October 18, 2019

Researching the latest developments in the Ukraine scandal will just have to wait a day. President Donald J. Trump was in Dallas Thursday for his yuuuuge “Keep America Great” rally, and we had to go and see one of these for ourselves!

(Full speech here:

Hey, it’s always best to wait about 48 hours after each new report surfaces, anyway, since it's almost certain to be bogus. I live in a suburb of Dallas with hubby and fellow “Huckabee” writer/researcher Pat Reeder, and the Governor graciously put in a word for us so we could both get media credentials for the Dallas event.

American Airlines Center –- located adjacent to the appropriately-named Victory Plaza –- was packed all the way to the nosebleed seats Thursday evening, with an estimated 30,000 (!) more watching giant video screens outside. The weather was perfect. Some people had camped in line for two days to be among the first in the door. Although the President wasn’t scheduled to speak until 7 (and it turned out to be closer to 8 when he took the stage), we got there about 3:45. Media people had to check in before 5PM, with no exceptions, so we allowed ourselves plenty of time due to traffic and street closures.

Security was, of course, tight, but quite unobtrusive and extremely professional. (Towards the end of the event, I saw one security person walking the floor with a police dog and quite a number of Secret Service agents gathering near the media area, and it seemed as if something might be up, but that may have just been security personnel getting into place for Trump’s departure.) I’m not sure what getting through security was like for the thousands in line with regular tickets --- probably very slow --- but for us, it could not have gone more smoothly.

Inside the arena, we saw thousands of red Trump caps and T-shirts along with many creative variations on that theme. My favorites were probably the matching T-shirts worn by a couple of African-American men that read, “HELL YEAH, I’M BLACK AND I LIKE TRUMP.” One thing you seldom hear from the media was just how diverse the crowd was, with lots of women and different races represented. Many were waving signs saying “LATINOS FOR TRUMP” and “WOMEN FOR TRUMP.”  One man’s shirt read, “CHOLO FOR TRUMP.” A young woman wore one defiantly emblazoned, “Yes, I voted for Trump, deal with it!” The atmosphere was unfailingly upbeat and positive, so unlike the gloomy world in which leftists dwell.

By 6:30, all media were supposed to be in the “corral” at the back of the floor. But it turned out that all the seats in the front rows of that area had been reserved for media big-shots, and, as Pat and I were relatively little shots, we would have been delegated to the area at the very back, behind the raised platform where TV reporters did their stand-ups, where we would have been completely separated from the stage by a black curtain. I got the distinct impression that almost all the media people in attendance WANTED to be separated from Trump by as thick a barrier as possible. Really, it’s hard to picture a glummer group of people ever assembled, if you don’t count prisoners about to be executed by firing squad. I mean, they were grim-faced. Not a speck of red clothing to be seen. Some had their faces buried in whatever was on their laptops, but a few looked out expressionlessly as if to assess the “God, guns, grits and gravy” crowd. Unlike them, Pat and I were jazzed to be there and wanted to see everything; fortunately, we got there early enough that we were able to get a couple of good seats in the first tier, amongst our fellow Walmart shoppers, very near the media area but with an actual view of the stage.

We’ve all seen many political rallies on TV (and this one is available from FOX News in its entirety, so I won’t detail the content of Trump’s message), but I have to tell you, in this case the intensity on TV screen does not come close to what we experienced inside the arena. Of course, in Texas, we like everything big, and we were not disappointed in that respect. Lots of high-decibel music; Pat and I might have tweaked the playlist a bit, but the eclectic mix of Michael Jackson, the Village People, Frank Sinatra and the Rolling Stones oddly worked. We did see a lot of “WPD” (white people dancing), which no doubt amused those black guys wearing the T-shirts I liked. I'm not complaining; it was sure better than that time at the Democratic National Convention when Hillary and her friends tried to dance the Macarena.

