June 13, 2018

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President Trump revealed that he showed Kim Jong-Un a video depicting how prosperous his nation could become if he chose peace and openness over aggression.  But I don’t think anyone imagined just how well-written and stunningly produced it was.  You can watch it at this link.  It might be the greatest sales job since Prof. Harold Hill convinced River City residents to save their town from a pool table by funding a boy’s band. 


Created to resemble a movie trailer that plays to Kim’s ego by flattering him as the potential hero alongside co-star Donald Trump, it's so persuasive that I’d be surprised if Kim isn’t right now hacking into Sony’s computers to try to download the full movie for free.  (He might download "The Rocketeer," thinking it's about him.)


Watch it at the link, but I warn you: it might make you want to rush out and try to buy a timeshare condo in Pyongyang.  If any former Obama Administration officials start to mock it, remind them that they sent Hillary to meet with Putin, carrying a prop red "reset" button that didn't work.




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I knew the anti-Trump elements in the media would never be able to give him any credit for his historic meeting with Kim Jong-Un, but I have to top my MAGA cap to them: I didn’t think that even they would be able to depict it as the unmitigated, outrageous, horrifying, Code Red DISASTER that they did. 


Listening to some of the commentary, you’d think that Kim had totally snookered Trump: that he’d been made to look like a great, respected leader and gotten all the concessions while giving up nothing in return.  All because the paper the two signed didn’t spell out in ironclad legalese everything that would be expected of him.  (Incidentally, what if it had?  Previous Administrations got such papers signed.  They waved their copies at photo ops while Kim used his as kindling to cook Korean barbecue.)


As Trump made clear, the paper was simply a statement of intentions, not a treaty or agreement.  There are still many more meetings to come in which the details will be hammered out. Kim affirmed his intention to end his nuclear program, along with other concessions such as dismantling a missile engine testing facility and returning the remains of American POWs and MIAs.  And he’s already released three Americans being held there. In return, Trump gave him…not much, other than some flattery and a photo op.  The US-South Korean war games were put on hold; but they can be rescheduled at any time if Kim fails to live up to his word.  The sanctions have not been lifted, and won’t be until the start of denuclearization is verified. 


Oh, and as for the criticism that Trump wouldn’t bring up the sorry state of human rights in North Korea with Kim?  Turns out he did:


In short, if Obama had come home with the same deal, those same persnickety critics would have already given him another Nobel Peace Prize, a Grammy, an Oscar and carved his face on Mount Rushmore.  The Instapundit blog did a great job of illustrating the double standard with just three headline links:


June 12:  “’The View’ Bashed Trump for Meeting Kim Jong-Un: Went ‘Too Far!’”


February 12:  “’View’ Hosts Trash ‘Hypocrite’ Mike Pence for Not Giving North Korea Due ‘Respect’ at Olympics”


March, 2016:  “’The View’s’ Behar: Obama Critics Hate ‘Reaching Across the Aisle’ to Iran, Cuba.”


I sometimes wonder if liberals in Los Angeles or San Francisco would rather be vaporized by a North Korean nuke than give Trump credit for preventing it. 


MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” somehow managed to book former Obama undersecretary for political affairs in the State Department Wendy Sherman, who was appalled that the summit showed American and North Korean flags side-by-side, which she said conferred power on Kim, adding, “We aren't equals to each other.” Well, at least if Trump bent over a bit, it was to reach down and shake Kim’s hand, not to bow to him. 


She also gave the children a fine example of good old fashioned hubris by declaring, “We have not only been here before, but we’ve been here before with much greater specificity,” adding that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “needs to go back and understand a little bit more about history and he needs to go forward with a team that knows what they’re doing.”  Ah yes, if only he’d listened to the wise counsel of the previous team, who did such a bang-up job of preventing North Korea from getting nuclear warheads and missiles.  And by “bang,” I refer to the sound their missiles made when they landed.


