|December 17, 2020|
Good morning! Today's newsletter includes:
- Explosive Homeland Security hearing on election fraud
- The Mob attacks the First Lady online
- Latest Podcast: AG Leslie Rutledge
- They Can’t Teach History, But They Sure Can Rewrite It
- Endless lockdowns are also hurting animals
Explosive Homeland Security hearing on election fraud
By Mike Huckabee
Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson’s Homeland Security Committee hearing on election “irregularities,” held Wednesday, promised compelling testimony and certainly brought it.
This marks the first federal hearing on allegations of election fraud. In case you didn’t get to watch, here’s the link to the entire thing.
For Sen. Johnson, this is about regaining public trust, which obviously has been shattered. “The fact that our last two presidential elections have not been accepted as legitimate by large percentages of the American people is a serious problem that threatens our republic,” he said in his opening statement.
He blamed in part “today’s climate of hyper-partisanship, which is only exacerbated by the persistent efforts to delegitimize the results of the 2016 election,” referring to the Russian collusion hoax. He also noted that the “ongoing suppression and censorship of the conservative perspective by biased media and social media adds fuel to the flames.”
Listening to this on Wednesday, I did notice that the discussion we’re having about the 2020 election has changed. Remember when election fraud was supposedly so “rare,” we hardly ever heard of any cases? Why, there was “no evidence” of it happening, and we weren’t supposed to say it ever had –- let alone that it might have changed the outcome. Now, after hearing firsthand accounts from witness after witness about what they saw, the discussion has become, “Well, sure, there’s always going to be a certain level of fraud, but the question is, was it enough to change the outcome?”
And that was the question Sen. Johnson asked in his opening statement. We’re now dickering over the LEVEL of the fraud.
It sounds as if we’re acknowledging that our country is unwell because of a very unhealthy lifestyle, and now we need to determine if continuing on this track is bad enough to kill the patient. I hope that at some point in the future, historians aren’t asking that question at the autopsy.
To continue the analogy, the patient's “tests” (polls) say it’s serious. About 70 percent of Republicans don't believe the election was “free and fair,” and even many Democrats see problems, although their level of trust in Biden’s win is going up. (That’s from watching too much CNN.) Yes, this patient is very sick and needs a huge lifestyle change, as in accountability and reform of the process.
If you count unconstitutional rule changes that made large-scale fraud and error easy, the answer to Sen. Johnson’s question would be YES –- the level was high enough. Just look at this testimony from Trump attorney Jesse Binnall about what happened in Nevada as a result of widespread mail-in voting; this is something to share with doubting friends.
The courts have had their own blasted reasons for refusing to look at the rule changes, but that doesn’t mean the election wasn’t affected by them. It simply means the judiciary didn't want to be involved and found ways not to be.
Democrats at the hearing mostly knocked the idea of being there, saying the election challenges are not good for the country. (As if steamrolling towards an outcome that so many Americans don’t trust WERE good for the country?) The ranking Democrat on the Committee, Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, said that the current legal challenges to the election results “undermine the will of the people, disenfranchise voters, and sow the seeds of mistrust.”
I would point out that ignoring the glaring problems we’ve seen will cause precisely that kind of damage.
Democrats expressed concern about mail-in ballots and Dominion voting machines when they thought these were potential problems for THEM. Now that they’ve almost managed to drag Biden over the finish line, they want to shut down any examination of these factors.
Sen. Johnson blasted Democrats for the hypocrisy of their constant charge of "disinformation": “The purveyors of Russian disinformation, Hillary Clinton’s campaign, the DNC, the Steele dossier, the ranking member Peters accusing Sen. Grassley and I of disseminating Russian disinformation --- THAT’S where the disinformation is coming [from]. This hearing today --- this is GETTING information we have to take a look at to restore confidence in our election integrity.”
Standing O for Sen. Johnson. Incidentally, that accusation against him and Sen. Grassley concerned a report they issued on the Bidens’ foreign business interests, which we all know now is true. As in, NOT “disinformation.”
Sen. Rand Paul spoke up as well, saying that “fraud happened” and the only way it’ll be fixed is by in the future reinforcing the laws.”
As we’ve been saying, the fight is by no means over. GOP electors in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico cast alternate slates of votes for Trump on Monday, the same day the certified Democrat electors cast their votes.
Trump is being supported in his fight by a number of Republicans, notably Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley and Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, who's planning to be the House member who lodges a challenge to the electoral vote on January 6. He needs a senator to do this with him, and we don’t know yet who will step up for this. Among several possibilities is Sen. Rand Paul, but at this writing he hasn’t announced anything.
