Morning Edition - October 8

October 8, 2020 |


October 8, 2020 

By Mike Huckabee


Good news from his doctors, who reported Wednesday that he is free of symptoms, he hasn’t had a fever in four days, his vital signs are all stable and normal, and he now has detectable levels of COVID-19 antibodies.

Even so, the second Presidential debate is in question. The Presidential Debate Commission wanted to make it a virtual debate because Biden was threatening to pull out over Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis. Trump says people deserve to see the candidates going head to head, and he won’t waste his time on a virtual debate, so he’ll schedule a rally instead. Stay tuned, I have a feeling this isn’t settled yet. I smell a whiff of “The Art of the Deal” about this story. I expect more goading from Trump about Biden being too fragile to survive the same disease Trump had.


Now that President Trump has moved to completely declassify ALL material related to the Russia hoax (that covers a lot of ground) and the “Mid-Year Exam” into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for State Department business, it will be interesting to see how fast the un-redacted documents pour out. If the process works as Trump surely intends, it should be like water out of a fire hose.

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said Wednesday that he’d sent nearly 1,000 pages to the Justice Department to aid in U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation. Chuck Ross at THE DAILY CALLER filed a report on this.

We don’t yet know what documents these were or how they contribute to Durham’s investigation. So we’ll have to wait, but in the meantime, there’s still quite a bit to process.

Paul Sperry, one of our go-to reporters for breaking “Spygate” news, is reporting that Joe Biden is under federal criminal investigation for his role in the 2016 phony “Russia” probe and also Ukraine. Thursday afternoon, he tweeted: “BREAKING: Joe Biden is the subject of an active federal criminal investigation into his role in the counterintelligence investigation directed at the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, incl the former vice president’s activities in Ukraine. Ukrainian witnesses are cooperating.”

Sperry is not naming his sources, and at this writing, Attorney General Barr has had nothing to say. Typically I wouldn’t pass along an anonymously-sourced story –- after all, I’m not THE NEW YORK TIMES –- but Sperry has proved himself dependable and would not likely tweet this without high confidence. Keep in mind that neither Barr nor anyone speaking for the DOJ would officially confirm an investigation of Biden, especially this close to the election.

Also, Tyler O’Neil at PJ Media has a great piece summarizing what we know to date. The really interesting part is where he speculates about how Russian intelligence might have found out what Hillary was doing to implicate Trump in Russian “collusion.” He goes back to the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

A lot happened during June and July of 2016.

We’ve known for a long time that Veselnitskaya was working with Fusion GPS (!) and met with Glenn Simpson both before and after the Trump Tower meeting (!!). Sure smells like a set-up, and this may be what Russian intel sniffed out. As O’Neil says, “It is possible that the Trump Tower was a Clinton set-up, a honeypot operation designed to bolster Clinton’s claim that Trump was in bed with Russia.”

It’s interesting to go back in time and see what was said about this in 2017, especially as it might have related to Hillary and the Rosatom uranium deal. This story is little talked about now, but it will re-emerge in light of new declassified material.

O’Neil explains: “If this was the case, it seems likely that news of this [Veselnitskya] operation could have reached Russian intelligence operatives, and their reports ended up in Brennan’s hands.” In other words, it wasn’t Russian DIS-information about Hillary. It was part of Hillary’s own plan --- what the Russians found she was actually doing.

We can go back even earlier, to this piece from 2016, THE DAY AFTER CLINTON BLAMED RUSSIA FOR THE SO-CALLED HACK OF THE DNC. If you have time for a little trip down memory lane, it’s easy to see why Hillary needed a “distraction” from her own messy dealings with Russia.

And now we know that’s just what she came up with, a plan to tie TRUMP to the Russians. At the same time, there's still no evidence that Russia hacked he DNC, and for all we know it was an inside job. We may never know, but it makes a lot of sense to me that someone at the DNC, maybe a Bernie supporter who chafed under Hillary’s control of the party, would have done this, not Russia. Perhaps Hillary was quite aware that the Russians didn’t do it. Julian Assange has always maintained that they didn't. Whether they did or not, how conveeeeenient it was for her to say the release of DNC emails on Wikileaks was because Russia hacked them --- to help Trump win!

