June 25, 2018

I wish I didn’t have to comment on the inexcusably rude treatment of a Virginia restaurant owner in asking my daughter Sarah and her family to leave, simply because she disagrees with their politics.  But it became a major news story and seems to be part of a growing trend on the left, as these increasingly desperate losers ramp up the hysterical attacks (“Everyone who does anything I don’t like is worse than Hitler!!”) to cover for the fact that the policies they espouse in all areas are being exposed as hopeless failures, and more and more people are catching on that they’ve been conned. Their fury over their ever-declining influence has reduced them to the level of angry adolescents, screaming, “It’s not fair!!” and lashing out with temper tantrums. 


If they can’t even behave like civilized adults, then I can’t imagine voters will entrust them with the vast powers of the federal government (aside from Maxine Waters’ constituents.)  Seriously, does this woman not even remember that one of her own colleagues, Rep. Steve Scalise, missed quite a bit of work after being shot by an unstable Bernie Bro, hopped up on anti-Republican propaganda until he attempted to pull a massacre at a charity baseball practice?  But I digress...


I’m not going to mention the name of this restaurant because they don’t deserve any more free publicity.  But I do want to share a few reactions:


First, I am immensely proud of Sarah and her family for the graceful and dignified way in which she responded to this unconscionable (and possibly illegal) discrimination.  Note that she didn’t throw a fit, pull rank, threaten anyone or file a lawsuit.  She simply left quietly and ate elsewhere, I’m sure at a place where both the hospitality and the food were far superior.


I’d also like to implore her supporters not to lower themselves to the opposition’s level by making threats or vandalizing the restaurant’s website or Yelp page.  The owner wanted publicity.  Don’t give it to her.  Instead, simply grant her wish of never having to serve anyone whose politics she disagrees with. 


I’m also relieved this was a quiet, non-violent incident.  There have been other shocking incidents of violent mobs harassing and threatening members of the Administration, forcing them to flee restaurants.  Those people need to be arrested and prosecuted.  As for those trying to gin up more ideologically-based violence (looking at you again, Rep. Waters), they are a perfect illustration of the Supreme Court’s exemption to the First Amendment, that inciting a riot (i.e., yelling “Fire” in a crowded theater) is not protected free speech.  It’s also not something that any decent human being with a maturity level above age five does.  Even the reliably liberal Washington Post recognized the dangers of such incendiary rhetoric and condemned it in an op-ed.  And no, whining, “Trump started it!” doesn’t make you sound more like an adult.


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Finally, I want to respond to the idiotic claims by the left that conservatives “have it coming” because this is just like that Christian baker who declined to make a same-sex wedding cake.  No, it’s nothing like that.  I know that people who use the word “nuanced” a lot don’t seem to understand what it means, so I’ll attempt to explain the nuances of the two cases clearly and in words short enough that even a liberal intellectual can understand:


The baker in question never ejected anyone from his store for being gay.  He made it clear that everyone was welcome to the part of the store that serves the public, and he would happily sell them anything in the store.  What he declined was a separate contract job custom-designing a cake that he felt violated his religious beliefs, for the same reason he refuses to use what he considers his God-given talent to design Halloween cakes or cakes that personally attack people.  His objection to being forced to accept the custom contract job was based on his First Amendment right to be free from the government forcing him to violate his religious beliefs, not on some nonexistent right to ban gay people from the public area of his shop because he doesn’t like them personally. 


I wonder if leftists who are cheering the restaurant owner for ejecting my daughter’s family from a public accommodation just because she didn’t agree with their politics even realize that they are making a very different argument that goes far beyond the defense of the Christian baker.  In fact, they are making the same argument one would use in defending Southern lunch counter owners of the 1950s who refused service to black customers. 


Although, come to think of it, those Southern lunch counter owners and the officials who defended them were Democrats, too.  I guess some things never change.



Another irrelevant opinion that inexplicably made news over the weekend came when former Obama ethics watchdog…(sorry, I had to quit typing for a minute until I could stop laughing) Walter Shaub tweeted that my daughter Sarah violated five federal laws by using her official Twitter account to tweet what had happened to her and her family at that Virginia restaurant.  Shaub seems to be laboring under the delusions that Sarah both threatened and endorsed the restaurant (a neat trick, but she did neither) and that she was the first to identify the restaurant, in an attempt to spur mindless rightwing mobs to attack it.  If true, that would be the height of irony, since she was just one of a rising number of Republicans being attacked by mindless leftwing mobs.  But it’s not true at all.

