Evening Update - June 16

June 16, 2020 |

FAMILY DRAMA

It’s been revealed that the person who leaked President Trump’s father’s old tax records to the New York Times was the President’s niece, Mary Trump, the daughter of his late brother, Fred Trump Jr. There’s reportedly been bad blood in the family for years, since Donald and his two siblings cut off her and her brother's family medical benefits after they challenged their grandfather’s will to get a bigger cut of the money. It's a convoluted tale recounted here, if you're interested in the family squabbles of the wealthy.

It’s the kind of family drama over money that those of us who were lucky to inherit a tackle box from our dads consider ourselves lucky not to have had to deal with. Word is that Mary Trump is planning a tell-all book that will detail “harrowing and salacious” stories about her uncle, the President. She obviously has no motive to make up dirt to sell books, right? I have a feeling the only thing this will prove is that no amount of money can buy you class.

HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE UPDATE

You don’t hear much about hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the coronavirus anymore. That’s largely because news stories trumpeted an alleged massive study that showed it was ineffective and linked to higher death rates and heart problems. But the media muted their trumpets when the Lancet issued a rare full retraction and a humiliating apology for publishing such a worthless, biased and misleading study. But that study was the reason why clinical trials were suddenly stopped and patients taken off the drug. (A similar study has since come out, but also found to have major problems with the data.)

Now, the FDA has revoked its emergency use authorization, which means that stocks of the drug obtained by the federal government will no longer be distributed to state and local health authorities for use against the coronavirus.

Doctors will still be able to prescribe it for “alternative uses,” but they can’t obtain any of the 150 million doses stockpiled by the government for coronavirus patients. This in spite of the fact that a survey of over 6200 doctors in 30 countries by the health care polling company Servo found that it was rated as the “most effective therapy” for COVID-19, with 37% of the doctors choosing it from a list of 15 choices. (This is when it's given early on as a cocktail with other drugs, not given to late-stage patients, as in the misleading studies.)

The FDA’s decision might not be the last word, though. The Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (AAPS) is suing the FDA to end its “arbitrary interference” with the use of the drug. They say the Trump Administration has sent two million doses of it to Brazil with no strings attached, while the FDA has limited American doctors to giving it only to “hospitalized patients for whom a clinical study is unavailable.” The restrictions are so tight that some hospitals are simply returning it to the government instead of using it.

The AAPS’ attorney said, “There is no legal or factual basis for the FDA to limit use of HCQ,” and blamed the restrictions on “entrenched, politically biased officials at the FDA.”

As I always remind you, I am not a doctor, so I can’t personally endorse this drug. But it seems to me that the decision of whether to try it should be between patients and their doctors. It seems strange that liberals will staunchly defend that concept if you’re talking about aborting a baby, but they are just as adamant about not letting you try a coronavirus drug that many doctors believe is safe and effective but that now has political connotations. So, do you still want to trust the government with your health care?

VIDEO PROOF

Want to see video proof that Miami is not run by the addlepated Mayor of Seattle? Watch how their police force deals with protesters who turn violent and smash the windshield of their police car. Warning: foul language and serious Antifa rump-kicking at the link.

SCOTUS NEWS

Monday, the Supreme Court not only rewrote the 1964 Civil Rights Act to redefine the ban on job discrimination by sex to include “gender identity” (setting the stage for endless nuisance lawsuits targeted at religious institutions), but they also rejected a number of cases in which citizens were appealing government interference with their Second Amendment rights.

For instance, the SCOTUS rejected an appeal by a New Jersey man who services ATMs and carries a lot of cash who understandably wants to carry a gun, but the local government requires that he name a specific threat to justify his need for one (as if he knows the name of the person who will eventually pop up and try to rob and likely kill him.) If you read the Second Amendment, you’ll notice that nothing in it says that citizens must justify their specific need for a gun to the government before they’re allowed to keep and bear one.