Still, my coveted Huck’s Hypocrisy Award must go to former Vice President Joe Biden, who was among those declaring that he was “troubled” by the summit.  He released a statement complaining that Trump has given North Korea multiple “wins up front without getting anything in return.”  I’ll take that seriously when he can tell me what his boss got in return for kowtowing to Cuba and Iran.  I’d settle just for getting our planeload of money back from Iran.  As for Cuba, he didn't even get the political prisoners released.  Not even close, and no cigars.


Thankfully, not everyone is being a partisan ingrate.  The parents of the late Otto Warmbier said they appreciated the President’s kind comments about their son and that they are hopeful something positive could come from the summit. 


Gee, people hoping for something positive.  It’s been a long time since we’ve heard radical talk like that.




Multi-tasker-in-Chief: While returning from the historic summit with North Korea, President Trump found time to give Robert DeNiro a nickname that will follow him to the grave.




From the Vaults: For those who claimed President Trump wasn’t prepared for his meeting with Kim Jong-Un, here’s video of him discussing the need for negotiations to head off North Korea's nuclear ambitions on “Meet The Press”...from 1999.



Most of the votes in Tuesday’s primaries elections are now counted.  Most races went pretty much as expected, although there were a few interesting notes. 


Once again, the much-ballyhooed “blue wave” of Democrats super-energized by Trump hatred to rush to the polls was more like a trickle from a broken drinking fountain.  Overall, turnout wasn’t unusually strong. In North Dakota, just 19.6% of eligible voters cast a ballot, the lowest in the past 10 primary elections.  You know the economy is doing amazingly well when even the most "progressive" Democratic primary voters actually have jobs they can’t take time off from.  


For all the talk about how “toxic” President Trump is, several candidates he endorsed won, and sometimes against the odds.


The most surprising came in South Carolina, where former Governor and incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford lost his district’s nomination to state Rep. Katie Arrington.  Sanford has been one of Trump’s most outspoken GOP critics.  Arrington blasted him as a “NeverTrumper,” and Trump endorsed Arrington, launching a Twitter volley at Sanford as "very unhelpful," “MIA and nothing but trouble."


The Democrats have a tricky situation on their hands in South Carolina, where Archie Parnell easily won the primary to challenge incumbent Republican Rep. Ralph Norman in District 5, a seat the Dems thought they might flip.  But last month, Parnell admitted to attacking and beating his ex-wife 45 years ago, which led to her getting a restraining order against him.  The news prompted the national and state parties to abandon Parnell. But he stayed in the race anyway and won. In a victory statement, he wrote, "Tonight, the people sent a clear message to everyone. You don't have to be defined by your worst mistake. You don't have to be cast aside. You are not alone. You can be better. And, together, we can be better."


It will be interesting to see if, in the era of “MeToo,” the argument that a politician should be forgiven for making one mistake (when it was beating his wife) will actually work.  I can only imagine how well it would work for a Republican.  Note to District 5 voters: he's right, you can do better.


And while this wasn’t part of the primary results, it’s still major election news: backers of “Cal 3,” the referendum to split California up into three states, obtained over 400,000 signatures on a petition, which means it will appear on the November ballot.  Even if it passes, the government wouldn’t be required to split up the state.  It will just tell them whether or not it’s the will of the people, and we all know California politicians have no problem with governing against the will of the people.


There are actually millions of Californians outside the big coastal cities who are fed up with being ruled by wack-a-doodle leftists who are trying to drive them into bankruptcy.  To them, it would be a California dream come true being able to live in a state not governed by Sacramento without having to pay the premium rate to rent a U-Haul truck to move to Texas.


While media attention has been focused on the astounding events unfolding quickly in Singapore, a longtime standoff between Congress and the DOJ is coming to a head.  And like an erupting skin lesion, the result is not going to be pretty.


We’ve learned that at a tense meeting held in January of this year, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reacted to the possibility of being hit with contempt charges by threatening to subpoena the emails, phone records and other documents of Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee and their staff.  In emails reviewed by Catherine Herridge at FOX News, the scene was characterized by aides as a “personal attack.”