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In fact, the restaurant identified itself first, with a staffer tweeting the story to the world.  It was only after it made news that Sarah was inundated with requests for comment or confirmation by the media.  Since responding to media inquiries IS her official capacity, she did so, in a completely dispassionate way (she did not call for any retribution against the restaurant owner.  That sort of reprehensible and illegal incitement to violence is the province of leftists such as Maxine Waters.) 


I’m really not surprised that partisan attacks are more in Mr. Shaub’s wheelhouse than researching facts, after reading his history and scrolling through his Twitter feed.  He left his position after clashing with Trump and amid accusations of covering up for Hillary Clinton.  When not attacking my daughter with bogus accusations of violating federal laws, he’s tweeting his adventures in Texas as part of a big protest of the enforcement of immigration laws.  The slogan of the organization he’s backing, which is prominent in his posts, is “We Demand Families are Reunited and Free!”  Notice this doesn’t stop at merely calling for reuniting families, but for setting them free, even though they violated federal immigration law.


So to recap:  the “former director of the Office of Government Ethics" under Obama (pause for laughter) thinks that for a Republican to write a tweet in full compliance with the demands of her job is a quintuple federal offense, but entering the US illegally is not only fine but should be rewarded.


Now I finally understand why Obama seriously believed that he had a “scandal-free administration.”


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  • Gail Fulks

    07/04/2018 10:18 PM

    Agree with you completely. Today’s actions by the Left are completely insane. Sarah is beautiful and so gracious to not lose her temper and simply walk away. God bless you and Janet. And all of your family. My admiration for Sarah abounds as for you Governor.

  • Nancy Bray

    06/29/2018 10:04 PM

    Dear Governor,
    My husband and I enjoy your "Huckabee Show" on Trinity Broadcasting Network each week. We especially enjoy your opening commentary and look forward to real truth about the conditions of our government.
    I want to let you know you and your family are in our prayers, especially your AWESOME daughter, Sarah and her
    family. Please let her know many people support and pray for her. In God we TRUST....

  • Michelle Clark

    06/29/2018 05:31 PM

    Thank you for clarifying and correcting Shaub's comments. I'm glad to know his accusation was bogus.

  • William Webb

    06/29/2018 07:20 AM

    Prayers for you and your family Mr. Huckabee, (Keep on keeping on, eyes fixed on Jesus.)

  • MiKE Wertz

    06/28/2018 08:32 AM

    Love it! Thank you for your voice of witty reason and for the God-fearing example that you are.

  • Carol Pratt

    06/28/2018 08:16 AM

    I just want to say that your daughter is a top quality person! I admire the way she handles herself under extremely hostile situations. She has grace, humility, fortitude, humor and so much more. She is a wonderful example of Corinthains 13.

  • Kristina Thomas

    06/27/2018 11:51 PM

    You sir have a much better way with words than I. I am saving this commentary forever! I am not that good with words and expressing what point I want to make. I am sick to death of the left's bs statements that we conservatives are ignorant mindless liars and Russian puppets. I admire you and your daughter's courage in standing up to the hate and constant assault on your faith and convictions. Thank you both for standing strong against the evil in our world. God Bless and stay strong!

  • Robert M Scoggins

    06/27/2018 06:08 PM

    read everything you write, about me---raised in Texarkana grad ark high cl 49 went to OUACHITA 2 YEARS met girl from Hope ARK MARRIED lived with her dad,JOE DOWNS in Texarkana, had daughter, worked at PO AS MAIL CARRIER. Sister Carolyn Poynter you know and husband Bill. In 56 had son, packed up moved to Baton Rouge, june 59 grad petroleum engineer, had 3 more daughters. need to talk to you now working with RET VP Texaco new build refineries more on phone 318 935 9175 google# drop me note [email protected] with 4 daughters special Gods blessing on you and daughter. BOB

  • Lisa Doig

    06/27/2018 03:03 PM

    Dear Gov. Huckabee,
    What has the world come to!!?? I am so sorry your beautiful, intelligent and God & country serving daughter and her family had to endure such an ugly "hate" attack. Although as Christians we speak truth, yet forgive & pray for enemies, it is really time to urgently pray for our country and to get out and vote!

