April 17, 2019

From Diana:

I depend on you to filter all the junk and haven’t heard anything from you about the Omar tweet by the President. Am I to assume you didn’t have anything good to say, so you didn’t say anything; or, did I miss it? The Dems are pitching it pretty hard and it didn’t reflect very well on our guy. ???


From the Gov:

Thanks, Diana, for bringing it up. Actually, I haven’t avoided the story; maybe it just seemed that way because there’s been so much to cover the last couple of weeks! You already know where I stand on Rep. Omar’s provocative anti-Semitism as well as Trump’s compulsive tweeting. Tuesday’s Evening Edition of the newsletter opened with the Omar story, focusing on what some Muslims think of her comments (hint: some call her words “a disgrace to Islam”). Since you wrote, let’s look at the story in more detail...


First, some background: Earlier this month, a disturbed individual named Patrick Carlineo, Jr., was arrested for calling Rep. Omar’s office, allegedly to rant at her staffers: “Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood? Why are you working for her? She’s a (bleeping) terrorist. I’ll put a bullet in her (bleeping) skull.” It’s been reported that he told investigators that he “loves the President and that he hates radical Muslims in our government.”

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Soon after the man’s arrest for threatening Omar, Trump happened to be speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual meeting in Las Vegas, and he referenced the anti-Semitic comments she made several weeks ago. (And, yes, comments like “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby” are inarguably anti-Semitic.) “Special thanks to Rep. Omar of Minnesota,” he quipped. “Oh, I forgot. She doesn’t like Israel --- I’m so sorry!”


This little jab was part of Trump’s overall message that Democrats are advancing an extreme anti-Semitic agenda that, as he said, “could very well leave Israel out there all by yourselves.” (He won’t get any argument from me on that observation.)


Around the same time, Omar referred to White House advisor Stephen Miller as a “white nationalist.” Leftists love to throw this horrid label around with abandon, and this time it was in a particularly inappropriate context, as Miller is Jewish. Trump responded with a tweet in which he quoted campaign adviser Jeff Ballabon accusing Omar of “target[ing] Jews” and included video of Ballabon calling Omar “the most dangerous anti-Semite we’ve ever seen” on FOX Business Network.


Omar responded: “In the words of my 6-year-old daughter, ‘Knock it off. You’re the president.’”


It should be noted that Rep. Omar, living here in America, can say all the negative things she wants about America but not without verbal repercussion, as other Americans have freedom of speech as well. If she wants to complain about the treatment of Muslims because “some people did something,” she gets to do that, but others will respond accordingly. President Trump chose to respond by sending out a tweet that interspersed her complaints with horrific video of the 9/11 attack. Somewhat over the top, but it did make his point.


Leftists in politics and media have criticized Trump for inciting violence against Omar and claim that we’ve got an “epidemic of hate crimes” in America. (I would say this is true only if you include all the fake hate crimes.) Omar claims she’s been getting more death threats since Trump sent out his dramatic tweet. The left is using the threat of violence as a way to attack the First Amendment, at least as it applies to people who disagree with them. People who agree with them can say all the nasty, hateful, violence-provoking things they want.


As Tucker Carlson put it, “If we let them redefine speech as violence, the First Amendment has no meaning. They can tell you what to say and when to say it. They can use any force necessary to make you be quiet...They are saying your opinions and a terror attack are the same thing. This is a scary argument, and we should be afraid of it.”


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used the “speech-I-don’t-like-incites-violence” argument on Sunday. In an interview on the Yahoo “Skullduggery” podcast, she accused Trump of “absolutely” trying to incite violence against Omar with his tweet.


“He acts like one of these shady real estate developer guys,” she went on, “that may or may not be involved with the mob,” elaborating that she waited on guys like that while working in a New York bar, who sort of “suggested” things should happen, until they somehow did.


Okay. AOC criticizes Trump for making remarks against Rep. Omar that she finds incendiary, and in the same breath suggests that he is a shadowy figure from the underworld. That sounds pretty incendiary to me. The thought of having a MOBSTER in the White House might make someone who’s a little too tightly strung want to commit violence against him, even “take him out” in the name of moral courage and patriotism. But that’s the way leftists use the First Amendment: my rules for you, no rules for me.


It should be noted that Trump was not the first to juxtapose images of the 9/11 attacks against Omar’s “some people did something” comment. The New York Post did it in full blazing color, right on their front page, the day before. This is called “freedom of the press.”


This weekend, Omar responded to the President’s tweet: “I did not run for Congress to be silent. I did not run for Congress to sit on the sidelines. I ran because I believed it was time to restore moral courage and clarity to Congress. To fight and to defend our democracy.”


