Evening Edition - May 19

May 19, 2020 |

A PREVIEW 

Here’s an excerpt from the book “Above the Law: The Inside Story of How the Justice Department Tried to Subvert President Trump,” being released today. The author is former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, a source the media will find hard to ignore and dismiss, which is not to say they won’t try.

Before you read it, mark your calendars to be sure you don’t miss “Huckabee” on TBN this weekend (although I assume you do that every weekend.) I have a fantastic group of guests lined up, including, in the lead-off spot: former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

A BIG DEAL

In the grand tradition of “The Gospel According to Charlie Brown” and “The Internet for Dummies,” Sen. Ted Cruz and The Daily Wire attempt to explain to the liberal media why weaponizing the Justice Department to frame members of an incoming Administration and sabotage the new President is kind of a big deal.

THE TRUTH COMES OUT

For months, the story of the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus, according to the media, has been that everything President Trump did was wrong, wrong, wrong! He’s dumb, incompetent, over his head, and millions of people will DIE and it’s all his fault! The opposite side of that was the coverage of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has been praised to the skies for his actions in dealing with the virus.

But the truth has a funny way of coming out over time, no matter what the media want us to believe. The American people questioned how a virus unleashed by China that’s killing people all over the world was Trump’s fault. Yes, we know that Trump made some mistakes, but so would anyone when dealing with a new disease we just didn’t know much about. Even more mistakes were made by his critics (who claimed his travel ban from China was “racist”), and the so-called “experts” who kept giving us ever-changing and conflicting advice as we learned more about this disease.

Looking back with the benefit of a few months’ hindsight, we now know that Cuomo predicted deadly shortages of ventilators and hospital beds. Trump provided so many ventilators and hospital beds that most went unused. But Cuomo is brilliant and Trump is incompetent. We now know that Cuomo’s policies infected New York’s nursing homes with COVID-19 and led to the spread of it to other states, but all the resulting deaths were somehow Trump’s fault.

Cuomo’s tragically poor decisions are now becoming so obvious that he recently had to make an argument that a Republican would be savaged by the media for making: hey, the people in nursing homes were going to die anyway. It’s a pandemic virus, it’s going to kill people, the elderly are the most vulnerable, and there’s nothing anyone can do to change that.

I think Americans are looking at the results and seeing through the childish “gotcha” questions and constant media harping and realizing that Trump, despite some mistakes, has been doing a pretty amazing job of battling an unknown and invisible enemy while enduring a constant barrage of harping and “gotcha” attacks from the media and political opponents, whose only solutions for fighting the virus have been to shut down the economy forever, distribute borrowed money and arrest people for exercising their Constitutional rights.

That could be why, despite enduring one of the most vicious, sustained media assaults I’ve ever seen, a new Gallup poll shows Trump’s approval rating is up 6 points in the past two weeks. His 49% approval rating ties his highest ever, and is higher than Obama’s (47%) and George W. Bush’s (46%) at this same point in their first terms. Analysts credit it at least partially to backlash against the media assault.

Maybe seeing the results of Trump’s actions and the raging despotism of the Democrats has ripped the blinders off for many people. By the way, I have a question for Trump’s critics: You blame his response to the virus for 90,000 Americans dying of it. Considering you originally predicted that up to 2.2 million Americans would die from COVID-19, does that mean you will now give him personal credit for preventing all the deaths that don't occur up to 2.2 million (currently 2.1 million?)

Yeah, I didn’t think so…

A CLOSER LOOK

I told you about the New Jersey gym owner who opened in defiance of that state’s lockdown order, and how the police came out but instead of arresting him, they just checked to make sure he was taking safety precautions, told him “Have a good day,” and left. But what you might not have seen is the full video, showing the crowd of anti-lockdown protesters who turned out to support his act of civil disobedience, the police chief’s surprise speech, and the cheering for the cops and chants of “USA! USA!” when they sided with the people and protecting Constitutional rights over acting like the Governor’s goon squad. This is definitely worth watching.

The gym owner is still under citation for defying the state order, but he’s fighting it. Here’s more in an interview with Fox News.

