My reaction to the WHCD

April 30, 2018 |

As you might expect, a lot of people are asking for my reaction to the foul-mouthed, unfunny and vitriolic “comedy” performance at Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. I already said a little about it on Twitter, and you can read about that here:

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I would like to add that I am extremely proud of my daughter Sarah for giving the people in that room a desperately-needed illustration of what true class and dignity look like by sitting stoically through a vicious personal attack. I also commend those from both conservative and liberal media outlets who condemned that embarrassing, tasteless assault masquerading as humor (it’s no surprise that the speaker came out of “Comedy” Central’s “Daily Show,” which has lost its senses of humor and fairness ever since Jon Stewart left and Trump was elected, and has infected all of late night TV with the idea that partisan hate speech = “comedy.”)

One of the more ridiculous epithets being hurled on social media is the left calling Republicans who are upset about this “snowflakes” who can’t take a joke. First of all, I didn’t hear much that I’d consider “jokes.” Secondly, snowflakes get that name because they’re so delicate, they melt when you barely touch them (like college students who need to flee to safe spaces when they hear an idea that challenges them.) Sarah learned early on that if she got into politics, she’d have to develop a thick skin and a spine of steel to deal with the unfair attacks, and she exhibited admirable strength and restraint.


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The organizers of the WHCD are frantically trying to distance themselves from their speaker this morning, and predictably getting grief from the left, who think that any attack on those they disagree with is simply “free speech,” no matter how nasty or personal. Even the speaker herself is trying to claim she wasn’t really attacking anyone’s looks and the media misinterpreted her meaning (that’s the first laughable thing she’s said so far.) Please! The left always attacks conservative women’s looks, even those who could be (or were) beauty queens. Then they backtrack and hypocritically rationalize their sexist smears when they’re called on it.

They don’t seem to understand that the First Amendment provides protection from government censorship. It doesn’t shield you from criticism for saying foul and obnoxious things, nor does it protect you from the consequences of your speech in terms of popularity or employability. In other words, you have the right to say any vile thing that pops into your head, but intelligent, mature adults know that’s not always a good idea.

If any good comes of this embarrassing public spectacle, let’s hope this will the last WHCD – or at least, the last one where the theme is partisan rancor. The group claims the intention is not to divide and target people, but that seems to be the mission much of the media have adopted since 2016. As several pundits pointed out, they made it loud and clear to Americans outside the liberal media bubble that they are very partisan and as Sean Davis of The Federalist put it, “They hate you and want to control you.” Maybe this massive embarrassment and the well-deserved public condemnation that’s followed will finally shock them into doing some soul-searching over what they’ve become and how the public views them, and force them to ponder whether they’re living up to the ideals they mouth respect for.


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It’s an interesting synchronicity that at the exact moment this repulsive hatefulness was going on in DC, TBN was airing my interview with Candace Cameron Bure. The former “Full House” star is TV-actress stunning, but even if she weren’t, she would still be beautiful because she radiates beauty from inside. Her love of Christ and her family and her fellow humans is evident in everything she does. She’d come to talk about her new book, “Kind Is The New Classy.” It’s a book about making the conscious choice to reject anger, hatred, bitterness and outrage and instead do something that’s genuinely radical and counter-cultural in today’s society: embrace kindness, forgiveness and respect for others. If you really want to be a “rebel,” why not try showing kindness and empathy instead of just parroting the same mindless hatred that everyone around you is repeating?

In the spirit of kindness, I’ve refrained from mentioning the name of the woman who gave that performance on Saturday. I will even pray for her, that she may see that anger and insults are not a good way to build a long-lasting career, and that ugliness is not something that’s visible on the outside, but something you carry inside.

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  • Carolyn H Bertram

    12/27/2018 12:56 PM

    Sir your daughter has more class in her little finger than anyone I see in the MSM - and she maintains her dignity when most of us (self included) would be either in tears or making obscene gestures with our middle fingers. Sarah is my hero ! She is smart, beautiful and cool, way cool <3 I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year <3

  • Ramona Miller

    05/22/2018 07:42 PM

    Dear Governor,
    My husband and I marvel every time we watch Sarah on the WH Press briefing. She is so skilled in handling the mindless questions and the condescending tone in which they are presented. If only those in the "pool" were as intelligent as Sarah, we might get some real news. We truly admire her!

