Evening Edition - June 1

June 1, 2018 |

Friday morning, the Labor Department reported that a better-than-expected 223,000 jobs were created in May, and unemployment fell to 3.8%, tying the record low set in 1969, nearly half a century ago. Perhaps most significant for people already working was the news that wages grew 2.7% in May, compared to last year. Stagnant wages have held down lower and middle class workers for years. Combined with the recent tax cut (which helped contribute to raises for many workers), Americans are finally seeing some real growth in their paychecks.

http://www.wesh.com/article/unemployment-rate-matches-lowest-point-in-half-a-century/21049161

This is a large part of the reason why that fabled “blue wave” is looking more like a ripple in a kiddie pool these days. The Democrats have built their hopes for regaining power on putting together a 50%-plus-sized collection of identity groups, but they may discover to their shock that people base their voting decisions on things other than their race or gender. Like, “How safe is my family” or “Am I having to work three jobs to make a living?” If even a small percentage of African-American or Latino voters stop responding to the “Don’t listen to those guys, they’re racists!” tactic, the left would be in big trouble. And there are growing signs of cracks in the solid wall of minority support for Democrats.

https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/45398/

I know how hard it is to cut through the media-reinforced stereotypes because when I became Governor of Arkansas, I made it a point to reach out to the African-American community and was met with suspicion and resistance at first. But eventually, black community leaders realized I was sincere, and we worked together to make things better. I eventually received a record level of black support for a Republican, but I had to earn it. Trump and the Congressional Republicans may be starting to earn at least a look, as minority voters notice that jobs are more plentiful and their paychecks are bigger now.

Even Democratic pollster John Zogby is warning the party that despite Trump’s high disapproval rating (which is actually improving; pretty amazing considering the non-stop media bashing he gets for everything he does), he may be very hard to beat in 2020.

Zogby points out that a new Harvard University/Harris Poll found over two/thirds of Americans (68%) say the economy is strong, with only 32% saying it’s weak. Those who believe it’s strong include 76% of men, 61% of women, and (here’s the part that will make Nancy Pelosi reach for the Rolaids) 58% of Hispanics and African-Americans. She may be washing those Rolaids down with Pepto-Bismol when she hears that only 25% of Americans say they’re doing worse under Trump, while those who say they’re better off include 30% of Hispanics and 33% of African-Americans. Losing a third of those two voting blocs would not represent “crumbs” for the Democrats but the crumbling of their hopes of retaking Congress.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/morning-in-america-more-say-theyre-better-off-under-trump-blacks-hispanics

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There seems to be a theme to this week’s news: controversial comediennes derailing their careers by making offensive attacks. First came Roseanne’s 2 a.m. Ambien tweet about Valerie Jarrett that got her entire career thrown down the PC memory hole. Then former “Daily Show” cast member Samantha Bee, who has a low-rated weekly "rant against Republicans" show on TBS (her ratings among Millennials are down 47% from last year), was forced to apologize to Ivanka Trump and lost two sponsors -- but not her show, naturally. It all started when Ivanka tweeted a sweet photo of her holding her two-year-old son, which for some unfathomable reason inspired Ms. Bee to call her an obscene sexist slur I won’t repeat and demand that she somehow make her dad stop enforcing federal deportation laws. (Just for the record: if you want someone with access to power to plead your case, calling them an obscene name on TV probably isn’t the best way to win them over.)

