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May 17, 2022


Blessings on you and your family, and from all the Huckabee staff! Today's newsletter includes:

  • Primary Election Day
  • 2,000 MULES most successful political doc in DECADE
  • Female judge strikes down overreaching California law
  • And much more.


Mike Huckabee


23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139:23-24

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2. Primary Election Day

Today is Primary Election Day in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kentucky, Idaho, and Oregon. The most-watched race is the Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary, when the power of former President Trump’s endorsement is getting tested by his choice of TV doctor Mehmet Oz. Dr. Oz is facing strong competition from surging conservative Kathy Barnette and Gulf War vet and my choice, former Bush Treasury official Dave McCormick, who’s seen by party insiders as the most electable choice in a purple state, where holding onto that seat is vital to Republicans winning back the Senate. 

If you’re in one of those states, be sure to vote. I’ll have a round-up of the results tomorrow.

My political organization, Huck PAC, has endorsed:

Cliff Bentz for U.S. House (OR-2)

Mike Crapo for U.S. Senate (ID)

Russ Fulcher for U.S. House (ID-1)

Mike Simpson for U.S. House (ID-2)

Mark Walker for U.S. Senate (NC)

Gregory Murphy for U.S. House (NC-3)

Virginia Foxx for U.S. House (NC-5)

David Rouzer for U.S. House (NC-7)

Dan Bishop for U.S. House (NC-8)

Richard Hudson for U.S. House (NC-9)

Patrick T. McHenry for U.S. House (NC-10)

Rand Paul for U.S. Senate (KY)

James Comer for U.S. House (KY-1)

Brett Guthrie for U.S. House (KY-2)

Thomas Massie for U.S. House (KY-4)

Harold Rogers for U.S. House (KY-5)

Andy Barr for U.S. House (KY-6)

Dave McCormick for U.S. Senate (PA)

For more on Huck PAC and the endorsements we have made so far, go here:

3. 2,000 MULES most successful political doc in DECADE

Over the weekend, FOX News continued its streak of not discussing the new documentary about election fraud, 2,000 MULES. I know we’re not supposed to pay attention to the man behind the curtain, but somebody back there pulling the levers is doing his darnedest to keep you from hearing about it, anywhere on TV. Incredibly, even the outspoken Dan Bongino did not mention it on his weekend show UNFILTERED, and that must have taken some doing. See no fraud, hear no fraud, speak no fraud.

In spite of this, I’m happy to say that the eye-opening documentary film from Dinesh D’Souza and True The Vote has done blockbuster business for a political documentary. It’s the most successful film of that genre since D’Souza’s OBAMA’S AMERICA, released a decade ago. It’s also been a huge boost for alternative social media platforms Rumble and Locals, which, of course, didn’t exist a decade ago.

Despite the shameful mainstream (and major conservative) media blackout, 2,000 MULES is becoming not just a financial success but also a cultural influence, according to D’Souza. “It’s the most talked-about movie out there,” he said, “making headlines in multiple publications, and is trending extremely high on social media.”

Of course, some of those headlines are for attempts to debunk the film. We’ve discussed those here and also pointed to other articles that derail the so-called “fact”-checks point by point.

Assaf Lev, president of Locals, said, “Supporting creative independence is core to our values, and we are thrilled to offer creators a new way to distribute and sell movies independently.”

How great to discover there are ways around the attempts to silence free speech, and that the audience has been starving for courageous, independent points of view. Enterprising filmmakers will be heartened to know their work has some popular and growing outlets, regardless of whether they're approved by Twitter, Facebook and the White House.

4. AINSWORTH: HOW the left shuts down talk of election fraud

by Laura Ainsworth, staff writer

Why is standing firm on what we know to be true so important? For the answer, I’d like to segue from our discussion of 2,000 MULES to this magnificent article by Michael Anton –- author and research fellow at Hillsdale College –- about the psychological techniques being used by the left to shut us down. If you’ve ever looked at a training manual for Critical Race Theory (or related course –- I have) and wondered how they get away with spreading such garbage, Anton’s piece provides an analysis.

Since we’re on the subject of 2,000 MULES, I thought it would be a good idea to take the points in Anton’s “Quick and Dirty Guide to Regime Propaganda” and explain, one by one, how these techniques are used to silence mention of election fraud. (You won’t be tested on the names of these techniques.)

1. THE LAW OF MERITED IMPOSSIBILITY. This is when leftists tell you, “Oh, what you’re worried about will NEVER happen,” and then when it does, tell you, “it will be for the best and you deserve it, anyway.” One example of this, to counter the right’s “slippery slope” concerns, might be, “Oh, just because men are able to self-identify as women, that doesn’t mean they’ll be exposing themselves in locker rooms! Goodness, that will NEVER happen.” And then, when it does, they say, “Now it’s the way it should be, and if you have a problem, deal with it because you’re homophobic.”