RUNNING TO BE VEEP FOR SLEEPY JOE

I’m not sure why anyone would want to be Joe Biden’s running mate. Yes, there’s about a 95% chance you’d end up being the President, but getting there is the problem. It’s like begging to be the First Mate on the Titanic.

But for some reason, among her many self-delusions, failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams thinks she would be perfect for the job. She’s already got three years’ experience in being the Governor of Georgia in her dreams (even the waking ones). She claims she was robbed of the office by voter suppression, a charge for which there is no evidence (this is like me claiming I’m really President because if only more people had voted for me, I would’ve been elected.) So naturally, she’d be ready to take over the most difficult and important executive position in the world the minute Joe finished garbling his Oath of Office. Not since “Beto” O’Rourke ran for President has there been a wider chasm between ambition and qualifications.

This would just be a political sideshow if some people weren’t actually taking it seriously and enabling her delusions of grandeur, like the Washington Post Magazine, which just printed a gushing puff piece about her. Commentators compare it to articles about Beyonce, except when they go into fanboy hysteria over the way she crosses a stage, you know that Beyonce has talents beyond that.

Here’s a round-up of what must be one of the most ridiculous political stories of this age of political nonsense:

As a reminder: when Sarah Palin ran for Vice President, the media savaged her as completely unqualified, despite her having been a business owner, mayor and successful Governor of Alaska. Of the entire top and bottom of the 2008 tickets, she was the only one with serious executive experience, yet she was unqualified to be Veep, while Obama, with zero executive experience, was the “most qualified person ever to run for President.”

If Palin was unqualified for Veep, then how on Earth is Stacey Abrams qualified? Abrams not only doesn’t have Palin’s executive experience, she hasn’t even appeared on “The Masked Singer.” Yes, I know she has a (D) after her name, but in this case, that stands for “Delusional.”

OLD SOCIALIST MANTRA

Old socialist mantra: “Redistribute wealth! Just not mine!” New socialist mantra: “Tax the rich! Just not me!”

Funniest part of this story: AOC’s spokesperson denied that she’s refusing to pay her tax bill. She claims she’s challenging it because she claims she was billed $2000 in error.

What does that have to do with it? She makes $174,000 a year. By her standards, that makes her the evil rich, and the rich have no business questioning how much they’re taxed. They should have to pay whatever the government tells them to pay, those greedy misers. So cough up the two grand and be grateful it’s not 150 grand. Which, if AOC ever gets her way, it will be.

HUCK'S HERO SALUTE

A Huck’s Hero Salute to the anonymous customer who came into Floyd’s 99 barber shop in Denver for his first haircut since the shop was forced to shut down in March. He arrived at the end of the day and asked if they could squeeze him in. Ilisia Novotny welcomed him to her chair, and as she clipped, they chatted about how hard it's been for her, as a single mom, and the other employees to survive for so long without being allowed to work.

When she was done and rang up the bill, he told her, “Just so you know, the tip is not a mistake,” and he left. Ms Novotny was shocked when she saw that he had tipped her $2500. But that’s not all: he’d added $500 for the receptionist, $1000 for the manager, and $100 each to the other 18 employees, for a total of $5800 in tips on a $27 check.

Ms Notovny said the customer didn’t want to make a big deal of it, but it came at a crucial time for her, and everyone there is very grateful for his generosity and for all the support they’re getting from the community. And I’ll bet if he returns, he’ll get the red carpet treatment!

Meanwhile, if you haven’t had your income interrupted, I hope you’ll remember to tip generously and patronize your local businesses, to help people get back on their feet. No, you don’t have to tip $2500 on a $27 check, but maybe think about how you’d tip if it were the Christmas season in May.

HILARIOUS LINK

Hilarious Link: What might you get if you fed a lot of columns by the Washington Post’s resident Trump-hating “conservative” columnist Jennifer Rubin into a computer and let bots write a generic Rubin screed?

SO LONG EDDIE

By “Huckabee” writer/pop culture historian, Pat Reeder 

Seems as if we’re suddenly losing a lot of celebrities who have been part of our lives for many years, and I’m sorry to have to report another. Ken Osmond passed away Monday in Los Angeles at 76. He was known for only one role, but what an indelible role: Eddie Haskell on “Leave It To Beaver.”