This story consumed the media on Thursday, with conservatives using it to point out the double standard and even liberals admitting Bee went too far.

https://www.westernjournal.com/samantha-bee-loses-first-sponsors-after-on-air-attack-of-ivanka-trump/

Frankly, I’m a little burned out on talking about this subject (and I didn’t even get into former comedian Kathy Griffin’s sad attempt to remind us she’s still alive by tweeting an obscene attack on my daughter in defense of Bee). So I thought I’d turn this one over to an expert. I have someone who does freelance writing/research work for me and was also the longtime co-writer of a worldwide-syndicated daily topical humor service for radio. He writes jokes about the news for clients across the political spectrum. In today’s hyper-sensitive comedy world, he prefers to remain anonymous, but here’s his comedy writer’s take on the Samantha Bee brouhaha…

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“First of all, let me dispense with the predictable response that I must be one of those male comedy writers who think women aren’t funny. There are countless female writers and comics I admire, from Tina Fey all the way back to Fanny Brice. My writing partner, one of the best writers I’ve ever known, is my wife, and she can’t stand Samantha Bee’s show. So no, the problem isn’t that women aren’t funny. It’s that simply calling a woman the C-word isn’t funny.

I should also mention that I’ve spent my life studying such controversial comics as Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Sam Kinison and Robert Schimmel, so I’m immune to getting offended. But in my profession, I have to know what offends my client’s audiences. I’m pretty sure calling the President’s daughter the C-word not only runs way past the line, it walks back and urinates on it.

What does offend me as a professional comedy writer is that Bee’s line wasn’t funny. It was angry, partisan, provocative, sexist, unfair – and I could still forgive all that if it were funny. But it wasn’t. It was just calling someone a nasty name. There was no wit, no clever twist, no joke structure, no creativity, no originality of language (I sometimes say my job is to rearrange the dictionary to tell the truth in funny ways that have never been said that way before). It’s the one thing I find truly offensive: bad, lazy comedy writing. It makes Ambien tweeting look like Mark Twain. It’s on the level of using the F-word to get a rise from a club full of drunken frat guys.

Celebrities like Michael Moore who declare such mindless junk “brilliant” just because it’s aimed at people they hate insult the art of comedy as much as they’re insulting our intelligence. Just as TBS does when it feigns shock over a line that obviously went through countless levels of writers, editors, producers and standards and practices people and that was even excerpted online to promote the show.

Granted, the cheap shot did get the expected response from the studio audience, which is known in the business as ‘clapter.’ It’s not laughter, which is hard to earn, but clapping at something you agree with. That doesn’t take wit, it just takes pandering. Again, pandering is easy, comedy is hard.

That’s why clapter has replaced laughter on most late night shows as the Comedy Central influence has infected everything from CBS’ ‘Late Show’ to ‘SNL.’ You know the style: a smug, usually Ivy League-looking guy in a suit (the formula sometimes varies to a black guy or a British guy or a woman in a blazer, but always with the same condescending elitist attitude) gives us the DNC spin on the day’s news, often more in lecture than joke form, tossing in the occasional hyperbolic metaphor or goofy graphic to remind us that it’s supposed to be humor. Real humor makes people look at things in fresh ways, and sometimes forces them to reassess their opinions and makes them uncomfortable. This stuff just preaches to the choir. I hope recent downtrends in ratings for these shows are a sign that the audience is finally getting tired of having anger over the 2016 election reinforced every night, and comedians will get back to trying to appeal to a broader audience and being funny again.

I usually avoid Samantha Bee’s show, but what I have seen was usually based on attacking whatever negative stereotype of the joke’s targets is most popular on the left. Little effort seems to go into understanding the point of view being ridiculed. This laziness also brought on her last forced apology, for ‘joking’ that a bald teenager at a conservative gathering was a racist skinhead when he was actually a cancer patient.

For what it’s worth, I’m a staunch defender of free speech. Comedy requires pushing the envelope, and sometimes, comics rip it. It’s an occupational hazard. It’s sometimes hard to tell where the line between “hilarious” and ‘too far’ is. I’d rather have comedians who accidentally go too far than who play everything too safe. But I grant that freedom to comics on both the left and right.

Comedy shows should be canceled only if nobody’s watching them. If people would just stop watching unfunny shows that traffic in partisan venom instead of wit, that would solve most of the problem. Or as the space aliens told Woody Allen in ‘Stardust Memories,’ ‘If you want to do mankind a favor, tell funnier jokes!’”