    May our living God bless, heal, watch over and protect each member of your family, especially Sarah as she continues to bravely speak truth and uphold Godly ways for our nation. In Jesus name!

    Lisa Doig
    (Fellow traveler on your spectacular, educational and fun, "Greatset Trip" to Israel in Feb 2018. )
    God bless ya!

  • Janine Simonetti

    06/27/2018 01:53 PM

    I Thank God for you Gov. Huckabee. You are morally superior to most politicians and you have a genuine wish to serve the people. I wish you were the President. I do support most of what President Trump does, but he isn’t getting much help from others. You are the voice of reason. I admire your daughter and she is doing a great job. I wish you health and strength to fight this good fight. I agree, we do seem to be fighting without the “help” of our own party, and it does feel like an uphill battle, I know I’m on the right side because I am on your side. Stay well.

  • Deborah Palmer

    06/27/2018 11:58 AM

    Please pass to your daughter how proud we are of her. She's doing a great job at the White House. It takes a strong woman to go through all this harassment.

    And to her parents....yep, your wife and have raised a wonderful daughter! I know you are both proud parents!

    God bless you all!

  • Cassie Wagaman

    06/26/2018 11:28 PM

    Spot on, Governor! Enjoyed seeing you on The Ingram Angle tonight. Sarah's doing a great job! I just can't wrap my head around these leftists!

  • Susan Zitella

    06/26/2018 08:30 PM

    It is a testament to Sarah’s moral character in her handling of the Red Hen restaurant incident. I do feel though that conservatives need to start filing lawsuits like the Left. Hopefully, then a portion of the cases may make it eventually to the US Supreme Court, and this whole issue can be addressed nationally. I’m not talking about maliciously filing lawsuits; I mean lawsuits that bring this problem of intolerance front and center and address it. Earlier today I had thought of how this situation reminded me of the Southern restaurants refusing to serve blacks decades ago & then you referenced that past injustice in your article. This current issue of intolerance of political views needs to be addressed, just as black equality was, legally once and for all. Otherwise, the intolerance will only escalate more. The Left sees conservatives as pushovers that turn the other cheek. Again, I am not advocating violence, but legal recourse to address this issue. Those Administration employees who have fled restaurants fearing for their safety should be calling police , and arrests should be made for protestors/hecklers that make threats to their safety.

  • Gary Hicks

    06/26/2018 06:39 PM

    Thank you Gov Huckabee for so eloquently defending your daughter and explaining the differences being used in these pitiful and misinformation spreading attacks by the left As a former Arkansan (now a Mississippian - I left because billy was gov then ) I am proud to say I lived in Arkansas but I digress. Unfortunately the liberals have sunk to new lows daily attacking Pres Trump and the republicans because they have lost and continue to lose power. Sadly some so called republicans ( Bob Corker among them ) have forgotten who put them in office and in my humble opinion are bending to the mass media hysteria and are failing to do what they were elected to do My hope is after the 2018 mid term elections the right kind of legislators will be in Washington and move the country forward. Maybe you should run for Congress or the Senate. We need all the good men we can get nowadays.

    Gary S Hicks

  • Dawn Street

    06/26/2018 06:25 PM

    Your daughter, Sarah, took the high ground and the "progressive liberal" DemonRats have taken the low. They are truly in the swamp and she is in the mountains!! God bless her and her family and God bless and protect our President Trump and Vice President Pence.

  • Cindy Fisher

    06/26/2018 06:12 PM

    Sarah's poise and class never flinched. I believe she is the best there has ever been in her position. The behavior of the left, and Maxine in particular, is pathetic and un-American! Shame on them!

  • Cherise Miller

    06/26/2018 06:06 PM

    Re the Red Hen incident. Someone on TV (don't remember who) said that the employees at the Red Hen are homosexuals, and the lady owner (?) gathered them together and asked them if they wanted to serve Sarah and her family. Whether Sarah knew this or not is immaterial but proves that she must have liked the restaurant and people there no matter who they are. The restaurant should have extended the same hospitality and courtesy to her and her family. Kudos to Sarah and her display of her Christian upbringing. I do hope the restaurant greatly suffers for their actions.

