February 3, 2020

Today's Edition

Now that the impeachment trial of President Trump is set to end in an acquittal with a formal vote on Wednesday, the Democrats HAVE to delegitimize it, and that’s what they'll try to do when the Senate reconvenes on Monday at 11 AM Eastern for final arguments by House managers and Trump's legal counsel, two hours for each side. The mainline of attack by House managers will likely be to claim it wasn't a "real" trial --- and won't be a "real" acquittal --- because no new witnesses were called in the Senate, even though the House failed to call all their “wish list” witnesses at the appropriate time, during the impeachment “inquiry.” (They still had 17 witnesses testify –- 18 if we include ICIG Michael Atkinson’s testimony concerning the “whistleblower,” the one whose transcript Adam Schiff is still withholding.) That line of attack is bogus; it’s true that witnesses were called at previous impeachment trials, but not new witnesses. The fishing expedition was never allowed to continue --- until this time because it’s Trump.

When House Democrats whine about Trump blocking witnesses, they’re trying to make you forget that they could have taken any blocked subpoenas to court but chose not to. (They also want you to forget that Trump got no witnesses AT ALL, no cross-examination of the Democrats’ witnesses, and not even his own legal counsel to observe.) They didn't issue subpoenas and go to court because Trump has the constitutional authority to cite executive privilege for high-level White House confidantes. By not going to court, where they would almost certainly lose, they got to accuse him of hiding evidence and add a second Article of Impeachment, “obstruction of Congress.” Also bogus.

Because of these glaring flaws, their “no witnesses” argument doesn’t do the job, so they knew they’d have to do more. They decided to attack defense attorney Alan Dershowitz’s argument that it’s impossible to completely separate national interest from political benefit. What he said made perfect sense, however, so to attack it they had to create a straw-man argument by distorting his words beyond all recognition, making it seem as if he thought a President could do anything he wanted, even commit a crime, to help him win re-election if he thought that was “in the national interest.”


With gratitude,

Mike Huckabee



About that Super Bowl halftime show

By Mike Huckabee

Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs for their 31-20 Super Bowl comeback win against the San Francisco 49ers. Wags on social media pointed out that 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman had said before the game that he doubted he would go to the White House to meet President Trump, and he was downright prophetic.

But aside from the game, the commercials and Jay-Z and Beyonce not standing during the National Anthem...

...much of the talk about last night’s game centered on the halftime show by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, and not all of the talk was positive. While the music was fine, the show polished and the production first-rate as expected, many parents were outraged at the scanty costumes and hyper-sexualized dance moves. There was so much twerking and so many in-your-face crotch shots that it might as well have been called “Showgirls: The Halftime Show.” J-Lo made the connection even more explicit by performing on a pole while wearing a skin-tight, mostly see-through outfit, apparently showing off the skills she honed while researching her role as a stripper in the recent movie, “Hustlers.”

There are many complaints from parents raging today, not only about exposing their kids to such an inappropriate sex show during a traditional American event, but tying it in with an “empowering girls” theme and having a chorus of young girls join in at one point. What is the message they’re supposed to get about the role of women in society from what they saw live onstage? And what were parents at home supposed to tell their kids about what they were seeing (other than “Go to your room NOW!”)

So what do you think? Was that inappropriate and offensive, or are people who were bothered by it just being old fuddy-duddies? Sara Carter weighs in with her view at the link, and I welcome yours in the comments.

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I wanted to make sure you also read these comments:

President Trump is taking swift action to curtail the spread of the deadly Chinese coronavirus. Friday, he imposed a ban on travel from China and ordered the first mandatory quarantine in 50 years. As of Saturday, there had been about 12,000 confirmed cases and 250 deaths, none outside of China. This is one of those stories that develops and changes by the minute, so check the link to catch up on details, and keep a close eye on the news for updates.

And here’s a round-up of more recent news on the coronavirus, including the question of whether you can catch it from a package sent from China (according to experts, the risk ranges from very low to zero.)