Then she went off the rails: “No one person --- no matter how corrupt, inept or vicious --- can threaten my unwavering love for America. I stand undeterred to continue fighting for equal opportunity in our pursuit of happiness for all Americans.”


If Rep. Omar wants to mix it up and express her opinions in the name of moral courage, she needs to stop whining about others’ responses to what she says. She is going to get pushback. Does she think Muslims are the only ones to get death threats? On the contrary, in many places it’s become downright dangerous to walk around wearing a MAGA hat, thanks in large part to incendiary comments she and others in her party (including the media) make, typically involving the misplaced label “white nationalist.” When she calls the President “corrupt,” “inept” and “vicious,” she fans the flames of hatred and violent thoughts against HIM.


In other words, she herself is a huge part of the problem she’s complaining about. This is called “hypocrisy.”


I’ve said for a long time that the President needs to put his phone down and lay off most of the tweeting, as he’s got much better and more important things to do with his time. But the people criticizing Trump are showing with their own overheated verbal attacks that they have no room to complain about him. They poke the bear; he responds (often with some stunning truth); they up the ante. And in the end, if we’re paying attention, it tells us a lot about who they really are.



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  • Linda Morgan

    04/18/2019 08:55 PM

    All our President did was tweet what she said. If she didn't want people to know she couldn't have said it. She's in a position representing Christian Americans and Jews too. She should keep her mouth shut


    04/18/2019 01:49 PM


  • /shelley Soger

    04/18/2019 01:46 PM

    So very well said and clearly explained! Thank you, Mr. Huckabee.

  • Cynthia Shepard

    04/18/2019 10:44 AM

    This story about supposed “incitement,” has gotten a lot of mileage, all the while, garnering and inciting more hatred toward our President.
    But, where is the outrage toward CBS,
    and the actors in the series “The Good Fight,” who are blatantly advocating the Assassination of our President?!
    I stopped watching that show when their criticism of President Trump became more than just a passing comment.
    Now, it has progressed to the point where the main character has joined
    “The Resistance,” and is an advocate for the Assassination of the President of the United States?! Again, l ask, “Where is the outrage?!!” It’s time for the House Un-American Activities Committee, (HUAC), to be reinstated, and for all of these SEDITIOUS, TREASONOUS people to pay for their crimes!!! ??

  • Becky Hargrove

    04/17/2019 07:46 PM

    Omar says in one breath “I love this country”. Then turns around and bashes people, situations and many important things this country stands for. Just listening to her complaints about things... my question is, if things are so bad here, in our great country, why do you want to stay, apparently Omar went thru quite a bit of side-stepping to get some of her family here! There are plenty great countries around us that might be much more to her liking. She doesn’t seem to be very happy with, well, anything! Omar, we want you to be happy and if things disturb you so, you might want to look around.

  • Catherine Eames Hughes

    04/17/2019 03:31 PM

    I agree with you on everything that you have said here. Especially about the president putting down his phone and getting on with the work he needs to do. He needs to quit listening to the negative detractors. Then if he insists on tweeting, he should only talk about the positive things that he and his team have done or things that Americans are doing for each other. The media often won't tell them, so he needs to. By the way, Sarah is looking better than ever in her job. Congratulations to you and her.

  • Sharon Milnes

    04/17/2019 02:53 PM

    I really appreciate your reply. It explains things as they are clearly.
    I agree with what you wrote, including President Trump's tweeting too much. I like his informative tweets that the media doesn't always cover; I do not like his name-calling tweets.


    04/17/2019 02:02 PM Democrats want Marxism free healthcare and 100% taxes

  • Nena Close

    04/17/2019 01:43 PM

    WWI was sparked in 1914 with an assasination by a Serbian Nationalist. the beginning of a long century of war and violence of country against country and idealogy against idealogy. I agree that POTUS should stop tweeting and jabbing and pay attention to the job we elected him to do. He has had to battle so much divisiveness the last 2 years that it overshadows the good he is doing. I am really concerned that all it will take is a"spark" to bring this country into civil war chaos again.

  • Anita M Jordan

    04/17/2019 01:09 PM

    Agree with you Governor except on President Trump's tweeting. The tweets drive the FAKE NEWS media and Democrats into meltdowns and even further insanity and that's what I love about it! And I admire and respect your daughter so much!

