Evening Edition - April 3

April 3, 2020 |


Here is video of Thursday’s live briefing on the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus by President Trump. Before the update on the disease, there was information for businesses and workers on how and when financial relief will be coming.


A fascinating chart, updated daily, comparing 20 pandemics that have struck mankind over the past 2000 years. As bad as COVID-19 is, if we can “flatten the curve” and develop treatments and vaccines quickly, it could still rank near the bottom. By comparison, the #1 pandemic of all time, the Bubonic Plague of the 1300s, had a death toll of 200 million.


When Portland, Oregon, officials stood down and allowed Antifa thugs to run riot, threatening and bullying law-abiding citizens, it was shocking and intolerable. But it wasn’t surprising, considering the mindset of far-left Portland politics. However, once such cases got to the courts, you’d think some wisdom would prevail. Sadly, that’s not the case.

PJ Media’s Victoria Taft has a detailed report on freelance journalist Mike Strickland, who has been covering the growth of Antifa from a handful of nuts to the organized anarchist mob it is today. Naturally, cowards who attack other people while wearing masks don’t like being covered by journalists, so they’ve engaged in a long campaign of threats and smears against him.

At a 2016 protest rally that Strickland was videoing, some Antifa thugs roughed him up and threatened him. As he was backing away to leave, a mob of them ran toward him and tried to surround him. Strickland pulled out a pistol (for which he has a legal concealed carry license) and warned them away. He didn’t even touch the trigger, just showing the weapon made the thugs back off (I told you they were cowards), and he left safely.

For exercising his Second Amendment rights to protect his life and his First Amendment rights, Strickland was slammed with 21 charges by state prosecutors, 10 of them felonies. He ended up serving 40 days in jail and five years’ probation, losing his Second Amendment rights, and being banned from covering Antifa rallies, which is a blatant violation of his First Amendment rights.

After years of appeals, this week, the Oregon Appeals Court upheld the lower court ruling. It ruled that the violent anarchist group Antifa is part of the "protest community" of Portland and Strickland should be banned from filming their public events because he’s “polarizing” to them. I assume “polarizing” means they don’t like him showing the world what they’re actually doing and saying. You know, like a reporter.

There are many more details at the link, as well as Strickland’s video of the encounter that started this. His attorney has filed for the court to reconsider. It’s already sent a chilling message throughout the state that if you dare to protect yourself from violent leftist thugs, the court system will side with them and punish you. So how high up the chain of justice do we have to go until we find a court that actually sides with justice? I would hope the state Supreme Court, but it’s not a high hope.

It’s infuriating that this ever even went to court, much less that the courts sided with the mob, but even more infuriating is the long delay for justice to be served. In cases so egregious, it’s too bad there isn’t some mechanism for the US Supreme Court to take up their gavels, brandish them like weapons, and force the Oregon judges to back off their assault on the Bill of Rights.


I suspect that President Trump has had it up to his famous hairdo with people criticizing everything he does in an attempt to score cheap political points off of a deadly pandemic. So when New York Sen. Chuck Schumer criticized the way he was helping New York (which is getting tons of attention and aid from Trump; even the liberal Governor, Andrew Cuomo, has admitted that) and told him what he ought to be doing instead, Trump did something that has his supporters cheering and high-fiving:

He wrote a blunt letter back to Schumer, explaining why he is “wrong in every way” and is a “bad Senator.” He added, "If you spent less time on your ridiculous impeachment hoax, which went haplessly on forever and ended up going nowhere (except increasing my poll numbers), and instead focused on helping the people of New York, then New York would not have been so completely unprepared for the 'invisible enemy.' No wonder AOC and others are thinking about running against you in the primary. If they did, they would likely win."

You can read the entire letter here, and trust me, you want to.

Sen. Schumer (no doubt with his glasses all the way to the end of his nose, all the better to look down on us all), got into high dudgeon, and said he was “just appalled.” (I wonder if he "Well, I never!"'ed?) He called Trump’s letter “petty” and “unserious,” and tweeted back, “Be a leader. Do your job."