John Kerry was so angered by an NBC News report that he might jump into the Presidential race to stop a surging Bernie Sanders that he used an uncharacteristic expletive in his tweet denying it (later deleted.) Kerry claims it was based on someone overhearing just one side of a phone conversation where he was listing reasons why he wouldn’t run.

A couple of observations: I find it amusing that whenever President Trump thumps the media for reporting fake news about him, he’s denounced by Democrats and journalists (pardon my redundancy) for assaulting freedom of the press. But Democrats sure get huffy when they’re the victims of fake news stories.

Also worth noting is the liberal bubble-bred hubris behind this story. It’s based on the premise that while your crazy socialist uncle Bernie would lose to Trump, John Kerry would, of course, sweep to victory. Seriously?

Youngsters might not recall this, but John Kerry already ran for President before, in 2004. He challenged the reelection of a Republican incumbent whose Presidency had been branded “illegitimate” by the left because he won the Electoral College but lost the popular vote; who was mercilessly criticized and mocked by liberal news channel talking heads and late night comics; and who was routinely scorned as a fool, war monger and Nazi by his critics. Any of this sound familiar? Except that Republican didn’t even have Trump’s campaign advantages of a booming economy, record low unemployment and no wars.

Yet George W. Bush beat John Kerry by over 3 million votes and won 31 states. This is what living in a bubble does: it blinds you to how popular you actually are outside the bubble.

This belief on the left that any halfway sane-seeming Democrat candidate (if they’re ever able to find one) could easily beat Trump is based on a self-delusion that the media enable to the Party’s detriment. If you boil their campaign pitch down to its essence, here’s what you get:

“If you vote to bring back policies that harm the economy, weaken America in the world, make your life harder and more expensive, and destroy jobs, there will no longer be constant fits of outrage over everything the President does and says!”

But aren’t you the ones throwing those constant fits of outrage?

“Yes, but once we’re back in power, we’ll stop! Isn’t it worth giving up everything you’ve gained over the past three years just to make us stop whining and screaming 24/7?”

Tempting as that is…no.

Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)

"Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord,
and whose hope the Lord is.
For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters,
and that spreadeth out her roots by the river,
and shall not see when heat cometh,
but her leaf shall be green;
and shall not be careful in the year of drought,
neither shall cease from yielding fruit."

- Jeremiah 17:7-8

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  • David Schultz

    02/04/2020 11:54 AM

    The super bowl was plated already?

  • Suzanne Bullock

    02/04/2020 10:20 AM

    Super Bowl half-time? Really! Between football "stars" refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance (hey patriots, remember the scorn you once felt for those stars and your pledge to stop watching & giving them $$$$$$$$$ by supporting the game?), previous "costume failures", this year's drag queen ad, refusal to air ad for "Faces of Choice", and the stripper show, you have NO ONE to blame but yourselves! As long as YOU continue to support the sport whose "pinnacle" is this farce, whether by watching it on the idiot box, paying for tickets, or encouraging your children to participate in football in school (thus feeding the monster for years to come), YOU are just as responsible for all of this aberration of morality as those you are supporting with your money and your time, and that includes supporting Hollywood in it's race to de-humanize and demoralize all of us with PG-13 and worse movies that YOU spend your $$ on. STAND UP FOR YOUR PRINCIPLES and cast down these low-life bottom dwellers by not feeding them or accept the consequences. Double standards don't just apply to Democrats.

  • Tim Touchstone

    02/04/2020 09:17 AM

    Governor, while I would not allow myself to watch the J-Lo / Shakira half time "show" Sunday night, I did, however, see a little of it later. I don't care for their type of music, and assumed (rightly so) that it would be a gyrating sea of "EMPOWERED" women (I don't recall seeing a single man). Another point I would make concerning this year's Super Bowl, concerns the commercials that ran. While I normally long to watch the ads, as much as the game, I was turned off by the sheer volume of "PC", "WOMAN EMPOWERED" ads that ran this year, and was forced to stop watching them, as well. Our culture is evolving to the idea that is: MAN BAD, WOMAN GOOD! This is not only evidenced in the SB ads, but has become a staple of advertising in general. Think of how many commercials show men as "HOUSE HUSBANDS", while trying to sell household cleaning products. I share a link to a short Prager U. video titled "The Women's March isn't about Women".
    God Bless you Governor Huckabee, along with your family, for the work you do. It's not only needed, but is crucial.