  • Jane Curcuru

    05/05/2018 09:15 AM

    Well said.

  • Linda Kay Cornett

    05/04/2018 07:24 PM

    As a Christian, I can unashamedly say I love you and your daughter. Yes, she has the tough skin and spine of Steele to let her be involved in politics. Being she is your daughter I assume she is a Christian. That gave her the strength and grace to be the beautiful example of self control when all that
    Ugly talk was dished out on her. You have every right to be proud of her. You and your wife brought her up well.

  • Diane Niford

    05/04/2018 06:33 PM

    AMEN and thank you, Governor Huck! We know watch tv on Saturday night.
    Only! Your show and Mike Rowe.

  • Allison Hawkins

    05/04/2018 03:13 PM

    We are so proud of your beautiful daughter and grateful for the way she handles herself in her important job. President Trump made some good picks for his team and Sarah is a blessing and absolute treasure to those of us who stand with freedom and the Constitution. Mark Levin posed the questiono n his radio show yesterday about how as a father, who would you be more proud to have as your daughter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders or Stormy Daniels? The obvious answer is your precious gracious beautiful intelligent poised daughter. Another man called in and was expressing the outrage that we all feel over the aborrant indecent nasty attack that sleezy classless woman launched against Sarah and the WH staff. Yep, we are disgusted with how the left carries themselves. Especially the vile joke about abortion. The left has no shame, even when it comes to murdering innocent babies in the womb.
    We love Sarah and are praying for her as she stands in that lions den each day. I pray Gods healing, love, and joy removes the tentacles and venom arrayed against her, that their arrows turn back on them!

  • Ellen Caamano

    05/04/2018 12:30 PM

    Thank you!!!!!

  • Mack hurley

    05/04/2018 11:26 AM

    your daughter is a top class lady. although I would have liked to see her hurl that big pot at that jerk. liberals have no morals and I think Sarah is a fine example of a person that has good morals. God bless her with wisdom and strength

  • Christii Spriggs

    05/04/2018 09:03 AM

    I was so very proud of Sarah, I didn't watch the WHCD on TV, but saw some of what was released on Fox News. It was shameful. Sarah comes from a Father with a strong constitution and she also has one. There are very few who would sit through that trash and still hold her head high.

  • Kermit Stockstill

    05/04/2018 08:21 AM

    Governor you're so right and your daughter was the greatest person I ever seen take that abuse and not make a scene about it. She has class , u raised her well....

  • Janet Elliott

    05/04/2018 02:21 AM

    These people who make the claim of being "comedians" are nothing more than foul mouth, common bullies. And then we all wonder where and why in the world do our kids get their ideas that it is so much "fun" to bully other kids in school? Well, just to name a few progams, there is the Jimmy Kimble Show, Saturday Night Live, The View, etc., etc., they only know how to bully. And when someone happens to question them about their behavior, you get, " I'm joking...!," or," I'm a comedian...!" When in actuality they don't know what a real joke is, let alone a what real comedian is; even if Red Skelton, Melton Berle, Bob Hope, Lucile Ball, Carol Burnet and the cast of her show, and many more who's names escape my memory at the moment, jump up and kicked them in the backside. They absolutely do not have a clue that they are nothing more than common, ordinary, immature, foul mouth, BULLIES. Not comedians, just failed, miserable, "wannabes".

  • Sherry McLelland

    05/03/2018 08:51 PM

    Governor Huckabee, you have a beautiful daughter, who is very intelligent and excellent in the area of quick
    comebacks to the daily insults and rudeness she faces from far less intelligent news media. I have never
    seen such hatred and vitriol toward a president and anyone who works with him. The very things they want
    to accuse Republicans, especially black conservatives and female conservatives, of doing, they are actually
    far more apt to do and with much more anger, underhandness, and hateful language and attitudes. I love
    the job your daughter does and think down deep, even those who go after her every day admire her more
    than they will ever allow themselves to show.

  • Rhonda Cook

    05/03/2018 08:22 PM

    I am so proud, impressed and empowered by your daughter, Sarah. She is such a powerful woman who speaks the truth, commands respects and has unmatched dignity to shut down repetitive questions, badgering and unfounded accusations. I hate to quote this but.....”If you don’t like me and still watch everything I do and listen to every word I say....Bitch, your a fan!” Seems appropriate for the press corp! I’m a tried and true fan of you both! God Bless you both! Stay strong Sarah!