One committee staffer summed it up:  “Let me just add that watching the Deputy Attorney General launch a sustained personal attack against a congressional staffer in retaliation for vigorous oversight was astonishing and disheartening….Also having the nation’s #1 (for these matters) law enforcement officer threaten to ‘subpoena your calls and emails’ was downright chilling.”  The DOJ will try to defend this threat as a call for “discovery” in the event Rosenstein is held in contempt of Congress  –- a richly deserved charge at this point –- but the staffer read it as “a not-so-veiled threat to unleash the full prosecutorial power of the state against us.”  FOX News’ Gregg Jarrett has called it “likely an abuse of power and obstruction.”


The staffer’s account is disputed by representatives of the FBI and DOJ.  Alleged Attorney General Jeff Sessions has just defended Rosenstein publicly against charges of threatening, saying, “We do believe that we have tried to be cooperative with them and made progress as the months have gone by, and, in fact, have had some good relationships with top members of Congress.”


 I guess by “good relationships” he’s referring to the mysterious passivity of “pod people” Trey Gowdy and Paul Ryan.  Otherwise, only another pod person would call the relationship between the DOJ/FBI and Congress “good,” and in the strangely subdued video clip of Sessions, he does appear to have been taken over.  So what is it going to take for Congress to get key documents relating to the FBI’s Russia investigation?  After all the fighting for months and months over their release, one has to ask:  what in the blue blazes are they trying to hide?


Things have only gotten more contentious in recent weeks.  Tom Dupree, former principal deputy assistant attorney general under George W. Bush, views the attempts at intimidation as symptomatic of not just a deteriorating relationship, but much worse:  “a massive breakdown in the system.”  Committee Chairman Devin Nunes had set Tuesday as the deadline for the receipt of documents relating to the use of a “confidential human source” (SPY) to SPY on some associates of the Trump campaign, and now Tuesday has come and gone.  Rosenstein and others have offered to have yet another talk-fest on Thursday –- apparently without the documents in question.  If this is just one more verbal briefing without the actual evidence, it is unacceptable.  (Incidentally, Thursday is the date set for the release of the Inspector General’s report.)


House Oversight Committee members Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan appeared on Tuesday’s Laura Ingraham show and responded to Sessions’ lame defense of Rosenstein, outlining the many instances of documents being withheld or redacted for no acceptable reason.  Jordan slammed Rosenstein for threatening to go after their communications when they’re just doing their constitutional duty.  Meadows pointed out that since they are a separate branch of government, the DOJ doesn’t have the right to come after them in that way unless they’re under “some kind of criminal investigation.”


He said Sessions doesn’t know what he’s talking about.  “I’m here to tell you,” he added, “we’re fed up with it.”


He announced that they were planning to file a resolution on Wednesday to compel the DOJ to turn over the documents.  Since a subpoena hasn’t worked, they want the whole House of Representatives to pass their resolution, theorizing that this will add more force.  Really?


Obviously, they don’t want to file contempt or impeachment charges unless all other efforts have been exhausted.  But surely they know the DOJ is not going to comply.  It has drawn the line.  We can see now that there really is a “deep state,” and this is is the hill it apparently chooses to die on, most likely protecting...someone...who did...something...unspeakably bad.





Today’s must-read, by Matthew J. Peterson at American Greatness asks the vital question on every foreign policy expert’s lips:  Does Donald Trump have enough experience and expert wisdom to screw up as many things, give away as much for nothing, start as many wars and create as many terrorists and refugees as the foreign policy experts have over the past 30 years?  Or are his lack of the “skills” prized by diplomatic hothouse-bred, Ivy League “experts” and his real-world experience at dealing with thugs in the construction business precisely why he is able to accomplish on the world stage things they would never even attempt?








