Evening Edition - April 24

April 24, 2020 |

A RUNDOWN OF COVID-19 NEWS

Here is the link to Thursday’s full White House press briefing on the coronavirus:

The most important point to come out of it was that the virus is vulnerable to increased temperatures, humidity and sunlight, which could be good news as summer approaches, especially in sunny Southern states. There was a recommendation that activities be moved outdoors into the sunlight, which I’m sure will come as welcome news to Americans who are sick of being cooped up inside until they’re as pale as Morticia Addams.

And then there was this incident, which has a good chance at going down in history as the Stupidest Media Controversy of 2020, although I suspect there will be a lot of competition.

I’ll add that “Sunlight is the best disinfectant” is a message I’d like to see taken to heart across all the shadowy nooks and crannies of the federal government, not just the virus briefings.

The biggest real news of the day involving the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus is that it might not be as deadly as we were led to believe when we shut down the economy based on computer models that predicted millions of deaths, and have since been adjusted steadily downward. There’s always a temptation when dealing with a disease scare to look back with 20/20 hindsight and say, “It wasn’t that bad! We didn’t need to take all those precautions!” when it’s possible that if we hadn’t taken the precautions, it might’ve been much worse. It was certainly necessary to take drastic action upfront to “flatten the curve” and keep the disease from spreading and overwhelming the medical system.

But we’ve done that. While we don’t want a second wave to bring it roaring back, we can’t keep the economy shut down forever. Due to the shutdown, another 4.4 million Americans just applied for unemployment benefits, bringing the total to 26 million. Indeed, there are estimates that keeping it shut much longer will lead to so much despair, depression, drug abuse and suicide that more people will die than would have died of the virus.

We were also told that we needed to take drastic measures until we knew more about the threat. Well, now we know more, and some of it is good news, but the people lobbying to keep the economy shut down don’t want to hear it.

For instance, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who not that long ago was worried about millions of deaths and a shortage of ventilators and hospital beds (none of which came to pass) announced that a test of 3,000 people across 19 New York counties found that 13.9% of them had coronavirus antibodies. Extrapolated to the entire state population, that would be 2.7 million people who contracted the virus but had no symptoms or sickness too mild to go to the hospital. That would mean the death rate per infection isn’t 6%, as previously stated, but 0.5%. We still don’t know if antibodies provide long-lasting immunity, but it is proof that many people can catch the virus and not even get sick enough to need a doctor.

We also now know that 94% of coronavirus patients who were hospitalized in New York City had another underlying condition, and 88% had two or more. The most common was hypertension, followed by obesity, diabetes, morbid obesity, and coronary artery disease.

But the most important MUST-READ article of the day is by Dr. Scott W. Atlas, former chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center. It’s titled, “The Data is In; Stop the Panic and End the Total Isolation.”

Dr. Atlas lists five facts that all point to the need to end the economic lockdown while continuing to proceed with reasonable caution. These facts, which he explains in much more detail, are:

The overwhelming majority of people have little risk of dying from COVID-19 (those over 75 are at greatest risk; the current death rate for those 18 and under is zero)…Protecting older, high-risk people eliminates hospital overcrowding…Our total isolation policy is prolonging the problem by preventing the development of “herd immunity”…People are dying because hypothetical projections of the need for care for COVID-19 patients caused states to cancel other medical procedures, from cancer screenings and biopsies to chemotherapy and brain surgeries…We now have a clearly-defined at-risk population who can be protected with targeted measures, so we don’t have to shut down the entire country.

This isn’t to say that we can immediately go back to life as it was two months ago. We’ll still need to follow reasonable precautions. Even if you’re not at greatest risk, why take unnecessary chances? But we now know a lot more about how dangerous the disease is, and about how damaging the response has been. We now have to consider whether the cure is on the verge of becoming worse than the disease.

LIBERAL TROLLS AND POLITICIANS SHOW THEIR TRUE COLORS

One relative upside of the pandemic shutdown is that it has made a lot of people who like to wrap themselves in the mantle of “compassionate liberals” show their true colors. For instance, we’ve seen some truly wretched comments, ranging from anonymous Twitter trolls wishing death on the President and his supporters to clueless, bubble-dwelling celebrities and politicians mocking people who are desperate to get back to work so they don’t lose their homes and businesses and so they can pay their bills and feed their families.