As the (sadly only) three Justices who dissented from the gay rights ruling noted, this Court is only too ready to pull new rights out of the ether when they involve abortion or LGBTQ issues, but they refuse to defend the clearly-enumerated Constitutional right that the Founders listed second in the Bill of Rights. It’s especially disappointing that alleged “conservative” Justices such as John Roberts and even Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch went along with the liberals in these activist rulings.

Why is it that so many so-called “conservative” Justices morph into liberals after just a short time on the SCOTUS (or as the media call it when a judge goes from respecting the text of the Constitution to rewriting laws from the bench, they "evolve”)? Some of it might be peer pressure, or just living inside the upper-crust liberal DC bubble. Some of it might also stem from the fact that ALL of our Supreme Court Justices attended the same handful of Northeastern Ivy League colleges (every one of them spent time at either Harvard or Yale) and were taught by the same liberal professors. While a few were able to resist the indoctrination, there is no real “diversity” on the Court. For instance, there’s not a single Justice who was schooled in the South or West, and can understand the needs of farmers or ranchers who bring cases to the Court.

Law Prof. Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit sums up the problem in a recent book called “The Judiciary’s Class War.

Reynolds argues that the problem with the judiciary isn’t political but a class divide. Since the judiciary is the only branch of government that requires members to attain elite schooling, it’s dominated by people from upper middle class, elite backgrounds. Once they’re on the bench, they tend to favor things that people of their class embrace (abortion, gay rights, birth control, open borders, etc.) and even invent new “rights” to promote them, while marginalizing the real rights that working class Americans care about, such as freedom of religion, property rights, gun rights and honest apportionment of legislators to represent legal citizens.

Victor Davis Hanson also has some related thoughts about how “class, not race, divides America”…

SCOTUS decisions like Monday’s will make many conservatives despair of ever being able to get America back on the right track of respecting the Constitution and laws as written by elected Representatives of the people. But if you give up and stop voting, then you’ll guarantee the election of people like Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, who will put their lead feet on the accelerator to take America over the cliff.

A Republican majority in both Houses and the reelection of President Trump would at least set the stage for passing legislation to replace the legislation concocted by the courts, and to keep allowing Trump to nominate conservative judges to lower courts who might someday be on the Supreme Court. And of course, to nominate SCOTUS judges who will actually defend the Constitution. So far, he’s batting .500 on that, which is .500 more than we’d ever get under Joe Biden.

VERY DIFFERENT CASES

Some people are trying to draw an equivalency between the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, even though they were very different situations. But there’s one they might have in common that a lot of people will not be happy to hear, and that is that the cops will have a defense for their actions in court, and it might be effective. Here’s how the defense of the Atlanta cops might play out…

And here is how Minneapolis officer Derek Chavin might escape the murder charge that even state Attorney General Keith Ellison admits is going to be a hard case to win.

REMEMBER ME

Say what you will about the mercurial leadership of North Korea, but they certainly know how to get attention when they’re ticked off. Does this mean the Cold War is back on? Ask again in 24 hours.

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  • Ann Atwell

    06/18/2020 02:56 PM

    What is your take on John Boltens book. Do you believe President Trump is guilty of wrong doing.

  • Bonnie R. Parvino

    06/17/2020 04:54 PM

    The Body of Jesus Christ---. By Bonnie R. Parvino
    When the eons of time have passed.
    We will have victory at last.
    Clarity of Words will have been spoken.
    Our presence & covenant with God will not be broken.
    There is hope & faith in Calvary's Blood & spilled by resurrection verified.
    Remembering always---it was for you---he died.
    The foot of the Cross is flat.
    It is on non-graduated rock---the blood spilled there is your kneeling Mat.
    ___________________________
    As one who has spoken against the southern Baptist convention, I would like to make the point
    That the BODY OF JESUS CHRIST is the reason that Christ died. I am one that knows the SBC has great sins on them but the body of Jesus Christ is pure.-------- Bonnie Parvino

  • Jack Dirr

    06/17/2020 12:55 PM

    Governor -

    I'd like to provide an update on a story you published on June 16th. It seems that the police officers in New York were not intentionally targeted in this case. Thought it might call for an update on your site. Thank you for your diligence!
    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/juliareinstein/police-unions-shake-shack-milkshake-nypd