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  • suzanne Schwartz

    06/16/2018 01:27 PM

    Love reading your wise and truthful comments regarding any and all issues facing this nation. It is amazing how full of baloney the liberal press continues to be in spite of the obvious successes of President Trump. Your daughter learned well from her parents, and it always gives me joy to see her handle the ridiculous naysaying press with complete composure. God has blessed this nation, and even though i did not think it would be through the election of President Trump, He, in His infinite wisdom, has given us another chance; i am grateful for the nation and my beautiful granddaughters who will be living their adulthood in this nation that has been blessed by having people who care about this nation and have been elected to keep our nation on the right track. All this in God's will, of course. Thank you again and again for all you do. So enjoy your TV show on Saturday evening. It makes my week end well and start well.


  • Marchia K. Forber

    06/14/2018 11:20 AM

    God always chooses "flawed" characters to do His Will.
    Then there is no mistaking whose Hand is in charge!
    Witness: Gideon, Samson, Jonah, Peter, and Mary Magdalene. (Plus)

  • Sabrina Whitaker

    06/14/2018 08:46 AM

    Really appreciate You! Knowing that I can depend on getting the honest truth and opinion I trust on what's happening in our country and world! Keep Up the Good Work!

  • Emily Yeatts

    06/14/2018 08:22 AM

    Gov huckabee when is all of this going to end when are the 3 musketeers comey mueller Rosenstein going to be fired convicted sentenced and put into chains when is mueller himself going to be investigated cleansing of fbi manuals delivering uranium to Russia illegally defended his snitch and instead inprisoning 4 men who were exonerated but 2died in prison comey and Rosenstein go all the way back to clinton beginning escapes and I heard Rosenstein wife was Hilary attorney ???? These 3 men have power that no one person should have why didn’t mueller tell congress about the struck and page intense trump bias

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    06/14/2018 08:12 AM

    Again I say: Le't zero out our debt and sell California to China. And, what can WE THE PEOPLE do to end this massive wast of our tax dollars with this witch hunt?

  • Moses Tracy

    06/14/2018 06:19 AM

    Dear Huck, The important Bible reference that escaped me about 40min. ago im my last message to you is this: Php.1:9b, KJV. The church does NOT teach discernment nor separation anymore! All the Best, in CHRIST, moses

  • Moses Tracy

    06/14/2018 05:47 AM

    Dear Huck,



    By the way, i have spoken frankly about some people in Washington by saying things like they are "worthless", (2 Ch.13:7, kjv; "vain" in Hebrew is ethical or moral worthlessness), "wicked" , "evil", "perverse", "crooked", "corrupt", & hated by God, "children of the devil", (Psalm 5:5, 11:5, 15:4, 26:5, 139:19-22, KJV, NKJV; 2 Ch.19:2; Hosea 9:15; Romans 9:13; Luke 19:27; Matthew 18:17b, NIV; HOW to love our enemy, Romans 12:19-20; also in the Psalms). And, i realize you cannot write in this manner. In the event you may believe i am in error for speaking this way, please refer to these: (1 John 3:10; Mathew 7: 7-8, 13-23; 1Co.12:10, kjv, "discerning of spirits"; 1 Co. 2: 7-8,10-12; 1Co.4:4a, kjv; Ge.25:22-23; David's examples, too, of inquiring of God in faith. P. S. Your daughter is super great!

  • Harriet Beebe Arrasmith

    06/14/2018 05:19 AM

    Thank you for your insight. I depend on your commentary for 'the truth'. God bless you.

  • Linda Smith

    06/13/2018 11:34 PM

    Do you think it is possible that the President will demand the DOJ comply? Also has anyone thought that Gowdy's family may have been threatened and that is also behind the reason he is not running again.

  • Art D. Dunham

    06/13/2018 10:43 PM

    I am still trying to get my head around what is going on with the mythical Attorney General, Jeff Sessions. Do "they" have something on him that will stay in the shadows if I is a "good boy" and stays silent? If he is clean, do they have something on a dear family member? I know the Democrats have several families/groups that would make the mafia bosses jealous over their efficiency.
    I guess I should give him the benefit of the doubt: he fell down and hit his head or ran into a door and is confused. You know, like the former Senate Majority leader from Nevada named Reed.