  • Debbie Basham

    05/03/2018 06:49 PM

    Sarah is doing a FANTASTIC job as WHPS. She is beautiful and classy! She has a heart that is in the right place and portrayed that last Saturday night. I just want you to know (Sarah too) I am praying for her and all those working with President Trump (and of course President Trump) daily to do what the American people elected him to do and of course according to God's will for this country and to DRAIN THE SWAMP! We haven't had good people working for Americans in the White House and WDC in so many years I can't remember any of them! God Bless You Sarah and President Trump and his entire staff working to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!

  • Yeshua Logos

    05/03/2018 03:43 PM

    Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom proverbs 9:10 Sarah we LOVE YOU, a gorgeous God fearing woman with class dignity and an awesome dad. Keep running the race set before you, we all support you and pray in Jesus name.

  • Ken Hughes

    05/03/2018 02:38 PM

    Your daughter is a tough cookie, and I love to see her stand up to the bullies. Please let her know that for every jerk that criticizes her, there are 1,000 Americans who are in full support of her. She has a tough job, but she is up to it, and more. A class act, good job Dad.

  • Carol Jamieson

    05/03/2018 02:08 PM

    I am so proud of your daughter Sarah! She is nothing short of amazing! I'm sure you are proud of her also. I am so disgusted by the media morality these days and especially regarding Sarah. I don't know how she can stand dealing with those toddler journalists (supposedly) every day yet remain as compised, professional, and wick on her toes to keep them in check! She is my idol! I can see her as the first female president of this nation. I want to congratulate you on a job well done at raising her! I watch her everytime I can. She never ceases to amaze me. America is PROUD of her!! God bless!

  • Jimmy Slay

    05/03/2018 01:46 PM

    Very well said Governor. Hats off to Sarah for the way she handled it. This world would be much better if we did it HIS way and not our way.

  • Sandy Rayborn

    05/03/2018 01:45 PM

    Sarah is a beautiful handmaiden of the God of Creation. She shines like the stars in the face of adversity. They might hurl insults at her but God is watching. He said touch not my anointed and do my Prophets no harm. He is watching. We had prayer today for Sarah but we also pray for those who do not have a heart like she does. God bless her and your family.

  • Chris Mitchell

    05/03/2018 01:40 PM

    Sarah gets 2 thumbs UP! Yippee!

  • Julia Magee

    05/03/2018 01:29 PM

    Your daughter acted like a true Arkansas lady. I am so proud of her and of you and her mother for raising a strong, Christian woman and lady.

  • Tom ONeill

    05/03/2018 01:25 PM

    Funny, Gov., I've never heard you criticize Trump for his FAR more viscous attacks on, oh, everyone, AND their physical looks (let's start with Carly Fiorina). Plus, of course, Wolf said NOTHING about Sarah's physical appearance except for her application of eye shadow which, in fact, she complimented (except for the part about it being made from "lies," which IMHO was genius).
    Nice try anyway, Dad.

  • Melissa Miller

    05/03/2018 09:55 AM

    You are the best dad! First of all, I love you, I supported you for president, I agree with your opinion MOST of the time and I wish there were more outspoken people like you in this world. You aren't rude or condescending when you speak to people, you are a very smart man and treat others the way you want to be treated, respect! You have raised a very respectful and impressively passionate daughter, who stands up to idiocracy with pose and grace. I am so impressed by her every day. She has the hardest job and then to put up with criticism from every angle and personal attacks, I would probably kill someone, and she just smiles and moves on. Lessons some people in DC could be learn from! Keep up the great work, both of you, and remember that there are people out here praying for you. You are a role model Sarah and a damn good one at that! You to sir, a very good role model.

  • Mary Falsey

    05/03/2018 06:33 AM

    So few have her beauty, grace and composure. The reason they demean her is they know she makes them look exactly as they are: vile!!! Their desperate effort to make her look bad.

  • Kimberley Pearson

    05/02/2018 11:55 PM

    God bless you and your family. I love listening to Sarah and watching her Grace and strength during the press briefings. Praying for you all and President Trumps whole family through these tough times we are living in. Proud to be a God fearing American in these tough global times. Praying for Myanmar and all the Christian persecution going on there and Seria & Israel. Praying for our Government to wake up to the corruption. It needs to end.