Yes, when it comes to corruption, all roads lead back to Hillary. Sean Davis of THE FEDERALIST spared no words on Tucker Carlson’s Tuesday show when it came to the seriousness of what was done and the need for people to go to prison.

"This wasn’t just some silly game that had no real consequences or implications,” he said. “These people used this to cast doubt on our election. They talk about the integrity of our democracy...After Trump was inaugurated, they went and hijacked the presidency, they tried to cripple it. They put in this completely bogus special counsel based on false pretenses to cripple the administration heading right into the 2018 elections.”

Tucker brought up the most lasting consequence if nobody goes to jail for this: “You want to live in a place where the CIA operates...against the favored party’s political enemies? I can’t imagine anything more third-world.”

That is exactly the world Hillary, Obama and John Brennan gave us, and what we’d surely continue to have under a Biden-Harris presidency.

Finally, J. Peder Zane has a great new piece at RealClearInvestigations that concludes multiple smoking guns “have established beyond any doubt that the vast powers of our government were weaponized and politicized to destroy a candidate and then a President.” But he sounds like many of my frustrated readers when he predicts they’ll get away with their crimes.


Last night was the one and only Vice Presidential debate, and I think it’s safe to say that Mike Pence did to Kamala Harris what Tulsi Gabbard did to her in the primary debates. But before I get into any details, here’s a link to watch the whole debate.

Here’s a write-up of the highpoints.

And for background, fact-checking and just fun, here are the live blogs of the debate from PJ Media, Townhall and Redstate, all worth scrolling through.

There was plenty of post-debate commentary, but rather than point you to partisan analyses, here’s one that hits on what I thought was the major takeaway of the night: the vitally important questions that Kamala Harris simply refused to answer.

Like her silence on whether they would try to pack the Supreme Court and her denial that Biden will ban fracking (see them both promise to do that very thing at this link)…

…Or her denial that Biden will raise people’s taxes “on day one” (he claims he won’t raise taxes on anyone making under $400,000, but he’s also vowed to reverse the Trump tax cuts, which he misrepresents as a “tax cut for the rich” – which Democrats call all tax cuts – when most of the benefits actually went to the middle class.)

At least somebody finally asked the Democrat these long-overdue questions, even though it often fell to Pence to ask them, since the moderator certainly wasn’t going to do it.

Both sides are claiming that their candidate obviously won, but flash polls showed viewers thought Pence was the winner by as much as 2-1. It was pretty clear to the undecided voters in Frank Luntz’s focus group that Pence won decisively. And these were actual undecided voters, not the kind in NBC’s recent Joe Biden townhall who were only undecided about whether to get their “Biden 2020” tattoos on their arms or their faces.

Those viewers appreciated that the debate was more cordial than the last one (a low bar indeed!), but didn’t like when questions were dodged. Their impression of Pence was that he seemed tired but presidential, while Harris seemed abrasive and condescending. That’s probably because of the smirking, eye-rolling and inappropriate laughter during Pence’s comments. I know some are claiming that’s sexist, and that women are held to impossible standards of presentation, but I refer you to the Bush-Gore debate where Gore rolled his eyes and sighed dramatically and everyone agreed that he came across as an arrogant jackass.

The best thing about this debate for me was that Pence got a chance to calmly explain what the Trump Administration has really accomplished on a variety of fronts, cut through the Democrat/media narrative that they’ve botched or failed at everything, and compare it to Biden’s dismal record, from the coronavirus to the economy to trade deals to China and the Middle East.

For instance, he finally got to remind viewers that while it’s tragic that over 200,000 Americans have died of the coronavirus, the world was blindsided with a new and deadly disease from CHINA (really glad to hear someone say that), and there was a tremendous public-private effort to study the disease while ensuring there were adequate supplies of ventilators, masks, hospital beds, etc., so that the predicted shortages and 2.2 million deaths never occurred. And he destroyed Biden’s claim that he would handle pandemics better by pointing out that Biden’s own health advisor admitted that if H1N1 (swine flu) had been as lethal as COVID-19, millions of Americans would have died under Obama/Biden’s feckless response.