We struck up a conversation with the couple sitting in front of us over the T-shirt the man was wearing: the picture of a Halloween jack-o’-lantern with yellow “Trump” hair, with the message “TRUMPKIN: Make Halloween Great Again.” We loved this so much, we snapped a picture, with consent.

(Interestingly, when I saw the so-called “orange man” in person, I thought his pale skin and whitish hair looked perfectly normal under the stage lights and really quite attractive.) These two people turned out to be avid “Huckabee” fans, and they love the newsletter. They told us that Gov. Huckabee and Rep. Louis Gomert are just about the only sources they trust and enjoy. It made me wonder how many other people in that huge arena were fans, too.

What struck me most about the in-person Trump was his boundless energy and playful sense of humor, particularly considering the (pardon me) unending crapstorm he’s had to put up with ever since moving to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Think of it: judges have tried to block him at every turn from doing things within his constitutional authority, his own intelligence community tried to take him down, Congress throws some new phony charge at him every day as it searches for some impeachable offense, everything he says is twisted into something else, and he seems incredibly energized by it all. He’s having fun. He has quipped that he sort of thrives on it, and it appears that he genuinely does.

No doubt the cheering crowd helps him feel that way. So I think that by making our voices heard in that arena, loud and proud, we’re making it easier for him to deal with all the mess –- a mess his adversaries have themselves created and then blamed him for. When President Trump holds a rally in your state, by all means go. It’s uplifting to be part of a crowd like this. At a time when our freedom as Americans is under siege as perhaps never before, it’s gratifying to commune with others –- many, many others –- who see through it all and would crawl through broken glass to vote for Trump to “Keep America Great.” Thank God for them.

A few more observations on the Trump rally from Pat Reeder, “Huckabee” writer and resident pop culture historian: 

While Laura and I had good seats, I had the lousy luck to pick one that put Trump’s face squarely behind the prompter, giving him the appearance of someone in the witness protection program with his face blacked out.  Oddly enough, you could still tell who it was, just from the body language alone. Now, that's star quality. 



While the TV coverage catches the cheering, it doesn’t convey the loudness or frequency of the laughter.  I think one reason all the smug, lecturing late night “comics” hate Trump is that he’s much funnier than they are (Comedy is hard. Look at Tom Arnold.) Trump’s mix of sharp political points delivered with hilarious comic timing reminded me more of Jackie Mason on Broadway than a political rally (I think Trump absorbed a lot of his speaking style from Jackie.)  And despite all the media whining about his attacks on them, his jabs at the “fake news media” that had the crowd booing the reporter pen on cue were no more “threatening” than the cartoonish booing-of-the-villain at a WWE event.

But the media didn’t seem to be in on the joke...

To show the left’s failure to grasp the game, outside afterwards, a tiny group of protesters held a sign saying, “Stop hatred, impeach Trump,” but we had seen no “hatred” inside.  We saw a lot of people from all races and backgrounds, having a good time and actually being excited about voting. Also, I have no doubt that if anyone in the “hated” reporter corral had had a sudden medical emergency, half the crowd would have rushed to help while the rest prayed for the reporter to be okay. 

Judging from all the swag stands outside and the hilariously creative T-shirts for sale (my favorite read “2020: Make Democrats Cry Again”), Trump is definitely making T-shirts great again. In fact, half of our economic growth may be due to sales of Trump T-shirts and caps. 

The best of the caps had to be this one, which comes with a built-in Trump comb-over.


Finally, by coincidence, the Trump rally coincided with a rally for “Beto” O’Rourke that was much closer to where we live (man, tough call!)  I heard it was not as well attended as Trump’s rally.  But I have a suggestion for something “Beto” might want to rent to attract more people to his rallies.

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  • Robert Carter

    10/23/2019 01:47 PM

    Can you make an "only republicans will figure it out" puzzle to broadcast on your show, that will enable access to info on future Trump rallies ?