  • Mrs. Geraldine F Habitz

    06/17/2020 12:13 PM

    Everybody loved him when he was just a rich businessman of whom they could say, "he's a friend of mind" or even "maybe he will do business with me" or, in this case, "he's my Uncle," but once he became a fighter for what's right and a destroyer of what's evil, everyone turns on him. Donald Trump knows more about what is evil in the business and political worlds than 90% of the population. That's what makes him dangerous. The fact that he cannot be bought and has never been bought should be a window through which the corrupt see that they are not going to defeat him. He's seen it all and heard it all. The man is about as clean as any human being CAN be but his enemies try to make his marriages, his failures, his honesty -- the bases for attacking him. Our older generation is being overwhelmed by the young cookie-cutter radical socialist university brood that have been manipulated to believe that hate, dishonesty, and violence are the good things that make for success. They have no idea that the strength of us older people has not been depleted. We saved this country by being strong and resolute and loving our country. We lost much while we defended the United States of America and half the rest of the world. We are not dead yet. They will feel our sting yet!!!

  • Shauna dickerson

    06/17/2020 11:59 AM

    I'm very concerned that Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch was involved in the ruling on Monday that was decidedly Not in line with the Constitution. I was counting on part of my decision to vote for Trump on the fact that he could turn the direction of the courts to be more conservative. And now Gorsuch betrays that trust.

  • Mrs. Geraldine F Habitz

    06/17/2020 11:55 AM

    In Michigan, one of the legislators, Democrat Gary Peters, is campaigning for re-election by touting his recommendation that the U.S. reinstate buying drugs from China. In light of the way people feel about China now, I think he's digging himself a hole he can't get out of. Democrats seem to think they can say and do anything and not feel the repercussions.

  • Kelly Thomas

    06/17/2020 11:37 AM

    In the Daily Verse email, the size of the picture has "shrunk" to the point it is unreadable. It's interesting that in the evening newsletter the picture with the daily verse is full-size.
    Please look into this.
    Thanks.
    PS: It is the same on MS-Edge and Firefox browsers.

  • Dusty

    06/17/2020 10:48 AM

    Sorry but most did not vote for Trump as any kind of angel. We do not care about his taxes and especially yrs ago. His personal life is between him and his wife. The old idiot Generals who attack him not part of what they take a code for and he has kept this country out of any new wars . He has worked to rebuild the military after taken down under Obama so what were they upset about a few got booted. Just like Pres Obama did to thousands of military . One my own. Then a year or so later got a letter would you want to come back in? Who advised Pres Bush and how we got into Iraq where a young guy I knew killed IED was to be a father? Who set up the whole Russia SCAM to see a few bad FBI to keep him out WHY? He has brought up our economy and JOBS many blacks working all over Ga now. Kept out many illegals who worked here . No doubt VOTERS the SWAMP many on both sides are fighting per invested in CHINA where millions of our jobs went. NOW medical Gov he has to come up with something for all. I have family hurting the deductibles are terrible $5000 and more and a family any illnesses this is a huge debt? If Demos come up with one pay I doubt the Pres sorry can win. I am a retired RN I know what so many faced per high cost of an illness? Cannot listen to any of the medical or drugs they have made so much off the sick sorry Gov not the place to do this? Police yes we need our police and sad that a couple were so terrible but we also have to know how are so many blacks killing each other like a week ago in Chicago and no one says anything . WE see all over Black Lives Matter but not if blacks kill each other? How is this possible and the 50,000 911 calls were made for help above the norm? So people do want police but not to do as these two recently and not sure why?

  • Steve Sayger

    06/17/2020 10:29 AM

    It's TV. The president needs to start TV with a just the facts campaign. Show how Joe Biden has stood threw the years. Mike Huckabee would have been President if he had money to be on TV during his1st campaign.

