In preparation for an interview I’ll be doing soon on my TBN show with CBS’s chief White House correspondent Major Garrett, I examined his latest book, “MR. TRUMP’S WILD RIDE:  The Thrills, Chills, Screams and Occasional Blackouts of an Extraordinary Presidency.”  I might not have wasted my time with the typical Trump book by the typical mainstream media-type, but Garrett has sincerely tried his best to present an even-handed assessment of the first part of Trump’s presidency.  Given these viciously polarized times, I have to give him some credit for even attempting that.

And let’s give him credit for a great, evocative title as well.  Thinking back to the1990s when Bill and Hillary were in the White House, I remember we could have characterized the Clinton years in much the same way.  Back then, we really did have “scandal fatigue” with the Clintons, as it was just one scandal after another and they were NOT created, as Hillary tried to claim, by “a vast right-wing conspiracy.”  But the period we’re living through now is even more intense.  Some say that Trump is facing the most negative media since Abraham Lincoln.  And this time, the weird thing is that there isn’t even any actual Trump scandal that we know of, just a lot of frantic searching for...something, those who fervently oppose him and will do whatever it takes to damage him and, ultimately, unseat him.

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Yet the only Trump-related scandal we’ve uncovered has had to do not with Trump himself but with the unethical and even unlawful efforts by the FBI (including some who are now on the special counsel team) to incriminate him and get rid of him.  Oh, and we also –- big surprise –- have encountered still more Clinton misbehavior, which never seems to end.

It’s hard to tell if the carnival atmosphere surrounding Trump’s administration is truly the result of his own mercurial personality (judging from his book, Garrett would say that in large part, it is), or if any Republican coming in on the heels of The Exalted One would have received pretty much the same reception from the left.  With “progressives” becoming increasingly radical and in-your-face, any move towards conservatism by any Republican President, not just Trump, would no doubt be met with rage and condemnation.  For example, surely any constitutionalist nominated for the Supreme Court by any Republican President would have been met with the same hysteria that Justice Brett Kavanaugh experienced.

Try to imagine the reaction from the left if, say, a President Pence had nominated Kavanaugh (or any other judge; it doesn’t matter).  I’d venture to say that because of Pence’s deep religious faith and strong pro-life stance, any Supreme Court nomination he put forth would be met with the same or perhaps an even greater magnitude of screaming from the left.  We still would have the decades-old unsubstantiated accusations, the repeated outbursts during his confirmation hearings, the women wearing costumes from THE HANDMAID’S TALE, and all the rest of that horror show.

Of course, Trump is different in that he fights fire with fire, always punching back.  (He’s had a few unforced errors as well, punching wildly into the Twitterverse when it would have been better to say nothing at all.)  There’s a negative side to that but also a positive one, in that he will not be cowed.  He’s like Rocky Balboa in the ring –- he stands up to hit after hit and absolutely refuses to go down.  Who else would take all this?  Who else is so gloriously stubborn? 

Some other Presidents have dealt with an extremely hostile media; it simply wasn’t that apparent because there used to be unwritten “rules” of professional behavior and language that, sadly, people just don’t follow any more, not even in the newsroom, not even in the White House press room.  That’s a reflection of the times and the evolving nature of media, particularly social media, but not necessarily of Trump himself.  George W. Bush was mercilessly trashed; they called him everything in the book, up to and including Hitler.  Ronald Reagan was the target of vicious hate, and that hostility can’t be blamed on his personality or behavior, as he was always a perfect gentleman.

Leftists try to blame Trump and, in particular, his ill-advised tweeting for the hate that’s been generated, but, trust me, they would still detest him just as much if Twitter hadn’t been invented.  They use his tweets as an excuse for their own hatred and sorry behavior.

Seems to me, the upper echelon at the FBI were so ready for Hillary to be President and so protective of their friends and fiefdoms that they likely would have worked to undermine whoever the Republican nominee might have been, at least anyone they thought might mess with the status quo.  We’ll never know, but I’ll bet they would have found ways to spy on any Hillary opponent and create some kind of “insurance policy” to at least limit his power on the off-chance he won.  Wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

But back to Trump’s glorious stubbornness.  No matter which Republican had won the White House, the Democrats’ opposition to beefed-up border security, no matter what form that took, would have been just as strong.  They obviously DO NOT want border security, no matter how many times they say they do.  One look at California will tell you:  what they want are sanctuary cities, budget-busting services for all, and essentially open borders, through which they envision millions of future Democratic voters streaming in.  It’s fair to assume they would counter any attempt by any President to strengthen our border with whatever strategy they thought would keep it from going through.