  • June Archer

    06/13/2018 10:42 PM

    Dear Mike--This evenings edition has been an uplifting experience--Thank you

  • Elaine Liming

    06/13/2018 10:38 PM

    Thanks for this summary of the day's events. Please save these for the writer who will write the Soap Opera." As Trump's World Turns" As a Christian I prayed for the Lord to send us what we needed as a country to set us on the right path again. I think He has answered my prayer; we have a warrior who knows the mind and heart of the common man and the wisdom and courage to meet challenges of brainless beings who think power and wealth should belong only to them. I will keep praying for him; he's doing a good job.

  • michael murphy

    06/13/2018 10:18 PM

    There are a few million of us in Washington state who are fed up with being ruled by wack-a-doodle leftists as well. Eastern Washington , Eastern Oregon and Idaho could make a really great RED state. Give us a name , Michael!

  • Carl Smith

    06/13/2018 09:47 PM

    Excellent summary as usual. I believe you might be channeling my thoughts or "Great" minds think alike. I love being able to be a Narcissist again. Any one who can deal with the Mafia controlled construction industry in NYC knows how to deal with a Bully. I learned from the hands of my WWII Dad at the tender age of 7 in 1945 how to handle a Bully. Make him pay the price( which I did in dramatic fashion) or make him THINK he is at risk of bodily injury. The advice my Dad gave me became invalid in 1990 when I "Instructed" my youngest how to handle a bully --I wound up in court defending my sons actions. The Judge "ordered" me to be silent during proceedings and following the "LAW" he skillfully destroyed the Bully's Dad and admonished him to NEVER waste the Courts time with something that was already settled.

  • James evart

    06/13/2018 09:40 PM

    Why is everyone wondering what happened to Goudy when he did an about face endorsement of the DOJs handling of things. Has it not been shown that Rosenstein and his thugs have the MO of abusing the power of their offices by using intimidation on people when they are backed into a corner as they did last January?


    06/13/2018 08:37 PM

    Gimme a brake, I am so tired of the "LEFT" and their stupidity! Also I saw the video the President created, now he can ad Movie Producer to his credits! It was priceless...........
    The fact that the "summit" went so well should make everyone happy. At least Kim is not lobbing missles at us and for that I am thankful.
    San Francisco, yes they could be vaporized and I would not miss them, well maybe some of the restaurants, but that would be it.
    And now Rosenstein wants more, more emails, phone records, Hey, he needs to leave and don't let the door slam in the touche' and
    take Mueller with him!
    Carmen Price

  • George Curl

    06/13/2018 08:06 PM

    Thanks. I no longer can stomach the national news. I watch the local news from 0430-0600. I've stopped email form news sources on either side. Now I get along on your evening addition and pray daily that the rest of the world doesn't sink into the mire. Thanks for keeping us abreast of what is happening around us. Your family and our President remain in my prayers

  • Alex Paul

    06/13/2018 08:03 PM

    Didn't Trump order the DOJ to comply with Congress's document requests? Can't Trump simply fire Rosenstein and Sessions for failure to obey that order? He has an excuse now that is not related to the Mueller investigation. Who would become acting head of the DOJ? Someone even less friendly to Trump? Surely if we can get a conservative Judge approved by the Senate, Trump could appoint someone willing to chase Hillary's emails down the rabbit hole since Sessions won't.

  • Glenda Kee

    06/13/2018 07:50 PM

    Thank You Mr. Huckabee. Your commentaries are a breath of fresh air to all who read them. They are the most informative and truthful out there anywhere . I agree with you 100% on all of the above. Thanks for being here to explain a lot of things which I sometimes have a problem understanding. You are also a gift from God to the people. God Bless You and Yours Today and Forever. .

  • Gary Letchford

    06/13/2018 07:31 PM

    I'm at a complete loss to figure out why Jeff Sessions still has a job. Please outline the downside of kicking him out asap and appointing someone who will actually do something.