As for Harris’ claim that Biden “has a plan” (they “have a plan” for everything, but don’t seem to want to share some of them), Pence noted that his plan is all things that the Trump Administration is already doing (I loved the dig about Joe's familiarity with plagiarism.) This is what I meant after the last debate when I said that Trump missed opportunities to correct a lot of false narratives. Pence grabbed those opportunities over and over and gutted the falsehoods like a trout.

Another highpoint came when Pence refuted the nonsensical rumors about Trump not accepting the results of the election by pointing out all the damage done by Democrats for 3-1/2 years because they still don’t accept the results of the 2016 election.

Harris followed Biden’s lead in repeating a number of debunked “fake news” stories and questionable partisan claims as if they were fact. To list just a few off the top of my head:

* That Trump called our soldiers “suckers” and “losers” (from an anonymously-sourced hit piece refuted by over 20 people who were actually there, including my daughter)…

* That Trump derided soldiers in Arlington Cemetery, saying, “’What’s in it for them?’ Because of course, he only thinks about what’s in it for him.” (Ripped wildly out of context; Trump was praising them for their selflessness and sacrifice.)

* That Trump “called Mexicans rapists and criminals” (he was specifically referring to MS-13 gang members, who are rapists and criminals.)

* That Trump refuses to denounce white supremacists (he’s done it over 20 times; here’s a video of 17 of them).

* That Trump said there were “fine people” among the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville (he said there were fine people on both sides of the debate about removing Confederate monuments but that the neo-Nazis should be “condemned totally.”) This has been debunked repeatedly, even by liberal outlets; and the only excuse for repeating it now is that you’re either an idiot, a cynical liar or senile. I don’t believe Biden and Harris are idiots or that Sen. Harris is senile.

It was like a greatest hits list of debunked anti-Trumper stories. Judging from those statements, Harris and Biden believe everything they read on Alyssa Milano’s Twitter feed, which isn’t comforting when you think of them having access to the nuclear button.

A real debate moderator would’ve thrown a red flag on statements that are not spin or opinion but verified lies and fake news. I’m thinking of forwarding this list to the next moderators so they have no excuse for not doing their jobs when they inevitably come up again.

Speaking of bald-faced lies, Harris tried to dodge the Court-packing question by claiming that Abraham Lincoln declined to nominate a Justice until after the election. She said, “Honest Abe said, ‘It’s not the right thing to do. The American people deserve to make the decision about who will be the next President of the United States and then that person can select who will serve for a lifetime on the highest court of our land.'”

That’s patently false. That Court opening occurred in October, 1864, while the Senate was out of session, and back then, it didn’t reconvene until after the election, on December 5. Lincoln nominated Salmon Chase and he was confirmed, all on day one of the next Senate term.

I don’t think anyone will be nicknaming her “Honest Kamala” anytime soon.

Finally, here are the questions I would have asked Sen. Harris: You recently traveled to Wisconsin to sit by the bedside of a man accused of sexual assault who was shot while resisting arrest and tell him you were proud of him. You’ve previously said that women who make rape accusations should be believed (you even said it of Biden’s accuser before becoming his running mate), so should we not believe his accuser? And secondly, when two police officers in your home state of California were shot at point-blank range by a cop-hating criminal, did you fly to their bedsides to tell them you were proud of them?



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    10/10/2020 12:18 AM

    You keep referring to the corruption that the DNC, the Clinton campaign, the intelligence community and the media were all implicit in. Although I have no doubt that all of this is true, it is all meaningless. If Biden wins, Barr and Durham will be out on the street the next day and none of this will see the light of day. If Trump is reelected, the Republicans will not have the stomach for doing what should be done, or will decide to "take the high road" and not stir up anything. So, IMHO, it's useless to keep reliving it, because it is going nowhere. And that is precisely why the good, law-abiding people in this country will never regain confidence again in their politicians, buearocracy or governmental law enforcement agencies. Just my thoughts.

  • Mike Horst

    10/09/2020 10:23 PM

    God and your family must be first place in your life...Then your career and your that order. When talking about your job and career you achieve self worth In your ability to improve your life by reaching out and satisfying the needs of other people...If you don’t...people will not do business with you...That is Capitalism...Socialism is getting the most you can from a limited supply of goods or services the government makes are not thinking about the people in front of you or in back of are trying to get the most you can for yourself.