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The story at the link says that President Trump has been issuing or considering a number of “controversial” pardons, but I’m not sure I’d use that term to describe some of them. He pardoned Scooter Libby, who never should have charged with a crime in the first place. He had his career and reputation destroyed over the alleged leaking of Valerie Plame’s CIA status, which we now know he wasn’t responsible for; he just got caught in the all-too-common DC game of “If we can’t find an actual crime, we'll accuse you of trying to obstruct the investigation.”

This week, Trump pardoned conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who got eight months in a halfway house, five years’ probation, a felony record and a $30,000 fine for a campaign donation law violation that usually results in a fine. D’Souza, coincidentally, was best known for creating documentaries and books that were highly critical of the Obama Administration. His prosecutor, Obama-appointed U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, pushed for him to get up to 16 months in a federal prison. I actually heard liberal pundits on cable news declare that they couldn’t think of anyone less deserving of a presidential pardon. Really? Google the names Marc Rich, Chelsea Manning and Oscar Lopez Rivera.

https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-to-give-conservative-filmmaker-dinesh-dsouza-full-pardon-he-was-treated-unfairly/

There’s also a rumor that Trump will pardon Martha Stewart to clear her record. Somehow, that’s also being spun as him helping out a celebrity pal, even though Stewart is a Democrat who backed Hillary Clinton and publicly disparaged Trump during the campaign.

Personally, I don’t know that Martha deserves a pardon or if it really matters to her, since she seems to have done pretty well rebuilding her life after her stint in the Big House. But this is the best argument for it I can think of:

I bet that if you surveyed Americans to ask why Martha Stewart went to prison, the #1 answer would be “insider trading,” probably followed by “making people feel guilty about their own tacky Christmas decorations.” But no, Stewart was actually prosecuted by then-US Attorney James Comey (déjà vu!) not for insider trading, which is what he was supposed to be investigating, but for “conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and making false statements to federal investigators” (déjà vu all over again!) To put it more clearly, she was charged with lying to investigators because she claimed she was innocent of a crime she was never convicted of committing. I’m sorry, that might be even less clear.

When you add all that up, pardoning her might be hard for President Trump to resist.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/trump-considering-pardon-for-martha-stewart-commutation-for-rod-blagojevich

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The Democrats have picked up the endorsement of another world leader in their push for gun control in the US. But I doubt they’ll use it in campaign ads. Between this and their embrace of those lovable immigrants, the MS-13 gang members, I doubt most Americans believe now is a smart time to disarm.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ayatollah-khamenei-joins-democrats-in-calling-for-gun-control-in-us/

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Must-See Video of the Day: 99-year-old World War II veteran Raymond T. Mohr sings “God Bless America” at a minor league baseball game in Pennsylvania. Is that a little dust in your eye?...

https://www.westernjournal.com/99-year-old-wwii-vet-brings-crowd-to-its-feet-with-incredible-rendition-of-god-bless-america/

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein needs to be recused in the “Russia/Trump” investigation because he’s a potential witness in the case.

Hey, we already knew that. In fact, he should have recused himself at the very start. He was already a potential witness, and he had even signed one of the FISA warrant renewals. But “it’s deja vu all over again,” thanks to the leak of confidential memos (no longer confidential, obviously) from ex-FBI official Andrew McCabe that documented Rosenstein’s claim that Trump asked him to mention in his memo recommending James Comey’s firing that he, Trump, wasn’t a target of the Russia investigation. (Which is true, and it’s nothing new that Trump wanted that fact made public.) McCabe had passed this memo along to the Mueller team, and it magically made its way to the New York Times.

Rosenstein, according to McCabe’s memo, refused to grant Trump’s request. But all this is hearsay when coming from McCabe, so Rosenstein, who is currently overseeing Mueller’s now-$16 million investigation, will likely have to testify about it at some point. This presents a conflict so big it can be seen from space.

