Evening Edition - April 20

April 20, 2020 |

LATEST COVID-19 NEWS

Here’s Saturday’s White House briefing on the coronavirus…

…And Sunday’s briefing

Some major points: The US has now completed 4.18 million virus tests, more than France, the UK, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Austria, Australia, India, Sweden and Canada combined, and testing is expanding rapidly. Saturday’s briefing included some charts showing the rise and fall of cases in different metro areas (and no, media claims aside, we do not lead the world in coronavirus deaths.)

Trump also referred to an article in the Wall Street Journal by Christopher DeMuth called “Trump Rewrites the Book on Emergencies.” It argues that while all other Presidents have dealt with emergencies by expanding federal power and control, Trump has gone the opposite way by letting state and local authorities deal with the disease on their levels while he sticks to things that are federal duties, like allocating resources to the states and restricting foreign travel. For this, his critics have alternately attacked him for not doing enough, then turned on a dime and accused him of being a dictator when they thought he was doing too much. The article is behind a paywall, but Instapundit has a lengthy excerpt.

Trump said in his Sunday briefing that a deal was close with Democrats to stop holding up a bill to provide more funding for loans to struggling small businesses. Late Sunday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he hoped the bill would be voted on in the Senate today and pass the House on Tuesday (a personal note to Nancy Pelosi: your two refrigerators will preserve all your $13-a-pint artisanal ice cream just fine until you get back from doing your job; that’s why they cost $12,000 apiece.)


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Here is a list of all 50 states and the latest plans for reopening businesses in each state:

TIRED OF THE LEFT

On that subject, I’m getting awfully tired of hearing leftists mock and attack people who are demanding easing of restrictions so they can go back to work. Their frustration is perfectly understandable. First, some of the restrictions imposed, especially in blue states and cities, are ridiculous, unconstitutional, and have no impact at all on reducing the spread of the virus. For instance, refusing to let people buy needed items that are available in stores that are open because the Governor doesn’t deem them “essential.” Or shutting down safe drive-in church services while allowing drive-through liquor sales. Or cancelling all “elective” surgeries, including cancer biopsies, while allowing abortion clinics to continue operating. That’s not public health and safety, it’s tyranny and idiocy.

Second, aren’t the leftists always claiming that many Americans are “just one paycheck away from disaster”? Yet when Americans get desperate after losing three paychecks, or even their jobs, the same leftists mock and belittle them.

They can’t comprehend, or else simply don’t want to, just how devastating to people’s lives this business shutdown is, or how angry people get at having government arbitrarily trample their Constitutional rights. Scott Morefield at Townhall.com makes the argument that the left actually wants to keep the lockdown in place indefinitely (keeping everyone else from working advances their work of destroying the American system), and he lists the reasons why.

One other point worth noting: most of the liberal talking heads live in deep blue cities with dense populations (no offense intended), and are notorious for being bubble dwellers who neither know nor care about how people live outside of their own social circles. Maybe this will help give them a little perspective on Americans who don’t understand why they’re expected to endure the same draconian quarantine measures as, say, New Yorkers.

Matt Margolis at PJ Media, who understands that people in Wyoming or Arkansas live very different lifestyles than New Yorkers, decided to see what the coronavirus statistics would look like if you separated out downstate New York (just eight counties: Kings, Queens, New York, Suffolk, Bronx, Nassau, Westchester and Richmond) and treated that small, densely-populated (about 12 million people) and hard-hit area as a separate nation from the US. The results were stunning.

If those eight counties in downstate New York were a separate nation, it would lead the world in confirmed coronavirus cases (16,230.65 per million people.) Meanwhile, without Downstate New York, the US would drop out of the top 10 entirely, from 7th place all the way to 13th. Also, despite the fake news about the US leading the world in coronavirus deaths, as I already mentioned, we actually rank 8th in deaths per million in population (less than a fourth of first-place Belgium.) But if Downstate New York were a separate nation, it would rank #1 in deaths per million, and the rest of the US would drop to #11.

If you’d like an easy illustration of how much New York is skewing the infection and death figures, click the link above to PJ Media to see a chart comparing the growth of cases in the top 25 metro areas in the US. That red line that looks like a jet taking off over the heads of all the others is New York City/Newark.