  • Cheryl Olear

    05/02/2018 11:28 PM

    Sarah is a classy lady! Not only does she exhibit such behavior during her press conferences, but also during events like the dinner. I would suggest to all of those high-dollar paid celebs, sports players, and others in the "entertainment" field of work to take a moment and take notes of how Sarah displays herself. They might learn a thing or two about how to be a good role model for society to follow! God bless Sarah and the Sanders and Huckabee families!

  • Billie Sue Dillard

    05/02/2018 11:07 PM

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Wolf, named appropriately after a predator, bared her fangs and displayed her soul to the nation. Did this soul display what women want in America?
    I prefer the old fashioned virtues like self respect and kindness in word, thought, and deed. If you need a reminder of these virtues, watch SARAH, KELLYANNE, and IVANKA.

  • debbie graham

    05/02/2018 10:57 PM

    If I had been Sarah, I would not even have attended that "dinner". But maybe she had to. Stay strong Sarah, you are doing a great job.....and your Dad too!!

  • Debbie Alday

    05/02/2018 10:00 PM

    Just want you to know how proud I am to have her standing with our POTUS. She is such a great example and my 6 grand daughters all love her and want to be like her, they love her strength and of course the way she in her own nice ways tells the fake news to go skip a rock. One is working on an end of yr report on women that inspire, she not only made her cut but is the top pick, so you and Ms.H have the best reasons to alway be proud not JUST because she yours. She a very bright light that shines even when there’s no storm. Tell her to shine on, youngsters are a watching. DA on of many fans

  • Charles E Walker Jr

    05/02/2018 09:58 PM

    I was in tears watching Sarah be attacked by evildoers. As a father myself, Sir you did a superb job raising a Christian Daughter who looks evil in the face and is strong through Jesus. Amen.

  • Kathleen Rush

    05/02/2018 09:26 PM

    Mr. Huckabee you and your daughters family are really good people the kind that founded this country and like you they found their strength in God. Hopefully in time we can turn others into seeing what's really going on in these United States

  • Jan Nelson

    05/02/2018 07:43 PM

    Yes, Sarah is a VERY classy lady and I appreciate her so much. Please continue to be brave under fire, Sarah. May God continue to keep you and the family safe as you serve our Lord for our country!

  • Gwen Robertson

    05/02/2018 07:13 PM

    Sarah is a beautiful classy lady!!!! A sure sign of being brought up in a loving Christian family. Too bad that there aren't more ladies like her in politics.

  • Leslie Garamella

    05/02/2018 05:53 PM

    Governor, you raised your daughter right!
    She was absolute grace under fire. The attacks were incredibly classless, and I find it astounding that people actually sat there chuckling.
    I want to thank Sarah from the bottom of my heart, for doing what she does for our country.
    She is handling a near impossible job with absolute professionalism.
    We're so blessed to have her.

  • Shauna Trent

    05/02/2018 05:46 PM

    Thank you and your wife for being classy and raising a wounderful daughter.(family)

  • Vicki E Sensat

    05/02/2018 05:12 PM

    That's what weak people do. If they can't be you they try to take you down. Hold your head up Sarah.

  • george fullwood

    05/02/2018 04:48 PM

    Gov. Huckabee,

    You should be proud of your daughter for her class, poise and strength. The Unfunny routine blasted towards her was disgusting and was done on purpose, yet she sat there looking beautiful and showed the world how a real woman with class behaves. She is the only reason people watch the white house press briefings and i commend her for how she handles the ravenous lying press. they brought Ms, Wolf in to try and humiliate her and get a reaction out of her but failed miserably, Your daughter handles there lies with strength and for that they will always try and bring her down. We are lucky here in America to have people such as yourself and your daughter who tirelessly give to your country and I want to say thank you and to keep up the good work.

  • Robin Downing

    05/02/2018 02:57 PM

    I’ve been wanting to post this to your Facebook page for some time now, but now is the absolute right time to tell you how much I admire your daughter Sarah. You must be so very proud of her & as others have already mentioned, she exudes the quiet strength of Christ. This was more evident than ever at this WHC dinner. I absolutely love her. Kudos to you & your wife on raising such a beautiful person, inside & out! May God continue to richly bless your family.