  • Mary C Jackson

    02/04/2020 08:20 AM

    I was thoroughly disgusted by the Super Bowl half time show. I would have been embarrassed if any of my children or grandchildren watched this disgraceful display. I am not a prude, but I resent the "in your face" dance moves. Civility should return to half time shows, or have we degenerated too far for that to happen?

  • Robert E

    02/03/2020 11:50 PM

    Vote for Trump if you want a safe country, rising wages and lower unemployment.
    Vote for Trump if you want to stop the murder of babies, stop rewarding illegal immigrants for rape, murder and robbery and stop the abuse of Christians.

    Vote for demoncrats if you want to go poop and pee in the city streets and sidewalks.

  • Marie Krause

    02/03/2020 08:30 PM

    It's really sad, but I rarely turn the channel and Fox news is my 'go to'. I watched or listened while I did chores, to the whole circus. It embarrassed me that we actually have some of those people in our government, and at the same time, it's scary. Very seldom did I hear any of them voicing their own concerns. Most of it seemed to be that they were reading notes that someone else wrote for them to read, and stumbling over words, worse than a third grader, that hadn't studied his homework. I've always been under the impression that a trial was when someone had been charged with a specific crime or crimes, and witnesses were alerted before hand and had their information recorded as the charges were presented. In this case, if one thing wasn't working one day, they were ready with more junk that didn't have any connection with the original charges. I spent the whole time thinking "this can't be real.", and 'don't these people know how ignorant they appear to be to anyone watching this mess????" Sickening.

    AS for the Football playoffs. My sister decided to come over and we were going to watch it for the commercials, since neither of us is a great sports fan. We were just sitting here talking over various family functions (we're in our 70's), when my sister looked at the screen and saw the 'scanty panties' vibrating on the screen and I got up and changed the channel. What a vulgar mess. If a lot of people feel the same way I do, hopefully they will choose to skip the Playoff's next year altogether rather than had smut thrown in their faces that way. For shame.

    As for the coronavirus scare, to me it's just another way to get people to spend their hard earned money on a new vaccination, only to be told later that they gave the wrong one again this year. Just another pharmaceutical scam, as far as I'm concerned. To each his own, but 'we the people are being played for fools in so many ways nowadays, it's hard to believe any of this stuff is really happening in our country.

    Thanks for trying to inform us, but it's hard to watch one nightmare after another, going on in this old world anymore. It's like living through the first part of the bible, when God was trying to convince people that he was able to bring one catastrophe after another upon them, and they were still too stupid to realize he was really God. How frustrated he must be with us now. Sad.

  • Denise A Wright

    02/03/2020 07:03 PM

    Each year for several years the Super Bowl "entertainment" has become more hideous and vile.
    This year's was pure porn and the worst ever strip club show.
    Remember Super Bowl XXXVIII February 2004 which was noted for a halftime show in which Janet Jackson's breast was exposed?
    Can't remember it very well since it was so tame compared to what has been shown at the Super Bowl halftime ever since.
    So disgusting and makes my family all the more not support NFL football.
    Thank you Govenor Huckabee for bringing attention to this in your excellent newsletter.

  • Nancy Klus

    02/03/2020 06:01 PM

    This is my second comment because I forgot to comment on the half time show
    of the Super Bowl. There is only one thing to say.....IT WAS DISGUSTING! We are told to tell our girls how valuable they are and not just sex objects. W..e..l..l that
    is crap. Last night was bad...costumes, dancing, etc. And having young girls in the last part, shouting about how good women are? Well not these women. I
    don't know any mother or father who wants their daughter to grow up and be a
    stripper! I love dancing...not that kind of dancing.