Of course, none of this means that Americans anywhere should stop taking sensible precautions to avoid catching or spreading this disease. But it’s time we recognized that someone in Arizona or Alabama who drives his pickup alone from his ranch house to work at Home Depot is not as likely to contract the disease as New Yorkers who pour out of apartment buildings to cram shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers in a subway car on their way to work in crowded Times Square restaurants or the New York Stock Exchange. That’s the problem with “one-size-fits-all” solutions: they don’t fit most people.

Finally, here’s “A Tale of Two States, Coronavirus Edition”:


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KUDOS

Kudos to the burger chain Shake Shack, which became the first major company to give money back to the government. The chain said it was able to raise additional capital in an equity offering, so it will immediately return its $10 million emergency small business loan so the money could go to independent restaurants that need it most.

STIR-CRAZY

Signs That We’re All Going a Little Stir-Crazy: Families under self-isolation are engaging in an Internet challenge to recreate famous paintings by posing for photos in their homes.

The last photo is especially impressive, with the wife using rolls of toilet paper to stand in for the ruffled collar in a 1621 Van Dyck portrait. I don’t know which is more impressive: her creativity or the fact that she actually has that many rolls of toilet paper.

HARVARD NONSENSE

The current stay-at-home orders have left many parents struggling to learn how to homeschool their kids. But what they’re actually doing is known as “crisis schooling,” not homeschooling. Most real homeschoolers put in a great deal of time, research and effort to plan their schooling programs, select curricula, etc. They didn’t just have it suddenly thrust upon them. That’s why, home school students typically rank well above public school students in most metrics, from college admissions and SATs to social development to community service, and score up to 30 points higher on standardized tests.

I suspect that having so many kids at home, where parents are being forced to school them (and they’re not getting their leftist/anti-American/eco-warrior indoctrination) has leftist “educators” panicked that parents might decide they prefer homeschooling. And so we get garbage like this, from Harvard Magazine.

It’s about a Harvard law professor who’s demanding a ban on homeschooling. She calls for a "radical transformation in the homeschooling regime and a related rethinking of child rights" that "recommends a presumptive ban on homeschooling, with the burden on parents to demonstrate justification for permission to homeschool."

She claims that homeschooling allows parents to spend too much time with their own children (parents can’t be trusted not to abuse their kids), and that some parents have “extreme religious” beliefs that they might pass on to children instead of “ideas and values central to our democracy” (you know what that means, I assume). She says that many homeschoolers "promote racial segregation and female subservience." I know a lot of homeschooling parents and kids and have never seen that. I also don’t know how that she'd explain all the female students and kids of all races who’ve excelled at academics because they’re home schooled, but she’s a Harvard professor, so she’s obviously better than the rest of us.

Or maybe not. Maybe she’d be a bit smarter, a bit less brainwashed by the leftist education machine, and a bit less prejudiced toward people she knows nothing about if her own parents had homeschooled her. In fact, if all the people who run Harvard had been “indoctrinated” with Christian values by their parents, maybe we wouldn’t have stories like this.

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  • Richard Forster Sr.

    04/22/2020 09:07 PM

    Thank you Mike

  • Evelyn Ortiz

    04/21/2020 05:47 PM

    Governor, I wish to thank you for taking your time to prepare this very informative newsletter. It is a blessing, and may our God continue to bless you more abundantly every day!

  • Floyd A Unger

    04/21/2020 03:24 PM

    Again thank you.....many comments on the other posts this day.

  • Neal Miller

    04/21/2020 12:10 PM

    Why do the Democrats want to destroy this great country. They are trying to make this country a communist country. The Democrats are not for the American people. Why have all the people in Washington DC that the people elected are working against us. They have all forgot who pays them. We the people make their pay checks. They act like we work for them. If that is the case then they should start sending me a pay check every month. This is just my thoughts.

  • Ben Johnston

    04/21/2020 11:32 AM

    I have never understood why we feel that Harvard (or Yale or Brown , etc.) know more than the rest of us. After all, didn't they fulfil their diversity claim by hiring an indiginous American (E. Warren) to teach one at an exorbitant salary?