As I apply this to election fraud, it might start out with them saying, “Mail-in balloting will NEVER lead to fraud big enough to change elections!” Then, when you suspect it has, they say, “Hey, the important thing is to make every vote count and not disenfranchise any racial group, you racist.”

2. THE CELEBRATION PARALLAX. This is when the left cares only about the assumed intent of the speaker in deciding whether words are acceptable or not. For example, if you celebrate a particular point of view --- and you do have to celebrate it, loudly and proudly, not just tolerate it --- you can say, “Illegal immigration is transforming America demographically,” and that’s just fine, because you’re thrilled about it. But if you’re not thrilled, even just neutral, you’ll be called a racist for even bringing it up.

As I apply this to election fraud, your statement might be, “Those drop boxes are placed in Democrat strongholds in battleground states.” If you actively cheer the idea of mobilizing particular demographic groups, the left will say, “Right, because the people who live there have been historically marginalized and we have to do whatever we can to help their votes make a difference!” But if you don’t cheer this, or (worse) think it smacks of manipulation or even cheating, the same statement will be greeted by the left with some version of, “Not true; this is only to help marginalized people vote, and you’re a racist for suggesting it’s partisan.” I can hear Mark Elias saying that, can’t you?

Another example: Someone says, “It’s wrong to question the outcome of an election.” To a leftist, if this is said in reference to the 2020 election, it’s true, because Trump lost. But if it’s about 2016, it’s false, because Trump won. It’s all in the intent. Zero points for consistency.

3. THE LAW OF SALUTORY CONTRADICTION. (Like #1, but about the present instead of the future.) This is when the left essentially says, “That’s not happening and it’s good that it is.” Anton’s example: “Is the Biden administration putting illegal immigrants on planes and shipping them to the heartland? Absolutely not...and those future Nobel Prize winners deserve their shot at the American Dream!”

As I apply this to election fraud, it might go, “Did the left harvest votes in places that might swing the election away from Trump? Absolutely not...and our nation couldn’t have stood another four years of Trump!”

4. THE SMAILS EXHORTATION. That means any “democratic” outcome that conservatives want is automatically illegitimate, racist and fascist. Border wall? Racist and fascist! Law and order? Racist and fascist! Girls-only bathrooms? Transphobic! You’re just bad and don’t deserve to have it the way you want. As Anton puts it, “No matter is too small, too local, too private, or too inconsequential to escape their gaze and slip their punishment. Bake the cake, bigot.”

As I apply this to election fraud, this might go, “Too bad, red states. By whatever means necessary, we’re going to control enough states so that you will be powerless. You’re a bunch of racist ultra-MAGA people and don’t deserve power.”

5. THE LIE-BACK IMPERATIVE. This is a refinement of #4, to keep from unduly alarming and rousing conservatives and keep the frog in the pot of water as it comes to a boil. When they punch us, we grow conditioned to think of it –- and even acknowledge it –- as a massage. I see this as Advanced Brainwashing 201.

Example: When the left says, “You’re in this class because all white people have inherent racism, including you,” there’s pressure for you to reflexively respond, “Thank you for helping me see my inherent bias.” You become “the housebroken Right.” The goal: your self-censorship.

As I apply this to election fraud: They say, “You can’t discuss 2,000 MULES on your show because we don’t know if it’s true and, besides, we might get sued.” You feel the pressure and say, “Thanks for clarifying…...whatever you say, FOX News.”

6. THE ENMITY COUNTERACCUSATION. If you don’t respond as compliantly to their rhetoric as in #5, the left will have to “circle back” and smack you again. As in, “You don’t appreciate it when we call you evil because of your race? You are so divisive!”

Related point: if you warn that the left’s strategies will result in something bad, such as civil war, they’ll say, “Oh, so you want civil war! You domestic terrorist!”

I didn’t say this was logical.

As I apply this to election fraud: You say, “These changes to the election system will destroy faith in our democracy!” They say, “You can’t say that! You’re trying to destroy faith in our democracy! You insurrectionist!”

All of this is designed to twist your thinking and get you to say 2+2=5. Anton warns that the left hates conservatives and wants us canceled and ostracized, or at least obedient. The techniques he describes remind me of Stalinist Russia and also of Orwell’s 1984, which was, of course, inspired by Stalinist Russia.. Anton advises that to deal with the gaslighting, we must be able to think clearly, and that’s why he wrote this breakdown of their strategies as he sees them. I hope my specific application of them to the issue of election fraud is helpful, too.


Postscript: Victor Davis Hanson has some excellent columns warning of the societal changes the left is working tirelessly to bring about. Here’s a menu of recent selections, all highly recommended…

5. Entering Day 2 of the Sussmann trial

Day 1 of the Michael Sussmann trial was devoted to jury selection, and in Washington, DC, the concern is that it’s virtually impossible to assemble a jury that’s not biased against Trump. Reportedly, there were members of the jury pool who were dismissed because they said they had such negative feelings towards Trump that they’d be unable to be objective. If that’s the case, their honesty is to be applauded.

