Evening Edition - March 12

March 12, 2020 |

President Trump’s speech on the coronavirus contained three errors that later had to be corrected or clarified (one about the extent of the European travel ban I already wrote about.) At the link, Guy Benson outlines the rest, and rightly scolds the White House staff for allowing the President to give a speech that hadn’t been rigorously vetted.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2020/03/12/important-how-coronavirus-is-about-to-get-much-worse-in-the-us-and-why-you-still-shouldnt-panic-n2564768

They should know that not only are Americans looking to him for accurate information, and markets will wildly overreact to any misunderstandings, but also, sadly, his political opponents and the media (but I repeat myself) are on high alert for any excuse to harm Trump’s reelection chances by sowing distrust in the President, panicking the public and harming the economy. This isn’t a time for unforced errors.

On the other hand, as Benson explains, it’s also not time to panic, either. Read the whole thing and it will give you a much clearer picture of what we are facing and how best to deal with it, minus the cynical attempts at ginning up hysteria.


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In another win for the Trump Administration, the Supreme Court allowed its “Remain in Mexico” policy to continue pending further litigation. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco had ordered the policy lifted, and with one day remaining on the court’s temporary stay, asylum seekers were already massing at the border to come into the US. It's a dangerously patently absurd position for the court to take in the middle of a pandemic when the President is having to shut down travel from China and Europe (but apparently, according to federal judges, he has no power to block people from swarming in from Central America.)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/supreme-court-gives-trump-temporary-win-on-remain-in-mexico-policy

This is not the last we’ve heard of this; it just allows Trump to continue the policy until the SCOTUS rules on it (or declines the case and allows the 9th Circuit Court’s ruling to stand.) But the fact that it comes amid the necessity for drastic action to protect the US from the coronavirus makes it abundantly clear why the Founders put power over such decisions into the hands of the elected President, not a bunch of partisan appointed lawyers in black robes who suffer from the delusion that they should write immigration policy.

It also illustrates yet again why the White House has to keep making so many “emergency” petitions to the SCOTUS. Justice Sotomayor might complain about that, but the problem is not with the White House, it’s with out-of-control lower court judges. The SCOTUS needs to issue some sort of unequivocal statement shutting down this kind of judicial meddling in the clear powers of the executive branch. For the SCOTUS to criticize Trump for bringing these cases to them so often is like complaining about how annoying it is that your neighbor keeps calling to tell you that your dog just killed another of his chickens.

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Why is it that if we describe people who are obviously communists, socialists or anti-Semites as communists, socialists or anti-Semites, we are accused of being provocative or engaging in political name-calling? But as I often hear online, when people tell you what they are, you should believe them. For instance, Rep. Rashida Tlaib has not only told us what she is with her words and deeds, but now, she’s even advertising her desire to erase Israel from the map on her T-shirt.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/rashida-tlaib-tshirt-erases-israel

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Among the many silly, self-serving things being said about the coronavirus pandemic by the left is that if only we had socialized medicine, this would’ve been prevented/handled so much better. Yes, in places with socialized medicine, everything is so efficient, and care is so abundant and high quality, and there’s no such things as shortages, rationing or waiting lists for care! Also, they have special medicines that they get by milking unicorns.

Still hasn’t occurred to them that they’re accusing the government of moving too slowly and being unprepared and putting politics over health concerns, while simultaneously claiming it would have been so much better if the government were entirely in charge of all health care.

Sure, China has socialized medicine, and something like the coronavirus could never happen there!

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/03/if_only_america_had_this_one_thing_say_democrats_wed_be_safe_from_coronavirus.html

At the link is a MUST-READ article by Andrea Widburg at American Thinker, detailing the truth about government-run health care and its shoddy record. There’s a quote from a post by blogger Reggie Hamm that ironically went viral, but click through and read all of that, too. It describes what happened to him and his family when they were visiting China and their adopted baby daughter needed hospital care. Brace yourself. After reading it, you will understand why the coronavirus started in China, why the mortality rate was so much higher there than in capitalist countries, and why you do NOT want either that type of government or that type of health care system here.

Although when you read about the disgusting and dangerous hygiene situation they encountered, it may give you the chills to think how much it reminds you of the conditions that already prevail in far-left US cities like San Francisco and L.A.