  • Melinda Gay

    10/20/2019 11:25 PM

    We absolutely loved the Trump rally and sitting in from of Laura Ainsworth and her hubby Pat. We were the Trump Halloween T-shirt couple! It was fun visiting with you all there and we love our President and Mike Huckabee!
    Michael & Melinda Gay

  • Alice Landolt

    10/19/2019 10:00 PM

    Loved this report! Hilarious!

  • Carl Smith

    10/19/2019 07:50 PM

    According to the media ( aka the propaganda arm of the DNC) any of the Dim Wits could beat Trump? This election is not going to be a slam dunk because MOST of America has a 15 second Attention Span to ALL things Political and get thier walking papers from the late Show. IF we had an ONEST media Trump would carry more than Nixon did. What's the most important is flipping the HOUSE back to the Right and getting Rid of Pelosi and her handlers AOC and the Squad

  • Victoria Blake

    10/19/2019 12:20 PM

    May I please remind you that the correct spelling is HUGE not yuge.

  • S Dutton

    10/19/2019 11:38 AM

    Thanks Terrific summary!

  • Patricia Varhol

    10/19/2019 11:26 AM

    Lately, I’ve noticed a lot of fake news on Fox News and it’s not always coming from the Democrat on the program. Recently, it included the cease fire and what Mic Mulvaney said. That’s very disappointing and disturbing to me. Is Fox News succumbing to all the lies?

  • Brenda Turner

    10/19/2019 10:31 AM

    I pray to God that President Trump is reelected if not we are a Marxist/Communist state 5 min later, if that long.

  • Nancy Klus

    10/19/2019 10:04 AM

    This letter was so uplifting in our negative 'news' world. I read it twice. Thank you for making me feel better - until the next time I watch the 'news'!
    Nancy Klus

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    10/19/2019 09:26 AM

    Allways love your columns! Love the T-shirts; My question: If another republican had won, say Huckabee, so you think he would have gotten the same sahmeful treatment from the left and from sitting judges?

  • Dusty

    10/19/2019 01:49 AM

    Super for the President. To me what this shows all of these people all kinds I could see black, Asian , some looked Hispanic , young and old. People who know this man is for us the PEOPLE the working class not the DEPLORABLES as said per a person I will not say at this point. Karma is on the way and it will be here. Gov. I have asked you before to talk to the President to calm his being on twitter and let us take care of the negatives. Step back and I know he wants to do this but now just cook his jets. Talk of all he is doing for the workers the bringing back the jobs and why we are doing as we are in Syria per to take care of our own soldiers for a change. We get a Congress with the botox old lady from Calif who says nothing at all about the homeless there her state why is she silent and not doing something to help. Oh I know she has to try to Impeach this President. Biggest scam they have tried and the rest of the Republicans need to get off their duff and those that backed this vote on Syria were as stupid as the majority of the Congress who are they? Not my Republicans. How many of them are going to go and fight these wars ? Who else is there now from EU or where ever helping in Syria? Plenty of young men and women in these other countries who can come and fight the terrorism we have faced and still face. See today in Mexico the drug cartels this is nuts. I saw Narcos Mexico not fun and games Americans. Drugs coming here to kill our families. Anyway Gov. why the people are out there in high numbers they are finding this man to care. JOBS back here that went overseas and a basketball player is not able to say how terrible China treats their people because of the millions he and others make. Yet we get on knees here for how terrible many are treated. So which is this one place it is okay but another if you lose big bucks it is not. Not what we want here our jobs over there and the people mistreated to make our products for lower prices? I know why he is so upset but he has to understand who has taken over this media I saw it during the campaign so biased and unfair and I stopped watching both and I was a fan before of all of the news shows. Not going well and what you do Gov and others to get out the truth and all who realize what has been going on the untruths and the Mueller found nothing ask WHY VOTERS WHY?


    10/18/2019 11:13 PM

    Awesome first hand reporting of the rally! I loved every word. Make America Great Again! Trump 2020!