McCabe’s memo suggests that firing the FBI director was obstruction of justice, even though Trump insists to this day that the firing was not over the Russia probe. We all know there were many reasons for those on both sides of the aisle to want Comey to make like a tree and leave. (He does do a great impression of a tree, but he was not intending to leave.) It’s ridiculous to try to say this was obstruction; Trump was well within his constitutional authority to fire Comey.

And consider the source: Inspector General Horowitz found that McCabe misled investigators repeatedly, under oath, about allowing his staff to leak information to the media to help save his personal reputation. Both the leaking and the lying led to his firing from the FBI. (In related news from the Washington Post, Comey has been interviewed by prosecutors looking at whether McCabe should be charged with criminal misconduct.) And remember, it was “Andy’s office” that Peter Strzok and Lisa Page reference in their texts about a meeting to talk about an “insurance policy” to keep Trump out of the White House.

So. now we have the leak of this McCabe memo, and at a critical time: just as the potentially humiliating IG report on the FBI’s handling of the Clinton “investigation” is about to be made public and, according to reporter Sara A. Carter, numerous current and former FBI agents are ready to step up and corroborate the outrageous misconduct we’ve long suspected. Also, more Strzok-Page text messages will refer to the involvement of the White House.

Finally, if Rosenstein does end up recusing himself –- as he should –- the person next in line to step in and supervise the Mueller probe presents a fascinating turn of events. (The next person in line would have been the DOJ’s third-ranking official, Rachel Brand, but she left her job in February and has not been replaced.) It’s U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco. According to an article in POLITICO, he’s a former George W. Bush White House and Justice Department lawyer whom Trump appointed last year to represent the U.S. government before the Supreme Court.

A month before the 2016 election, Francisco co-wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that accused the FBI (particularly James Comey) of heavy-handed tactics but of using “kid gloves” when looking into possible criminal violations by Hillary Clinton. It is great! If supervision of the Mueller probe falls to him, this could really get interesting. Of course, Democrats would howl that he was serving Trump’s political interests if he limited the scope of Mueller The Great And Powerful in any way.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-fbi-treated-clinton-with-kid-gloves-1475709394

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/17/rosenstein-francisco-attorney-general-solicitor-general-526859

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Till now, out of everything we knew about the special counsel investigation into “collusion” with Russia, the biggest head-scratcher has been why Attorney General Jeff Sessions was still at his job and what he might be doing to justify a paycheck. But now, we may have an even bigger one: South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy’s odd responses to questions about the appropriateness of spying on the Trump campaign.

Gowdy, Devin Nunes and seven other House members received an hour-long briefing on May 24 after the Justice Department had refused to comply with a Congressional subpoena to provide documents relating to what reporter Mollie Hemingway describes as “an individual who was secretly gathering information on the Trump campaign on behalf of the federal government.” (Translation: SPY.) They received a classified briefing that, importantly, still did not provide the documents that would have satisfied the subpoena. In fact, Mark Meadows said afterwards that no documents –- zero –- were shown. According to Hemingway, a spokesperson for Gowdy repeatedly refused to answer questions about what, if any, documents were presented.

This is the meeting that was prefaced by a brief appearance by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Trump attorney Emmet Flood to call for transparency. It appears they wasted their breath.

But Gowdy apparently didn’t need to see any documents to be convinced of what DOJ officials were telling them at the meeting. Such credulity seems strangely out of character for someone like Gowdy, a seasoned prosecutor who knows better than to believe people who continue to hide mountains of evidence. Yet for some reason, he took the DOJ’s “briefing” at face value. After the meeting, he said the FBI had done nothing inappropriate in their investigation of Russian interference. Never mind that we know for a fact spying was done; we have it from such disparate sources as The New York Times, The Washington Post, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and three people who have gone on record as being approached by the confidential informant (spy). We even know who the spy is, and his background as a spy. And Gowdy himself has suggested that an informant was used to collect information (to spy); the weird thing is that he’s now saying it was okay.

Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) jumped on his words as a “debunking” of the alleged spying. Not to say that spying wasn’t done, because we know it was, but Gowdy seemed to be saying that such activity is routine and should be accepted without question, even under these circumstances. He said the FBI was doing what his “fellow citizens” would have wanted them to do. (Mr. Gowdy, you can count this fellow citizen out.)

Yet, as Hemingway points out, he seemed unclear on a few aspects of the investigation, such as whether the FBI had been conducting a counterintelligence or criminal probe. He said he hadn't encountered the word “spy” in his work as a prosecutor, but his work has been only on the criminal side. He wants Mueller to be able to complete his investigation while admitting he doesn’t know the scope of it. In one interview, he mentioned Senators Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton as others who share his perspective, including them with “those who have seen the information.” But there is no evidence that they have seen the information, either.

Gowdy, Rubio, Cotton and anybody else who is ready to cave to bureaucratic power should read the latest column by go-to legal mind Andrew C. McCarthy, on just how hard it’s supposed to be to get a FISA warrant. To get a warrant to surveil Carter Page, the FBI would have had to give the court evidence that he was a clandestine agent of Russia, but the only evidence suggestive of that was in the unverified Steele “dossier.” And it remains unverified; if the FBI had ever verified that claim, Page would have been charged. He wasn’t.

McCarthy makes the case for the avoidance of political spying in America except in cases of serious wrongdoing. “We have an important norm in this country against political spying,” he says, “(as) a matter of tradition, of democratic institutions, of constitutional principles, and of modern history’s Watergate chapter. The incumbent administration must not use its awesome counterintelligence, counterespionage and law enforcement powers against its political opposition absent compelling evidence of egregious misconduct.”

When McCarthy goes on to put Trump’s perceived softness towards Russia into historical perspective, Mitt Romney, in citing Russia as our most serious threat, is about the only one who comes out unscathed. Appropriately (because no one was sent in to spy on HER campaign), Hillary’s ties with Russia are cited: the $145 million given to the Clinton Foundation, the $500,000 to Bill for a brief speech, and the fact that she was “neck-deep in the Uranium One scandal.”

His point is “that after 30 years of embracing and empowering Moscow, it is not credible --- particularly for an administration that was among the worst offenders --- to say ‘We had to use spies and FISA surveillance against the Trump campaign due to suspicion that Trump might embrace and empower Moscow.’” As we’ve said, if the administration had been acting in good faith, it could have done things it did not do: interview Page and Manafort, for example, and certainly inform Trump of its concerns. But this was not good faith –- it was very obviously a massive case of political opportunism.

But one thing remains unclear: the reason for Trey Gowdy’s odd failure to grasp that. Now, what do we say, class? If something doesn’t make sense, there’s a key piece of the puzzle still missing.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/trump-russia-investigation-obama-administration-spying-hypocritical/

http://thefederalist.com/2018/05/30/trey-gowdy-didnt-even-see-documents-he-claims-exonerate-fbi-on-spygate-reports/

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  • Andrea Wilson

    06/03/2018 02:38 PM

    My understanding is that the workers @ the FBI who know the dirty things that have happened to Trump are afraid to say because they will be threatened and/or their families will be threatened. Possibly also with the DOJ. It all sounds like communism to me with "friends" telling on friends.

    America needs prayer bad!

  • Theodora Beatty

    06/03/2018 11:07 AM

    Thank you for your insightful and unbiased reports. I rely on them for some reality in the news!

  • Helen Feldman

    06/02/2018 10:21 PM

    Dear Gov.,
    So many government evil monsters running around, doing so much harm to innocent people just because it pleases their ideology. They have all lost their souls. Why is noone going to prison? What does it take to charge someone with treason? It used to be punishable by death! It took years for us to enter Ellis Island, as persecuted and hungry people. Never did I dream that Americans could demonstrate such evil intent. Shame on them and shame on those who support them! President Trump and people like you have given me hope for a better future. Thank you, Gov. Hukabee.

