March 17, 2020

Tuesday Fake News: New York Times “reporter” Mara Gay (the woman who thought Mike Bloomberg spent over a million dollars for every American citizen on his campaign), claimed that President Trump told state Governors that they “are on their own” with the coronavirus. She quoted him as saying, “Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment – try getting it yourselves.”

After the usual firestorm of spit-flecked outrage at Trump online, it was revealed that Gay had quoted only half of what Trump said. Here’s the rest of that quote that she left out:

"…We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Point of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.”

It’s kind of like the way the media protest that Trump calls them the “enemy of the people,” conveniently leaving out the part where he says it’s because they never stop lying about him. Ms Gay seems to be shooting for the Emily Litella Award for Journalism: "Well, that's quite different! Never mind!"

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Possible good news on the COVID-19 coronavirus: Australian researchers report good early results on curing it using two common anti-viral medications that have been around for years and are cheap, safe and plentiful. Laura Ingraham also had a segment about this on her Fox News show Monday night. Further tests are being fast tracked, so pray for the best.


It’s funny: if you listen to Democratic politicians, you’ll hear that America is filled with racists just itching to attack Chinese people over the coronavirus. If you listen to much of the media, you’ll hear that America is filled with panicked, every-man-for-himself survivalists, hoarding all the toilet paper and buying up guns and ammo.

But in the America where I live, I see a lot of people worried and doing their best to prepare for the unknown, but for the most part, getting along fine, helping each other and not letting “social distancing” turn into social Darwinism. I see people working around the clock, from truckers to store clerks, to restock shelves so that their fellow Americans have everything they need (or think they need, even if it’s a boxcar full of toilet paper.) I see people volunteering to help elderly people who are shut-in and need someone to check on them, run errands or just talk to them for a while. I see people leaving big tips to help out waiters and waitresses who are worried they won’t have income for a month or more. I see people upping their donations to their churches, food banks, homeless shelters and animal shelters to help them stock up for possible shortfalls ahead. In short, I see stories like these…

If you’re tired of the media trying to frighten and panic you, read this and be assured that America will be just fine.


Excellent article by Dennis Prager, warning that some proposed solutions for dealing with the coronavirus might be worse than the disease.

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I already mentioned that by a weird coincidence, the “solution” to every crisis is always to do what the left was already pushing to do. And we’ve all heard the leftist maxim, “Never let a crisis go to waste.” So it’s no surprise that some people are exploiting the current coronavirus scare to push massive spending bills, a big expansion of government power, a government takeover of health care, and ruinous federal mandates on businesses. Coincidentally, all things they were pushing long before anyone knew that COVID-19 wasn’t a new diet pill.

Prager reminds us, as did Ben Franklin long ago, that those who trade liberty for security soon have neither.


Best Line of the Week! Socialists on the Internet are tweeting photos of empty store shelves and declaring, “This is what stores look like in a capitalist country when there’s a pandemic.” The widespread response: “They look like stores in socialist countries do every day?”


For those who like to keep track of things in handy list form, here are “10 Ways the Left has Poliiticized the Coronavirus Pandemic.”

There are a lot of stories encapsulated here, from Biden plagiarizing Trump’s plan (plagiarism seems to be Joe’s virus) to Nancy Pelosi trying to sneak a lot of liberal wish list items like taxpayer-paid abortion into the emergency relief bill.

To expand on that, the phrase “40 Republicans” started trending on Twitter when 40 House Republicans voted against the initial coronavirus emergency relief bill. Naturally, they were vilified as heartless monsters. One commenter even asked what they would do next, vote to kill Santa Claus? Well, in a manner of speaking, that’s sort of what this bill was: liberals trying to use a disease like Santa Claus.

As Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert (who is taking tremendous heat for his opposition) explained it, this bill didn’t just cynically get loaded with leftist pork spending. It also contained the type of measures leftists love who’ve spent their lives in politics and academia but have never run a business or met a payroll. For instance, instead of providing shorterm, immediate relief to workers who can't work, it created an endless mandate for small businesses to provide unaffordable paid medical leave to all employees. They got a tax credit in return, but by the time they collected the refund, many of them would be out of business. I've never understood why liberals think they're helping workers by waging war on the people who create their jobs.

As is her wont, Nancy Pelosi made sure House members got the 89-page bill with only 15 minutes to read it, in a ploy to use a health emergency to demand that Congress pass a massive bill first, and then find out what was in it. Fortunately, this time around, we have a GOP Senate that refused to fall for that scam. At this writing, a replacement bill is still being hammered out. Let’s hope it passes quickly, it deals with the current problem, and it gets help to those who need it fast without causing more problems than it solves.