  • Mike Horst

    10/09/2020 10:19 PM

    How did socialists light their homes before candles?… Electricity

  • Cheryl L Henderson

    10/08/2020 09:09 PM

    Governor Huckabee, why is it for the debates, moderators that seem to be (no, are) for the Democratic side? Who decides who will be the moderator?
    Also would like to say it's nice to see there are a few news reporters that lean more to the Republican side with the REAL news not fake news.
    Thank you for your newsletters I love the humor you attach in them. I get a chuckle in all that I read

  • Heather Dreher

    10/08/2020 07:38 PM

    Regarding the second presidential debate, Trump should call Biden out on his “I’d follow the advice of scientists and doctors” bit. If Trump gets the all-clear from his doctors and Biden still won’t meet him and insists Trump stay locked away, will he REALLY listen to doctors and scientists when they give the all-clear to America or keep us all locked away indefinitely? I expect his answer would be “I’ll tell you after the election.”

  • Patricia Moore

    10/08/2020 07:13 PM

    This is not on your article. I always love to read what you write. But this is because you might have the president’s ear. I am starting to be Really concerned. Trump is shooting himself in the foot, and he is taking all of us who so desperately do not want to fall to the left with him. Can’t he just control his ugly talk and yelling enough to get us through this election? This is getting to be more about hating Trump than what is good for our country. Now I am starting to hear that even seniors are starting to turn away from Trump because of them perceiving him being a horrible immoral person. He isn’t, but that is what people are seeing when he is rude and he yells at people. Yelling isn’t debate. Can’t he take the high road for a change? Please, if you have any influence at all, use it to help him come off looking like a better person that what people are seeing. Thank you!

  • Robert Douglass Miller

    10/08/2020 06:55 PM

    I found it only appropriate the Harris/Biden party of violence came out today with a campaign add showing Biden with a fly swatter representing striking the vice-president in the head. Kamelion Harris must realize she lost the debate since her campaign is implying violence which is their default when things don't go their way.

  • Suzanne Bullock

    10/08/2020 05:53 PM

    I love your questions you would have asked! Please keep 'em coming. Maybe someone with the ability to ask them will pick up a grain of wisdom.

  • Mary Houser

    10/08/2020 04:33 PM

    Great re-cap and Newsletter. Thanks! Will use this as a referral in the future to help me keep all the "stuff" straight! Jammed packed with "truths"!

  • Anne Turner

    10/08/2020 04:27 PM

    Today, Pelosi has the idea she can get Trump out by exercising the 25th amendment. She also wants to make the case he may have had the virus quit awhile before he told anyone he wasn’t feeling well. Of course that would mean he knowingly went around infecting people, must be her point. When are people going to wake up to the fact that the Democrats, at least the liberal faction, have gone certifiably bonkers? Of course most people won’t even hear about this as even the media must know it makes her sound ridiculous. Unfortunately the President just keeps stepping in it. That debate performance hurt his chances even more. He just couldn’t respond to the accusations without losing it. Biden’s handlers knew that would happen.
    Kamala kept bringing up the same old debunked Trump stories. That made her look dumb. Pence came off as exceedingly presidential. He even looks the part. Why does POTUS just keep giving them fodder. I see why he doesn’t want to give out his taxes. They will parse them line for line. They will probably find he spent too much on pencils and Big Macs. I should think that if there was anything seriously wrong with them the I.r.s would have investigated before now. Has anyone looked at those ultra wealthy, richer than Trump, DNC backers? How about the Clinton finances. Oh, that’s right, they are immune. Anyone look at what
    Pelosi spends on her wardrobe? How about her cosmetic surgeon? I don’t care, but what is good for the gander is good for the goose. GOP is not good at digging up dirt.

  • j. debra halsmith

    10/08/2020 04:24 PM

    Hi Gov . . . recently, I saw/read that Brennan had his high security access removed. Why are not all the others involved with the heinous acts of a coup, etc. have their access removed as well?
    j. debra
    2008 USA citizen and still learning! ;)

  • Vaslav Nijinsky

    10/08/2020 04:21 PM

    At the risk of being accused of oversimplification or engaging in hyperbole, the current gang of demonrats can't be believed or trusted, and therefore must be removed, and kept away from, any positions of influence or power for the foreseeable future.

