May 31, 2018

Wednesday, President Trump fulfilled a campaign promise by signing the “Right-to-Try” law. It will allow terminally ill patients as a last resort to request experimental drugs that have passed Phase 1 of FDA testing. The law is very popular: there are already similar laws in 40 states, and it passed the Senate unanimously last August. However, in the recent House vote, it passed by only 250-169.

I’m honestly trying to understand the thinking of those 169 opponents, but I just can’t. One complained that the bill might give patients false hope. Uh, news flash: they have no other hope. They’re already terminal. Talk about meddling government overreach! Do they really think they’re doing these patients a service or kindness by blocking them from trying the one treatment that might save or at least extend their lives, so that when they die, their last words can be, “Well, at least I didn’t get my hopes up”?

If Congress members really want to help desperately sick people, then get the FDA to speed up the glacier-like drug testing process. In the meantime, at least now, terminally-ill Americans will be free to make their own decision as to whether the possible risk of failure or side effects outweighs the 100% certainty of death.


The case of Jorge Garcia became a media sensation last January when video surfaced of ICE agents arresting Garcia, who was brought to the US illegally from Mexico when he was 10, for deportation as his American wife of 15 years and their children looked on in tears. It seemed the perfect ready-made Trump-bashing story. But Garcia’s wife, Cindy, threw a surprise wrench into the narrative.

Cindy Garcia was interviewed on CNN where she stunned the host by refusing to blame her husband’s problems on ICE or President Trump. She said they were just doing their jobs of enforcing the laws that protect US citizens from criminals. She instead blamed the law because it doesn’t differentiate between someone brought here as a child and raised in America and illegal alien criminals who “need to go back.” While she’s praying for a solution so her husband can rejoin his family, she said the real problem needs to be addressed by fixing the broken law.

Kudos to Mrs. Garcia for refusing to let herself be used as a political pawn and insisting on keeping the focus where it belongs. As a refresher course for those unfamiliar with the Constitution, especially after the Obama years: laws are written by Congress, not the President. Trump gave Congress six months to pass a legitimate DACA bill, and they failed to do so. He tried to cut a deal for one, but Democrats refused to compromise. Now, they are trying to make political hay by blaming him both for their failure to pass a new law and for the consequences of him enforcing the old laws that they did pass.

I have small grandchildren who are better at taking responsibility for their own messes than that.


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I can just hear the latest criticism of President Trump from the mainstream media: “Now, look what you’ve done, you brute! You made Kim Jong-Un cry!”

Kim Jong-Un also reportedly hopes to appeal to President Trump with a show of good will by opening a Western-style hamburger joint in Pyongyang. Note to the President: make sure the patty is all-beef and not hot dog.


Remember when Sarah Palin was accused of being an accessory to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, just because her PAC ran an ad that had target graphics on Congressional districts they were targeting for flipping to the GOP? I can’t wait to see if there will be equal outrage from Democrats and the media over the far-left Mad Dog PAC’s anti-Trump, pro-impeachment, anti-NRA ads targeting “treasonous” Republican Congress members, which urge voters to “take out” Rep. Steve Scalise.

As you might recall, Rep. Scalise was nearly killed after he was shot at a charity baseball practice by a fired-up Bernie Sanders supporter who reportedly went there in hopes of killing as many Republicans as possible. A spokeswoman for Rep. Scalise condemned the ad, saying, “This kind of extreme rhetoric has no place in our politics,” and suggesting that the appropriately-named PAC channel its anger into something more constructive.

This is just a top-of-my-head suggestion, but how about coming up with one positive reason to give Congress back to the Democrats, aside from “we hate-hate-hate Trump SOOOO much”? The election is now 160 days away, and if they have a platform other than “let’s go back to the stuff that wasn’t working,” they’ve yet to share it with us.

Say, you know how, according to the media and polls taken ‘way before anyone is paying attention, Texas is always on the verge of turning blue? I hope the people who are waiting for that to happen aren’t holding their breaths until they turn blue, because the latest Texas Senate poll shows that the great liberal hope, Beto O’Rourke, currently trails Ted Cruz by 11 points.