  • Nelda White

    04/21/2020 11:02 AM

    The Harvard professor's recommendation is the basically the same as any communist country would have. Listen and obey the state, not your parents. Don't allow them to believe in God, that will make them more apt to figure out that they have been enslaved by the state (government). And that would be dangerous and cause loss of state control. My son was home schooled until the last two years, I wanted him to be in the social climate outside. The private school was so much better than any public school and taught respect for the constitution and bill of rights and freedom of religion, etc. He graduated Valedictorian, so I guess my home schooling didn't damage him to much. People need to look out for these brainwashing fanatics, they will try to ruin America.

  • Dianne James

    04/21/2020 10:53 AM

    In the mid 1990's I got tired of the liberal slant where my daughter, Suzanne, attended school. She is the youngest of our 4 children...2 sons and 2 daughters. the straw that broke the camel's back is when she said someone in her science class wanted to sell her "pot". Her comment was "get me out of that school". We could not afford private school, so I looked into homeschooling. Several churches had help groups to teach people like me to homeschool. I am not a teacher, I am a mom and Suzanne was able to complete 4 years of high school in 3 years. She also won a $3,000 grant to the University of Tampa. She transferred to the University of South Florida because they had the major she wanted. So she graduated from USF in 2002 with a B.S. in Finance. Also during this time she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and had to miss many classes, but she persevered, which meant going to class in a wheelchair. But the students were great and tried to help her along the way. I would recommend homeschooling to anyone who is looking for a better way to teach their children.

  • jack macdonald

    04/21/2020 10:38 AM

    Dear Mike: I have a suggestion and partial solution to the petroleum storage problem. Ask every car owner to top off their tanks. With millions of cars and assuming they could average 10 gls per it would be a start. This would only help temporarily, but wouldn't hurt.

  • Glenda Ellis

    04/21/2020 10:25 AM

    THANK YOU!
    LOVE your TV show each week.
    Your writing is so refreshing and a bullseye commentary.
    GOD BLESS YOU!
    Please up the great work. WE NEED YOU.
    Glenda Ellis

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    04/21/2020 10:17 AM

    Kudos on the homeschooling article. My sister home schooled all 3 of her children and, yes, she was a pastor's wife. One child graduated at age 16, did college online and now works in his own home with his wife as an engineer. The other is a Pastor and one, well, I am not sure...but she did marry and they are doing great!

  • Dawn Neuschwander

    04/21/2020 10:16 AM

    Dear Mike,
    I live in northern MN. We have had some cases of the Chinese flu but in Nov-Jan there was an unidentified flu virus that took most of the school kids out of school for 3 weeks and many other had it. The same thing happened 90 miles north of us near the Canadian border. The only way the Chinese virus made it up here to the Grand Forks area is because muslims that live in GF were simply given special privileges to travel back and for to the Twin Cities and they brought it to GF. The Wind plant(LM) where they work had to shut down. For the most part, this whole thing is ridiculous! People need to make up their own minds whether they want to reopen! We can not keep this economy shut down any longer!! Waltz is a Nazi ! Lockup NYC and CA cities and we will all be just fine. There is a cure and the media just wants to keep playing this up so they can get mail in ballots!

  • Mary Cliff

    04/21/2020 10:01 AM

    You're the voice of reason that I look forward to reading every day ... please don't stop.

  • Michael Hutch

    04/21/2020 09:59 AM

    de Blaiso News story that he was shocked to hear recent release of criminals has resulted in many being arrested again for same or worse crimes. You punned about dense. His height has his brain in the clouds and can't see bottom. This is not what keep America working, Police, had in mind. Or did it??????

  • R. Dorien B. deLusignan

    04/21/2020 09:53 AM

    Governor Huckabee,
    God bless you and your work for us. Please read the following. Sadly, and gladly, it contradicts a claim in a recent NewsLetter.

    I recently commented regarding your fantastic Newsletter reporting Coronavirus-19 being related to HIV-AIDS through manipulation. I just this hour found a series of articles at the following address:

    " https://healthfeedback.org/claimreview/claim-by-nobel-laureate-luc-montagnier-that-the-novel-coronavirus-is-man-made-and-contains-genetic-material-from-hiv-is-inaccurate/ ".

    I am both disappointed, and happy, to find that the claims of the eminent doctor were at the least premature, and likely inaccurate. For the sake of accuracy and the integrity of your Newsletter please examine what I found this morning. Sincerely and in Christ, R Dorien deLusignan

  • Melinda Long

    04/21/2020 08:57 AM

    some parents have “extreme religious” beliefs that they might pass on to children instead of “ideas and values central to our democracy”
    and what false teachings do they teach at Harvard and force on the children???? despicable!!