  • Connie Volker

    02/03/2020 06:01 PM

    Who was in charge of commercials on your Sunday (2/2) Huckabee show? A second grader could have done better! They interrupted the show several times. The Saturday show was fine. I wouldn't miss it!

  • Rick Clark

    02/03/2020 05:49 PM

    Part time show was raunchy!!!!! Just like Michael Jackson always grabbing himself. Terrible they had all those very very young females involved. Just vulgar!
    The commercials were not any better..."out of this world" to say it mildly!!!

  • Nancy Klus

    02/03/2020 05:45 PM

    Gov, The dems are in such a mess I don't know how they will come out of it. If they had just given the American people actual 'things' they were running on, it
    certainly would have helped. I am so tired of hearing "we want someone who can beat Donald Trump"! That's not what people want to hear. They want to hear how you can make the country better and expand on what Trump has done. They really do live in their own little world in Washington. In DC they are the ones who want to beat Trump - not the average Joe outside DC. They just couldn't get that through their thick skulls. I hope they get what they deserve....
    BEAT in 2020. I'm shaking my head as I'm typing this. How dumb can they be!

  • Michael Gracy

    02/03/2020 05:07 PM

    I'm a Kansas City fan and have been since 1959. I was raised in South Central Kansas on a farm near South Haven, Kansas. Although I have walked on the wilder side of life and done some things I'm not so proud of. I found the half time show horrible and in bad taste. We didn't watch the show much. We visited and talked how awful it was.We couldn't understand the lyrics of any of the songs.I'm a Christian Country singer/songwriter, and I'm told words do matter. I'm glad my grand kids weren't here to watch this show that should be confined to strip club. The NFL is supposed to be a family venue. Not a wide open sex show. Shame on the NFL for allowing this to be televised. We are a weak and immoral society if we continue to allow media to get away with this kind of trash.

  • Firewagon

    02/03/2020 04:11 PM

    They forgot one new requirement prior to 'presenting' the SuperDupe Halftime Show, " 'WARNING' the following content may be offensive to some viewers and NOT appropriate for those below the age of 17, please remove all children NOW!" This new SB-halftime 'show' has systematically devolved into a competition to see which 'performance' can 'create' the closest act to hard-core pornography without getting arrested for 'indecent exposure in public!'

  • Kathy Fell

    02/03/2020 03:54 PM

    The Super Bowl half-time show was a disgrace! Just glad I wasn't watching with my grand kids...

  • Lisa Ford

    02/03/2020 03:35 PM

    I gave up watching Super Bowl games years back. Got tired of everything that wasn't football. And every year it gets worse. So I thank God, I never saw the trash of half time. Nor idiots sitting during the National Anthem.

  • Lisa Ford

    02/03/2020 03:31 PM

    I gave up watching Super Bowl games years back. Got tired of everything that wasn't football. And every year it gets worse. So I thank God, I never saw the trash of half time. Nor idiots sitting during the National Anthem.

  • Kathleen J. Peterson

    02/03/2020 03:23 PM

    My husband and I were disgusted at the half time show...maybe good dancing, etc., but the so obvious theme of sexual innuendoes was so negative!!! With all the current information we are aware of about abuse of women (and children and the age getting lower and lower), what were they trying to do???? They certainly weren't helping with the issue...and we know that sexual trafficking even goes on at these big sporting events...why aren't women everywhere who want freedom, why are they not out there big time today complaining about this show????

  • George Reynolds

    02/03/2020 02:35 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, since I know from experience long past, that the SuperBowl halftime show is full of sexual innuendo and inappropriate behavior, I NEVER watch the halftime show, going back many years. It is revolting and embarrassing for me, and I am 74 years old! Last night after the first half and the commentators' halftime summary, I tuned in to "America's Funniest Home Videos" until the halftime extravaganza was over.