  • Jerry Korba

    06/17/2020 10:07 AM

    I have been a victim of a easy life style that money that could have gone to our family thru a death in the family it was hard to understand; while being at the lower income status, it would have been wonderful in helping with the kids education mortgage and such. It took a few months to get over it however the less I thought about it the harder I worked and I believe the path we choose is guided by our great God. Reasons? Well ,believe in Jesus things work out ok it may not be the easiest however I feel blessed the way things turned out. What I have is not stolen, given to, with the exception that God let me work for it. He didn't give me the easiest path but a path I could handle; a little investments help which He gave me the insight to do For that I say God is Great and I feel good. My Guardian Angel had its work cut out together my life is more than oK. Put a bit more true trust in God pray for the demise of Satin he is laughing at us with delight. Open the House of God fill it to the rafters with people that wants to put their trust in God do you feel the need?

  • Cheryl Sunderland

    06/17/2020 08:59 AM

    I think our President has done well by appointing Conservative Justices to the vacant seats throughout the U.S, but your thoughts on how their mind gets turned on many issues facing them on a daily basis brings us back to prayer. It is upsetting to realize they go along with others who make such crucial decisions that affect the public but at least prayer can keep their eyes focused on who they are and why they believe as they do making them at some point the lonely casting vote of what is right and standing by it as morality is at stake and not the idea of just "fitting in." Let us take this to heart to remember that praying concerns all of us.

  • Ed Thompson

    06/17/2020 08:52 AM

    Tax records? WHO CARES? Show me ONE President who did NOT have a “past”! One! All anyone should care about is performance in office! Unless their “past” was so criminal they actually should be behind bars, if by the time they have in life achieved so much success with the public in being able to successfully lead them into a good place, then do we turn our heads away and ignore what they have done? If they haven’t been outed by the time they are elected then maybe just maybe there’s nothing there! I don’t know, it just seems to me that so many people are looking for the worst things about people and ignoring the good stuff they do. Especially when it comes to the President we have now. And when did we applaud criminal behavior when it applies to young people? We have turned around doing a one eighty where wrong is right if it’s done by certain people! Who is teaching the children to act like idiots and who is financially responsible for them? If my tax dollars are going to them please stop paying them all! Cut the funds off if they are receiving them from American taxpayers . Block their “Obama phones”, turn off everything and stop all services from supporting these idiots. Let’s see them survive with nothing helping them!

  • jack macdonald

    06/17/2020 08:19 AM

    Why is it that Supreme court justices picked by the Libs never stray from Lib orthodoxy, but that doesn't hold true for the Conservative picks? What happened to objective interpretation of the founding document? Our law schools continue to turn out these people having biased and flawed objectives with no concern for the actual intent of the law. The damage has been done and it is doing great harm to this country and its people. The remedy for the current crop is impeachment and someone better get that started before the Lib clowns can do even more harm to the nation. From Roe vs. Wade to the more recent rulings these clowns are off the rails.

  • Mary Curran

    06/17/2020 08:17 AM

    As my mother used to say, when you die poor, no one fights over you.

  • jack macdonald

    06/17/2020 08:11 AM

    How did Trumps niece get his tax records?

    Another topic. I believe in the creator, but am not otherwise much of a religious person. However, it occurs to me if there is good and evil and there must be, that Pelosi, Schumer, Biden, Obama and a host of Libs are doing the work of Satan. They work for hate and divisiveness rather than harmony and order. They are truly hateful people and that is hard to understand when you see the blessings that have been bestowed on them. They have prestigious positions and wealth and yet they want to sew hate and discontent. What the hell is it they are after? Even more wealth and power? Where do such people come from and what kind of parenting did they receive? When Trump called Pelosi a "sick puppy", he pretty much hit the nail on the head.