Few actors play roles that are so iconic, their names become instantly-recognized parts of the language. When you hear anyone described as a “real Eddie Haskell,” you know exactly what it means: a transparent hypocrite who oozes flowery complements and pieties to your face, then acts like a cynical jerk when your back is turned. Unfortunately, most of us have known one at one time or another.

Psychological trivia: in the Season 4 episode “Beaver’s Doll Buggy,” we’re given a hint as to how Eddie became such a creep. He admits that a babysitter once gave him a home permanent and sent him to kindergarten with it. When he told his dad, he made jokes and laughed at him. Eddie said that was the last time he told his dad anything, adding, "If you can make the other guy feel like a goon first, then you don't feel so much like a goon."

Eddie’s image proved so difficult to shake that after “Beaver” ended, Osmond largely withdrew from acting. Contrary to popular rumors, he was not killed in Vietnam, nor did he become rocker Alice Cooper. He served for years as a Los Angeles police officer, was shot at and wounded several times, and retired in 1988. But he returned to playing Eddie again on the nostalgic reboots “Still the Beaver” and “The New Leave It To Beaver.” He also wrote a memoir titled, “Eddie: The Life and Times of America’s Preeminent Bad Boy.”

He was stunned at how much he was revered by fans of classic TV. He once said, “It surprises me every day that this character is still so popular. I don’t completely understand it, but it’s nice.” He also managed several rental properties to support his family. His son Eric called him “an incredibly kind and wonderful father,” and I’m sure he didn’t just say that to his face.

Ken Osmond is gone, but the unforgettable character he created, the oily two-face who says nice things in public while acting like a rat in private, will live on forever on TV reruns and in the person of James Comey.

Here’s a nice video tribute to Ken Osmond and Eddie Haskell.

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  • larry rippere

    05/21/2020 05:02 PM

    Doesn't a (D) after a person's name ALWAYS stand for "Delusional"... or might it mean "Dopey"?

  • Amy Syrell

    05/20/2020 06:35 PM

    I just loved this Evening Edition. You start off with, of all things, the truth of the character of Andrew Cuomo, governor of NY State I'm sorry to say. I wish that more people realize that after he absorbed all the praise of calling for ventilators, hospital beds and protective gear for first care givers, he warehoused almost all of them. He never used the hospital set up in the Javits center or the one in Central Park. Almost no one was sent to the medical ship, Hope, in NY Harbor. He cost a lot of people a lot of money that could've been better utilized! Then he so graciously sent sick patients to nursing homes with the proviso that the nursing homes had to take them and they couldn't even ask the patients if they'd been tested for Covid-19. Old people die anyway was his reason. Well, a lot of well loved old people that weren't even sick did die and the out cry that followed first elicited the comment from Cuomo that he knew nothing about that decision. Shortly afterward he had to admit that he'd made the decision and he was rescinding it. That was approximately the end of his nightly conferences! Now he has a list of 7 goals that each community must meet before they can reopen anything and he has lumped basically fairly rural areas into his break downs of districts within the state that include in most cases large cities. Sensible, huh?
    You decision to end the May 19th edition with the salute to the character of Eddie Haskell and the actor fulfilling that role was so pleasant. Even though I'm very sorry that someone died, it was wonderful to read about his life and how he dealt with portraying a less than loveable character.
    Thank you!

  • Derold Davis

    05/20/2020 03:47 PM

    I keep hearing comments that President Trump made many mistakes. You just said it yourself. I am sure he probably may have made mistakes, but HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THESE MISTAKES ARE OR MAY HAVE BEEN. PLEASE ENLIGHTEN ME - WHAT ARE HIS MISTAKES THAT YOU KNOW ABOUT?

  • TRACY J WILLIAMSON

    05/20/2020 01:28 PM

    I love your newsletters and look forward to reading them! When you came to Great Falls,Mt. to speak, you flew down to Phoenix with us afterwards. We so enjoyed visiting with you and hearing your humorous stories. Keep the info coming!! It is so refreshing to get the actual truth!! Take care, Tracy

  • Harold Levi

    05/20/2020 12:44 PM

    Gov.,
    Sir, I was thinking this morning about the thousands of people who have been financially ruined by the dictates on the Marxist-Democrats with the pandemic shutdowns in our Country and around the world. We can add those who have died as a direct result of Cuomo's edict of putting virus infected patients in nursing homes. It would be quite a long list of people and families that have been affected.