Okay, since Sen. Schumer's actual job title is “Senate Minority Leader,” let’s take a look at how he thinks a leader should conduct himself in his job.

I’d call that some pretty bad senatoring, wouldn’t you?

PS – Since our policy is to always issue corrections of anything that turns out to be incorrect, let it be noted that the Powerline blog has retracted the report that Schumer accused Trump of waging war on immigrants for his travel ban from China. It was based on a tweet supposedly by Schumer that now appears to have been a fabrication. Duly noted.

However, this is definitely real.

1. U.S. # CONFIRMED CASES (As of 6:30 AM): 266,571   DEATHS: 6,921  RECOVERIES: 9,445

TESTS GIVEN:  1,290,619

2.  CDC RECOMMENDATIONS: How to protect yourself  |  What to do if you are sick

3.  CORONAVIRUS DEATHS:  They are mounting everywhere, these are a few names you might recognize. 

4.  WHAT DO YOU THINK: Share your thoughts on President Trump's handling of this crisis

5.  DATA:  We see data emerging NOW, and it may be a "game-changer"

6. A CURE?: Some potential good news on a possible cure for COVID-19.


One reason you shouldn’t watch 24-hour news channels 24 hours a day is because the relentless negativity will poison your mood and sour your attitude toward the world and your fellow human beings. This is why our motto is “We read the news so you don’t have to.” For years, there’s been a saying in journalism: “If it bleeds, it leads.” That means the most horrifying stories get the biggest headlines. And these days, that’s been updated to, “If it bleeds, it leads…especially if we can find any way to smear some of the blood on President Trump.

So if you are sheltering in place, I hope you’re not spending too much time keeping up with every terrifying new story about the coronavirus and every attack on how Trump is handling it. A pandemic is bad enough, but there’s not much point in avoiding the virus if you get an ulcer watching all the partisan sniping and scare stories, many of which will later turn out to have been incorrect or wildly exaggerated.

Trust me, it’s not hard to keep up with the bad news without obsessing over it, and we will continue to summarize it and provide links to the most important stories and to the President’s daily briefings, in places where you can watch them complete and uninterrupted. In the meantime, don’t think of this time as being “stuck” at home, but as a time when you can reconnect with your kids, do things as a family, and turn adversity into memories.

And let’s remember what a remarkable nation this is. The media constantly harp on our differences to try to divide us into warring camps. But when the chips are down, nobody helps their friends, neighbors and even strangers the way Americans do. There are countless examples of everyday heroism all around us. Not just those on the front lines in health care, but truckers, grocery shelf stockers, delivery people, factory workers, business owners and everyone who is stepping up and going above and beyond to help us get through this.

For instance, how about a Huck’s Hero salute to Boston police officer Ben Peguero? He saw a woman crying outside a supermarket because she couldn’t afford to pay for the cart of groceries she’d gathered for her three young daughters, so he insisted on paying for them himself.

And let’s hear it for Huck’s Heroine Elena Tomkins of Washington, DC. She created an organization called Feed The Fight that serves on two levels. Donations are used to buy food from local restaurants to help them survive, then volunteers deliver that food to overworked health care workers on the front lines of the disease. Here’s an interview with Tucker Carlson explaining how it works.

The idea has inspired similar groups across the nation, like this one in Houston

Here are some photos from around the nation that I promise will make you feel inspired and uplifted…

Here’s an amusing and heartwarming story about how some parents in Texas used a little creativity to give their high school senior daughter a “prom on the porch”…

And here’s a story that I pretty much guarantee you will never see covered on CNN or MSNBC…

Yes, it’s tempting to focus on the negative. There are not only plenty of real negatives, but a whole lot of manufactured negatives. Like the media figures who mocked MyPillow CEO Mike Liddell’s appearance at a Trump press conference, even though he was contributing 75% of his factory space to making medical masks while they were contributing nothing but nasty snark. Last time I checked, a thick shell of self-righteous smugness did not repel the coronavirus.