  • Don Crumbley

    06/13/2018 07:16 PM

    As for all of the "naysayers" about the Singapore Trump/Kim Summit, as per Bubba Gump, "Stupid is as stupid does". There is more to the story than we know. President Trump now has the insight on Kim, that our leaders in the past never took the political risk to find out about. For goodness sake, Dennis Rodman has a better grasp on what Kim Jong-Un is all about, than all of the pontificating "talking heads" put together. It was amazing to hear all of the media "background noise" about all of the past and current sins of the Government of North Korea, when they have no idea what the latest third-in-line proclaimed ruler, Kim Jong-Un is really made out of. He was thrust onto the "Hermit Kingdom" scene, at the old age of 23/24, after his deceased grandfather and father, had both honed, over a span of 46 years, a heinously crafted government machine, that has strongly routinized "total" control of its people, its freedoms and its borders. That type of installed governing machine has been ingrained for so long, that it could run under its own design for years, without any help from any proclaimed leader at the top, whomever has the title. Accordingly, Kim Jong-Un, now at the ripe old age of 31 and his current "media perceived" reputation, should he actually decide to follow through with the stated Summit intentions and take President Trump's offer of help to join the world community, (while potentially staying alive), has the inevitable and highly delicate task of bringing North Korea into the 21st century, without it either reverting, imploding or changing leaders. This is very tall order for a leader of any country, much less one that has the leadership experience conditions imposed on Kim Jong-Un. This will take several years to implement, if it can happen at all, but if successful, will help stave off a world wide nuke catastrophe.

  • Ann Klieves

    06/13/2018 06:16 PM

    I love the last paragraph( I actually love everything you have said) Yes we want a disrupt er and business man, street fighter and not a lily livered smooth talking politician the likes of what we have endured for way too long.Keep up the great work Mike!!

  • Billy Karl

    06/13/2018 06:00 PM

    You take a wonderful photograph. Now, what about the American Indians, our Native Americans?
    You Conservative Libertarian (thank God no longer a Republican)

  • Charles Nicholson

    06/13/2018 05:59 PM

    Way to go, Governor! Continue to tell as it is in the swamp!

  • Brian Kelley

    06/13/2018 05:50 PM

    Love it

  • Allegra Kitchens

    06/13/2018 05:44 PM

    I don't like the new format of your e-mail announcement of your newsletter since it no longer shows the headlines. I haven't bothered to open your newsletters and read them until this evening. I read all of your commentary and enjoyed it. Please add back the headlines of the stories in the e-mail so that I can click on the ones I want to read. Thanks.

  • Dale Guyton

    06/13/2018 05:36 PM

    Enjoy getting your comments.

  • Johnette Snyder

    06/13/2018 05:36 PM

    I received an e-mail today saying that before Obama left office, he arranged with the State Department for a series of "official visits" to foreign countries for the next 20 years, using discretionary funds from the Office of Presidential Visits & Vacations. Evidently someone found that and President Trump stopped it. Do you know if that is true?

  • Roberta Marye

    06/13/2018 05:35 PM

    I think that President Trump’s differences from other politicians is what got him in office. There’s a saying in the 12 step rooms, “ if nothing ever changes, nothing ever changes.” Obama promised change in a very non-specific way but it was not for the better. President Trump actually named the change he was promising - to make America great again. Apparently that’s what America wanted. I know I did. I grew up at a time when we loved our country and we’re proud of it. It is disheartening that that spirit has died. The MAGA promise gave us some hope again. I know that there will never be another perfect human being on earth again and I don’t expect perfection, but a heart for the nation you want to lead sure makes a difference! Thank you!

  • David

    06/13/2018 05:28 PM

    Dear Mike,
    Im from Texarkana, TX. Just wanted to drop a line and let you know how much I enjoy reading your Evening News Editions. I appreciate your conservative comments and standing up for what is biblical.