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Here is today’s inexplicable Joe Biden quote. Note that this clip is only 22 seconds long, and Joe’s handlers were obviously trying to get him into a waiting car quickly, but they couldn’t even go that far without him saying something that makes no sense.

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-herded-car-nonsensical-sanders-joining-trump-statement/

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After Biden leaves office, I expect them to replace him with JFK.

One of the many things for which President Trump was savaged by his critics was his insistence that the US was too dependent on China for necessities, including pharmaceuticals, and we needed to divest from China and diversify our suppliers and start making products like medicines in the USA again. Why, that xenophobic racist attacking our allies! Except, like many of the other things they attacked him for, he’s now looking incredibly prescient.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/tucker-carlson-coronavirus-pandemic-terrifying-situation-china-drugs

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  • rodney burke

    03/14/2020 12:55 PM

    our pharma is because of greedy6 execs and greddy compoanies who don't want to comply iwth uS regulations. this is far too obvious. and sfty standards go out the window in china. What do they care? It's all going to the US, their enemy. this is why no one but scientists and researchers should be in the FDA. they are the ones who should be making drug decisions and not lawyers and greedy CEOs

  • David Harris Walker

    03/13/2020 01:47 PM

    RE: Coronavirus: I have on good authority the sky is falling. I admit Chicken little sounded a bit hysterical when he reported it but I believe him.

  • Rexford O. Ames

    03/13/2020 12:52 PM

    Help me to Understand? Why is , Rep. Rashida Tlaib & Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez still in office? The have violated so many rules and laws and are still in effective positions and committees? Has the house become so afraid of cleaning it self up because the leadership are not leaders but puppets of a larger and bitter Cartel or cartels?
    I see that Party has come under the control of a very , very powerful entity. Communist China is a good bet but Is suspect there is more?
    Back to my question: Why are those two among some others that have no business handling our business still in office??

  • Thomas Roper

    03/13/2020 11:49 AM

    All this may have been mention and I missed it but I'm curious.
    1. I thought I heard that the Coronavirus is one that can be transmitted from animals to humans. How did the original victim contract the virus?
    2. Is the original victim still alive?
    3. Is the virus airborne, contact or both.
    4. If airborne how long is the virus viral in the air.
    5. If contact how long can virus stay alive on a surface.
    6. He small is the virus cell or organism.

  • Kay DeWitt

    03/13/2020 10:58 AM

    After watching that video clip about the statement Biden made before they whisked him into the car, how can there be any doubt, in ANYONE'S mind, that Biden is suffering from some kind of dementia that needs to be evaluated medically!

    Obviously, there IS no doubt in the minds of his Democratic "brethren" that Biden IS in need of medical help and just AS obviously do they care more about using this man for their devious reason of getting him elected than they do about GETTING him the medical help he is in need of!

    What is also incomprehensible to me is that voters would CHOOSE a man who is suffering FROM dementia over the other candidates who are NOT suffering from dementia....at least not from the "medical" definition of dementia!...AND the more Biden's mental health is publicly questioned, the more it is going to encourage Sanders to NOT throw in the towel!!!

    While so many of your statements through light on the darkness of the Democrats' irrational rationale for what it is, I chose to copy, and paste, THIS STATEMENT YOU MADE: "Still hasn’t occurred to them that they’re accusing the government of moving too slowly and being unprepared and putting politics over health concerns, while simultaneously claiming it would have been so much better if the government were entirely in charge of all health care" BECAUSE, number one, maybe the government wouldn't HAVE "moved too slowly and BEEN unprepared" if the DEMOCRATS hadn't "put politics over health concerns" by devoting all their time, energy , and our money, to trying to destroy our President by impeaching him...investigating him...and.etc....And surely the ACTS OF VIOLENCE in this country IS a "mental health concern" because people wind up just as dead FROM these acts of violence as they do from contracting the coronavirus!!!

  • Melinda Long

    03/13/2020 10:26 AM

    love reading your letters. you are so right on and I appreciate.
    loved the hologram reference, but praying that he never gets there in the 1st place!

  • Jerry Korba

    03/13/2020 10:19 AM

    To practice Hygiene washing bathing eating healthy simple and ordinary habits that Americans have been brought up to do for the last 70 years. To believe the media on the hygiene point is about as far as I can believe it. This is the same media that brought us Russian collusion Kavaugh hearing the mueller report The Impeachment hearing has never has a good word about our country and how well its doing blasted our President every day the sun came up and every sun set now it brings us this virus another strain that may affect unhealthy people around the world the media caused quality of life in the US to get to the media standard of doing business dismal and the media wants me to accept what it is spewing. Forget it the media probably pushing another hoax I believe it is crying wolf again. I will be going out for lunch today!