Fortunately, the vast majority of Americans have always rejected negativity and instead asked what they can do to make a positive difference. Our elite media, celebrities and some of our politicians could take a lesson from our cops, truckers, nurses, farmers, business owners and grocery clerks. You know: the real “essential workers.”

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  • Phyllis Lambert

    04/06/2020 12:20 AM

    This scripture reminds me that I have been meaning to thank you for using the King James Version of the Bible. That's what I grew up with and find the "modern" translations sorely lacking in their interpretations. Somewhat a bit of "fake news". Just my opinion...Thanks!


    04/04/2020 11:39 PM

    IS not strange we do not hear that any of the Democrat members of teir families have contracted the virus. s

    How much did the Chinese pay Hunter asnd Sleepy Joe to look the other way while they where experimenting
    within their Research Facilities in the Wuhan Province on various types of viruses.

    Whose fault is that the material located within the Medical Stockpiles that are being distributed that are expired
    or non-functional. "It all leads back the Governors and the government inspectors at those location of not
    taking and inspecting the material and looking at the expiration dates fearing if they reported the discrepancies
    they would be fired or just too lazy to check.

    They where warned after the Swine Flu under the Obama Administration to prepare for a possible another
    virus outbreak or pandemic. Instead they just ignored the warnings and are now in a crisis stage.

    If you look at where the pandemic outbreaks are in Democratic Districts and large cities with large dense
    populations like Chicago (Democrat Female Mayor) New York (Delasio , who told people do not fear it) and
    the other cities where the virus is now located in.

    I do not trust what California is telling people just look where the USNS Mercy is docked in Los Angeles
    pier, how far away is the homeless people and have the homeless already contracted the virus and
    Newsome and the Mayor afraid to tell the truth. "Is that also true on San Francisco, where Pelosi and
    her friends are covering up their stupidity.

    What if in the next weeks, the virus turns into a real pandemic in those cities. Where are going to bury the
    dead and where are they going to get the medical and emergency facilities to treat them.

    Thank you

  • Donna Crosswait

    04/04/2020 06:30 PM

    When tooting the horn for heroes and heroines, don’t forget all of the housekeepers and laundry workers in health care settings. What an extremely exhausting, dangerous, and often thankless job!

  • Carolyn Caudry

    04/04/2020 03:06 PM

    I'd like to nominate the post lady that comes to deliver my mail every day and gets barked at relentlessly by my dogs despite the risks to her own health by handling all the mail left for her along her route.

  • Paul Cook

    04/04/2020 02:51 PM

    The way the courts ruled against antifa protesters reminds me of Micah 3:1-3 talks about those who hand out justice that hates good and loves evil . God wasn’t happy with that kind of justice I don’t think he is happy with this kind either. In that case he caused destruction to the entire group of people .

  • George Reynolds

    04/04/2020 02:39 PM

    To Mary E Johnson, who wrote that she is a senior on a limited income, who gets lots of mail and email every day asking for donations: I too am a senior (2 months away from three-quarters of a century old!), and I too get tons of mail and emails requesting money. Mary, do what I do: Give when you can to the few causes you prefer, and trash the rest of them! I daily cull through the snail mail and fill the recycle been with UNOPENED requests for donations. Many are worthy causes, but I cannot support them all. I used to delete all the extraneous emails of the same ilk, asking for money, but it got to be too big and time-consuming a task, so now I just ignore them. I don't even open them. after a while, I will "bulk delete" them by doing a mail search for their name, and delete them, 50 or so at a time. I support Samaritan's Purse and The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, along with my church and several other worthy causes, but I pick and choose (prayerfully) which ones to give my meagre funds to.

  • George Reynolds

    04/04/2020 02:25 PM

    I have seen no sign of people getting mean and territorial during this crisis. I haven't gone out much, just to a few grocery stores, but everywhere I have seen people being courteous to each other, smiling, and offering their best wishes, even in the grocery aisles and the checkout lines. After all, we are all in this together, and if you can't smile, you only make yourself (and others) miserable.

