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October 20, 2020 |

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TRUMP'S ADVERSARIES CREATE "LOCKDOWN" ON BIDEN ISSUES

Just three days before the final Trump/Biden debate, the Commission on Presidential Debates changed the topics and rules, no doubt to repress questions about Biden’s involvement in lucrative family business ties with foreign adversaries. And these are BIG questions. It appears Biden sold his high office through a family intermediary for boatloads of money.

And no, CNN, there’s no evidence that this story is “Russian disinformation” or that Rudy Giuliani is a “Russian asset.”

No one denies the authenticity of the Hunter Biden emails. Adam Schiff, you are lying AGAIN about "Russia." As Glenn Greenwald says, you lie “the way other people change underwear.”

Nobody invested in a Biden win wants to hear about any of this, and they don’t want anyone else to, either. This rules change was obviously done to shut down the conversation –- just as Twitter and Facebook shut down the NEW YORK POST.

This is important because the debate might be the only chance many will have to hear of these serious allegations against Biden. They sure won’t get it from mainstream news, or from Twitter or Facebook, or late night TV, or their college friends, or any other non-conservative source of news you can name. There's a “lockdown” in place on it, just as surely as if it were a virus, and the truth is feared as much as COVID-19, maybe more.

Even liberal commentators in Britain see this for what it is. Here’s Piers Morgan’s take:

"Just hours after the POST story appeared, Facebook announced it would be limiting its spread on the social media platform while it used independent fact-checkers to verify the paper’s allegations. By taking these unprecedented actions, the tech firms were effectively abandoning any pretense at protecting free speech or the First Amendment.”

"U.S. mainstream and social media companies have reacted to this story in an outrageously partisan and deeply sinister manner that is diametrically opposed to how they would have reacted if the name ‘Biden’ were swapped for ‘Trump,’” Morgan said. “Shame on all of them.” He told the American media to “start doing your job.” He’s right --- if this were Trump, his political career would be DOA.

Until the debate Thursday, Biden’s campaign has “called a lid” on his appearances, purportedly to give him time to prepare. But, as I’ve said, someone who’s spent as much time as Biden has in politics does not need four-plus days to prepare for a debate. He's just hiding so he doesn’t have to answer questions.

Not Trump, though --- ask him anything.

According to the Trump campaign, the so-called “non-partisan” commission had originally decided to make foreign policy the “central focus” of the debate. That would’ve given Trump plenty of opportunity to confront Biden on the seriously corrupt relationships being discovered between the Bidens and Communist China, the Bidens and Ukraine, and more. But the commission rescued Biden; foreign policy is no longer a focus. (Note: the economy isn’t either! Topics include covid, climate change and race. Ugh.)

A Trump spokesperson said, “The commission’s pro-Biden antics have turned the entire debate season into a fiasco, and it is little wonder why the public has lost its faith in objectivity.”

The moderator, of course, was never expected to ask Biden anything about the material on his son’s laptop, which was abandoned at a Delaware computer store in 2019. The change of topics is just extra insurance to discourage it from coming up.

The moderator for the proposed second debate –- which fizzled because the commission rejected Trump’s condition to do it live onstage –- was Democrat and former Biden intern (!) Steve Scully, who was just suspended from C-SPAN after lying about being “hacked” to cover for a tweet he sent about handling debate questions for Biden. We now know that the NBC news moderator for the upcoming debate, Kristen Welker, is partisan, too. On Monday, Sean Hannity showed a Christmas photo of Welker and her father posing with President Obama and the First Lady in 2012. According to the NEW YORK POST, her parents have “deep Democratic ties” and have donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democrat candidates, including Biden.

Welker deactivated her Twitter account earlier this month after Steve Scully’s unfortunate Twitter escapade.

Can the commission not find ANYBODY to moderate their “debates” who isn’t taking a side (always the Democrat side)? Even Chris Wallace, who moderated the first Trump/Biden debate, had previously demonstrated a marked tendency to interrupt the President constantly while interviewing him, and he did this during the debate as well. Still, he wasn’t nearly as bad as Savannah Guthrie, who set a new record for badness at Trump’s recent townhall.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said this about Big Tech on Monday’s INGRAHAM ANGLE: “Last week marked a major threshold --- it’s the first time they’ve directly stepped in and said to the media, ‘We are going to censor you, and if we don’t like what you’re saying, the American people don’t get to hear it, and you don’t get to say it.” And now, by limiting the topics for Thursday’s debate, the Debate Commission is doing the same thing.