On a side note, I doubt that it will include Mitt Romney’s proposal just to give everyone $1,000, although that will probably help complete his transition to being an honorary Democrat.


A Huck’s Hero salute to an anonymous regular customer at Coaches Bar & Grill in Columbus, Ohio. Sunday, the Governor ordered all restaurants to close their dining rooms until further notice, leaving the employees frightened about how they will survive. So the regular decided to help by leaving a tip with instructions that it be split “equally between Tara, Nicky, Jim, Liz, and Arrun.” The tip was for $2500.

If you can’t afford that much, I hope you’ll remember that if you do order restaurant food to-go for pickup or delivery, maybe tip a little extra if you can. It will be greatly appreciated and might help keep your favorite place in business so it’s still there when this is over.


In Case You Missed It: The media aren’t the only ones trying to actively undermine President Trump’s efforts to deal with the coronavirus.

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  • Marilynn Bauer

    03/22/2020 06:01 PM

    I have a new email, please note above.....thank you.....Marilynn Bauer. Also, President is doing a fantastic job leading our country.....Thank you Mr. President, God bless you...…..


    03/19/2020 11:39 AM

    As Cardinal Dolan has said: "Don't worry; be concerned".
    FDR: "We have nothing to fear but fear itself".

  • Carolyn Wright

    03/18/2020 02:37 PM

    Carol Wright,
    03-18-2020, 2:18,
    Mr. Hucklebee I have two questions, I recieved a large envelop with a paid return address on it, it was from HUCK PAC asking for a donation for some of the Republican candidates, I filled it out and returned it. Was this legit or was I scammed? have not seen where my AX card has been charged.
    Second Why is it that Chuck Schumur can't seem to ever be in front of the cameras without saying mean lying things about President Trump?? This drives me nuts, how is he allowed to get away with it?? Love reading your letters.

  • Doris Dewey

    03/18/2020 01:01 PM

    23 mins
    Say, here is an idea! We have hundreds of cruise ships not being used. Lets dock them and make them into ICU hospitals. They have kitchens, laundrys, and thousands of small cabins with electricity and private bathrooms.. There are Larger areas where doctors and nurses can utilize for their needs. they have intercom systems and such... and they need business. they could save us from having to build hospitals and would be much easier to sanitize each room than a tent.

  • Harold Levi

    03/18/2020 12:20 PM

    I quit mass media several years ago as being very unreliable and anti-America. It is disheartening to learn they have only gotten worse.

  • Melinda Long

    03/18/2020 10:32 AM

    It is a horror sow in this country...I cannot believe the audacity of the people of this country(especially in Washington..hint:democrats) to use this epidemic as a weapon instead of trying to work together and solve a problem!
    I pray that we all look around and SUPPORT one another and not let this destroy our beloved nation.
    lift our country and leaders in prayer, for strength to govern and help each other

  • geary lee ward

    03/18/2020 10:14 AM

    I am sure there are people that truly need help during this corona-virus outbreak, but why must the President give hand-outs to everyone? I was taught to save some money for a rainy day and I always have. We have become a nation that believes people must not be allowed to have to go through hard times and our gov't is ready to provide money at the drop of a hat, whether it is warranted or not. People; especially the young; need to learn that everything is not free and you have to work if you want to eat. It's a fact that life is not full of rainbows and roses and a little hardship makes most of us stronger and a better person. It's been rumoured that the President wants to bail out the airline companies. What for, they profit over a billion dollars a year. Some civil servants are on administrative leave which means they still get paid. So why do they need a handout? The general schedule (GS) employees are staying at home while the wage grade(WG) aircraft mechanics have to keep working. Why is this happening? It's because the health and welfare of the mechanics is not as important as the office workers. In other words they are seen as a second class citizens.

  • Jerry Korba

    03/18/2020 10:03 AM

    People like Mara Gay are very Anti American. Americans for the most part don't lie like her, unfortunately these people are stupid for what they do ;if their wish comes true about destroying America if they succeed in their destruction of America what do they do next? where do they go next once they complete their job of destruction? Who needs them? The damage will be complete, other countries are already disfunctional this is why I think they are stupid it appears GAY does not look into the future and see what is waiting for people like Her. the Education is incomplete she may have degrees from some place as she shows how smart she is with her simple math expertise she could not have earned any creditable degree. The reporters are like the people scarred like the victims of Harvey Wienstien in this case CNN MSNBC NYT are the Harvey. Most Americans probably won't see this they are concerned with family employment and keeping the household and vehicles in working order.The positive is nobody watches CNN MSNBC and the rest of the Anti American outlets.