  • Dave Newbry

    04/17/2019 01:03 PM

    Governor, I'm not sure that Omar wasn't trying to issue a license for "some other people to do something else" when she downplayed 9-11 the way she did. One can easily assume (Yeah, I know the other way to spell that word) she was arguing in favor of another such incident because 9-11 was a statement made by her brethren in arms. In other words, it was OK for "them" to do "that."

  • Keet Parakeet

    04/17/2019 12:28 PM

    I don't know about turning off the tweeting. Practically speaking, Pres. Trump needs to bypass the press blockade/filter system to communicate with the public & throw up a few test balloons in the air to see which potentially useful policy option might be passable. Also, he has a lot of important things to do & his job is hard. We all need to vent a little when working hard. I had a flash back when he suggested dropping off the excess of capacity illegal aliens in the backyards of the blue sanctuary city/states instead of the backyards of his rancher/farmer supporters on the border. The tour bus was late. The desk staffer handed me a package of soda crackers & pointed me to a large macaw on a perch over a lily pond. Don't let it near you fingers, but you can hand a cracker to the It took the cracker & tried for a finger in addition which made it possible to avoid the beak. It turned it's formidable intelligence to the cracker & crumbled a set amount, dropping it into the fish pond. The goldfish/small koi crammed in, crawling all over each other, whole fish bodies out of the water going for the cracker crumbs. Fish settled back when the crumbs were gone, the bored bird again created it's own entertainment with some more crumbs. I had a vision of big Blond bird & a lot of press credentialed fish. It is entertaining. & entertainment resets one's mind for the next bit of hard work. Doesn't say much for the wit of the credentialed fish. though. Life is weird.

  • Gregory Johnson

    04/17/2019 12:24 PM

    Mike, I think you are spot on when you say the Democrats are anti-semitic . But I don't think you should give all the credit to Omar. We just put in 8 years with Obama, who was obviously anti-semitic. I think it fair to say that all these radicals have found the path of least resistance ( aka the people with the softest heads) into our government. Also, wouldn't it be a good idea to place some of these illegals (who are mostly hispanics raised in a Christian culture) coming across our southwest border into the Somalian voting districts to kind of re-balance the vote?
    Appreciate ya! Thanks for being there.

  • Thomas Douglas Roper

    04/17/2019 12:18 PM

    It bothers me to some of the Tweeting he does but he is an American Citizen and has the right to do so. Just he'd be more mature about it.

  • Lynda Boehm

    04/17/2019 12:15 PM

    Amen to your article on our Muslim congresswomen!

  • Douglas Bullis

    04/17/2019 12:10 PM

    Thank you for being a responsible voice of reason in this chaotic time in our country. You are so appreciated!!

  • Charles Johnson

    04/17/2019 12:05 PM

    How is it that these freshman hacks are already on committees. I thought they had to earn their wsy there through experience

  • Charles Johnson

    04/17/2019 12:05 PM

    How is it that these freshman hacks are already on committees. I thought they had to earn their wsy there through experience

  • Richard Crews

    04/17/2019 11:56 AM

    I read you comments everyday

  • Bernadette

    04/17/2019 11:49 AM

    Hi Governor Huckabee I saw a tv show last night called Casa Cerrado. This judge heard a case where a woman rented a baby to see if she wanted to be a Mom for 2 years. She was in court demanding a refund because the child was not healthy. She was constantly taking the child to the hospital. This wanna be Mom was a stuck up entitled woman who thought she was perfect and everyone was beneath her. The parents of this sweet little girl were complete gang bangers covered in tattoos and used the money on you tube promoting his gang leadership. All 3 were arrested and sent to jail. When I see these people who are here in our country I have to ask the question, why were they let into this country? What are they contributing to this Nation? More crime? More attitude? Now we are paying for these people to rot in jail and a child is now in foster care????? Please explain?

  • Mac Moody

    04/17/2019 11:48 AM

    This person says she loves America BUT her speechs and actions say otherwise! Remember the saying "actions speak louder than words."

  • Tom Williams

    04/17/2019 11:47 AM

    Governor Huckabee:
    The old saying in politics was that you never intervene when the other side is blowing up. President Trump needs to shut down his drive to constantly show how pathetic the Democratic pundits are. They are doing that for themselves. But when he intervenes, it just makes him look really petty.
    For sure freedom of speech is meaningless if everything and everyone is constantly under media surveillance for "PC" adherence. But other people, including our media (like FOX) and our courts are the right place to make that argument. And some Universities have awakened to that call as well. Unfortunately most voices favoring free speech and debate are largely drowned out.
    Right now the Democrats are fractured and likely to come to grief. But Trump's tweets are really hurting Republican standing with independent voters.
    Tom Williams