But we also heard news reports that at least a couple of people who admitted to being very anti-Trump were selected as jurors anyway. The difference must be that they said under oath that they believe they can be objective. Hope they’re right about themselves.

On Monday, speaking with Jesse Watters on FOX News, Mollie Hemingway put this concern about the jury in perspective, saying that the purpose of having a special counsel investigation was to uncover the story of the Russia Hoax, and regardless of whether or not Sussmann is convicted on this one count of lying, that has been accomplished. She’s right; through John Durham’s court filings, we know there really was a “joint venture” involving Hillary For America, the DNC, Perkins Coie, Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele, the Brookings Institution, the FBI, Rodney Joffe, his team at Georgia Tech, and others. They all shared a “common interest,” which was to defeat Trump and elect Hillary.

In previewing the evidence that he was trying to get admitted in court, Durham essentially drew a map with all roads leading back to Hillary. And we know that the whole blasted story they pushed –- saying Donald Trump was an agent of Vladimir Putin –- was a monstrous lie, a fraud perpetrated on millions of people, millions of VOTERS. Some actually still believe it, as ridiculous as it is to anyone who is not an idiot.

The charge against Sussmann, though certainly warranted and supported by the evidence, represents something much larger, as it has also offered Durham a vehicle to get more of the story out. Yes, this Obama-appointed judge, D.C. District Judge Christopher Cooper, has ruled to keep the “joint venture” communications away from the jury with dubious rulings on “attorney-client privilege,” but he can’t keep them away from the American public. And he can’t keep them out of Durham’s final report.

Margot Cleveland has a new piece about the trial; it ran Monday as jury selection was getting underway.

The attorney-client privilege argument cuts both ways. As Cleveland points out, when then-Fusion GPS employee Laura Seago refuses to answer on the stand because of Judge Cooper’s ruling that the testimony is “privileged,” (when she’s a “techie” who isn’t actually part of the legal conversation by any stretch), it will just drive home that Sussmann really WAS the attorney for Hillary’s henchmen, and that he was paid to do her dirty work.

On Tuesday, Durham intends to call Georgia Tech researcher Dave Dagon, who was given immunity from prosecution last summer. From Cleveland’s description of his role in the scheme, it appears his testimony is expected to create a timeline and to tie the players together in creating and pushing the Alfa Bank and Yotaphone hoaxes.

Cleveland didn’t mention it, but also on the witness stand, as early as Tuesday, will be none other than Marc Elias, general counsel for the 2016 Clinton campaign and the man most responsible for making election fraud in America easy and profitable (though that is a separate issue). It’s really too bad we don’t have cameras in federal court, especially when you think of the testimony we CAN watch, and I refer specifically to the Depp v. Heard civil trial. I’d gladly take a pass on that (which I already have) to watch Durham at work.

Anyway, first on the stand Tuesday will be FBI agent David Martin, who will be “an expert witness on computer matters,” according to the New York Post.

He’ll also testify about the significance of Sussmann’s lie relative to how it might have affected the FBI’s decision-making. The defense, understandably, has tried to bar that testimony, on grounds that seemed from reading the NYP story to be amusingly vague.

But the most encouraging news comes from Cleveland. Which is to say, as the trial goes on –- it will likely last about two weeks –- she expects a lot more to come out in court in the prosecution of Sussmann that will connect Hillary Clinton herself to Spygate. “The real loser...will be Hillary Clinton,” she says.

6. Female judge strikes down overreaching California law

A judge in Los Angeles struck down as unconstitutional California’s recent law requiring a certain number of women to be on the boards of publicly-owned companies. Like so many laws passed by liberals, it attempted to fight discrimination by overreaching the government’s powers and imposing discrimination. And before the howling about the patriarchy starts, please note that it was a female judge.

One interesting aspect to this story is that even before the state legislature passed it, an analysis by their own legal experts warned that it would “likely be challenged on equal protection grounds.” They passed it anyway. As he was signing the bill, former Gov. Jerry Brown said there were “serious legal concerns” about it. But he signed it anyway.

Yet after it was struck down, the bill’s co-author, Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins, said the ruling was “disappointing,” and that “More women on corporate boards means better decisions and businesses that outperform the competition – that’s a studied, proven fact. We believe this law remains important – despite the disheartening ruling from the Los Angeles Superior Court – and it exemplifies equal access and opportunity, the very bedrock of our democracy.”

Okay, three things: it doesn’t exemplify equal access and opportunity, it VIOLATES that principle by requiring the hiring of people based solely on gender rather than qualifications. Thinking something is good doesn’t give politicians the power or authority to order companies to do it, particularly when it violates the law and the Constitution. And the ruling to strike it down shouldn’t be described as “disappointing” or “disheartening.” I think the more accurate term is “utterly predictable.”