  • Mary Ann Sniff

    03/18/2020 09:33 AM

    I have been blessed with good health. At 73 years of age, I have no underlying health issues and take no medications. HOWEVER, if I had underlying health issues, especially ones I might have brought on myself, such as emphysema from smoking or type 2 diabetes from poor food choices and lack of exercise, I pray that I would not be so selfish that I would wish a whole nation’s economy to crash and destroy the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of people just to make sure I had access to a ventilator and emergency health care should I contract corona virus! And if I made noises to that end, I hope someone would call me out on it. I am independent and bristling at current restrictions, but I would gladly shelter in place for 4 months (see what the United Kingdom is doing about the spread of the virus) if it would free up a nation of younger generations to go back to work and school.

  • Judy Radley

    03/18/2020 08:39 AM

    Mike, Thank you again for your uplifting and fact filled newsletters. I always read them, they help keep me optimistic. I watched most all of President Trump's Press Conference yesterday, and I too heard him tell all governors, especially Andrew Cuomo, that the federal govt. is behind them and is helping them get the ppe and other equipment needed as quickly as possible, and even stated the items are being shipped as we speak. And he did say that if they could get them quicker, than by all means try getting them directly, but that also the federal govt. is removing a lot of red tape, noted from the medical experts who spoke too in yesterday's press conference.

    President Trump was his wonderful, stellar, strong leader self, and did not hog the spot light like other previous presidents did. President Trump actually let the audience ask him and the others questions. That is always what we, the pro-Trump majority said before we elected him, that he would seek out experts in the field for matters of running the country when he didn't know the expert solutions. And he is again doing what he said he would do, and even Vice President Mike Pence was showing his strong leadership qualities as well. I loved how one of the reporters tried to say that 'isn't that stigmatizing Chinese people by saying the virus came from China?', President Trump answered back with an unapologetic, no. Quote, 'as the virus did originate in Wuhan, China, so it indeed came from China, so it is Chinese originated.' He also added, 'China said the U.S. military gave the virus to China, but that is absolutely untrue, the U.S. military did not give anything to China, so that IS stigmatizing saying the virus came from the U.S.' unquote. There was no further questions on that rumor after President Trump shut it down. Again, Bravo to President Trump! It was also nice to see a limited number of the media there, which is better to have less than more when it comes to the hate-filled media against President Trump. I wonder if any of the media workers really hate President Trump, but have to follow their bosses narrative instead, or get fired? I guess they need to get a paycheck too.

    I also noticed that the stock market rose over 1000 points while President Trump was speaking of the leaps and bounds they have worked hard on to 'flatten the curve' of this current outbreak. The media will never report on that... And of course, now Gov. Cuomo is ordering 'M.A.S.H.' units to be built now. So he himself is one that is furthering the panic and being the first to start what President Trump said what may be needed, but not at this moment. Of course Cuomo should panic, as he was the one that thinks sanctuary cities are good....they are NOT. I'm sure the numbers of affected people or exposed people are much higher in NYC than what will ever be reported, as we all know the sanctuary city mentality was a bad idea in the first place....! And now letting out prisoners as prisons have closed in NYS too! Another risky and bad public safety policy Cuomo also initiated, just to further his own political agenda.

  • Leo Draegert

    03/18/2020 08:16 AM

    How can one even comment on craziness that is going on! I pray that the shut down will do more to stop the corona virus than all the crooked politicians can try to wiggle into good works by those wit level heads. Sure it will be a hard ship, but if it works it will be worth it. Our Lord God is still in control, and I for one trust in Him. My Two cents.

  • Barb Sabin

    03/18/2020 12:59 AM

    Thank you dear Governor, for undiluted TRUTH!!! Here is my personal goal during these trying times!!! I WILL 1, TRUST GOD. 2, WALK IN LOVE. Psalm 37. ONLY ONE LIFE, WILL SOON BE PASSED! ONLY WHAT'S DONE FOR CHRIST WILL LAST!!! Amen

  • Dan Klaffke

    03/17/2020 10:42 PM

    On January 11, 2020 my wife had a seizure and a stroke. She was taken to the hospital that day and I went there to be with her. I have been at the two hospitals, she has been in, every single day, to be with her. Two of the doctors said the best therapy for her recovery was for visitors to come and see her. She even had 12 visitors on the last Thursday in February, and that was an excellent day for her.
    Today I went to the hospital, when I arrived, I was told that from now on no visitors are allowed. (All because of the Corona Virus). I can not even call her on the phone, because the stroke affected her arms and legs, and everything has to be done for her.