  • Linda Olds

    06/17/2020 04:25 AM

    I'm a retired clinical pharmacist, angry about hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) being a political football. It has been used safely since 1955, in outpatient settings. The vast majority of patients don't need special monitoring while on it. It's safer than dexamethasone, which is now being touted as a covid19 treatment for hospitalized patients because of its anti-inflammatory effects. If it does work, I'm all for using it. However, side effects include irregular heartbeat (sound familiar?), fluid retention (swelling), difficulty healing, eye problems, difficulty breathing, osteoporosis, growth problems in children, and more.
    HCQ, used early in the covid19 illness, has anti-inflammatory effects (as dexamethasone does), has some anti-viral effects, and can prevent patients from needing hospitalization.
    It's inexcusable that HCQ is being ignored or called dangerous and ineffective (by those who claim to follow the science but know nothing about it) when it actually can save some people.

  • Douglas Noel

    06/17/2020 03:58 AM

    The situations between MN and Atlanta are totally different. In the Atlanta case, the police acted totally according to proper protocol. However, the state of mind of the defendant changed during the incident. Growing up in Detroit during the late 60s we had to deal with the Detroit TMUs which were more similar to the MN case. If you'll notice, everything went fine until the defendant was to be restrained. Notice the defendant even told the officer to just drive him home. that was okay and showed the defendant was in a rational state of mind. In order to transport him, the office's procedures, I believe, state the defendant must be handcuffed before being put into the police car in order to prevent further altercations during the transport. Because of the community communications pertaining to being arrested, some true and many exaggerated, fear set in at being restrained and the defendant's state of mind changed from rational to emotional. Working through a bachelors, two masters, two doctorates, and a specialist degree and teaching for 40 years, everything indicates that when someone is in an emotional state of mind there is no reasoning with that person until he/she is brought back into a rational state of mind, most people in arguments experience this. The ideal thing would be to bring him back to a rational state of mind, however there are only seconds to deal with and when the defendant points a gun/weapon at the officer it is game over. Regardless of color, socioeconomic status, or race, if ou point a gun at an officer you are probably going to get shot. We knew this in the 60s and as a defendant dealt with it in a different way, but the ball is in the court of the defendant. If you are white, green, orange, red, purple, brown, black or whatever, if you threaten a police officer by pointing a gun/weapon at him/her, even if you don't mean it, you are more likely going to get shot and it will most likely not go well with you. It is not a matter of race; it is a matter of understanding. There was a recent episode of Adam-12 on MeTV that dealt with this issue. The one defendant feared police handling because his violations was of "the white man's rules." Some of this attitude still prevails. I was told this at times by some of my middle school students who truly believed that the laws did not apply to them since they were created by "the white man". I do not know if this came from parents, pastors, community talk, or whomever, but this attitude also encourages disruption in the classroom. This is a total misunderstanding of the legal system and its purpose and will have to be dealt with through education in some manner.

  • Jerry Summey

    06/17/2020 03:07 AM

    If you are wondering how and why all of the lunacy just seems to keep coming from every direction and effects every phase of our lives, you have to conclude that without the spirit of God humankind is void of the good and effectual sense necessary to produce goodness and a healthy society. There can be no other reason. Evil and God’s Holy Spirit cannot occupy the same space.

  • Dorothy M McReynolds

    06/17/2020 12:47 AM

    I believe that it would be helpful if, while doing a revision of rules and regulations for the police officers, the president would also come up with rules and regulations for all citizens to follow if they are being questioned or arrested. The Atlanta video, sad as it was, is a good example of what not to do no matter what color your skin is. With body cams, either the police or the citizen could request a review by the police chief as evidence of misconduct afterwards if either party was not "following the rules". While I want to be treated with respect by an officer, I also have a responsibility to be respectful to them. May God bless our many good police officers.