  • Elizabeth N. Mayer

    06/26/2018 05:03 PM

    Succinctly put, as always. And yes, I did have to stop to laugh -- HARD.

  • Margaret Kost

    06/26/2018 04:23 PM

    Double standards, that has been going since the last administration. Maxine Waters adding to this by attempting to incite violence because that is where the actions of her words will lead. We thought many things about the policies of the Obama administration but would never have thought to use the tactics the left is now using. We would be respec for the sake of the office.

    My heart goes out to Sarah! I am glad that she is a believer and knows what God says about her and how he steadfastly loves her. Please remind her of that one of your a readers sees her as a woman of God. Your Sarah and my daughter, Bethany, have a gentle spirit in commom. I know how much you hurt for Sarah. God blessings on and continued safety for your family.

  • Barb Clark

    06/26/2018 04:02 PM

    My apologies to Sarah, I had nothing to do with it, but seriously think our country is in tough shape, if this becomes acceptable behavior. This bad behavior has got to stop. Not sure what we can do but we cannot become complacent. I feel like we are being challenged by spoiled rotten children that never were taught any manners. Hilary led this charge when she threw her tantrums. Absolutely ridiculous. At any rate, love your show, we need to hang tough!!!

  • Susan Perry

    06/26/2018 03:54 PM

    Please tell Sara that she has a lot of people on her side. She is doing an excellent job and please do not let the Left get to her. They want everyone to quit their jobs at the White House. She is a wonderful person and I am sure you are very proud of her. Prayers to all of your family.

  • Martha Rachal

    06/26/2018 03:49 PM

    I love you have the ability to put into words what I would love to. So appreciate your poised and controlled under pressure daughter....Thank you for being my voice!

  • Kevin Schwinkendorf

    06/26/2018 03:27 PM

    Speaking of Maxine Waters, I wonder if she has any clue whatsoever as to how thin is the ice that she is treading (probably not, as that would require some degree of intelligence, and President Trump has already referred to her more than once as very "low-IQ" - well, no kidding!). Inciting angry leftist, radical mobs to harass conservatives could escalate out of control. If the angry mob is not arrested and put into prison for harassing members of the Trump Cabinet, why stop there? How about anybody with an NRA sticker on the back of their truck? (Or any pro-Trump bumper sticker at all for that matter?) People in the general public are ARMED! If some idiot Anitfa (or whoever) tried violent attacks on people who have concealed-carry licenses (or indeed, anybody who believes the Second Amendment is all the "carry permit" they need - and I'll bet there are a lot of them in "Red States!"), there will be bloodshed. I guarantee it. If the Left wants War, they can very well get it. President Trump even messaged to "Mad Maxine" that she better be careful as to what she wishes for, because she can make it happen. And, conservatives are the ones with the guns. I for one, if I am ever attacked Antifa-style (with nail-imbedded baseball bats), I absolutely will stop the threat. As the old saying goes, never bring a knife (or a baseball bat) to a gunfight!

  • Carol Sechrist

    06/26/2018 02:50 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,

    Thank you for the uplifting emails which give us the opportunity to respond. Our prayers to you and your family and to your courageous daughter, Sarah. You and your wife are to be commended for raising such a gracious, classy lady! We so feel for her each time she faces that press room full of sheep. She continues to conduct herself with dignity. We pray each day for our beloved country hoping that each of the swamp dwellers will be caught and brought to justice. Can one imagine what it would have looked like had the other party won the election! These crooks would never have been uncovered. Hoping that you will once again return to Fox with your own show. Loved your commentary and your music!
    Our gratitude to you and yours for all you do to enlighten our countrymen.
    Bless you,
    Carol in L.A.

  • Vicki Kuhl

    06/26/2018 02:36 PM

    I am so proud of your daughter! Not only did she exude class with not taking any action other than leaving an environment that was hostile, but she stood up for all Republicans showing we are NOT the hate mongers the Democrats are trying to portray us as being. She proved a huge point by her subtle get up and go that spoke volumes to those who have any sense of decency and manners. This is not just about the war of the Democrats vs Republicans, this is a showing of the morality of America. Thank you Sarah!