  • Paula A.

    03/13/2020 08:54 AM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee,

    I was so thankful to see your email in my inbox. One of the few sensible voices of America today. Thank you for sharing the truth. In Christ Jesus.

    Paula A.

  • Becky Aheren

    03/13/2020 08:27 AM

    I have several questions. First if the cornavirus is new, why is it numbered 19. That means there was 18 ahead of it, right? If it is new, how come Israel has been researching a cure, by using the cornavirus 19 in their research? They are way ahead with a cure than anyone because of this. It is hard to believe anything they tell us in the news. I think the whole thing is a scam to slow the president down in his election in 2020.

  • Jack macdonald

    03/13/2020 06:58 AM

    Watching Pelosi and her crew trying to leverage the legislation for virus relief and delaying passage reminds me of Emporer Nero fiddling while Rome was burning. I think she is in the running for biggest idiot of all time.

  • Harold

    03/13/2020 05:37 AM

    Deer sir: mike you never answer my Question Tulsa G You had a golden chance instead you gave her a free pass why ??????????????????????????? You did this as Governor too Sir

  • Kenneth Brack

    03/13/2020 05:36 AM

    The people who accuse the President of being racist are themselves prejudiced against country folk, Christians, and the wealthy. The President appears to me to be completely devoid of prejudice. His criticisms are always targeted at performance.

  • J Howard Markley Jr

    03/13/2020 01:22 AM

    Dear Governor, I suggest that President Trump or his speech writer's were thinking about the ones of us most susceptible to this new flu virus as outlined in the message you may have not seen:: Medicare covers the lab tests for COVID-19 — you pay no out-of-pocket costs. And Medicare also covers all medically necessary hospitalizations.

    For more information about Medicare and COVID-19, visit Medicare.gov.

    Sincerely,

    The Medicare Team

  • Myra Reynolds

    03/13/2020 01:05 AM

    Ref the mistakes Trump during his covid19 situation: not only was he rushed to make the speech, I imagine the stress and fatigue apparent on his face was not just my imagination.

  • Renee Kendrick

    03/13/2020 01:03 AM

    Folks raised in the rural-backwoods-country of America know how to prepare for crisises and take care of our resources moreso than the big-city folks. We raise a garden, gather our veggies and put them in jars or in the freezer so we have a supply on hand. If we need dairy, we obtain our milk from a cow or goat and gather eggs from the chicken pen. We can churn cream from the milk to make butter, too. If we need meat, we raise a cow or pig for slaughter or else go to the woods and hunt deer, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, turkeys, or wild boars then skin/clean them ourselves and pack them in the freezer. We obtain fresh water out of the faucet that comes from a deep well. If the water somehow becomes tainted, we take the holy water approach - we put the water on the stove and boil the hell out of it! We use home remedies for healing first before going to the doctor for an examination. We attend church, pay our tithe, love our families, work hard, and rest even harder. We are good stewards of our money, food, skills, tools, abilities, and other blessings from the Lord. Most of all, we trust in the Lord and depend on Him to meet our needs. So while the city folks are in a panic about stocking up their households, we rural-backwoods-country folks are stocked up and prayed up - ready to face any crisis. Is it Sunday afternoon yet? I am ready for a nap!

  • Jerry korba

    03/13/2020 12:45 AM

    I wish I could be sure this cancellation of all the sports travel work is necessary as far as what has been told we can’t stop it control it and we are not sure to prevent the virus. Yet some of biggest killers drug abuse suicides the flu cancer motor related deaths rarely gets a notice from the media tonite I sit and wonder why all the attention to a virus that may not be as vicious as the swine flu we won’t be able to treat the corona flu for a year and a half people with other diseases and are nearing the end of their life span are the most vulnerable I am 71and overweight I really don’t feel that vulnerable and I live in zone 4 I put my life in the hands of God and my doctor I sure do not trust this media to tell the truth

  • Linda Richmond

    03/12/2020 11:29 PM

    Why aren't Obama and Biden in prison???? Both should be tried for treason not running for the highest office in the land.