  • Regina Carlton

    05/02/2018 01:23 PM

    You are a great Dad who with your family raised your daughter right. I was her daily press briefings as often as I can because she’s making a difference in this Nation. Demanding respect not only for herself but for our President and Nation. I congratulate her on being a woman that so many young girl’s are looking up to in this upside down world. I pray that she continues to have the strength to carry on with the fortitude of knowing she’s doing the right thing. We are blessed to have her represent our citizens and putting the truth out for everyone to see. Thank you!

  • Regina Carlton

    05/02/2018 01:23 PM

    You are a great Dad who with your family raised your daughter right. I was her daily press briefings as often as I can because she’s making a difference in this Nation. Demanding respect not only for herself but for our President and Nation. I congratulate her on being a woman that so many young girl’s are looking up to in this upside down world. I pray that she continues to have the strength to carry on with the fortitude of knowing she’s doing the right thing. We are blessed to have her represent our citizens and putting the truth out for everyone to see. Thank you!

  • Nancy S. Graham

    05/02/2018 12:59 PM

    You are right!!! I hope that the Left gets the message and changes their behavior and their beliefs for good.

  • Waylon Bush

    05/02/2018 12:18 PM

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a beautiful, professional, and successful woman. She should not have had to endure such hate-filled filth. I pray that if it ever attacks me, I can be as much like Christ as Mrs. Sanders was. By the way, does Michelle Wolf have mirrors in her home?

    The day I heard BHusseinO promise to was going to "fundamentally transform" the USA, I had a chill. We are seeing the tip of that iceberg.

  • Elizabeth L. Norton

    05/02/2018 11:57 AM

    Your daughter is an outstanding press secretary and a very classy lady. The liberals truly have it backwards. Your daughter has the qualities that will make her President one day. I am so sorry that such lies were told about her.

  • Marc Ludena

    05/02/2018 11:57 AM

    I understand why you would be upset, as a father whose instinct it is to be protective of the daughter he loves. But never for a moment do you address the fact that what Michelle Wolf was pointing out with her entire act (some of it funny, some of it not so funny, IMO) was that Sarah has to lie on behalf of the President all the time. She is masterful at it, and I don't know if that's a good thing. But the President lies, and it's Sarah's job to explain those lies as if they are truth. I know it's the 8th commandment, so it's down the list a bit...

  • Lynda Kotara

    05/02/2018 11:43 AM

    Very well said, Mr. Huckabee! I agree 100%. I am SO thankful for both you & your beautiful, precious, brave, intelligent, & spine-steeled daughter! You & Sarah are both amazing & Jesus shines brightly through both of you!

  • Linda Boothman

    05/02/2018 11:08 AM

    Your response to that vile so called comedy routine shows a wonderful Christian attitude. God bless you, Sarah and your entire family. Laura Ingraham showed a clip on her show with Don Rickles/Reagan @ the WHCD and it was hilarious. How I long for the good old days.

  • Barbara Kuczmynda

    05/02/2018 11:00 AM

    Sarah is doing a fantastic job! You certainly can tell a person who serves a God who is so much greater than Hollywood. Keep up the good work, Sarah.

  • Karen Ann Jones

    05/02/2018 10:56 AM

    Sarah is such a strong, capable and classy lady. She has shown her gracious character and charm the entire time she's been White House Press Secretary. She's quick witted and handles those in the press who are voracious wolves with elegant and concise truth. The "not" comedian who attacked Sarah made herself look like a dimwitted, sloppy thinker who has nothing to say. So, she desperately attacked someone she could corner during the occasion, all the while, hoping to gain the approval of those on the left who can offer her a job. Sarah's poise answered this non-thinker in volumes. I think that raggedy teenybopper is just jealous! I would tell the "not" comedian, "Go handle life well for a while yourself, and gain some character, if you can". Then maybe you can contribute to peoples' lives, not just tear them down." Go! Sarah Go!

  • DeDe Galliher

    05/02/2018 10:26 AM

    Mike you are a wonderful man, who I am proud to call a brother in Christ. I didn't watch the WHCD, but I expected the haters to be well represented. Sarah is a jewel and beautiful inside and out.

  • Hugh Thomas

    05/02/2018 10:07 AM

    Thanks , for the standard you & Sarah stand for every day. Hugh