  • Stephen Russell

    10/08/2020 03:50 PM

    Debate issues:
    Moderators always leftists anti President
    Lean to Harris or Biden
    Wont ask hard questions
    Wont reply to hard questions
    Use other excuses NOT to reply
    Makes fools or tries to of Pence & President
    Plays childish games
    Unfair rules
    & Yes I agree Id not attend a Virtual debate where anytime I can get mic cut etc.
    All rigged against the President
    & worse there is NO email address, Debate Comm website
    NO way to contact.
    Thats how I see the debates
    Vs 2016 run.
    (pls post Debate Comm email etc If possible)

    & sign the Barrington Declaration. org

  • Paul Russ

    10/08/2020 01:55 PM

    What has been lost in the noise is the fact that Pres. Trump requested Regeneron which is still in clinical trials. He is willing to exercise his own personal "right to try". Now the manufacturer of Regeneron is asking for expedited FDA approval. A good example of Trump's courage against difficult odds. Would Biden have been so bold? Doubt it. Another reason that Trump should be re-elected as a true leader. He walks the talk. Time for the media to tell the Regeneron story.

  • Floyd A Unger

    10/08/2020 01:49 PM

    Thank you. I especially liked your comment “I don’t believe Biden or Harris are idiots or that Harris is senile”.

  • Bruce Vanderhoef

    10/08/2020 01:39 PM

    Please, enough of the "questions I would have ask Sen. Harris." Whoever wrote this article can run for office and actually ask Sen. Harris the questions you choose. Let Pence be himself and quit these lame Monday morning quarterback calls. With limited time, not everyone's questions could be,
    or should be asked. Woulda, shoulda, coulda.....

  • Bruce Vanderhoef

    10/08/2020 01:39 PM

    Please, enough of the "questions I would have ask Sen. Harris." Whoever wrote this article can run for office and actually ask Sen. Harris the questions you choose. Let Pence be himself and quit these lame Monday morning quarterback calls. With limited time, not everyone's questions could be,
    or should be asked. Woulda, shoulda, coulda.....

  • Peggy Fenton

    10/08/2020 01:34 PM

    I would love to see political ads contrasting video of what the media said with what Trump actually said.

  • Laurie Keiski

    10/08/2020 01:31 PM

    Beginning to believe, Harris is a combination of the worlds oldest and second oldest professions. In her case the oldest is used to gain power.

  • Jim Arnold

    10/08/2020 01:31 PM

    Can you hear it now? The documents are now uncovered, unredacted and everything is out in the open. The criminals are going to be arrested and MSM is if not already, going to scream it is all political so Trump can steal the election!
    I will say this; Hunter should get what he deserves. But when they find Joe guilty, I sincerely hope the authorities show compassion to place him into an adult home considering his mental condition.
    Should he have Alzheimer's, his memory will eventually fade into a total loss. And you have to wonder, does anyone listen to Joe now? Joe may be guilty, but all things considered, he is now harmless.

  • Sally Labak

    10/08/2020 01:18 PM

    When I feel as though the Republican Party is in danger of extinction and our country is in serious trouble, l read your column and l feel better. I'm glad to know there are still leaders out there like you.

  • DoraLee EagleWings

    10/08/2020 01:15 PM

    The Demonic-rats want NO debates, but figure if they have a virtual debate, they can manage Biden's notes better, just saying.

  • Helen Sustachek

    10/08/2020 12:58 PM

    This morning I heard President Trump said no to the next debates. I didn't want him to do anymore after the first one, because it is all a continuation of trying to get him like the impeachment, and so many lies. No one deserves that treatment, and especially the President doesn't. We've all had enough of it.

  • Charlotte Tarver

    10/08/2020 12:55 PM

    Hit the nail on the head. Loved the part about idiot or senile

  • Patricia Owens

    10/08/2020 12:54 PM

    Sometime just before the 2016 election, there was a meeting of some sort: the film keeps running in my mind. The then President Obama and Putin are seated near a podium, Obama leans over and, not realizing the mic was still on, tells Putin they would ‘discuss that after the election.’ ...words to that effect. I have always been curious as to what that would have been. Do you recall that event, Mike? My details may be off, except for that whisper.