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MORNING EDITION

August 6, 2020 

By Mike Huckabee

"MASK-UP," KEEP A DISTANCE, AND VOTE IN PERSON

Most reporters covering the White House have a severe illness --- not COVID-19, but Trump Derangement Syndrome, or TDS. The main symptom of TDS, at least as it manifests itself at Trump’s press briefings, is the inability to resist the urge to correct him with fake information, typically DNC talking points.

On Wednesday, during President Trump’s press briefing, it happened again. Someone tried to correct the President as he was answering a question on mail-in balloting. The reporter chimed in, “There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud.” The President, knowing a Democrat talking point when he hears one, called her out on that, saying, “Oh, really? Well, then, you’re reading a different newspaper than me.” Gotta love it.

Let’s try THE NEW YORK TIMES. Thanks to Dan Bongino for calling attention to this piece from the NYT from just a month before the 2012 election –- significantly, long before Trump called attention to the problem –- called “Error and Fraud at Issue as Absentee Voting Rises.” Note that this article was talking mostly about absentee voting, which still has more controls than widespread mail-in voting.

Using a primary election as an example, this piece illustrated how easy it is to make a ballot NOT COUNT, just by comparing signatures and deciding the “r’s” don’t match. Lather, rinse, repeat, for as many times as you need votes.

At the time this article was written in late 2012, the use of absentee ballots and other forms of mail-in balloting had tripled since 1980 and accounted for almost 20 percent of all voting.

According to the NYT story, statistics showed that votes cast by mail were less likely to be counted, more likely to be compromised and more likely to be contested than those cast in a voting booth. Twice more mail-in votes were rejected than in-person votes.

There’s something called the “margin of litigation” that allows election lawyers to challenge results with the possibility of changing the outcome. We’ve seen that if election results fall within that margin, there absolutely will be a challenge. If you recall the Florida results after the Bush-Gore election, you know what a ridiculous mess it turned into, with election judges trying to second-guess and accept or reject ballots on the basis of how their chads were hanging. Anyone who thinks wishful thinking and subjective analysis didn’t enter into that judgment is living in a fantasy world. That counts as fraud in my book.

Keep in mind, this was in THE NEW YORK TIMES: “Voting by mail is now common enough and problematic enough that election experts say there have been multiple elections in which no one can say with confidence which candidate was the deserved winner.”

The NYT even cited as an example the 2008 election that made Al Franken a U.S. Senator from Minnesota. (Recall that his win was what ended up giving Obamacare the Senate vote. Elections mean things.) Franken won by a mere 312 votes after 12,000 absentee ballots (about 4 percent of those) had been rejected.

In general, Republicans are more likely than Democrats to vote absentee; ironically, this might help explain the NYT’s willingness to criticize it. (To be fair, it might also have something to do with the push by Republicans in the past for absentee voting.) But widespread voting-by-mail has much less oversight than the process that is normally gone through to vote absentee. Some states are just wildly sending out mail-in ballots. Again this is from THE NEW YORK TIMES: “There is general consensus that voting by mail, whatever its impact, is more easily abused than other forms.”

Absentee voting was not meant to be the main way to vote. It’s for people who know they’re going to be away or otherwise unable to come in and vote on Election Day. In a normal election year, early in-person voting accommodates many of those people, and absentee voting takes care of the rest. I don’t think most people have thought seriously about what it would be like if virtually EVERYONE voted by mail. I agree with Bongino that it would be “an apocalyptic disaster.” (I haven’t even mentioned that the American Postal Workers Union has endorsed Biden. That in itself justifies a lack of confidence in the mail-in process.)

Even with the number of people who would normally vote absentee, the idea that “every vote counts” is naive. The only way we can counteract this problem is with a LANDSLIDE victory for President Trump and Republicans down the line.

I've previously linked to the Heritage Foundation’s Election Fraud Database of proven examples of voter fraud from across the country, and in case you didn’t see it or would like to review it in this context, here it is again.

Voter fraud is hard to prove –- better to head it off than try to do something about it afterwards. Though this accounting is not all-inclusive and is limited to proven, not just suspected, cases, it gives an idea of the scope of the problem. In their words, “preventing, deterring and prosecuting election fraud is essential to protecting the integrity of our voting process. Reforms intended to ensure such integrity do not disenfranchise voters and, in fact, protect their right to vote.”

Bongino also had a story from the NEW YORK POST from just two days ago (August 4), with the headline “25 percent of ballots in Brooklyn June primaries invalid.” They’re trying to deal with the mess; here’s an updated story from later that day.