Everyone has been waiting for Roseanne Barr’s TV husband Dan (John Goodman) to say something about her Twitter tweet that cost him and the rest of the cast their jobs. Now, Goodman has finally spoken, and it shows once again why he was always the MVP of that show. He responded with a joke that was funny and not offensive…then shut up and refused to say anything else.

Has ABC considered keeping the show and just renaming it “Dan”?


Former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes has written a book about the 2016 election called “The World As It Is,” a pretty hilarious title considering Rhodes is most famous for admitting he sold the Iran nuclear deal by feeding a lot of banana oil to ignorant young reporters so they’d create an echo chamber that just repeated whatever he told them. It made sense when you realized his background wasn’t in foreign policy or the military but in creative writing.

In other words, I wouldn’t exactly rely on this book as a factual account of the 2016 election. However, there is one passage that’s already making headlines. Rhodes describes a shocked Barack Obama trying to understand how the voters could’ve possibly elected Trump after all he’d done for them. The book quotes Obama as saying, “Sometimes I wonder whether I was 10 or 20 years too early. Maybe we pushed too far...Maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe.”

Excuse me, but that is incredibly insulting and condescending. I’m amazed he didn’t say “their tribe that clings to guns and religion.” If he’s really interested in knowing why Trump won, he could try reading my book, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,” that warned the coastal elites well before the election that they were totally out of touch with working Americans who were sick of being unemployed, struggling to feed their families, working three part time jobs, seeing the system rigged against them while well-connected rogues skated away scot-free, and being denigrated as a racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic basket of deplorables if they complained.

It was Obama and other “progressives” who divided Americans up into warring tribes and pitted them against one another. Trump voters wanted to “make America great again” by bringing the country back to its founding principles of equality under the law and everyone abiding by the same set of rules. How about according enough respect for the voters' intelligence to concede that maybe they had lived through Obama’s policies for eight years and decided they didn’t work and they didn’t want any more of them?

To be fair, though, perhaps Obama was shocked because he was living in a bubble inside of a bubble. He was not only in the Beltway bubble, but Rhodes admits that Obama’s staffers had been reinforcing his belief that he would have been reelected to a third term if only he’d been able to run. Wow, if only this guy had been as good at crafting nuclear deals as he is at building echo chambers.


Yesterday, I wrote about the irony of an MSNBC interviewer in full Roseanne pile-on mode asking the network’s star Joy Reid just what someone has to do on social media to get fired by a TV network. Ms. Reid could have replied, “Funny you should mention that…” Everyone knew about the recent dust-up over some old anti-gay posts unearthed from her defunct blog (remember those?) that she claimed must have been inserted by hackers, an excuse that raised more eyebrows than a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon. But Joy Reid, being a reliably histrionic anti-Trump liberal, was still on MSNBC (although her column was temporarily suspended by the Daily Beast and it cost her an award she was going to receive from a gay rights group.)

Well, brace yourself for act two. Turns out someone’s dug up some old 2006 blog posts in which Ms. Reid reportedly wrote positive comments about the disgusting crackpot conspiracy “documentary,” “Loose Change 9/11,” that suggested the 9/11 attacks were planned by the US government, not al-Qaida. We’re now waiting to see if endorsing fake news that slanders a Republican President will get you dropped from MSNBC, and if so, will it then get you hired by CNN?

Incidentally, this should also provide two good lessons to everyone who talks about public issues online: 1. Do research from reliable sources and think very carefully about what you write and how you phrase it before you hit “send” (and if a “fact” later turns out to be incorrect, admit it and retract it ASAP). That’s because (2.) the Internet is forever. It’s like knowing that your driver’s license photo may appear on the Jumbotron in Times Square 20 years from now, so you’d better shave and comb your hair every time you visit the DMV.

I feel I’m somewhat qualified to speak on this because I’ve now been doing commentaries on radio, TV and the Internet for nearly a decade, and those are rules I’ve followed from day one. Of course, it also helps to follow my third rule: if trolls call you names on Twitter, simply refuse to give a hoot.