We’ve also seen in stark terms the ugly selfishness of the left's “never let a good crisis go to waste” mentality, as Nancy Pelosi held up desperately-needed aid to small businesses to try to extort her “progressive” wish list into the bill. She’s now boasting that if we need another bill to keep the economy alive, she will force a national vote-by-mail law into it, creating a tsunami of vote fraud that will keep Democrats in power forever.

Another way that opportunistic leftists have tried to use this crisis to impose their agenda on America was by making it more lucrative to stay unemployed than to go back to work. They insisted that this wouldn’t incentivize unemployment. But it already is…

Some analysts say the lucrative unemployment benefits are a stealth way of forcing small businesses to raise wages without having to pass a new national minimum wage law. If so, then it’s a stealth way to put small businesses out of business nationwide, just as they have in cities and states that raised the minimum wage above market rates. Small businesses are drowning, and the Democrats want to throw them an anvil.

To sum up, Americans have gotten a good, hard look at what life under “Democratic socialism” and the Green New Deal would look like, as some prominent leftist politicians have celebrated the blows to the fossil fuel industry, all the lost jobs in industries they don’t like, and the expansion of dependence and government power, with people being ordered to stay inside, not drive, live off handouts, etc. If you like the current despair, impoverishment, lack of freedom and official disregard for constitutional rights, elect more AOCs and they’ll make it permanent.

OBAMA BREAKS WITH TRADITION

Former President Barack Obama broke the tradition of Presidents not attacking their successors (especially during a national emergency) by criticizing President Trump’s response to the coronavirus. At this link, Matt Margolis of PJ Media reminds us of why Obama has no room to talk, having botched the response to two pandemics during his term, Ebola and H1N1 (swine flu.)

Speaking of violating long-established protocols, Bob Ehrlich has a good piece at Western Journal about six ways in which Donald Trump has changed old rules that everyone used to follow.

It’s an interesting read, but to put in my two cents: I’m constantly hearing about how Trump has upended all the agreed-upon rules and previously-revered niceties of politics, media relations, diplomacy, etc. In some ways, he has (usually by telling us what he honestly thinks, which ironically gets him branded as a “liar” by people who think he should have been honest enough to keep telling the same lies they’ve all agreed to mouth for years.) But the charge that Trump is responsible for inventing personal attacks on opponents and “lowering the tone of political discourse” is laughable. And I ought to know.

If you recall, I stood on the debate stage with Trump, competing with him for the nomination at a time when he was being assailed for giving mocking nicknames to his opponents. Do you know what he called me? “Governor Huckabee,” or “Mike.” Do you know why? Because I said I knew that Hillary Clinton would be far worse for America than any Republican, so I was going to observe Reagan’s 11th Commandment and not attack my fellow Republicans. I didn’t call Trump names, and he didn’t call me names. Imagine that!

In virtually every case where Trump has been accused of attacking people, breaking the rules and “lowering the tone,” he was attacked first. He was called a phony, a con man, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe, a liar, a crook and someone who was only running to enrich himself, surely the most hilarious of all the false charges. And a media that had just spent eight years giving Obama shoeshines with their tongues declared themselves to be open advocates for Hillary and threw any pretense of journalistic standards out the window as they attacked Trump like a pack of baying hounds.

But he didn’t do what Republicans are supposed to do when they’re unfairly maligned, which is to roll over and apologize for their shortcomings. No, he punched back. And for that unforgivable act of self-defense, he’s the one who’s blamed for “lowering the tone of public discourse.” Maybe he should point out that he’s just following the Obama principle of “if they hit you, punch back twice as hard.” Or would it be uncouth to remind the Democrats and the media (pardon my redundancy) that he’s not the first President to disregard the niceties of polite discourse when attacked?

TIME TO REIN WHITMER IN

So many people are furious and protesting Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s arbitrary rules in the name of fighting the coronavirus that the state legislature plans to meet today to discuss reining in her powers.