  • Rick B Martin

    10/18/2019 10:36 PM

    I was outside, and we had a Ball. I felt something I haven felt since 1989 when I finished my tour in the Army...... "Camaraderie". Only one incident with a guy yelling lies so no one could hear the President for a bit. I got fed up and confronted the guy and tried to talk to him. We ended up nose to nose and then I felt several hands on my shoulders and back. I didn't take my eyes off the idiot screaming in my face, and the next second four people were at my sides chanting "4 more years", and the idiot was yelling it back at us, making the rounds 2 inches from each guy's face. 10 seconds of that and the idiot bumped another guy, then said we assaulted him, and left to find a Cop. End of story. Never saw him again. People had my back, and as the author mentions, they all knew the score and did not want a physical confrontation to make the MAGA crowd look bad. It was the most peaceful act of tough love I've ever been a part of and to experience that camaraderie again was awesome. No violence, no long drawn out commotion. Just the expulsion of a trouble maker via a unified effort to handle the problem peacefully. Most military folks do miss that camaraderie when they leave the service. I know I did. Trump supporters have it in spades because they are just as goal oriented as the average soldier, and they truly have one another's back. They have a purpose, and it is nothing like the one the media tries to label them with. Like a Drill Sgt. who's men/women unify to survive him/her, the media, through their relentless and uncalled for attacks on Trump supporters, have unwittingly created a bond among MAGA Patriots that they now find themselves unable to break.

    All night long, as we passed by LEO's we would thank them and wish them safety. I noticed so many others doing the same. Hat's off to the LEO's on site. Well done! Safe environment. Lots of kids enjoying the show. I agree with every sentiment in the above article. You owe it to yourself to attend one of these event's if at all possible. They won't be around forever and it's something special that you will be glad you experienced.

    God bless.

  • Remedios Cruz

    10/18/2019 10:04 PM

    This was an excellent read today !!! Heartwarming to hear the writer’s experience! Like others I don’t read papers nor listen to the daily news. I wait and watch for The news updates from Governor H , me as well as my husband wait for our favorite - Governor Huckabee. Other than this we wait for Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levine, Judge Jeanine, Waters and Greg Gutfield! Thank you Governor !

  • MARIJO Boeving

    10/18/2019 09:56 PM

    I was there, too. Heard afterwards that Trump had more in his porta/potties than Beto had at his whole rally!

  • Carol Bernice Cordier

    10/18/2019 09:49 PM

    I can't wait for the 2020 election so this country can move on from all this political harrassment and bickering. Go Trump go I hope you win by a landslide.!!!

  • Jerome and Harriet Jackson

    10/18/2019 09:01 PM

    So glad to hear this true report from a Trump rally! We usually only get the dems side of things.
    God bless Trump and God bless all the conservatives who get out and vote in 2020!

  • Verlyn Steinbach

    10/18/2019 08:27 PM

    Great report. Thank you very much.


    10/18/2019 06:55 PM

    I love your news letter. I voted for Trump I love him. He is a great president and I will vote for him again.