  • Jerry Korba

    04/21/2020 08:16 AM

    America is being held hostage by China if punitive action by the US is to severe the Chinese will withhold the drugs we need or even worse add something bad to the drugs. Past lawmakers including Biden made this happen. America got addicted to cheap and inferior products from China and not only that; it sends us illegal drugs that weaken Americans use, and emboldens China, it's the same as Mexico and the countries in our southern hemisphere. OUR lawmakers are a part of this and probably connected with cartels and the CCP to keep the supply line open. The current and past lawmaker are responsible for the state we are in and the Americans bought in, also the answer to defeat the addictions may be to Build exclusively here in America and when we achieve that we may need to shut the borders ports down for a while so we can inspect the products coming into our country for now we really don't know what's coming in its entirely. The need for term limits is evident now look what the 30 and 40 year year lawmakers got us; a non lifetime political man took us to the top and will keep us there if we rid ourselves of these worn out corrupt lawmakers we have too today; elect builders not demolition artist Pelosi and that old gang needs an eviction notice before it does more harm. Please name me a member of her gang that is doing America good.......

  • John Gore

    04/21/2020 08:05 AM

    Listening to the hostile questions during the President's briefings each day (no ventilators, no hospital beds, no protective gear, no tests) leaves me wondering what their next line of attack will be. How about this: Trump’s response to Covid-19 is really all about voter suppression. He is killing far more Democrats than Republicans!! Look at the hot spots— all big blue states and cities! Look at the populations most affected: Obama voters and dense people. All the more reason they need to harvest those nearly dead (or actually dead) votes by mail, before there are no more Joe Biden supporters left! Take note, CNN et al. Maybe this is an impeachable offense.


  • Thomas Douglas Roper

    04/21/2020 07:12 AM

    It doesnt matter. Whatever Trump and the right deem is correct the left will think the opposite.

  • Judy Radley

    04/21/2020 06:47 AM

    Thank You Mike, for stating the same thinking I have, but in a more eloquent way! You make so much sense! You would be as good a President as President Trump is, Thank You for that. Now, on the absurd subject of the left's new 'war cry', now Gov. Cuomo says, 'we need more chemicals from China for more testing kits', etc. blah, blah, blah! Why in the world would he even mention getting anything else from China? We've gotten enough from China, and there are many more talented and wise scientists and lab technicians and chemists here in the U.S.A. that could make the chemicals needed for whatever these tests need. But of course, the ' climate changers and crazy environmentalists ' say no to chemical research because it hurts the environment, and animals, etc., blah, blah, blah, but if it helps stop getting sicknesses and viruses from China, why not? We have a whole bunch of wonderful entrepreneurs in the U.S. that would come up with better alternatives and SAFER alternatives than anything from communist China and other foreign nations ruled by communists and those against democracy. Finally, there are so many of our Rights that are being violated by Gov. Cuomo I cannot list them all, but mostly denying the Right to Education for our children is a big one right now. Here's the thing, I haven't gotten sick, thank God, but I also got the flu shot and pneumonia shot last Fall. I bet those of us who got the current shots already made and given, many of us didn't get sick, nor will. Why can't that data be used? In summation, Gov. Cuomo (and all the other liberal governors), is using 'public health issues' to take away all our rights in New York State, that is a certainty. I wish President Trump could call for Cuomo's removal and take over NYS, and not allow Cuomo to spew anymore garbage about 'public health' to keep his socialist communist control over all of NYS! Nor his reason to keep businesses closed! It's over-reach for sure by the socialists and anti-American governors! Those with TDS too! Hopefully this whole thing will finally push NYS to divide up and let NYC be their own state and let the rest of NYS run our lives without interference by NYC culture which is TOTALLY DIFFERENT from the rest of the state! Better yet, NYC be it's own country and then we can restrict immigration from that country to the rest of America! Same with LA and Chicago too!

  • Mark Seibert

    04/21/2020 05:07 AM

    I really like the article about how lower New York is such a hot spot for the corona virus, and one of the main reasons is that people have to take subways to work. But isn't that what the Democrats want to do with all of America through the Green New Deal? Don't they want to take away our cars and make us all use public transport? I would say that is failing America in pandemic preparation. This should be a tremendous example of why we should not go with the Green New Deal.