FYI: Republicans hold the majorities in both houses in Michigan. You didn’t seriously think that a Democratic legislature would consider reining in the powers of a Democratic Governor just because the people were up in arms, did you?

COURT CASE TO WATCH

A five-year-old girl’s biological father is fighting in the Texas State Supreme Court for his parental rights against the fiance of his late ex-wife, who died in a car crash. Believe it or not, lower courts sided with the non-relative, holding that anyone who claims to have had a parental-like supervisory role in a child’s life has the right to challenge a biological parent for custody. Incidentally, there is no question of the biological father being an unfit parent.

The attorney for the dad says that if they lose, it could set a legal precedent that nannies, live-in boyfriends, roommates or anyone who lives in the same house as a child and has a minimal role in his or her life can sue the parent for custody and get rights and time with your child. This is definitely a case to watch and pray over, and be thankful it’s in Texas and not California.

FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS CALIFORNIA GUN LAW

A federal judge in San Diego blocked a California law requiring people to undergo a background check to buy ammunition, calling it “onerous and convoluted” and in violation of the Second Amendment.

Might I add that since people already have to undergo a background check to buy guns, why would they need to do it, again and again, every time they buy bullets? Unless the California legislature thinks that ammo buyers who don’t own guns plan to throw the bullets at people.

DAILY BIBLE VERSE

But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.

1 Chronicles 29:14 (KJV)

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  • Lanelle Johnston

    04/29/2020 03:40 PM

    Governor Huckabee, I have been a poll worker for many Republican elections and am feeling stress that in Houston Harris County, the Democratic Diane Troutman is pushing all mail in
    ballots for a July run-off election and for the November election. She has asked for millions
    to pull this off. What can I do to keep this from happening? The previous two elections we
    have had were disasters due to Ms. Troutman's mis-handling of the election procedures. I am in contact with Senators Cornyn and Cruz and maybe if enough Senators hear from us, can stop
    this mail-in nonsense, which in my opinion leads to voter fraud which is prevalent in Harris
    County. How can the Democrats continue tearing down procedures? Thank you for your
    newsletters and daily Bible verses. God bless you and your family.

  • Lu Jean Bedard

    04/26/2020 08:45 AM

    Governor Huckabee, Thank you once again for your voice of reason in a hysterical time. I know you are trustworthy. It's so refreshing to be able to believe what you write instead of having to sift through it as is required when reading the newspaper or other biased sources. May God bless you and keep you healthy so we can hear from you another day.

  • Michael

    04/25/2020 06:48 PM

    In our country will we ever get to see that glorious day when we never have to see or hear anything from those frauds-the Obama's!! Obama tried to destroy the America we knew with his ideology of fundamentally transforming America. Upon leaving office after eight grueling deeply discouraging years, he expected Crooked Hillary to finish destroying our country. Sadly, still have way to many Deep Swamp rats who are willing to carry the liberal Democrat party agenda forward. And they have the fake America hating mainstream media to help them every step of the way . . . . Unless they are stopped and evicted from our country next November. And even the speculative thought that Michelle Obama will be Joe Biden's VP pick should scare Republican voters to get to the polls in masses never seen before to re-elect Trump. And it should be obvious that the Democrats will lie, cheat and steal to win any election. Which should also be one more compelling reason to vote against and evict every Democrat in every election. And resist mailing in your ballot unless you are okay with the Democrats cheating with that system. Rise up Patriots to save our Nation!!!

  • Melody Booth

    04/25/2020 03:47 PM

    Love your show. Reading most of the update emails. Question: why is the map so red but not so red in central Africa?

  • richard van bueren

    04/25/2020 03:21 PM

    thanks gov. that article by dr. scott atlas was great, very informative, hope some of the closed minds will read and take to heart, richard