Yes, in past years, Democrats –- even Obama –- claimed to want border security and a border “fence.”  Notice we did not get it.  This assertion was just as disingenuous as when they claimed to be in favor of traditional marriage and balanced budgets.

But in the current stalemate, who besides Trump (and, well, me) would have stood firm, understanding what the Democrats were trying to do to him?  Trump knows they’re like Lucy with the football, saying,  “Look, Charlie Brown, you run up and kick the football, and I PROMISE I won’t pull the ball away at the last minute.”  Only they say, “Look, Mr. President, you re-open the government, and we PROMISE we’ll negotiate with you then.”  Other Presidents have been Charlie Browns, trusting people who should not be trusted.  Even Reagan trusted Congress to cut spending, but that never happened, and deficits climbed.  But Trump knows exactly who he’s dealing with.  He knows that if he caves, the Democrats will not give him a thing.

Trump supporters appreciate his skepticism.  We like that he keeps people off balance.  That might be hard for some of the people who work around him, but it’s sure good for him when negotiating.

One theme of Garrett’s book is that Trump exhausts everyone –- supporters and detractors alike.  True, but at least Trump himself faces each new day with boundless energy even as he tires everyone else out.  We are so fortunate to have him there.  Garrett says that even writing about Trump put him in “a frenzied state of dread.”  Maybe so, but that couldn’t have been anything close to the dread I used to feel now and then before Trump was elected, at the very thought of Hillary Clinton becoming President of the United States.



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  • Kathie Storey

    01/22/2019 07:43 PM

    Thank you for standing with POTUS,miss seeing Sarah as much,Tell Trump stand strong,we’re with him

  • Nan Wysock

    01/22/2019 04:50 PM

    That is a beautiful poem submitted by Anonymous! Thank you so much for sharing it and I pray God's continued blessings and welcoming into Heaven for the writer.

  • Tracey Powers

    01/22/2019 03:30 PM

    Thanks, Mr. Huckabee, for a refreshing counterpoint to the hysteria. It's badly needed. I especially appreciate the Bible verses at the end of the news. It's like a soothing balm to ruffled nerves after reading about the state of things as they are. One question: if the Democrats were in the majority when they wanted a border wall or fence, why did we not get one then? Was it the Republicans who stood in the way of progress? Help me understand.

  • Jen Yost

    01/22/2019 02:41 PM

    It seems if Major Garrett writing was put in a "frenzied state of dread", he maybe he should not have done it;)

  • Susan Norris

    01/22/2019 05:22 AM

    I still stand behind President Trump. Thank you for doing the same.

  • Vallorie

    01/22/2019 01:13 AM

    You are always spot on! Loved your show and love you and your daughter! She is my hero!

  • Janet Randolph

    01/21/2019 11:21 PM

    Thank you, Gov. Huckabee, for once again "telling it like it is"! I sincerely pray that President Trump continues to stand firm. He is amazingly tough and resilient--thank the Lord!

  • Brenda Marcum

    01/21/2019 11:04 PM

    Thank you. Governor, for being a voice of clarity amidst all the crazy confusion! I look forward to this interview.

  • Saray Snyder

    01/21/2019 10:47 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, I enjoy reading your articles. You are always so grounded and balanced in your analysis. I have a lot of respect for you. God bless you and please keep supporting and praying for for our President; he needs it, we all need it.

  • MRMorrell

    01/21/2019 10:42 PM

    I am going to order Garret’s book, based on the review it should be very refreshing!

  • Marie Krause

    01/21/2019 08:55 PM

    Always looking forward to your common sense. I actually need it. Having existed during WWII, and all the 'wars' since then, my memory is pretty good about the anxiety my parents went through, what with several of my relatives being in the military in each of those conflicts, losing school mates in some of them, and now having nieces and nephews in and retiring from the military. Frightened for my grandchildren and their children. We really are in a way between good and evil even within our own government. Scary stuff and I pray off and on all day that 'good' wins. Always has, but this is going to be a tough one. God bless you and those like you who are trying to spread hope.

  • Robert McLead

    01/21/2019 08:13 PM

    Can't seem to find ANYTHING to ever disagree with you about Mike. Lol. Keep up the good fight. At least as well as a God fearing man can in this day and age.