    Now, name ONE person who has been saved by their actions. Kind of reminds me of the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham could not find one righteous person.

    We will take back out Country by the Ballot Box OR the Cartridge Box.

    Deo Vindice!!

  • Michael

    05/20/2020 12:30 PM

    I have several comments/questions concerning mail-in voting and COVID-19. I have read that in the state of Michigan that the Governor has signed an executive order or made it mandatory that all of Michigan residents WILL utilize mail-in voting and no in-person voting come November. Governor Huckabee, is this true? Is this legal and is it in violation of our Constitution? If true, then a state that narrowly supported Trump in 2016, won't stand a chance of supporting him again, when the cheating Democrats get a hold of those ballots of Republican voters. My other comment is that of course the MSM and the Democrats will continue to repeatedly tell Americans that the COVID-19 numbers are only increasing and a second wave is probable in the fall. And of course the MSM and the Democrats will push for another shutdown and of course mail-in voting. My opinion: Never again should the economy and people's lively hoods be jeapordized. Each year we deal with the flu, pneumonia, viruses, and many health concerns. Individual Americans will have to make decisions about health risks, but not the government by making the "cure worse than the virus" which the President expressed concerns about several times. There will be so many lessons learned individually and nationally. And I hope that one of many lessons learned will be that especially in blue states (examples: New York, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California, etc.) there are those in government that seem to enjoy the power and control of limiting people's constitutional rights, freedoms and liberty. Hopefully many in the blue states will see very clearly that they should not continue to vote for Democrats, unless of course they don't mind and won't care that the same old, same old power and control continue!!! Wake up Americans and don't forget what has happened in our country, especially in blue states!!!!

  • Floyd A Unger

    05/20/2020 12:24 PM

    Well....if we vote for people like AOC we deserve what we get

  • Dusty

    05/20/2020 12:03 PM

    Oh my Gov. one could just scream per what we now see in our liberal media and the lies that they push forward day after day? See now that Biden senile is ahead of Trump per the libs? Amazing he is too old and his mind is slipping sad to see that they keep him out here now. FBI what was done to this President and to Flynn per a few in charge. Scary for all of us what could be done to anyone like this and to at that time not let him have his attorney even more so ? Worse part is that the majority of the FBI has not had control of this and no doubt most did not even know? Now we see the President attacked per his use of the Hydrox and have on The View expert and not for this? Yet millions of Lupus etc have been on this for years and what and tolerated this well? I have seen Dr who took this to get well and said it worked ? So who is lying and why? WHO OWNS ABC and NBC? Where was their money made like now we see a big percentage from CHINA? Poor Russia they get the other that they only wanted to get Trump in as President. Libs oh this is not the Chinese virus. Spain said it is on STATISTIC.com OPEN UP THE WORLD protect us older we know the facts I am not going to a mall or restaurant until more is known,. I am 77 and an RN. I go to my local store and mask , hand wash, not touch FACE not even eyes please. SEE CDC latest 80% who died were over 65 and had other illness? Most under 60 can get the virus and survive? If healthy. Saw a diabetic 72 y/o politician other day and he survived took the Hydrox he said? So do not let one show like the View tell you what is the whole story . Ck out across the country many Dr on You Tube. Get any symptoms get to your Dr now. Pray and back this President Trump now he cares for the people the worker not the elites who vacation at Marthas Vineyard.

  • Shauna dickerson

    05/20/2020 11:05 AM

    I desperately wish that Everyone would read what you write, Mr. Huckabee, if only to nudge their thinking away from hating and deriding Trump and just for a minute that possibly, Trump deserves better. Your treatment of Trump is not unqualitative praise, but it is realistic and helpful. Thank you.