  • Brian Kelley

    06/02/2018 11:20 AM

    Thanks. Always good information and fresh perspective. God bless you

  • TOMMIE CLARK

    06/02/2018 10:36 AM

    are we going to have a government or country when all of this is done. fire mueller and sessions they are just taking up space and money. trey gowdy disappointed me and i will never trust him again. GOD BLESS US ALL AND GIVE US THE STRENGTH TO CARRY ON.

  • Audrey Stefanides

    06/02/2018 09:47 AM

    I have written this before, but very important. Please ask President Trump to bring Mark Levin into his legal team. We have to put this investigation to rest.

  • Marilyn Wallis

    06/02/2018 08:52 AM

    Thank you Governor for keeping me informed. Too bad the Dems won’t get the hell out of the way and for gosh sakes let The President do his job!
    So enjoy your news letter.
    Hopefully I’ll get to see you in Branson. Paul Coates said you will be coming by the radio stations! Thank you!

  • Kaye Burke

    06/02/2018 08:20 AM

    ......and people wonder why not just kids , but adults have no respect for just about anything. Look where the examples are. It's ok to bash, be rude, not think, and just blow off ones mouth. I ALWAYS had to watch what I said at my job as a nurse and not because I would get fired , because it was the right thing to do. I may have said something in my head, but certainly not to the client or family. Be quick to listen, slow to anger, slow to speak.

  • Carolyn Simmons

    06/02/2018 08:09 AM

    I pray the blue wave is false. However, I live in a small East Texas town and I can say that so many educated, involved people in my town are 100% Democrat. They exhibit some of the same attributes of well known Democrats but are very active in church and community. I have looked at the sites of their Facebook pages and it is unbelievable how they think and act. They are well liked and well known. We get along but we do not discuss politics. They are right and every one else is uneducated and wrong. Most of the teachers I know are Democrats. Another problem, even some friends that are more conservative do not have access to anything but the MSM and they believe so much of what they hear. They think they are right and no convincing otherwise. We do have a problem.

  • denise mayer

    06/02/2018 08:05 AM

    Excellent comentary as always. I think I’m going to read a paragraph or two and end up finishing it. Yes, a piece of the puzzle MUST be missing. I’m so confuse about dowdy’s statement. I always felt he was a fairly straight shooter. And the saga continues .....

  • virginia schofer

    06/02/2018 08:05 AM

    Thank you for a great article! If only we could get these facts out to the public....

  • Todd Matosic

    06/02/2018 05:17 AM

    God bless you and your family, especially your brilliant daughter. Keep up the GOOD hard work Mike.

  • Darlene Morris

    06/02/2018 01:01 AM

    I look forward to your daily news report. Wonderful and witty writings. Common sense reporting. Please keep it up!!!

  • Franklin Hopkins

    06/02/2018 12:30 AM

    Could the supine response of Gowdy et al. to FBI spying be connected to the largely unprosecuted Debbie W-S Pakistani espionage ring?

  • Jane Moellenhoff

    06/02/2018 12:12 AM

    I am elated to have 4 seats reserved In Branson, Mo next weekend for the taping of two of your TV shows! We read both of your newsletter articles every day and so look forward to reading the real news of the day! We have a 16 hour drive from Beaufort, SC to Branson , MO but you Sir are well worth the drive. My cousin and her husband are driving out from Polk, OH and meeting us there. Thank you so much for this opportunity to see you in person. We are very excited about the entire trip. Thank you for your humorous , honest newsletters and we also think your beautiful daughter is doing an excellent job with backing down the hateful press. God bless you and all of your family. Sincerely, Jane Moellenhoff

  • charles waldrop

    06/02/2018 12:06 AM

    The missing piece of Trey Gowdy's comments are one of two things. He was either bribed or threatened. This latest comment of his is not the Trey Gowdy that we have known in the past. Something has changed. I know that he is not running for re-election, but there is something that is motivating him to leave office and It may be connected to this latest comment of his.