  • Janice Kujawa

    02/03/2020 02:32 PM

    The commercials during the Super Bowl were obnoxious and tasteless in themselves and then to see a half time show that focused more on women's sexuality instead of talent brought the event to a new low in my opinion. Both women have musical talent but their choice of costumes and choreography was a deterrent. Women have overcome a lot of obstacles in the last 60 years but to continually use scantily clad bodies in this day and age, further denigrates them as performers.

  • Leta Curry

    02/03/2020 01:56 PM

    I was saddened by the total lack of modesty, giving a show that only belongs to a "X rated" Vegas show club. It should never have included young girls nor have been a part of a football game. Nothing like throwing sexual assault to the viewers!

  • jo Denny

    02/03/2020 01:28 PM

    Dear Mike Huckabee,
    I usually don't watch the Super Bowl but wanted to watch President Trump's message and thought I'd tune into the half time show. I had it on for about 5 minutes when I turned it off and thought about all the families with children watching this. This is not a family show. I went to bed so disappointed with Pepsi, the NFL and the two women. It also made me think about how the left is always talking about women being exploited but didn't seem to think that this display was from what I could glean. If adults want to watch this type of display fine but to think there are children trying to enjoy a football game with their family is totally inexcusable to me. It made me think of the dance that was done for Herod. He was so enamored with the dance that it led to sin of cutting the head off of John the Baptist.

    I am writing you because I had a conversation with my sister last night and we were talking about these gross commercials today. She said I think the only way to combat this would be to run a healthy God based family commercial to follow right after. I thought it was a great idea. I don't know if you have any pull and if you like the idea but I thought it was good and might pass it along to Christian groups. People become immune to the "unacceptable" and seeing something acceptable might make a difference in our society.

    Thank you for what you do and God bless you, your family and this nation.

  • Stinger

    02/03/2020 12:54 PM

    Your Featured Story: That is exactly why I make it a point to NEVER...EVER watch a Super Bowl Half Time Show(?). Get smart's not good entertainment. I make better use of my time by cleaning up some of the dishes and going to the bathroom!!

  • Amelia Little

    02/03/2020 12:36 PM

    I used to watch baseball--but haven't since 1974, so have never watched a Super Bowl or any other football game. I certainly don't tune in to the Super Bowl where to hear others say, the half-time show has gotten pretty sleazy at times. (Not counting the time when one performer had a body part accidentally escape the confines of the costume as sleazy.) I just wait a bit, and the best of the commercials will show up on fb, where I can pick and choose watching. And, my favorite--the Budwieser Clydesdale commercial.

    The coronavirus and how extensive it is in China and even other countries is hard to decipher--with conflicting reports. Guess I need to ignore all reports unless it quotes the CDC--and even then, I'd wonder if they (reporters) got the quotes correctly or skewed them for their agenda.

    Interesting that this is a talking point of someone from the left. Complaining that a report was based on someone overhearing just one side of a phone conversation where he was listing reasons why he wouldn’t run. But it's okay to report on a Presidential phone call where those reporting didn't even HEAR the phone call, plus all in attendance heard both sides? Shouldn't the reporter in kerry's case get to also guess at his meaning, his intention, etc? Heck the left based an entire bogus impeachment on the very thing kerry is upset about. How's that shoe fit, kerry?

    I also wonder what alternate universe the wanna-be candidates are living in (oh, yeah, that bubble!!! lol.) To read what they have on their agendas, one would think that there has been no improvement in the economy, no decrease in the unemployment rate, especially amongst minorities, and no prison reform. They all promise to make these better. Of course, they probably only listen to msm and do not have any awareness of what the President and his Administration (minus them, they are pre-occupied with campaigning) has accomplished, so they think everything is just as obama left it!!!

  • JC Holland

    02/03/2020 12:23 PM

    Spell check changed my comment a little. I meant strippers and whores.

  • Paul Kern

    02/03/2020 12:23 PM

    I don't watch sports so I didn't miss the Hollywood/Vegas strip show. Yes!