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    06/02/2018 01:00 AM

    Re: The case of Jorge Garcia.
    Seems to me the same flawed legal mess that required Jorge to be deported could also be used to bring him back. Under existing law why not use the chain migration pathway to bring him back? He is after all a blood relative of his children.

  • George A. Phelps

    06/01/2018 11:11 AM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,

    I just sent this to President Trump:

    Dear President Trump,

    There must be a Defamation of Character suit in there someplace. I'm referring to the derogatory remark made about Ivanka, and I might add, the terrible derogatory remarks made about you as well!!

    I was looking for bullies and I found them. They are the DEMOCRATS, not only in Congress but also all of those in the press, TV and the 'paid' rioters.

    The Liberal Left Wing Progressives say they are humanitarians and that they love helping people. They are the sweet, warm and soft little huggy bears who want everyone to be equal. They are, in fact, just the opposite! They are vicious liars that will do anything to promote their Progressive ideology.

    We loyal and patriotic Americans have to put a stop to their sociologic propaganda imbedded in the Progressive ideology!!

    As you can tell, "I'm damn mad and I'm not going to take it anymore!!" That's a line from the movie Network, and it is very applicable to us American citizens!

    You're doing GREAT!!!

    I'm proud of you and your great family!!!

    George Phelps (Decorated Korean War Combat Vet.)
    League City, Texas

    Now, Governor Huckabee, what I wrote may not sound professional but I'm so mad at the left wing liberal progressive thugs, I could hardly think straight!! But, I think my message is clear, and I do think there are grounds for Defamation of Character suits against the lefties like the little girl 'Bee!' Why she picked on Ivanka Trump, I have no idea. But, Ivanka is a Trump, so I guess that's the reason. The lefties spew venomous words about us Republicans/Constitutionalists! Their tactics are so hateful that it's a wonder anyone would vote for a Democrat!! They must be winning the Social Propaganda war???

    Thank you for all you do!! And thank Sarah for her outstanding work!!

    George Phelps (Decorated Korean War Combat Vet.)
    League City, Texas

  • David

    06/01/2018 07:23 AM

    Remember the “ Peter principle”? . Jeff sessions is the perfect example of a man promoted beyond his capabilities. His appointment was political payback to the far right. Jeff sessions name should be in the news daily, with a report of how many people were sent to gallows. This proves Jeff Sessions is on way over his head, totally unqualified for the huge Trump job of draining the swamp of bureaucrats, and lawyers, and freeing our society of people who broke the Law, people still in office breaking the Law. Why can’t Trump propose the same Accountability Law, for the VA., for the rest of those government employees covered under the Hatch Act.. if that happened, the Dept of state and Justice , would be half the size.

  • John f

    06/01/2018 01:06 AM

    I understand and truly sympathize with the goals of right to try but they are misguided. I work on phase 1-3 trials and only passibg phase 1 is too soon. Besides the FDA already has a program to avail promising experimental drugs to those in this situation but after phase 2 has begun to show promise. Phase 1 is merely a test for healthy individuals and efficacy is not known. Only up to 20% of drugs make it through phase 2 as affirming some efficacy and acceptable toxicity. As is this bill will fast track most people to a painful and quicker death.

  • Cqrl Smith

    06/01/2018 12:31 AM

    Excellent summary of the news worth reading. How about your feelings on WHY the media is still so obsessed with pushing a Never Trump narrative when the facts are so obvious. Are they really so naïve to believe any credibility they have left will still be listened to/read?

  • Bill Green

    06/01/2018 12:23 AM

    About Roseanne. I am certainly not surprised. She has made a career, what it is, on saying and doing shocking things. When she blew the national anthem the libtards defend her right to protest. She wasn't protesting, she cant sing...never said she could and being a comedian, she tried to make a funny. Failed...She is also known for saying something before thinking it through. I dont think she meant a racist comment, I think she screwed up what may started out as a joke/poke in her mind and hit send before proofreading. I make that mistake all the time. Her attempts at apology is proof she knows she messed up big time. I guarantee she will have follow up comments in the near future that will explain her intention more accuratlely but will probably offend even more. When her and Michael Richards do a comedy tour together, I want front row seats

  • Martin Pedersen

    05/31/2018 10:50 PM

    I wonder how President Trump's new tariffs on products from our allies (The EU, Canada, and Mexico) would somehow benefit American consumers and not ultimately cause inflation and higher prices in the U.S.A.