  • Rallen Fontenot

    04/04/2020 12:33 PM

    Thanks for what you are doing Governor! You always hit the nail on the head. Thank God we have you to put a Christian perspective on all this. You are appreciated. President Trump is doing a great job.

  • Dot Whitley

    04/04/2020 12:14 PM

    I have so much respect for a man like Mike Liddell . My daughter and I bought his pillows to try them out, but when we heard his story about how why he started making them we didn't care if we liked the pillows or not, we liked the man.
    Now all we hear is how much money we are going to spend to stop drug addiction. We know of too many drug addicts who do drugs because they love it ,so I don't support helping them when they aren't ready to help themselves.
    Dot Whitley

  • Crystal Keyser

    04/04/2020 11:39 AM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee,
    I continue to thank God for you and your teams efforts to uplift and encourage the American peoples.
    I’m EXTREMELY grateful that you sift through the muck of the news media and boil it down to the “nitty gritty” so that I am able to get information without the pollution.
    God bless and keep you as you continue to serve Him!
    Crystal Keyser

  • Thomas Douglas Roper

    04/04/2020 11:27 AM

    I think the statistics doesn't really tell the whole story., ar least not yet. Initially testing was slow and few available. As the testing procedure improves and becomes readily available more people are being tested and more positive cases being reported. Really doesn't indicate it's getting that much worse.
    I'm 70 years old and doing every possible to protect myself by staying at home.

  • Lu Jean Bedard

    04/04/2020 11:13 AM

    Thank you so much for the encouraging pictures. My husband and I are Christians but are starting to fear for our economy as these restrictions continue. We appreciate you and your positive news!

  • Stephen Russell

    04/04/2020 11:08 AM

    CoVid 19 side issue:
    With OK to wear masks in public, very scary since felons can hide behind masks & committ crimes.
    Dangerous side effect alone.
    Take to your show to debate.
    Nationwide info

  • Dianna Bostick

    04/04/2020 10:59 AM

    I shutter to think that if Hillary was in charge she would most likely let everyone die who isn't a Democrat !! I do thank God for our President! He demonstrates daily how much he cares about this county!!

  • Janet Burton

    04/04/2020 10:37 AM

    I will turn 72 years of age on Easter Sunday. To be totally honest with you, I am more afraid of the Dems and their agenda than I am of the Wuhan virus. Thank you so very much for keeping us informed with actual news. And, hats off to all the workers who had no choice but to stay on the job. I do however, have a question. Exactly, what job is nonessential?

  • Ronald Decker

    04/04/2020 10:26 AM

    Outstanding news letter. Great to see some down to earth news.

  • Judy Miller

    04/04/2020 10:25 AM

    Thank you for coming into my home with your comforting, encouraging, and positive words. May a God Bless You and give you continued strength and shield you from this terrible virus.

  • Maria Kendrick

    04/04/2020 09:38 AM

    Good morning..... I have just had it with some in the media, especially those at the news conferences. I cannot believe the rudeness and thinly veiled contempt some of them show our President. It is ABHORRING!!!! It is INCREDIBLE that Mr. Acosta, the poster boy for ill manners, should be allowed to still sit in in the news conferences. Put someone else in there, I know, we are talking about CNN, but there has to be someone in that place that can show just a bit more manners and civility!

  • Dan Prouty

    04/04/2020 08:35 AM

    I back Trump on almost everything he does except I believe he is making a big mistake in not making it mandatory to wear a face mask or a cloth covering when going inside a store. On the street with safe 6 foot distance it is probably not needed. In a grocery it is impossible to maintain that distance.

  • Lars Schroeder

    04/04/2020 08:28 AM

    Dear Gov.!
    I love hearing the untold (non msm) stories of ordinary Americans doing marvelous things!