  • Krystyna Orlean

    10/18/2019 06:49 PM

    Hi Mr. Huckabee !
    It is always a big pleasure to read all of your articles and comments!
    We wanted to express our big disappointment from Texas about Dem. Party. We used to be Democrats when we came here from Communist Country. Not anymore !
    We came here to see really fair Democratic country, free speech etc.
    We had that until Obama came to power. Thanks to him country is divided now, police is not respected and he almost restored racism again and Socialists found all of these as a good ground to attack US again and take power here..
    Now this pseudo-Dems believe in their Free Speech ONLY, Antiffa terroizes Trump's voters like Fasist Hitlerjugend did successfully before II World War.
    How sad is that !
    Our President is right - Dems became desperate and crazy in their action for over 3 years. Such sick people like Hillary and Obama and Holder and others still have a courage to talk to the people. Al of them should be in jail by now !
    We don't understand how Dems could hate so much our President and their own country. Presidents are here with us now, but will be gone after 5 years, but country could be destroyed forever thanks to insane Democrats and whole SWAMP!
    House with Pelosi is not doing their job at all, just playing illegal phony impeachment game without any reason and base to it.
    Why nobody impeach them for doing nothing and taking fat salaries from our tax payers money ?
    But were is AG Barr and his team ??
    We need to hear and see results of real AG investigation right now.
    Only that will stop these constant sick and false witch hunts and hoaxes around our President and hopefully it will expose all traitors from prior Administration. Because they try to forget about all traitors from 2016 election, all millions of $ paying for spies to create false web of dossier documents against our President, based on which they produced a few FISA false documents etc etc,
    We cannot wait to see many prosecutions here ! How long country must wait for that ?
    Were is AG Barr ?
    Country needs his report and at least start to prosecute some people NOW. Later, gradually they could do the rest. But people need to see the action !
    We will not be satisfied by catching small fish only. Because fish gets spoil from the head !
    Please help Mr. Huckabee and talk to Sarah who is in contact with our President. Maybe President could speed up the whole process with Mr. Barr somehow...
    Why they are not starting any actions, any prosecutions, any arrests yet ?

    Thanks God, he gave us such President who has very strong personality and never give up ! We pray for HIM every day !
    And we will meet you in 2020 election which should be monitored very closely by Republicans, because Dems don't know what is fair game.
    Lately they learned from Socialists how to play Soviet tactics and how to use Stalin's or Nasist propaganda - so we all must be very careful here !

    God Bless You Mr. Huckabee with your Family !

    Krystyna O.

  • Sandra Spellman

    10/18/2019 06:40 PM

    Great to see the turn out. The previously non-represented just a little to the right of the RINOs (the silent majority) mainstream family raisers are seizing the day by attending the Trump rallies that are fairly local to them. This is the new vote. We don't get regular comprehensive, accurate, factual news from some national TV. For every petition sent to Congress for issues there are 10 like minded people who are never asked where they stand. Having petitioned for over 23 years to urge Congress to stay in the perimeters of the Constitution; I have felt ignored and unrepresented. Many have quit the Republican Party for that reason. The previous administration's "nobody in the driver seat" style has encouraged "punk politician wanna-be s to run; because they see the blow off attitude of the anarchists that have won a candidacy in a bussed in district. Persons who tie up our streets with gross, nonsense anti-American demonstrations need to be deported. Murder under any politically correct term must be punished for more than 12 years. Take care of yourself. You are very important to the United States citizens. Sandra Spellman

  • Ken Truell

    10/18/2019 06:36 PM

    Thank you Laura. I really enjoyed your take on the Trump rally. I certainly could not get a true report from the lame stream media. I would love to take your advice on attending a rally, but don’t know where to go to find the list of coming rallies. Can you help a guy out?

    Ken and Jan Truell

  • Jerry korba

    10/18/2019 06:28 PM

    I find Trump's rally's fun and hilarious the biggest take from the rally's it drives the Left into another state of shock. Sounds as the T shirts have great slogans on them that are fun and truth. It is fun watching Pelosi try and speak after the effects of Trump has her sucking her gums and teeth she garbled for about 4 minutes and not a sane sentence came out. It must be from the toxic environment of DC look at Mueller Biden Pelosi Nadler the corroded brains cells are fused together making thought and speech very difficult. I mentioned last week that Donald takes as many trips out of that Toxic city of DC he doesn't kiss ass he kicks ass.

  • Dot Whitley

    10/18/2019 06:25 PM

    Thank you so much for this. So many of us would never know what happens at these events if you didn't report it.
    Instead of listening to the evening news on TV I tell my husband I will wait and see what Mike has to say about this.
    Dot Whitley

  • David R. Munroe

    10/18/2019 06:24 PM

    You have some very talented writers. This was the kind of review that the public would never get to digest from the MSM (or even glean from watching on TV). This review proves that being there is definitely more than half the fun (than seeing it on TV). Thanks for the post.