  • Robina A Keogh

    05/31/2018 10:09 PM


  • Pearl Brock

    05/31/2018 10:05 PM

    I so appreciate Mr. Justin Bartz's comments. He said exactly what my husband and I think as well. Thank you Mike for all you do to help us see the truth in the news. We can trust you, and believe me, that is extremely important. Keep going....God bless.

  • Martha J Orlando

    05/31/2018 09:10 PM

    Governor, I'm so sorry that I left out my email address in the previous comment. You can contact me at [email protected]
    Sending love and blessings your way!

  • Martha J Orlando

    05/31/2018 08:57 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,

    I had the honor to meet you in Woodstock, GA, when you were in the presidential running, and you were my first choice! You were at a book-signing, and I bought your book, and gave you the novels I had published to date at that time. All six are now out and available to order via Amazon. As these are Christian-themed novels, I'd love to be able to promote them in this arena, and would be so grateful for any help or suggestions you might have. My publisher is kind, but not proactive when it comes to promotions. I know this is a lot to ask, and I'd be more than willing to send you the last two books in my series for free at your request. And if the first gift has somehow been misplaced, I'd be more than happy to send you the entire set for free.
    Just know that I'm so proud of your daughter, Sarah, (yours and mine share the same name!) for all the positive accomplishments she is making at the White House. Wow! What an amazing young woman you and Janet have raised! Sarah makes us proud to be Americans, each and every day, and so do you.
    Wishing you God's blessings on all that you are and all that you do,
    Martha Jane Orlando

  • Rebecca Holstine

    05/31/2018 08:04 PM

    I listen to people and pay attention to what I hear. I told my husband 2 mos. before the 2016 election that Donald Trump was going to win. I knew the American people were angry and tired of Washington DC people overall. He did not believe me, although he was a supporter of Trump. He was worried right up to the night of the election. Does that make me smarter than Obama, the smartest man in the world, or does it mean I was more in touch with "real" people? I wasn't shocked at all that President Trump took the White House. And Obama shouldn't have been, if he had been paying attention to something besides his own belly button.

  • Anthony Silverence

    05/31/2018 07:47 PM

    Well, Huck, I said it yesterday and I'll say it again today. The reason these 160 plus "legislators" don't want anyone trying "experimental" drugs to try and save their lives is quite simple. The Health care system, since it became the health care "industry," does not CURE anything. They simply "treat" the illness. Keeping patients coming back again and again while bilking them out of tens of THOUSANDS of dollars. The legislators get MILLIONS in KICK BACK and campaign contribution cash from DRUG COMPANIES and for Profit HOSPITAL LOBBYISTS. Let's face it, the "industry" has to keep on rolling along Huck. Tens of BILLIONS and MILLIONS of jobs depend on it.


    05/31/2018 07:42 PM

    When I want to READ the truth. I read your newsletter. When I want to HEAR the truth I watch your TV Show. And your sense of humor.....LOVE IT!!! BTW: I also love your daughter. God Bless You?

  • Jeffrey Locke

    05/31/2018 07:37 PM

    Mike Huckabee you are Real Deal. How about tugging on the POTUS's ear and advocating for the Fair Tax? You would not be alone. VP Mike Pence was a strong advocate when he was a congressman.

  • Gene V. Moser

    05/31/2018 07:31 PM

    Mike, I'm glad you are doing well and am very proud of your daughter as Press Sec. She has your spunk and wit and I just love her dearly! I was upset over how they treated her at the Press Dinner, but she stood her ground and took it on the chin like a true champ that she is! You were my first pick for Pres. before Trump and if you ever run again, you have my vote. Keep on keepin' on my brother! I thank God for you and pray that this country gets turned around to what made us great from the beginning, Jesus Christ our Lord.