    On another, less positive note, please check out the lunacy of the Oregon Department of Education closing established online charter schools due to the pandemic. We need some national attention/pressure put on Salem's stupidity. Never let a good pandemic go waste right?
    Greetings from wacko Oregon!
    Lars Schroeder

  • Linda Baese

    04/04/2020 08:03 AM

    Please, find a way to stop the Democrats! If our country is going to survive, they’ve got to be stopped.

  • Mary E Johnson

    04/04/2020 07:53 AM

    You hit the nail on the head in your afternoon letter yesterday which I am reading this AM. I have been telling myself that I have to quit listening to all that's going on in politics right now. It has been stressing me out big time and it's not worth it. The thing that bothers me the most is the mail and the e-mails that I get every day asking me for donations. And this morning's e-mail list is particularly disturbing, calling me out for not answering the 5 calls from President Trump as he calls for my donations in e-mails. As I have told you before, I can only give when I can and apparently that isn't good enough. Yesterday I got a thank you e-mail from NRSC & today I get scolded. I'm tired of it & it's the main reason I don't go on my computer every day. I am a senior and on a limited income. I don't know if you get my occasional letters or not but sometimes I get two from you in one mailing for HUC PAC.

  • Mona Kramer

    04/04/2020 07:47 AM

    Dr Fruci should stand down! We are not a nation that shuts itself down until we find a cure for every disease coming down the pike. Why is he so reluctant to using what we already have that has proven to heal someone with the coronavirus?

    Hated the stimulus program from the get go! Everywhere I go people are doing what the government has asked. I live in Florida and the pollen count is at it's peak. When I leave the house, in about 1/2 hour I sneeze. I sneezed in Ace Hardware, covered my face, but everyone started running. I looked at the employee and said, "It is the pollen". Sorry.

    We are idiots on steroids! Put all the money in testing, forget giving away Trillions of dollars for people to not work. If we test negative, let us go back to work! We are as close to Marshall Law as I have ever seen (84 years old) and it scares me worse than the virus.
    Have we all forgotten Germany! Take the guns aways - tell the churches what to preach!!!!

    Frustrated in Florida!!!!!

  • Joanne Proia

    04/04/2020 07:47 AM

    I always look forward to your emails and bible verse of the day. Your emails give me the truth and the bible verse gives me the calm of my day so thank you Governor Huckabee for being there for me everyday!

  • Judy Radley

    04/04/2020 05:30 AM

    Thank you for showing the data that says recovery numbers are higher than the deaths. The recovery numbers almost double the number of deaths. That IS a BIG deal and a very positive sign. But of course you won't hear about it from the MSM, as it is good news. Hopefully by end of this month, the stores will start staying open longer, restaurants will open again, and workers will begin getting back to work. That is only if the proof that us in our small towns have seen and felt that the number of new cases hasn't grown so fast, and the number of recoveries is what will grow the fastest. Govt. in NYS, doesn't want to see a 'flattened curve', and where is Cuomo putting all the ventilators he has gotten? He keeps saying, we need more, that has been going on for almost a month now.... is he sending them to Italy, i.e. Cuomo is an Italian name, or is he just giving them out to all the illegal aliens and prisoners at Rikers? And now he wants upstate hospitals to give NYC all their ventilators? I think not..... He took our tax money, and now he wants hospitals to risk lives in upstate NY by taking THEIR basic, which they have not much of in the first place, life support equipment and PPE equipment from the doctors, nurses, and patients here in the hospitals or those who may go into hospitals? See, Cuomo does NOT CARE about anything other than NYC and his rich union bosses, like Soros, and their cronies! He is a disgusting excuse for a human being. I say just let us alone, in upstate NY, leave the hospitals alone and get out of the way so real recovery can take place, like allowing businesses to open up again! Next Cuomo will want all ventilators from every state, except those his liberal socialist buddies run, to send their ventilators to NYC only! Hopefully we can finally get NYC split from all of NYS.... Then we could close off NYC!!! Put up a wall around that! It's an island anyway! Keep the illegals there and stop letting anymore in this country, PERIOD!!!