  • rodney burke

    06/01/2018 11:35 PM

    for all HIS obstruction, Rosenstein should be recused alright, straight into the big house. In MD or VA and treated like he treated Manafort and Carter Page. and the disgraceful way he treated Michael Cohen.

  • Victoria Blake

    06/01/2018 10:10 PM

    I think the idiots responsible for this stupid Russia conspiracy investigation that has cost the American people so much money should have to pay back every cent this investigation has wasted. This is money that could have been used to help people but has instead caused embarrassment and inconvenience. Internal discontent in any country is an unnecessary global embarrassment.

  • Beth Robertson

    06/01/2018 09:28 PM

    God bless Raymond Mohr!! May we see a resurgence of respect for our Veterans and more patriotism for our nation!!
    I have a family member who will be 100 in June who served in the Navy Waves for 32 months in WWII. She is an amazing lady!! Would love for you and President Trump to send her a Birthday card, but I know that can’t happen, there’s not enough hours in the day with all you have going on!! Blessings on you. Keep telling it like it is!!!

  • JC Holland

    06/01/2018 09:15 PM

    Trey Gowdy is either being threatened by Clinton and Soros, or paid off. His comments now are so far out of his previous context that something smells.

  • Steve Schupbach

    06/01/2018 09:12 PM

    Mike,
    Isn't the obvious solution to all this Mueller nonsense is for Trump to absolutely declassify all the relevant documents? I don't think anybody really believes there are national security issues. Everybody reads the documents and makes up their own minds. Trump gets to be Mr. Transparency. Am I missing something?
    Steve

  • Carla isselmann

    06/01/2018 08:58 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee,
    it is clear that Mr. Gowdy is being blackmailed.
    Everybody has skeletons in a closet and some are irrelevant, but this time it is clear that Mr.Gowdy is scared....

  • Charles Nicholson

    06/01/2018 08:44 PM

    Governor, PLEASE continue to keep us abreast of the news! THANK YOU! God bless!

  • Paula J. Casey

    06/01/2018 08:22 PM

    It seems someone has gotten to Trey Gowdy. I use to really like him and think he was on the side of justice. What do you think has happened here. I also undertstand he is going to retire? Something doesn't seem right with all that?

  • Chris Hankins

    06/01/2018 07:45 PM

    Departures from the norm, such as Gowdy's recent apparent cave to FBI & DOJ, can usually be explained by 1)following the money--which I doubt applies in this case; and 2)what have they suggested they will ignore about your history or family. This might be something to uncover
    for an explanation.

  • Eva Andersen

    06/01/2018 07:34 PM

    Mr. Huckabee,
    Your News letters are the very best and so informative. They are truly a joy to read, everything flows and you get to the point. I also agree with you and learn a great deal.
    I’ve quit reading all the left wing garbage, to me it’s the same ol’ thing, vulgar,
    disrespectful, lies, and all things “Bad”...
    Looking forward to your next news letter..and Thank You !
    One of your Christian fans..
    Eva Andersen

  • Edith Peters

    06/01/2018 07:16 PM

    Thanks for your explanation of what is going on - and i did try to follow it all. It makes me think of the quote 'Oh! What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive'! What a 'tangled web' it all is - and i suppose that should become a new term for 'politics'. It is no wonder that people cannot keep their story straight nor can they keep other people's stories straight so much of the time. God bless you and all who work with you including your family, Mike Huckabee! I pray for you all.

  • Rachel "Susie" Barkley

    06/01/2018 07:14 PM

    Thank you, for this insightful news letter. I have admired you and your family for a long time. Your daughter is doing a great job for our President. I am old enough to remember when people were polite to each other in spite of their differences in politics.

    But our people are become ruder and more selfish every day. I pray for the young folks of today. Many are allowed to rule the roost in their home or completely ignored and allowed to do as they please without any discipline, (and it's not all their fault).
    Thank you and keep up the good work that you and Sarah do.