Finally, I know I’ve been referencing George Orwell a lot lately, but that’s only because it seems that based on current events, a more prophetic title than “1984” might have been “2020.” (Orwell was so right, just off by a few decades.) Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich tweeted Saturday that a post-Trump commission, similar to South Africa’s “Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” would “erase Trump lies, comfort those who have been harmed by his hatefulness, and name every official, politician, executive, and media mogul whose greed and cowardice enabled this catastrophe.”

Is he serious? If anything should make your blood run cold, this idea of a“post-Trump” administration is it.

Author J. D. Vance told Tucker Carlson on Monday that this would be less about reconciliation than revenge. “This is torn from a page in a George Orwell novel, he said, “because who can protest ‘truth and reconciliation’?” It’s a “really dark threat” that you’ll be punished for trying to implement your ideals and principles.

Twitter, Facebook, Google, mainstream news and culture, the Debate Commission, and untold numbers of political hacks such as Robert Reich assume there’s only one permissible view. Watch the moderator try to mute Trump’s microphone during the debate if he tries to correct a lie or venture off-topic.

Candidate Ronald Reagan, in a 1980 primary debate he’d financed himself, famously said when his mic was cut off by the moderator, “I am PAYING for this microphone!” Though Trump didn’t literally pay for his mic, as in writing a check, I say he’s entitled to the same reaction if they try to cut him off. As the victim of numerous lies and “false narratives” during his presidency, Trump has paid and paid in ways large and small. He has this one chance to set the record straight and ask his opponent whatever he darn well pleases, and I hope he does.

WIKIPEDIA BANS CHRISTIAN EDITORS

While Project Veritas is exposing the worst-kept secret on the Internet (that Google skews search results left and anti-Trump), the second-worst-kept secret (the leftist, anti-Christian bias at Wikipedia) is also getting an airing.

Wikipedia has decided Christians who support traditional marriage will be banned from serving as volunteer editors or writers of articles. Breitbart reports that this started after leftist editors complained that having a badge on your profile page that says you believe marriage is between a man and woman is “discriminatory.”

Interestingly, this is precisely the response the Supreme Court acknowledged could happen (redefining traditional religious beliefs as "homophobia") and then ignored when they somehow “found” a right to same-sex marriage in the Constitution. They naively assumed that nobody would try to force people to give up their First Amendment right to practice their religious beliefs. Not since they waded into the question of when life begins in Roe v. Wade has the SCOTUS shown such staggering hubris and foolish lack of foresight.

In banning Christians from writing and editing articles (as the linked article shows, even the entry on Jesus is riddled with negativity and skepticism with no countervailing views), Wikipedia has not only proven, as its own disgusted co-founder recently stated, that its neutrality policy is dead, it’s now allowed the intolerant left to take over. In its quest to avoid “discrimination,” Wikipedia is openly discriminating against Christians. Discriminating Christians should therefore think twice before relying on or financially supporting it.

GOOGLE'S EXTREME BIAS

There’s a new Project Veritas undercover expose video that really doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know, it just confirms it. In it, a senior manager for Google, Ritesh Lakhkar, says he felt “suffocated” there by the extreme leftist culture, and admits that the search giant exercises God-like, politically partisan control over the information users see. He said if Trump says something you can call misinformation, you delete it; if a Democrat leader does that, you leave it; because “you are just plain and simple trying to play God…You’re like playing selective God.” He says they do the same at Google-owned YouTube.

He admits that if you search for “Donald Trump,” you get all negative stories; and if you search for “Joe Biden,” you get all positive stories, because the results are “skewed by the owners and the drivers of the algorithm.” Those Google workers who create the algorithm are so far-left and anti-Trump that when Trump won in 2016, they were crying in the corridors. HR arranged therapy sessions and they were given time off to deal with their grief. Now, he thinks that if Trump wins again, they’ll riot. He said he’d never seen anything like it: “When I worked for Caterpillar or Corning, politics didn’t really matter. You just do your job and, ‘Let’s make tractors, let’s make glass.’”

See more and the video at the link. As I said, it’s proof of what anyone who spends much time on the Internet looking up news already knows, but it’s good to have plenty of proof when you’re holding Senate hearings and writing new regulations and declaring out of control monopolies to be public utilities.

In the meantime, here are a couple of handy tips for you to get around Google’s extreme bias:

DuckDuckGo.com is an excellent search engine that doesn’t skew results or track your web browsing to invade your privacy like some I could name.