Election Day has always been a day for Americans to celebrate. There’s a certain ritual involved in going to the polls THAT DAY and exercising our right. Even early voting diminishes that a little, I think, and it also encourages people to vote without knowing as much about the candidates as they might if they had waited. Then there's absentee voting, an alternative when one simply cannot go to the polls. (This year, that would include the elderly and others at high risk.) But large-scale mail-in voting is an unnecessary invitation to fraud and must not happen.

Think of the generations of Americans who have risked their lives –- given their lives –- to preserve our precious freedom and our right to vote. In light of that, the VERY LEAST that freedom-loving Americans can do is put on a doggone mask, go to the polls, keep the proper distance, and VOTE, for crying out loud. They’ll have hand sanitizer there, promise.

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SALLY YATES PREVARICATES BEFORE THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

Gregg Jarrett has an excellent write-up of former deputy Attorney General Sally Yates’ testimony on Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. It’s a must-read.

To put it mildly, Jarrett was not impressed with this Obama holdover at the DOJ. “Like Comey,” he said, “Yates was a model of prevarication and insincerity...She minimized her own negligence and incompetence while blaming everyone else.”

Her strategy was so transparent that it even amused at times. She threw James Comey under the bus (which does seem like a pretty appropriate place for him, but still), and she cast herself as a Pollyanna who just didn’t know about the problems with the so-called evidence in the “Russia” case. Give me a break.

In “Yates World,” George Papadopoulos really is “connected to Russian intelligence”; the wiretapping of Page wasn’t surveillance of the Trump campaign because Page was a FORMER campaign associate; and Michael Flynn was not truthful with FBI agents Strzok and Pientka. Also, there was no bias on the part of FBI agents. None of this is true. Is Yates the Queen of Denial, or is she concocting an insanity defense in the event she is charged?

NOT THE NARRATIVE WE ARE BEING FED

A new Gallup poll found that 61% of black Americans want the police to maintain the same amount of time they currently spend in their communities. Another 20% of blacks want the police to spend MORE time in their communities. Only 19% want the police to spend less time in their communities.

A large majority of blacks think that we need police reform, and 37% aren’t confident that they’d be treated with courtesy and respect if they interacted with the police. But that doesn’t mean they want the police to go away. In short, they think there are problems, but you don’t solve them by doing away with the police and leaving citizens to the mercy of gangs and criminals and the protective abilities of unarmed social workers.

To put it in even fewer words: unlike a leftist city council, they’re not nuts.

PRESIDENTIAL ENDORSEMENT TIME

Some Presidential endorsements are starting to come in, and they practically tell the story of this epic contest all by themselves. Police unions that normally back Democrats are lining up for Trump. The American Postal Workers’ Union’s national executive board voted to endorse Biden, which should really fill you with confidence in the trustworthiness of mail-in ballots. And most impressive of all, Joe Biden just picked up the coveted endorsement of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA.

Party leader Bob Avakian says Biden and the Democrats are still “representatives and instruments of this exploitative, oppressive, and literally murderous system of capitalism-imperialism,” but communists must vote for Biden because it’s imperative to remove the “Trump/Pence regime.” Or maybe he looked at a list of Joe’s campaign advisors and realized it contained a treasure trove of “useful idiots.”

Well, I think that should tell you who to vote for. In fact, since Democrats claimed to be so outraged over a false claim that Trump was a puppet of former KGB agent Vladimir Putin, I assume they’ll now want to put their anti-communist concerns to good work by voting to reelect him instead of the candidate openly endorsed by the head Communist Revolutionary.

"FACT-CHECKERS"

If you’ve read my newsletter for a while, you won’t be surprised that I put the term “fact-checkers” in quotes. That’s because many “fact-checkers” these days don’t check facts so much as reinforce leftist opinions by citing biased sources to brand anyone who disagrees with them as being misinformed or a liar. We know this because what we do is check actual facts. For instance, if a story claims that a prominent person said something outrageous, we track down the original quote in context, in its entirety. Sometimes, that means we correct or don’t use a story from a conservative news source. But most often, it means we correct a liberal news source. Or sometimes, a so-called “fact-checker.”

The bias of “fact-checkers” is something that many conservatives have come to hold as conventional wisdom, but now, Sharyl Attkisson of Real Clear Investigations has taken a deep dive into their backgrounds and dug up solid evidence that all those assurances of non-partisan objectivity are anything but factual.