  • Mike Spears

    06/01/2018 07:03 PM

    Gov Huckabee: Great newsletter, as usual. One topic that intrigues me is the recently in vogue term of "Perjury Trap," and the perjury convictions of people such as Scooter Libbey and Martha Stewart. The statute for perjury requires proof of not only telling an "untruth." It also requires the government to prove that the untruth or lie was done both "willfully and knowingly." Given all the potential for misunderstandings, misinterpretations, and different points of view, plus the inability to get inside someone's mind, etc; it is usually a tall order for the government to prove all if that. It seems to me that if the government had adhered to "beyond a reasonable doubt" proof of all of the elements to the statute that they never would have been able to convict either Scooter Libbey or Martha Stewart of perjury. Not to mention the convicting someone of a "process crime," without being able to convict them of the crime actually being investigated is truly a cheap shot. In the convictions of Libbey and Stewart, was the government really adhering to proof of all elements of the statutes? And what about normal post trial Judicial Review of the convictions and review of the records of trial? Shouldn't garbage convictions such as these be routinely thrown out as a matter of course? Years ago when I was involved in the judicial system, judicial discipline was rigidly followed and frivolous convictions like these would probably not have been allowed. It seems our judicial system at the Federal Level has changed.

  • Diane Susan Maupin

    06/01/2018 07:02 PM

    Sometimes I think the liberals have big moths and are rude. They also control the major amount of media. I believe that there are still many of us conservatives and are strong. We know and don't have to run our mouths as much.

  • Gerry Davis

    06/01/2018 06:57 PM

    I have already written Gary Bauer about this, but with all the pardons, why is it taking so long for President Trump to view the thousands of petitions for the three men that are being held in Ft. Leavenworth for crimes they supposedly committed, yet they were only doing their jobs? Their families have truly suffered and we support the United Patriots every month. A retired Marine Officer is representing these men with no pay because he knows the injustice that has prevailed. Why does the public not know about this situation? You and Gary have a lot of clout and the two of you could spread the word, which might get back to Washington. We do not resent these other people being pardoned, but these men have been on our hearts and prayers for a very long time.

  • Michael Callahan

    06/01/2018 06:53 PM

    I don't comment, this is the second time in 4 years so excuse my dumb approach but after watching Gowdy a year ago; he was a tiger with the facts and conviction and then today's Gowdy. He has turned, the switch was clicked, or as somebody else said he has been bought. So sad, it is another fool in the camp. I use the word fool as in the Biblical sense.

  • Mary Diecidue

    06/01/2018 06:53 PM

    What is up with Trey Gowdy
    Did somebody get to him or offer him money or what
    ?? I'm very disappointed in him.

  • Bernadette Dillon

    06/01/2018 06:53 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee, I want you to know I so appreciate your positive attitude. However I am going to hold President Trump to the truth. I voted for him. I support him. Lets tell the truth. There are over 100 million Americans without jobs. Please look at the US Labor Board's participation rate. President Trump is not doing any better than Obama. When President Trump gets the participation rate up where it was when President Bush was President then and ONLY then does Trump have something to brag about. Until then he is lying to us like Obama did. Over 100+ million Americans need jobs Governor Huckabee. When I hear President Trump wanting to bring in HB 1 Visa holders when 100+ million Americans need jobs, my blood boils. You cannot make America great again until you put us back to work.

  • Jean E. Brown

    06/01/2018 06:47 PM

    Thank you, Gov. Huckabee. We appreciate your reporting on the "swamp creatures" vs Potus and Company. And we thank you for raising a daughter who we can ALL be proud of.........Go Mrs. Sanders.

    Jean Brown

  • Cindy Auler

    06/01/2018 06:46 PM

    Häagen-Dazs, Discover, Taco Bell, and Geico are some of the remaining sponsors of the loathsome Bee woman's show.

  • Steve Tyler

    06/01/2018 06:32 PM

    Mike, I just wanted to say I think Sarah is doing a FANTASTIC job!!! I know you must be proud! From one “Arkie” to another...God Bless! ????

    —Steve Tyler