  • Patricia Lennon

    05/31/2018 07:26 PM

    I absolutely LOVE your commentary. I read it every day. You are so on track with facts and opinions with no "nastiness" that the left loves to dish out to anyone whom they disagree with. Please keep the emails coming; I look forward to every night! I hope one day to be able to send you a few bucks along the way to help you continue to enlighten us with your facts and HUMOR!
    Love ya

  • Audrey Stefanides

    05/31/2018 06:40 PM

    Enjoy reading you very much. Please put a bug in President Trumps ear to hire Mark Liven to his legal staff. Between him and Guillian, this Muller investigation will be done within a week.

  • Danny L. Pierce

    05/31/2018 06:24 PM

    We Love you for being a Christian and standing up for what is right and noble. Please help President Trump get the wall built, complete de-funding of Planned Parenthood and draining the swamp etc.!! I am a gospel pianist and would love to jam with you some-time!! Probably won't happen but a great thought any-way!! May God bless you and family also! Sarah does a great job also! Dan the piano man!!!!!!!!!!

  • rodney burke

    05/31/2018 06:15 PM

    It is apparent that dems do not care about America or Americans. Especially the terminally ill. Speaking of reform, the FDA should have about half of upper echelon shot at traitors to the American people. They engage in criminal activity on a daily basis. They hate America and all patients because they don;t WANT a cure. They want customers and are more than willing to poising them systematically. I hope Joy reid gets bit by her own words and is made a public example of. That needs to happen. Goes to prove "journalism is dead and buried" Sean Hannity

  • Fred & Shirley Cross

    05/31/2018 06:08 PM

    I think you are totally right on with all your input. I could not agree with you more.. Also wanted to let you know how much we enjoy your show on Sunday. Tell Sarah what a great job we think she is doing for Pres. Trump also.

  • Sue White

    05/31/2018 06:03 PM

    Ahhhh, the refreshing voice of reason!! So rare these days!!

  • sylvia shorter

    05/31/2018 05:56 PM

    I love your "Evening Edition" e-mails but did enjoy your "morning" newsletters also where you included a Daily Verse. I guess I got spoiled reading them! Any thoughts of sticking those verses in your evening messages again/also??

  • Lloyd Richardson

    05/31/2018 05:45 PM

    On Obama's turning the US into an African country replete with tribes (is that racist?!), you have to love the Big O's (or is that Oprah's!) speech in Nevada in the past few days where he is finally really going to become our Saviour, by producing movies with Netflix show Americans how to come together and think of themselves as Americans first, not identified by party or gender or race. This is like playng the race card so you can sell pricey courses to companies about how to get rid of racism in America. I guess he has one up on the various Revs now.

  • David Bevil

    05/31/2018 05:30 PM

    Only continually amazed and very confused that the only people held accountable or wh have to apologize or lose jobs are conservative.

  • Karen Sandberg Craig

    05/31/2018 05:30 PM

    I absolutely love you Sir! I hope you will run in 2024, as you are a wonderful asset to our country. I will support our current president for re-election in 2020. Stay healthy and keep those inspirational messages coming! You are the voice of reason at a ridiculously insane time in our country!!

  • Ann Klieves

    05/31/2018 05:27 PM

    Great commentary Mike.Our family loves you for your wit and wisdom.Keep up the good words!!

  • Justin Bartz

    05/31/2018 05:06 PM

    Mike, will you consider giving an update on the state of fundraising between the Republican Party and Democratic Party? I read late last year that the GOP had a huge advantage over the Democratic Party, who was nearly broke at that time still recovering from the 2016 Election loss. Regardless, every time I receive a fundraising email from whoever it happens to me, I have to scroll to the bottom of the email and see who it is sent on behalf of. Aside from contributing to HuckPAC from time to time, I can't bring myself to contribute to the GOP, NRCC, or anybody other than Great America PAC or other PACs supporting Donald Trump. I just can't bring myself to support a party that still hasn't gotten behind President Trump 100%. While I'd rather have the GOP succeed over the DNC, I have to make sure my money is going toward PACs or candidates who support the President's platform. While he's obviously a unique candidate in that he's never held political office in his life and is an imperfect vessel (as we all are), we still support President Trump and would appreciate a little more ENTHUSIASM and VIGOR by the GOP and those who are working with the President. There's no turning back down this road that we're on. Thank you for reading.