    What am I supposed to do? This year is our 39th anniversary.
    Thank you,
    Dan Klaffke

  • Jerry Korba

    03/17/2020 10:32 PM

    Spent most of the day outside cleaning up I got in just in time to catch on Fox news aways good to see ya and Dan B. when you see him again please let him know I am big fan to have a fundraiser a burger with the President You and Dan B would raise so much money it might be unlawful. Sell the ticket for 20 bucks a piece I know a little cheap but you might get 160 million people to buy one draw the ticket on July 4 hey I respect you guys and I am not the only one consider it see what Dan says about it then throw it a the President. If it goes thru I get a seat at the table!

  • James Hoppe

    03/17/2020 10:21 PM

    Pelosi Should be ousted from Washington...pulling bs like that. KEEP EXPOSING HER!
    With all her corrupt money....she could GIVE SOME many of the corrupt lifers
    that should be investigated!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • David Colonna

    03/17/2020 10:03 PM

    Mike thank you for speaking the truth and I sure hope we all can help our small business employees. I hope the well off help even more..

  • Cynthia Fitzmorris

    03/17/2020 09:57 PM

    Thank you for being a voice of reason, as always, but in particular these days when it is much needed. I appreciate your insight and the way you rise above all the noise and panic to bring it forth in such a down to earth manner. One of the best!

  • Dennis Killeen

    03/17/2020 09:53 PM

    I think President Trump's plan to use tax holiday measures are not a smart move. First the FICA bucket is already in funding trouble so let's not make it worse. The FWT tax is only paid by 51% of the citizenry now so the low income earners will see no benefit. Although I hate to give Romney credit his $1k checks make some sense. It will not boost the economy as everything is shut down, but it could provide rent and food for those laid off. The shuttering of businesses is being shouldered by small businesses and the service industry which typically have the lower wage payrolls. Retirees dependent on their 401ks have no alternate means to recover as businesses are shutdown.
    Having looked at the link above in regards to Australia with a possible cure for COV19, the symptom chart caught my eye - no sneezing? So no "sneeze cloud projections"? And we are killing the economy?
    We should have shut down Wall St for a week, then Facebook and Twitter. This would have done more to prevent panic than anything we have done so far.
    The President and staffs are doing a good job of getting to the control and arrest of the virus, but not able to get the panic stricken under control (MSM and libs)>

  • Lisa P Hall

    03/17/2020 09:50 PM

    Mike, Thank you for the up and up! Love your wisdom and wit!

  • Tim Zahn

    03/17/2020 09:37 PM

    VERY IRONIC ! In the early 70s I was in my car in a long line to get my 10 gallons of gas due to the gas shortage just to drive to the grocery store to buy groceries. Lots of gas today at under $2. a gallon to drive to the grocery store. Inside you stand in line to buy a package of toilet paper when they receive a shipment or stand in line just to shop.

  • Gary Stilwell

    03/17/2020 09:11 PM

    So now we have practically all schools closed--Those schools house the least likely to get infected individuals--I don't think any person below the age of 30 in general good health has shown positive.
    The school closings are indeed draconian and in my opinion unnecessary--the children are safer in school than they are at home with grampa.

    We are seeing the beginnings of what it will be like if the Dems take over (you saw it in the House, now you see it "infecting" all levels of Gov't) --they now tell you when you can come out of your house, when you have to go back to your house, whether you are allowed to go get a pizza or a burger, whether you can travel to another County/State--you can't go to a football game cause we're cancelling them, maybe you could take the family out for a picnic in the State park--oops! they closed that too--this is nuts--
    I am a somewhat intelligent person. I know how to take care of my health--I do not need the gov't telling me how I should act.
    I do not need $1000, and boeing is not entitled to my tax $ because they are losing money-neither is a hotel chain or a casino--if those businesses employ stupid people to run their companies, it's not MY - or the Gov't's problem.


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  • Kay DeWitt

    03/17/2020 07:45 PM

    IN RESPONSE TO YOUR STATEMENT THAT BEGINS WITH YOU SAYING: "But in the America where I live, I see......."and you then mention all the good things you see..
    I SAY TO YOU that the reason FOR that is expressed by someone who once said, "YOU SEE IN OTHERS WHAT YOU, YOURSELF, POSSESS!"

  • Karen Cobel

    03/17/2020 07:07 PM

    Facebook would not let me share the article about the President's "half-quote" about the governors being supposedly on their own. FB said it was "against community standards." Yup, these days a lot of truth is against new-found community standards.

  • Floyd A Unger

    03/17/2020 07:01 PM

    Just to let you know. One of our local general merchandise/grocery store chains (Three Bears Alaska) has established special shopping hours for us senior citizens. 7am to 9am daily. Yup...I’m going; they have TP and the best quality outside of Washington State Red Delicious Apples ??