If you must search for a news story on Google, add a trusted sources’ name to your search terms. For instance, type in “Trump income taxes Foxnews.” That way, you’ll see the FoxNews.com write-up of that story. Goodness knows, if you don’t include a conservative source in your search, Google will never show it to you.

SENATOR CRUZ PROPOSES NEW CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

Sen. Ted Cruz has proposed a new Constitutional Amendment to prevent Democrats from trying to seize permanent power by packing the Supreme Court with additional liberal political appointees and turning it into a super-legislature. He calls it the “Keep Nine” Amendment. It simply reads: “The Supreme Court of the United States shall be composed of nine justices.”

Cruz said if Democrats win the election, they will kill the filibuster and expand and pack the SCOTUS with radical liberal activists to entrench their power for generations and destroy the foundations of our democratic system. Supporter Sen. Martha McSally agreed, calling their refusal to confirm or deny that they plan to pack the court “frightening.”

Unfortunately, the Amendment isn’t likely to go anywhere, since it would take a two-thirds majority vote of both the House and Senate and then have to be ratified by 38 of the 50 state legislatures. There are too many Democrats in power to allow that. But ironically, if the Amendment were put to a national vote, chances are it would win by a two-thirds majority. A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll found that only 32% of Americans (just under one third) favor packing the Supreme Court.

But then, if Democrats believed in letting the people have control over their own government, they wouldn’t be so keen to have us ruled by unelected judges who write laws from the bench that they can’t get passed through legislatures.

MISLEADING HEALTH CARE ADS SPREADING FALSE CLAIMS ABOUT REPUBLICANS

There are a lot of misleading ads running right now, but one in particular irks me for the artful way in which it misleads viewers into thinking Republicans want to take away their health care. It’s also a great example of a certain genre of reprehensible campaign ads that try to win votes by frightening the vulnerable through slandering the innocent. So I thought I’d examine it more closely to show you the techniques used so you’ll understand how you’re being played, not only by this ad but by the many, many others that are similarly sneaky.

This TV spot is sponsored by a leftwing PAC called Future Forward USA. To play on the viewers’ emotions, it pairs dramatic music with images of worried-looking Americans of various backgrounds. It starts with a narrator telling us that 133 million Americans have pre-existing medical conditions. That’s likely true, but it doesn’t mention that the vast majority do have coverage for them, such as employer-provided policies, Medicare and Medicaid.

The narrator then says, “This Administration and Senate Republicans want to overturn laws requiring insurance companies to cover people with preexisting conditions.” That’s only technically true. They want to overturn one specific bad law (the ACA, or “Obamacare”) that increased consumer costs while providing inferior coverage due to its one-size-fits-all government-mandated nature. It’s mostly gone now, but we need to remove the remaining shards so it can be replaced with something better that helps those who really can’t take care of themselves while using market forces to improve quality and lower prices for everyone else.

I’ve been in Republican politics for decades and can honestly say I’ve never met a single fellow Republican who dreams of taking away health care from people with preexisting conditions. We used to say that the parties mostly agreed on what needed to be done, we just differed on how to accomplish it. Now, if you disagree with the liberal approach (a giant government takeover), it means you want people to get sick and die. No.

Incidentally, I also know zero Republicans who want to take away your grandparents’ Medicare or slash their Social Security and make them eat cat food. I’ve been seeing campaign ads that make those claims since I was a small child. I’m now old enough for Medicare myself, yet after all that time, Medicare is still here and Social Security payments have only increased.

Next, the narrator says, “They’re rushing a lifetime appointment through the Supreme Court to change the law through the courts.” Conservatives don’t believe in “changing laws through the courts.” But they do believe it’s the duty of courts to strike down laws that are unconstitutional. Even so, Judge Amy Coney Barrett and President Trump both insist that they have not discussed how she would rule on any future case, including Obamacare. And her appointment is not being “rushed.” The timeline is entirely in keeping with historical precedent.

Next, the narrator tells us, “70% of Americans want to keep protections for pre-existing conditions in place.” I’m surprised it’s not 100%. Again, I know of no one who wants to take health care away from sick people or seize Tiny Tim’s crutch and sell it on eBay. The argument is over how to do it effectively, cost-efficiently and constitutionally, in a way that helps those in need without destroying the system for everyone else.

It ends with an entreaty to call the White House and Senate and tell them to “stop playing games with our health care.” Nobody thinks it’s a game (see above.) It’s a serious issue that is being taken seriously by Republicans. Far more seriously, I might add, than Obamacare was when it was rammed through in the middle of the night and Nancy Pelosi told us they had to pass it first to find out what was in it.