  • Suzanne Bullock

    05/20/2020 10:36 AM

    I love the story about the big tipper. I've never been able to do that, but have always tried to be generous and support local businesses. Sadly, I'm now dropping support of my local (and only within an hour's drive) grocery store because of rising prices. I've gone back through my grocery payments for the last 13 months just to be sure I was remembering correctly (always questionable at my age!). Sure enough, last month I paid more than double what I've been paying and already this month, even with cutting out all meat and most fresh produce, my bill is ALREADY MORE than double what it has been! I don't know about other people, but I simply can not afford to buy groceries anymore, and I hate to think what this is doing to restaurants. I know it's a direct result of the shutdowns, but I still can't afford to buy much food anymore. Even rice and beans have gone way up! Thankfully, the garden should be starting to come in soon so I'll have some fresh produce, but... How are people supposed to keep eating???? And how are the farmers and ranchers supposed to stay in business???? And what are those of us in cold winter areas supposed to do next winter, to say nothing of those living in apartment buildings?!? I think we're just at the very edge of a very deep pile of do-do and we're slipping fast.

  • ANITA BURRELL

    05/20/2020 09:34 AM

    MR. HUCKABEE, I AM SO GLAD I SIGNED UP FOR YOUR NEWSLETTER. LOVE IT! LOVE IT! I WISH I HAD KNOWN MORE ABOUT YOU WHEN YOU WERE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. I WATCH YOUR SHOW EVERY SATURDAY EVENING AND LOVE IT TOO. I GUESS I JUST LOVE YOU!! I GOT AN EMAIL TO SHARE YOUR NEWS LETTER, WELL I DO THAT. I PRINT IT TO SHARE WITH PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT REAL GOOD WITH COMPUTERS. I PRINT IT AND MAIL IT TO THEM. I HAVE BEEN DOING THAT SINCE I FIRST STARTED READING YOUR LETTERS. EVERYONE I SEND IT TO LOVES IT SO KEEP IT UP. YOU ARE TOUCHING A LOT MORE PEOPLE THAN YOU MAY THINK. LOVE SARAH TOO!

  • JERRIE ZARANKA

    05/20/2020 09:32 AM

    I LOVE YOUR PROGRAM ON TV. YOU ARE ALWAYS SO UPTODATE. HAVE YOU HEARD OF BILL GATES AND THE PHARMACEUTICAL CO NOT TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT COVID-19 AND HE OWNS ALL OF THE NEWS MEDIA AND HONEST DRS ARE BEING PAID TO PUT COVID-19 ON REPORTS. ROBT KENNEDY JR IS TRYING TO GET THE WORD OUT.MEDICARE PAYS $13,000 FOR COVID-19 REPORTS.GATES/PHARMACEUTICALS ARE LYING TO THE PUBLIC ABOUT FIGURES.

  • Jerry Korba

    05/20/2020 08:42 AM

    We have lawmakers with different ideas for Instances the New Yorkers love the high taxes, dislike for law enforcement and want a country that is not fit for old people Cuomo could have pulled up a gas truck to the old folks homes close the windows and doors put the gas hose in and turn the valve on killing all inside that is similar to the CCP plan. Obama had a different approach be liked funding Country's like Iran to spread terror thru out the regions and the world, Newsom he like the ideas of Socialism giving and wasting everyones money away, he doesn't really care he wants to bankrupt the country they all have destructive methods to go about destroying America they will keep trying until they succeed. Our MSM will be backing them all the way, backed by CCP funding CCP doesn't care how they do it the CCP wants it done.

  • Mary Bladen

    05/20/2020 08:10 AM

    Dear Mike,
    Your political commentary is always enlightening, but the humor with which you approach often distasteful subjects makes me a devoted reader. Speaker Pelosi called President Trump “morbidly obese” yesterday. Since it appears that she has taken the COVID-19 break from Washington to avail herself of yet more plastic surgery, why not dub her “Plastic Nancy?” Her hypocritical facade (fake in face, form and facts) makes it as apt as “Crooked Hilary” and “Sleepy Joe.” Why should truth to power be off limits when it applies to her?

  • GWEN BISH

    05/20/2020 07:45 AM

    Dear Mike,
    Please help us here in PA. Fuhrer Tom Wolf is abusing his power big time in PA.
    He is vetoing every bill to help people open their businesses and we do not have
    many COVID cases at all compared to our large population. He is fining a man who
    opened his 2 restaurants early, a total of $20,000 per day too!! Can you get President
    Trump to help us?