Here’s where a number of Republican Senators and House members fall on the issue.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is not providing leadership on this. In fact, he’s trying to discourage members of his party from challenging the vote on January 6. The same goes for Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who called the idea “a grave mistake.” He and South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham are waiting to see how Trump’s legal challenges play out.
Finally, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, who was expected to release his report on foreign interference in the election this Friday, has heard from his office (the ODNI) that “the intelligence committee will not be meeting the December 18 deadline” set by Trump’s 2018 executive order (#13848). Their announcement said that “a number of agencies have not finished coordinating on the product.”
The conclusions in this report will be extremely important; details about the delay and Trump’s options under the executive order are in this must-read report from THE EPOCH TIMES.
Ratcliffe has been clear about the threat posed by China and also their desire to see Trump out of office. Former acting DNI Ric Grenell tweeted on Wednesday just prior to this announcement that Ratcliffe “is standing up for career analysts who want their views to be accurately reflected. In other words, fighting to keep intelligence from being politicized.”
According to Catherine Herridge at CBS, Ratcliffe said earlier this month that in November of 2020, we had election interference from China, Iran and Russia.
The Mob attacks the First Lady online
By Mike Huckabee
First Lady Melania Trump continued her tradition of reading a holiday book to children at First National Hospital Tuesday. And for this horrific sin, she was viciously vilified by morally superior leftists. Why, she took off her mask to read the book! She was spreading COVID-19 to sick children! She’s an evil, awful, uncaring MONSTER!!!!
Okay, Twitter mobs/leftists/biased media jackals, if you wonder why so many people distrust and hate you, here’s a perfect example. It’s your obnoxious self-righteousness, coupled with your uncivilized language and behavior, heaped on top of your mindless, reflexive hatred of the Trump family and your unfounded belief that your uninformed opinions are unquestionable objective truth.
For the record: The hospital doesn’t require guest speakers to wear masks as long as they’re more than six feet away from anyone else. The First Lady was 12 feet away from others, in a four-story atrium. Also, she’s already had COVID-19 (or don’t you read the news?), so she’s not spreading it or in danger of getting it.
She wasn’t endangering children, she was engaging in an act of Christian love and charity. Here’s an idea: if you want people to think you have even a fraction of the moral standing you believe you do, why don’t you try that sometime?
Latest Podcast: AG Leslie Rutledge
This week on "The People's Podcast," Governor Huckabee spoke with fellow Arkansan Leslie Rutledge, who explained why she became one of the 17 Attorneys General to join Texas' lawsuit challenging the results of November's election. The Governor also shares the good news on the covid-19 vaccine front and breaks down a new collusion scandal involving a prominent House Democrat and the Chinese Communist Party. But first, he'll share a history lesson on the election of 1876, and why it's worth remembering in 2020.
They Can’t Teach History, But They Sure Can Rewrite It
By Mike Huckabee
A San Francisco school district plans to rename Abe Lincoln High School because the man who fought a Civil War to free the slaves and took an assassin’s bullet for it didn’t do enough for minorities to deserve to be honored. If only he’d done something really virtuous, like dox people from his Twitter account.
I guess Honest (sorry: “Racist”) Abe could hardly be expected to pass PC muster with today’s wokesters when not even liberal California Sen. Diane Feinstein is pure enough. The same school district is also renaming a school named after her because while serving as San Francisco mayor back in 1984 (appropriately), for vague reasons, she raised a Confederate flag at city hall.
No word on who the Diane Feinstein school will be renamed after, but I’m assuming it’s not Lynynd Skynyrd.
Endless lockdowns are also hurting animals
By Mike Huckabee
This article is behind a paywall at Townhall.com, but it’s an important enough point that I wanted to highlight it. The story is about how the endless lockdowns aren’t just hurting humans, they’re also hurting animals.
Zoos and aquariums have been shut down so long that they’re worried about making payroll for the caretakers and being able to stay open. Animal rescues are hurting even worse, since they depend on donations, public fundraising events and fees from adoptions by people who aren’t coming in. Meanwhile, there are more animals being left at shelters because of their owners’ inability to provide for them. And that’s not just dogs and cats, but also birds and other pets. Most rescues are being stretched to the limit to cover food and vet care.
If you support an animal rescue and have the spare cash, I’m sure they would be very grateful for any help. Also, if some of the green liberals who seem to have zero compassion for the people being harmed by non-science-based lockdowns will at least think of the innocent animals harmed, maybe that will make them rethink their strident support for crushing authoritarianism.
On the other hand, in nations where socialism takes over, people often end up eating the zoo animals to survive, and that hasn’t shaken their faith in socialism.
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