  • Carmen Price

    03/12/2020 10:43 PM

    Governor Huckabee:
    You have to remember the 9th Circuit court is very liberal, and will shoot almost anything the President wants. Yes it's dumb during a global virus to do this but they don't care.
    Regards,
    Carmen Price
    Reno, NV

  • Andrew Stafford

    03/12/2020 09:59 PM

    This is overhyped! it just a flu strain, the regular flu has still killed more people. Just practice proper hygiene and you'll be fine.

  • DonaldEndicott Endicott

    03/12/2020 09:58 PM

    It is our opinion China has a problem. NMaearly all the viruses and flu strains originate there and end causing problems for every one in other countries.

  • Cliff Newman

    03/12/2020 09:21 PM

    Have received info from Germany that the Coronavirus is really just pneumonia. Now if you go to the hospital, pneumonia is a deadly sickness that a lot of people die from but I don't go to doctors or the hospital. Ever since I was diagnosed terminal in 1991 by a real doctor, my first stop is the nutritionist and with supplements made from whole foods, I have stayed well for the past 28 years [Oh, and I didn't die either].

  • Anne Turner

    03/12/2020 08:57 PM

    China? One of our allies? At best they cooperate with us to some extent, but allies support each other through thick and thin. I doubt we would get that support from China. By that standard the Russians must be allies, too. I keep getting, from my liberal friend, that POTUS did not act early enough. First he didn’t know a lot because the Chinese, our ALLIES, kept it under wraps, and secondly, what would they have said if had started closing borders and asking for money for a vaccine development. He would have been called out for making a mountain out of a molehill. His wife doesn’t wear appropriate shoes, his ties are too long, his skin is yellowish, his hair is weird, he hates his Jewish daughter and family since he is antisemitic, he’s racist because he realizes that there are multiple opinions about removing historical statues, he hates Muslims because he goes after Muslim terrorists, he is so antisemitic he is very supportive of Israel, he support despots because he flatters susceptible people from whom he hopes to get agreements, he is Putin’s BFF becAuse he put more sanctions on them, he’s out of control because he doesn’t want to attend social functions with people who have dissed him in the worst ways, he dislike media because they always put him bad light no matter what, his beautiful gracious wife is ignored by fashion mags, and Style sections, his supporters are stupid, uneducated dolts, racists and hate women, despite the mixed crowds he draws, etc. etc.

  • Kevin Turnbaugh

    03/12/2020 08:49 PM

    Rep Tlaid better think twice about her t-shirt choices, as God may choose to use it to keep His shooting aim sharp. As for Sen BS, that is exactly what his speech as full of too.

  • Jerry Korba

    03/12/2020 08:44 PM

    I have been ranting for months and months how I feel China influence's the Media, China's Media a better description all the viewing's, show how china is telling what china wants the Americans to hear. The US created the Corona Flu people in China were dying in China in December form the virus. The chinese shut down factories and built instant hospitals in very short time to house and hide the sick. How does CNN and the rest change the subject matter now? Because it hurts America and its commerce and puts a shade of false xenophobia and Racism on this Administration a fallacy the Left (the Chinese) has been pushing for 3 years. Have we reached the point where we tell the Media to just pound sand?

  • Charles Loren Reed

    03/12/2020 08:32 PM

    I know this is stressful time with the elections still pending. But maybe we could work on something to take the stress off like is causing Hurricanes and we are trying to do something besides politics. Do you remember when Jauk custole {remember that spelling of the french name But he was famous for that? He took us under ocean showing many things [No One does that much any more? Remember when when he showed us the bottom of the ocean with volcanic activity on it!!!! Now they wonder why that area has warmer water that causes Hurricanes!! Remember that movie that had people die from skinny dipping in a pool on the mountain "Dante's Peak" or something like that. Their has been an increase of Volcanic activity in that area of the Islands. No one is monitoring that and what good would it Do? Well I could give us some answers and Questions about maybe how to solve the Real problem of Hurricanes. Inst ed of wanting to go all electric with cars and no coal manufacturing electricity. Which Democrats want to Do. Tax us and /or replace them!!! If we could show the real problem it could look better on US. I know I can put a pot of water on the stove and get it to boil faster that putting it out in the Yard to get it just to get it to just get it Warm. Thank You think about IT !