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  • Tim Dever

    05/19/2022 01:15 PM

    Love the newsletter Thanks so much!!

    PS Love Relaxium Sleep! Just what Dr. Huck ordered

  • Firewagon

    05/17/2022 07:29 PM

    Well, Mike, another thing FOX seems to be doing besides not reporting/commenting on that 2000 Mules movie, and that is Victor Davis Hanson had been almost weekly presented on some FOX program, but NOT recently! I tape several of FOX's morning, evening, and night programs, but FF through most of them to see if VDH is in some segment, if not, I have no idea what the rest of their show was about!

  • Joseph Teper

    05/17/2022 06:02 PM

    While I wouldn't want to come off as being cheap, but why is the 2000 Mules DVD so expensive after shipping and tax. Okay, forget about tax, but, first, why $24.95 per DVD? and secondly, Fedex 2-day shipping was close to $14.00!! This brought my total up to over $41.00. I really want to support the 2000 Mules film, but this seems exorbitant to me.

  • Chelsea R. Martin

    05/17/2022 05:18 PM

    Do you suppose that if the midterms aren't 1,000% transparent, 1,000% above-the-board, and completely beyond the slightest reproach or hint of chicanery this nation will devolve into an actual Civil War? Because the levels of utter hatred for the march of Militant Leftism combined with an utter lack of faith in any institution of governance in this nation seems to me quite a bit more intense than the levels of division in 1861. I don't think people are going to "sit down, shut up and take it" for much longer.

  • Alica Jones

    05/17/2022 04:28 PM

    Thank you??

  • Jerry

    05/17/2022 03:07 PM

    Biden was at it again promoting hate in Buffalo NY yet at a memorial using politics to push
    his Racist agenda and Anti Christian value. During the Christmas season in Wisconsin a devil ran thru a parade during the Christmas season with a vehicle killing and seriously injuring Christians and Chief of Paganism couldn't be bothered to show support against y
    this deadly terrorist attack. To be honest clear minded people really don't want to see biden harris or any of those clones. Lets go Brandon

  • Brandon Strassell

    05/17/2022 02:50 PM

    Hi Governor Huckabee, I hope my comment finds you well. I do not read your newsletter every day but enjoy reading it when I get a chance. I am from Kentucky and really appreciate how you came here for Kim Davis in 2015.

    As for 2000 MULES, I have a question not about the documentary (which I have not yet seen) but about what it alleges: that the 2020 presidential election was illegally fixed. My simple question is this: how can we still suspect any fraudulent activity in the 2020 election at this point?

    Please don't misunderstand me; I'm a Republican who voted for Trump and hate that Biden won. But former attorney general Barr, who had a front seat to seeing election fraud as it occurred while at the DOJ, completely dismissed claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election. Republicans in numerous states have investigated and found nothing. Even former Vice President Quayle has been reported to tell Vice President Pence in his final weeks in office that there was no voter fraud in Arizona (where Mr. Quayle lives) as Trump and his lawyers alleged.

    I know my arguments for skepticism are few but I have homework to get back to. I hope to hear from you soon! God bless!

  • Jerry

    05/17/2022 02:20 PM

    I need intervention today of the Bible Verse today. I do not know of any White Supremacists personally however today biden at a memorial talked about the country having a huge movement of White Supremacist roaming around spewing hate and Racism. A mentally ill person committed a horrible deed in Buffalo NY biden had told the nation the country is overused with White Supremacists if that was true I doubt all non White people would be murdered today. Biden is the Hateful White Supremacist and he is leading a small group of mentally indoctrinated and ill people to follow him the good news is biden is losing his membership and his indoctrination is slipping every day about 35 % percent of the population thinks he is doing a good job I actually think its closer to 25% hopefully by July his approval will be 15% the less biden followers we have the better this country will be again. Stop biden today for a great America and food on the shelves in our stores rid America of biden and its followers!!!!! MAGA

  • Paul Kern

    05/17/2022 01:32 PM

    Food stuff today. Now it is public knowledge that our electoral system is a shambles
    All we are missing is Nancy's political commissars on ships and bases. I see the RNC and McConnell are coming out publicly to support anti Trump and America First. Easy to vote this year in this state of Washington. Majority are RINOs

  • Sharon Faulkner

    05/17/2022 12:58 PM

    The DC Prejudice is not just against Trump but all Republicans as far back as Lincoln.
    I think it is time the DC was given Statehood and that from now on when a President is elected than whatever State he or she is from they will run the country from that States Capital City and the VP likewise.
    If we need a place to entertain and lodge foreign leaders than the Governors Mansion in that state will do.
    That could put a big dent in the Flyover nonsense.