The study confirmed that media “fact-checkers” (surprise!) lean left. The claim of objective fact-checking is largely “illusory” and amounts to a “circular feedback loop of verification” in which “like-minded journalists or often Silicon Valley gatekeepers” rely on a small group of partisan news sources and political activists to control narratives and shape and censor information. One obvious example: for monitoring media bias, the far-left activist group Media Matters is treated as a trustworthy, reliable source for “fact-checkers” such as NewsGuard, while the conservative Media Research Center is ignored.

Facebook uses the World Health Organization as a source to fight “disinformation” about the coronavirus, even though we know the WHO has engaged in multiple incidents of spreading misinformation itself. Facebook also claims that members of its new oversight board “were chosen for their expertise and diversity” and “must not have actual or perceived conflicts of interest that could compromise their independent judgment and decision-making.” Yet 18 of the 20 have ties to George Soros’ far-left Open Society Foundations, while none have taken conservative stances on any controversial issue.

Google’s “fact-checking” group First Draft was not only started by the extremely liberal parent company, but it’s also supported by liberal nonprofits, including the Soros groups, and it routinely cites biased news sources to discredit non-leftist views. Its digital director frequently tweets and retweets “anti-American rhetoric and progressive positions.” First Draft even referred readers to an article that pushed the false claim that President Trump encouraged people literally to drink bleach.

This study simply confirms what anyone who’s been paying attention already knows: a great deal of today’s so-called “fact-checking” is just leftist advocacy in camouflage. This is why we have to spend so much time here fact-checking the “fact-checkers.”

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  • Melvin G. Gamble

    08/07/2020 07:50 AM

    Regarding your article on "fact checkers"... I just posted the following on my page after getting "fact checked":

    "FB's 'fact checkers' can't even read! Recently shared an article that said Russians were spreading disinformation about covid, including that it was engineered in a lab as a 'bio-engineered weapon'. The article says that is 'disinformation' - in other words, 'not true'. But the 'fact checkers' jumped right on that stuff, letting me know that it's false information that the virus was bio-engineered. Yes, you read that right - they said the article is wrong...BECAUSE THEY AGREE WITH IT!!!!"

    That's right, Mike, the article said it's "Russian disinformation" that the virus was bio-engineered and the "fact checkers" said it's false that the virus was bio-engineered...so the article contained "false information""! What a joke!!!

  • Lawrence Davis

    08/07/2020 01:13 AM

    Hawaii will only allow vote by mail, you can drop off your ballot but you only get the one sent by mail no real voting booth vote not counted until days later. That’s BS!

  • Mike Spears

    08/06/2020 10:37 PM

    Gov. Huckabee: With regard to this "Mail-in" voting controversy. Is there any way, while the debate is open on this topic (I know it's very late), that there could be a requirement for ALL "mail-in" votes be required to be received at least a month before the Nov 3 Election date? We know that the Post Office is in disarray, that mail is slow, that not all mail is post-marked, etc. Why can't mail-in voting be "pulled-ahead" to eliminate many of the anticipated concerns? If "mail-in" votes are allowed to be counted after the election date, this throws MUCH doubt into the validity of the election. For all we know the Dims already have an almost unlimited pile of "mail-in votes" in stock to submit after the election, as required, when it will be too late to give them the required scrutiny. True, the Dims could already be submitting phony votes. If they're required to be submitted a month before, there is time to properly evaluate them, while there is little or not time to evaluate them after the election date. I'm very worried about voter fraud, as I'm very sure you are, as well.

  • Connie Minton

    08/06/2020 09:42 PM

    Most of the media is very unfair about President Trump. They need to worry about the damage they are doing to him and to our country. The Democrat cities have allowed their cities to be destroyed. And...that is okay with them. Something is seriously wrong.

  • Tom Corn

    08/06/2020 08:49 PM

    Not all mail in ballot systems are bad. I signed up for mail ballots in 1992 when they first became available because my work schedule prevented me from going to the polls. Due to having multiple jobs I started work at about 2:30 in the morning and wasn't finished until frequently 10PM. The breaks I had between jobs were used to eat and catch a brief nap because come 2:30 the next morning it started again. I will note that I live in Arizona, a state that has had almost 30 years to sort out any problems and it seems to run seamlessly. Even challenges are handles quickly and final results are available within days.
    As for states that are wanting to start mail in voting now, based on my experience DON'T. Give yourselves some local elections to try out the system. Just jumping into this entirely new system is just crazy. As an example I would point to Oregon and all the problem they had when they first implemented mail in ballots. God help us all if the national mail in voting gets passed.