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that the PAC that created this ad is supported by deep-pockets leftwing donors, including about $3 million from the leftist dark money group, the Sixteen Thirty Fund and a million dollars from super-rich former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

This ad particularly incensed me because of its subject matter and misleading nature, but it’s hardly unique. Sadly, it’s one of far too many political ads that are based on the old cynic’s definition of advertising: it’s the art of disconnecting people’s brains long enough to sell them something. Or in this case, of poisoning people’s brains long enough to get them to vote a certain way.

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  • Charles L Morrison

    10/22/2020 01:13 PM

    I have question? If anyone who has held office with secret service protection, will their detail protect them if they ever go to prison?

  • Jim Lee

    10/22/2020 12:54 PM

    Just want to say thank you for the information as the ordinary person would not have access to the truth that is made evident. All the conservative would know is lies from the liberals. I pray that the truth is make known to all voters as this is a concern. Jim

  • Sue Burns

    10/21/2020 05:22 PM

    Mike,
    We don't care about Hunter or court packing. We only care if Joe got a percentage of Hunter's millions and also, Trump should emphasize that Biden wants all borders open and he wants the American people to pay for health care and social services for all the people who invaded from other countries. Trump will only get through to people if he explains that Americans will have to pay for the illegals to get benefits completely free.

  • Nancy Stucky

    10/21/2020 05:02 PM

    If you have insurance and loose it for whatever reason, any insurance company will take you as long as you have been insured in the last six months. So if you change jobs, the new company’s insurance company has to take you - including preexisting conditions, as long as you are in that six month period.

  • Melinda G Wylie

    10/21/2020 04:19 PM

    Being a registered voted in Arkansas, I went to the polls on Monday, our first day to vote early. In Searcy there was about a 45 min wait and I have never seen so many people voting early. My confusion was that under the vote for president, Biden/Harris was the first person. You had to go to page 2 and President Trump was the last name listed. Why was his name not in the top two, you had to weed thru all the names? THANKS for all your daily reports and I tape your TV show to rewatch. Great Job!

  • Dortha Osborn

    10/21/2020 03:42 PM

    I am sick to death of all the lies and deception the left is spreading like manure. But what can we expect when they have been infiltrating in so many areas and want God out of the picture. God is not sleeping, and judgment is coming in His time. That commercial you described also rankles me.

  • Ruth Ferraro

    10/21/2020 02:45 PM

    I tune into TBN each week just to watch your show. I don't normally watch TV as I prefer reading your newsletters & your book "The Three C's That Made America Great" - a book I think everyone should read! I watched a scathing video from a priest on Facebook declaring no one that classifies themselves as a Roman Catholic could, in good conscience, vote for Biden & his pro-abortion policies. It was "censored" from me sharing it with others on FB. Thank you for keeping us up to date.

  • Dee Singer

    10/21/2020 12:52 PM

    Looking for a reliable, responsible conservative fact check site? Can you help?

  • don E sandford

    10/21/2020 12:35 PM

    The president should /will make his case tomorrow night on his terms ,not Welkers . I am confident of that when the mike is totally his, If she tries to change any subject she doesn't like or use the mute button , Pres. Trump should explain respectfully to have no part of partisan attacks , smile and leave! The rules and subjects have been changed to hurt him alone ! Any fair minded person can see that !

  • ruth egan

    10/21/2020 12:17 PM

    God bless you, Mike Huckabee. You really do your homework and you report with a kindly humorous twist. You are a debonaire gentleman in the purest sense of the word. It's what the Bible calls speaking the truth in love. You glorify God (cause folks to praise and thank God for you). We are blessed.

  • Loretta Jensen

    10/21/2020 12:05 PM

    I have been praying hard for this election. I am afraid if Biden gets to be President the U.S. it will go socialist. Even if Biden is elected, the left will put the vice president in right away and she is the worst possible and the most left person in Congress. We need all Christians to pray asking God to save our country.

  • Joyce Birch

    10/21/2020 11:59 AM

    Thanks to you & staff! Words matter & I hope the President uses them wisely. People I talk to say they'll vote for him for his policies, but don't like some of his comments, name calling, & personal attacks. "Words Do Matter!" I'm not sure if he already might have lost some votes because of his way with words. The soul of our country is at stake. Mr. President make me proud at the debate on Thursday!