  • Bill Visnovsky

    06/17/2020 12:41 AM

    That verse is actually Prov 16:3!
    But the Ephesians verse is good too: Eph 3:16-17 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

  • Leslie

    06/17/2020 12:18 AM

    I have a suggestion for your readers. Today I went to a fast food place to get some take-out and ahead of me on line was a lone police officer. I make it a habit ( which I never discuss unless I can get others to do the same), to buy lunch or whatever meal for any police officer or American soldier within my reach in a restaurant. My late dad was a cop. But this was no grizzled veteran. He was a kid, maybe not yet 30, younger than my oldest son. I remarked that things were tough for police lately. (I live on the edge of a large city which has seen some rioting .) He asked me how I was coping. I was doing ok, I said. And then I told the cashier I was paying for his lunch. He thanked me for the meal and headed back to his job. I suspect he appreciated the positive emotional backup even more than the food. This is the sort of gesture that ANY of us can do ( if we think about it!!) . In spite of the unrelenting negative media hype, most police do a tough job and risk their lives each day so we don't have to .Especially now. So, if you have a chance to do a kindness for one of our police or military, please do!! This exercise of your basic humanity will leaving you smiling for the rest of the day. Spread the word.

  • Randy Pochel

    06/17/2020 12:14 AM

    In reference to the SCOTUS they assume they have the power to make up laws as the please. This as the first amendment violation Roberts passed last week is illegal They can jump in a lake WE WILL NOT COMPLY !

  • Barbara Pierson

    06/16/2020 11:49 PM

    I am sick at heart of the evil that taints everything and surrounds us. The ultimate betrayal of our president by his niece is so sad. The only way I see coming out of this is to not keep making concessions but by a show of wisdom and strength. Enemies need to be shut down, arrested, and tried. Traitors need to be executed. Only then can we move on.

  • Brian Sherman, PharmD RPh

    06/16/2020 11:44 PM

    Dear Governor,

    You are 100% right in your comments about hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). The drug when given early (diagnosis is done in the community or upon hospital admission) enough, in the right dosing protocol, along with zinc, shows remark efficacy. For the FDA to withhold this drug in my mind seems unethical, unjust, and contrived. I'm not writing to speculate if this is a conspiracy to keep such an inexpensive and effective drug from being used, but if the shoe fits. I tried to contact the FDA today to find out who was the decision-maker who made the ruling to prevent physicians from getting to the HCQ to discuss this. I was unable to do so due to their confusing call center set-up. I still want to know who made this decision at the FDA.

    Governor, the combination of hydroxychloroquine and zinc when given early really does work to save lives in patients who have COVID-19 as multiple studies have shown and more are being done every day all over the world. I strongly endorse it because we have no vaccines available yet and even if they were, the vaccines will NOT be adequately safety tested meaning they will have the potential to do serious harm based on what we've already seen in human trials for the vaccine Moderna is developing. Coronavirus vaccines have been attempted since the 1960's and have not worked while put the lives of patients at risk. Be wary. I know you're familiar with the Nuremberg Code.

    People deserve a choice to choose between what's safe and effective and what they believe is not.

    And know this: COVID-19 can cause heart damage without any HCQ having been given. I don't believe the researchers are smart enough to know if the heart damage in the studies condemning HCQ were caused by HCQ or the COVID-19 because the HCQ was given when the patients were so critically ill. It seems to make sense that if the HCQ is given early before COVID-19 has the chance to attack the heart, there may not be any heart issues at all. In principle, that's how we treat pneumonia when patients come to the ER. We treat the patients early with antibiotics. We do NOT wait to they are at death's door to treat them because they would very likely die if we did, just like the patients in the HCQ studies. If a physician treated a pneumonia patient like that and the patient died, it's likely that he or she would be sued for malpractice. Patients who get COVID-19 must be treated early as well.

    I am currently working with my Congressman Doug Lamborn in Colorado Springs and Dave Williams, my State Representative to make a case for allowing an HCQ prescription to be filled by pharmacists in the State of Colorado for COVID-19---currently, Governor Polis took away that right. I've been told that I must write a legislative proposal to help change this and so I will.

    Governor, I'm doing what I can on my end, but it seems like I have a long way to go in my quest to help make this drug available to the good people of Colorado who catch COVID-19.

    Looking to let my light so shine before men to glorify my Father in Heaven.

    Thank you for looking to keep us all so well-informed. You are a great blessing to this patriot.

  • Sharon James

    06/16/2020 11:10 PM

    And Mary Trump’s book will be released right before elections, right???