  • Anne stoesz

    08/06/2020 06:33 PM

    Trump 2020????????????????????????

  • Clara Herrin

    08/06/2020 05:53 PM

    Thank goodness I live in an area where we are free to make our own decisions. I voted this past month sans mask. My daughter did the same. No one said a word about it. Both of us were treated very respectfully. Our voting days started on July 23 and finished on Aug. 4. I loved it. Having so many days to vote made it possible for people to get to the polls when it was convenient for them, instead of standing outside for hours and hours. I hope they do it this way from now on.

  • LAVON WALKER

    08/06/2020 02:22 PM

    VOTE BY MAIL has been the only way to VOTE in OREGON since at least 1997 ..................check out how many Republicans have been elected in the I 5 corridor......Ballots are mailed out in mass ................to Nursing Homes - to Assisted Living - to Mail Box business - to Apts - to no longer valid addresses...................Not only does the USPS have the opportunity to "destroy" or "fake" votes but employees at all these various business handle and distribute mail ......................just look at Portland OR for the result of only Vote by Mail .......................Terrorists and Communist take over

  • Floyd A Unger

    08/06/2020 12:52 PM

    Thank you

  • Lars Schroeder

    08/06/2020 12:36 PM

    There are more than a few lefty aspects to my home state of Oregon that taste like sour milk. But neither our magnificent outdoors or our mail in voting fall into that category. We haven't had mail in voting as long as we've had spectacular mountains, beaches, and unique deserts, but it seems to be equally usable, practical, and dependable. Every registered voter gets his/her own ballot in the mail in mid October, has to sign it, insert into a signed secrecy envelope, and delivers it to a drop off site (or returns it my mail.) If I don't get it in the mail, I can request a replacement and my first is canceled. It gives me time to really study every ballot measure thoroughly before checking the many boxes. I can do it all in mid October or the day of elections, or a blend... There are other safeguards as well.
    The biggest voting fraud potential I ever experienced was in Iowa City in the 2016 caucus. I was in the university auditorium speaking on your behalf. Zip lock bags were passed around with torn post-it notes inside to grab and use as ballots. After all the speeches, caucus goers were expected to place their "ballots" with scribbled candidate name into a bucket at the stage. I didn't vote due to being an Oregonian. But I could have easily taken and used 5 or 10 of those post-it notes and written your name on it. Perhaps that is how Rand Paul actually got the most votes that evening in that auditorium. No one will ever know.
    But I do feel pretty secure with our Oregon mail-in voting system.

  • Charlotte Brees

    08/06/2020 11:33 AM

    As scary as it is, there are some of us who must us the mail in ballot. There is no way I can go stand in line (even with a mask on) to vote. So, here's hoping & praying the Good Lord is watching over my vote!

  • tom jeffs

    08/06/2020 10:56 AM

    CHINA vs USA: when will USA sue China in a class-action lawsuit IN THE HAGUE for damages caused by Chinavirus suffered by all nations ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

    and when will administration appoint LtG Mike Flynn as ACTING director OF THE FBI so he can drain that swamp ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

    and when will Schumer/Pelosi?AOC realize they live in the United, repeat, United, repeat, United States of America ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

    and why did Dick Wolf name his original DA (played by Steven Hill) . . . . . . . wait for it . . . . . . . Adam Schiff ? ? ? ? ? ? ? was there any coercion or a"gifts" involved in choosing the same name as the sitting US representative of the Hollywood district ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

  • Jerry Korba

    08/06/2020 10:08 AM

    Donald Trumps Administration has uplifted as many communities as he could during his few years in office after decades of financial decay in poor communities the decay in the schools the lack of business job creating outlets that would enhance peoples chance of upgrading their financial spread sheet. Children need mom and dads not moms and government thats what Obama and Biden did for poor communities Moms that had to work and government to take care of the children very non productive. Trump was changing that until China got scared and sent us a virus while Biden and Obama tried to Impeach Donald Trump during that time. Thats right the DEEP STATE Biden Pelosi Schumer and CEO Obama.

  • Stephen Russell

    08/06/2020 09:04 AM

    Voting:
    We all vote in Person or Mail, absentee:
    Bottom line
    Who counts ballots
    will they get counted?
    Otherwise no 1 wins

    Mask Up:

    need Mask guidelines to end the Mask Gestapo nuts coming out
    Make simple to understand & adopt
    & Elites wear masks 2