  • Dolores Miltenberger

    04/21/2020 03:54 AM

    Thank you!

  • Eugene Gee

    04/21/2020 03:38 AM

    The Bible tells us what the world is like in the end times. So what we see today should not be any surprise.

  • Jeffrey O Mohr

    04/21/2020 02:18 AM

    Do the numbers really add up?
    The Wuhan Coronavirus (COVID-19) has apparently spread worldwide, reportedly leading to the demise of thousands of people over the past four months (170,368 world-wide, 42,359 in the U.S.).
    Although there seems to be some consensus that there is in fact an actual virus which is causing sickness and leading to death, there also seems to be much debate and difference of opinion regarding the origin and whether every person who has been reported to have died from COVID-19 actually was felled by the virus or died of some other underlying cause.
    Video footage has been shown to have been duplicated from foreign sources and replayed as if it is current footage in the United States on multiple occasions. Citizen reporters have gone to U.S. hospitals and reported on empty waiting rooms and parking lots (showing footage), while there are reports of medical staff being furloughed or laid off during this time of hospitals supposedly being overrun with patients.
    Statistics from the CDC website show that (as of year 2017) the following were the top causes of mortality in the United States:
    2017 4 MONTH AVG.
    Heart disease: 647,457 215,819
    Cancer: 599,108 199,702
    Accidents: 169,936 Since a majority of the populace has been “sheltering in place”, traffic and pedestrian accident deaths would logically be dramatically reduced.
    Lower respiratory diseases: 160,201 53,400
    Stroke: 146,383 48,794
    Alzheimer’s disease: 121,404 40,468
    Diabetes: 83,564 27,855
    Influenza & Pneumonia: 55,672 18,557
    Nephritis, nephrosis 50,633 16,878
    Suicide: 47,173 15,724
    My reason for presenting the above information which is not at all new and readily available, is because I am very curious about THE COVID-19 FATALITY NUMBERS in the U.S. We already have been hearing that the numbers reported from China, Iran and North Korea are suspect. However, I have also heard some other reports which are troubling, such as one which said that at least one particular death certificate form had a notation at the bottom stating “when in doubt, show COD as COVID-19”.
    So, I’m curious to the point of being suspicious, in the first quarter of this year, what are the statistics for the nation regarding the other usual top nine causes of death in the United States, and how many of them have actually been “lumped in” to the tallies of the COVID-19 totals to pump them up? I have heard anecdotal stories of families who received a death certificate of a loved one where it showed “COD COVID-19”, and they emphatically declared that the person did NOT have COVID-19. Have people supposedly quit dying of all these other causes during the past four months?
    Tonight, I printed out a very current report provided by Georgia Department of Public Health which shows every COVID-19 death by age, gender and whether or not there was an underlying cause. I haven’t yet digested it, however, I expect to find it an interesting read.
    Regarding the numbers of returns of “positive” on the tests for COVID-19: I saw a video posted on a website (Next News Network) by a doctor (Dr. Rashid Buttar) a couple days ago who declared that the same virus or antibodies found in the flu vaccine are the same that will cause a positive result to show on a COVID-19 test, meaning that for all of us who have been dutifully been getting our annual flu shot we are all going to test POSITIVE for COVID-19, even though we have been sheltering in place, been asymptomatic and feeling absolutely no ill effects.
    Jeffrey Mohr
    Kennesaw, GA

  • Gail Hudler

    04/21/2020 01:03 AM

    Love the scripture for today! Thank you for being so dependable in providing the truth. The mainstream media leaves us all feeling frustrated with their one-sided viewpoints. May God bless you! Again, thank you so much!

  • Carl "T" Smith

    04/21/2020 12:29 AM

    I'm not a mathematician by any stretch of the imagination but simple math might fit. 331,002,615 persons in the United States and we need to test for COVID-19? Now which test do you want to administer? Who do you trust to supply the Tests or the reagents needed to make these tests move above the 35% False/Positive results that the UK got? IF we could administer 100,000 tests a day spread over 50 states or 2000 test per state per day it would take 331,002,615 divided by 50=3210 days or 9 years to get a 65% Probability of a virus free society. This is a Pipe Dream even if my math is off by 35%. I suggest that IF America does not go back to work soon the Suicide rate will double from the current 280,000 and that's being conservative.