  • Judy Radley

    04/25/2020 02:02 PM

    Thank You Gov. Mike for your always positive newsletters! I read them daily and it helps keep me positive and sane. As I was reading this newsletter, it occurred to me that maybe God has heard all our prayers and this is His way of helping us get through this by actually showing humankind how evil humans in power act during such a trial and tribulation of putting their power above human kindness and common sense, by showing mankind how the liberals are worshiping their own power and money over what God has created. From showing that it is okay for bars to be open but not for churches to be open? That is a very 'here is a sign from God' that evil is more accepted than the godly things. It is better to drink booze than worship at church. That is one thing that Satan would show as okay. And another, undoing our Constitutional Rights' by committing fraudulent elections from mail in ballots. So if Pelosi does this thing about taking disgusting advantage of a horrible state America is in, we don't have to follow the law do we? As it is against our Constitutional Rights' for our Right to Vote in person......and it would only be a request, not a rule of law, besides it would never pass in the Senate either. Correct? I would love to have these ads shown on our TV but in New York State, the Communist State of New York, we don't get TV ads that show any Conservative ads, only propaganda ads that boost Liberal Socialists and we don't even get to see President Trump's Daily Press briefings unless we watch Fox News. As Cuomo sees himself as the KING of New York. It is totally horrible and YES the response to the COVID-19 is far worse than the virus itself. We have more deaths yearly from the flu, drunk driving, drug abuse, cancer, and just plain old age and also from gang related deaths, but we never hear about those deaths. Also how the liberal Governors have never been prepared as all their state's national disasters, they are NEVER prepared as they are reactionaries and NOT prepared for the things that REALLY matter. Thank you God for showing us exactly in human time how horrible those against you really are! Now we MUST pay attention to it and stop the downward spiral NOW and not later.

  • David A. Giuntoli

    04/25/2020 12:39 PM

    Beautiful commentary. I wish I could be as eloquent when talking with my loud liberal friends. Keep it coming.????

  • Floyd A Unger

    04/25/2020 12:02 PM

    Thank you

  • Mona Kramer

    04/25/2020 10:18 AM

    I live in a Mobile Home Park and we have only one convid 19 patient. The gentleman has been sick for three years, so we feel really safe in our Florida compound. Please, let the Governor know that even though most of us don't work, we want everything opened up and people go back to work. I hope we never do this again! My six children are all affected by this shut down. They are all in their 50's , so this has been terrible for them. Some of them pay lots of taxes and some not so much, but this has to stop. The quicker the better!

  • Janice chappell

    04/25/2020 08:59 AM

    Thank you Mr. Huckabee for being their for us My Husband and I live in Michigan and His first wife Geraldine was a relative of your's and seen you one time. I would love to meet such a compassionate Christian Man that know's the difference between truth and deception,
    stay with us through these hard time's and be our voice because it doesn't seem to matter what we say no one listen's ,you are our hope to get news out to other's. May god Bless you and your Family and protect you . Love you and your show. Your's truly, Janice Chappell.

  • Linda Hopf

    04/25/2020 07:47 AM

    Always look forward to your newsletter. Great view of what is happening. The news is getting harder and harder to watch. So, we are watching less and less. However, really enjoyed you
    sitting in for Sean Hannity last evening (4/24). Best Hannity show we've watched in quite awhile.
    Hope when he needs or wants to be away, you are his "go to" guest host.

  • Kathleen M Flanagan

    04/25/2020 01:24 AM

    You are the ONLY news I read these days! YOU I can trust! Thank you! BTW - I still think this whole virus thing was deliberate. The feds are facing a whopper of a SS deficeit. There are more baby boomers retiring than there are workers paying into social security. The feds tried to ease that burden by importing tens of thousands of younger, able bodied "refugees' hoping to get them up and working as quickly as possible. That wasn't enough. Still facing a hell of a shortfall as more seniors are living longer. So - they resorted to "population control" a virus was designed to hurt / kill only the old and the already sick - both groups who suck the most from the federal coffers. Think it was a mere coincidence this virus tore through so many nursing homes? I don't. I think it was deliberate.

  • Eleanor Early

    04/24/2020 11:14 PM

    Just wondering about all those people filing for unemployment aren’t some who were never working in the first place or working from home?

  • mary simonsen

    04/24/2020 11:10 PM

    I wish these traitor would be brought to justice.

  • Patricia Allums

    04/24/2020 11:05 PM

    We went through 8 years of Obama and now 4 years of seeing either his or Michelle faces on the internet, magazines, and newspapers! There has never in my lifetime (I’m 84) been another ex-President as prominent in the present President’s term! I think it is atrocious! Trump has done a wonderful job in the economy and natural resources, in spite of this!