    Thank you so much.

  • Sandra Jane Miller

    05/20/2020 05:30 AM

    Mr. Huckabee you are a wonderful writer and
    human being. Also very witty!!

  • William Schlumpf

    05/20/2020 01:05 AM

    South of the tropic of cancer the death rate from the CKLV-19 (Chinese Kommie Lab Virus of 2019) has been markedly lower than in countries to the north. The notable exception is Brazil which has recorded deaths of almost 18000 out of a population of over 200 million. Every country in Africa has seen infections for at least three months yet none has seen the geometric growth in deaths experienced in the northern climes. Most countries in hot arid regions are experiencing slow growth in reported deaths which suggests temperature and hours of sunlight will affect transmission rates. Whether face masks reduce transmission has not been proven statistically and the lockdowns which have been catastrophic to our economic well being as well as to the health of those who have had to delay medical exams and treatments, may turn out to be a collosal blunder if a vaccine is not discovered soon. Lockdowns have delayed the natural demise of the virus via immunity of the population and a second wave in the fall could potentially be more severe than if we had allowed the virus to take its course, while shielding the most vulnerable segments of the population and allowing immunity to develop. Democrat governors and an activist media have created this mess but no matter how it turns out they will never take responsibility for their recklessness. They never do.

  • Robin Rebhan

    05/19/2020 10:19 PM

    I have been out of work 9 weeks now. My wife 7 weeks. I can't say staying home made much difference here in upstate New York. Most of the Wuhan Virus cases came via New York City, people came up here from the city to escape the circumstances there. They stayed at their summer homes, BNB's, rentals, wherever and whatever. Then did their shopping and visit neighbors. And we have a lot of people in my area who live here in upstate New York but work in the city a couple days a week and then work from home the rest of the week. And of course the King Cuomo sent patients from NYC who have the virus to not only hospitals here, but Nursing Homes as well. There are plenty of vacant medical facilities in the state to send COVID patients, one of which is right across the street from where King Cuomo's helicopter is parked at the Albany County Airport (KALB).
    Bottom line is King Cuomo could make a fortune in the private sector operating a distribution Center. <--- satire

  • Linda Elliott

    05/19/2020 10:19 PM

    Once again Gov I have really enjoyed all of the comments in your evening edition. Please keep up the good work. If not for your commentaries we the general public would not have anything we could hold to be truth in anyway.

  • Helen Sustachek

    05/19/2020 09:59 PM

    I was thinking about Obama's order to do everything "By the Book." What book is he referring to? It isn't the Constitution Book, nor a Law Book. Maybe it is the Communist Manifesto book. The Communists believe lying is OK as long as it helps the party. I think this is The Book.

  • Janet Langenbahn

    05/19/2020 09:34 PM

    Connection with you keeps me positive, I pray for you, your family (wife) and daughter for all you have given. Your positive attitude and commitment gives me hope and direction. Ever since I voted for you in the Primary (2012), I have been proud to keep working and praying for our country and thankful for good people like you.

  • Kathy J Moore

    05/19/2020 09:24 PM

    Thank you, Governor Mike, for being a voice of reason in a confusing wilderness of biased reporting, fake news, and misinformation on the internet. I appreciate your commentary and your perspective on current events.

    I am of the opinion that the overall purpose of the Democrats and the MSM, (like you, I repeat myself,) is to take down Christianity. It is not about TDS, it is about eradicating morality. May God forgive me if I am wrong. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

  • Gerard J. Chambers

    05/19/2020 09:20 PM

    Gov., Mike: While you always have excellent content on a daily basis, the story about Huck's Hero in Denver re: the tip to the barber staff, and the one on the memorable Ken Osmond prompted me to forget about the current-day pandemonium for a few minutes.

  • Deborah Farrell

    05/19/2020 09:11 PM

    “By the book.” What book could all of Obama’s people be talking about?

  • Melody Perkins

    05/19/2020 08:44 PM

    Thank you for the link on Ken Osmond and the information about his life. What a truly remarkable human being. RIP and prayers for his family and friends.