  • C. Spencer van Gulick

    10/21/2020 11:39 AM

    Thanks for your analysis of Future Forward USA's TV ad. Thorough, clear, insightful and well-aimed. The ad is typical of creators who know well that busy people often gather information distractedly and use that knowledge for their own purposes. This practice, wherever you find it—after you filter out all the extenuating particulars—is nothing more than Godlessness.

  • Peter Manning

    10/21/2020 11:39 AM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,
    How do you stop all the lying ?
    You can’t lie to Congress,but they can lie to the American people!
    Political ads can tell lies to fool people into voting a certain way!(as you just stated above )There must be something that the American people can do to hold these people accountable!!!(truth in advertising etc.)Also how can I get started on passing the 28th amendment to the constitution??? Thank you
    Peter Manning

  • Joseph Healy

    10/21/2020 11:35 AM

    Gov. Mike:
    Do you think there's any chance the "BIG GUY" in Hunters e-mails is really OBAMA? Of course "Pop" was getting his healthy cut too!
    God Bless and Keep America at this time.

  • Jerrie zz

    10/21/2020 11:19 AM

    With all of the lies, how can you tell someone that the media is lying about Biden and wanting them to vote for him. I even tell them, Look at what Trump has truly done for us, especially Christians. I do not see how Trump has stood his ground and worked for the most ungrateful people in the United States. I am sorry, if you do not have a job, I am sorry your child is not going to have a birthday present, show her that your love for her is more valuable than a present. There is so much to be thankful for.....I am shocked at the citizens of the U.S. we ARE going to beat all of this if you can just hang on. Biden is only a puppet, President Trump can NOT be bought. God has given us President Trump because he is a fighter, and that is what this country has needed. Obama ruined our country. You do not want another President like that and that is what you are going to get if you vote for Biden. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!! WE ARE A STRONG AND AWESOME COUNTRY.....GET YOUR 'FIGHT' ON!!!!!

  • D McGowan

    10/21/2020 10:08 AM

    If they are going to mute the mic so the candidates may speak uninterrupted, will the moderator's mic be muted as well so that she can not help Joe nor interrupt our President? I am just appalled at the disrespect the media show our President. The world is watching. If you don't like the person you should repeat this, He is my President and I respect the office.

  • Susan Vodzak

    10/21/2020 10:02 AM

    Thank you

  • Tom Bernardi

    10/21/2020 09:19 AM

    If you read any of these comments, tell me why the President should not spend the WHOLE allotted time he has at the debate revealing the Hunter Biden laptop email contents and details of this corrupt family. Forget answering any of the moderator's questions.

  • PAUL SCHABER

    10/21/2020 09:11 AM

    If Twitter and Facebook and members of the Main Street Media hired Chinese censors to help cover-up in the Joe and Hunter Biden story. The fitst thing they should vice covering it up to look if have been hacked completely with all internal information along with vital information is not allready in the Chinese Cyper intelligence Center or in one of the other sleazy places he and his cohorts to used at a later date to collect on Hunter
    Biden stupidity.

  • Greg J Hutson

    10/21/2020 08:58 AM

    They need to put a mute button on President Trump's microphone so he can mute the moderator.

  • James R Woodward

    10/21/2020 08:56 AM

    I would like to participate in your podcast however it cost money that my social security check does not stretch far enough to cover.

  • Stephen Russell

    10/21/2020 08:44 AM

    Lockdown fatigue:
    Wary of "Mask police" in area
    Area heavy Biden allies some GOP here
    See no econ activity
    Local barber shop opened up
    No Uniform regs for state to Open
    Keeps state closed for what?
    Better not bail out CA.
    End this Game
    Tired of petty state politics playing games
    & oh Yes President wil win BUT riots will triple

  • Shirl Roberts

    10/21/2020 05:24 AM

    I am amused by the quote: "You lie as often as you change underwear." Very clever!!

    I have a suggestion: this election is a mess. for the next one, let's get Admiral William McRaven
    to run for president. I've read his books, heard him speak, and practiced his philosophy...he's a winner...he's in Austin...Chancellor of UT System...(unless you, Sir Hucksbee, want to run again. We need a man with integrity and smarts to run this country). Hugs, Shirley Roberts

  • Douglas Noel

    10/21/2020 04:19 AM

    You are more optimistic than I am, believing the upcoming debate is an opportunity to reveal the truth. I believe it is going to be a predominant waste of time since President Trump's mike will be disproportionately at any leftist opportunity. If that is correct, the only advantage will be to show the bias of the event.