  • N.J. Carico

    04/24/2020 08:55 PM

    Please, do not subject us again to pictures of obama on this page. We appreciate the picture of Governor Huckabee, reminding us of what matters in America: Good Faith/Honest Effort, Trust in God, Forbearance.

  • Thomas Rouse

    04/24/2020 08:54 PM

    Governor, The President gave the governor’s approval to make their own decisions. The KY Democrat Governor is not opening much back up. He announced today he having online and mail in voting for the May primary. He says everyone touching the buttons to vote wouldn’t be wise. I don’t understand how we can grocery shop and go to Walmart and to liquor stores but no polls.Mitch McConnell is up for reflection and just like with former KY Governor Bevin it is Not looking good. We must keep the Senate and I’m concerned voting in this manner will not be his friend! What do you think?

  • Kay DeWitt

    04/24/2020 08:36 PM

    In your opening paragraph, after I read your statement, "For instance, we’ve seen some truly wretched comments, ranging from anonymous Twitter trolls wishing death on the President..." , I couldn't absorb most of what I read AFTER I read that statement because I just couldn't imagine anyone wishing death on the President
    .....I know that may sound naive, but I cannot personally relate to it so it's not the reality where I live....I'm too tired to explain this right now...I only mentioned it to explain WHY my comment was authored BY this statement because it broke my heart!

  • Donna White

    04/24/2020 08:25 PM

    As far as people not going back to work because they make more on unemployment simply put an end to that extra $600 at some point!

  • Carla Whalen

    04/24/2020 08:24 PM

    How can we fight against this wicked contact tracing? It needs to be stopped. I think we the people need to start "contact tracing" those in Congress, if they want to start contact tracing us. How about if we start tracing them to see if they really are working or not.

  • David Weaver

    04/24/2020 08:19 PM

    Brother Huckabee, I look forward to reading your evening edition each night.
    I don’t know where our Country is headed but I know God is in charge. Knowing that is the thing that gives us comfort during these insane times. His timeline is usually not the same as ours, is it? On a side note, Sarah has impressed me from the first time that I saw her on television. She is one smart lady. I know that you are extremely proud of her.
    Thank you for all you do and God bless you!
    David Weaver
    Meridian, MS

  • spencer G plumley

    04/24/2020 07:56 PM

    Dear Gov. Huckabee,
    I 'm sure you know this old Southern adage well, and you did it. You "Let The Hammer Down."
    I love the way you tell the truth and don't care if guilty people ARE offended.

    Today's Evening Edition was one of your best. My only regret is that for the most part, you are probably preaching to the choir.

    I wish you could get your articles syndicated in newspapers. Maybe there would be a few liberals who would read your comments, for no other reason than curiosity. And maybe they would learn something. If not syndicated, then maybe a guest column.

    Just wanted to tell you that your wise comments are not falling on deaf ears. Keep up good work.

    Your friend,

    Spencer Plumley

  • Georgia Haridopolos

    04/24/2020 07:55 PM

    As always, thank you for your concise info.

  • Jerry Korba

    04/24/2020 07:42 PM

    Thru the years I never had much time for the media I spent most of the time working, playing and a few parties to go with life and providing for my family my kids went to college and got good employment they actually give me stuff while they enjoy their families. I have time now and have watched this media for a while I am so happy the weather is nice and I can spent the day outside just like when I was a kid the garbage the media presents is hideous I had gotten use to the the crudeness of their craft I actually walk away. I am with a higher intellect while outside the birds are at my feeder singing nice songs the squirrels are chasing around, the neighbors dogs say hello when I come out reclaiming a good part of my yard clearing brush along the woods line keeps me away from the media I say a little soreness is better than watching humans humiliate themselves on TV the media is so disgusting crude they remind me of the movie Planet of the Apes purely uncivilized. Why watch we see Cuomo DeBlasio Pelosi and the rest of the nitwitted scumbags who wants to spend the day being hateful? The Lefties that who.

  • James Drury Jr

    04/24/2020 07:42 PM

    Thanks Mike & Staff, keep up the good work.