Evening Edition - June 18

June 18, 2020 |

JOHN BOLTON'S NEW BOOK

Several media outlets obtained advance excerpts (translation: the publisher leaked them) of former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s book, "The Room Where It Happened." Considering that the book is the object of a lawsuit over the author not getting it vetted for the removal of classified information, as required by law, the leaks appear to be both contemptuous and illegal. (Pay attention, Hillary: revealing classified information can harm America and help our enemies figure out where it came from so they can call in the firing squad to kill our sources, so it IS a big deal.)

But what do laws mean anymore, in an era when we no longer enforce them and courts rewrite them to mean something they were never intended to mean? So here are some of the alleged “revelations” that will give the talking heads on the anti-Trump news channels something to hyperventilate about, now that “Russian collusion” is deader than vaudeville.

Of course, I haven’t yet read the book, since only excerpts have been released. But my initial impression from the excerpts is that it appears to be one of those “disgruntled ex-employee” books in which the departed staffer trashes his former boss for getting everything wrong by not taking his sage advice or making decisions the way he would have (Here's a tip. If you want a President who does everything the way you would do it, do what I did: run yourself.) Several of the stories are completely at odds with Bolton’s previous statements, or have been flatly denied by other people he claims were in “the room where it happened” with him.

On his radio show yesterday, Mark Levin cited several stories that don’t jibe with what he knows personally, like Bolton’s alleged opposition to Trump pulling US troops from the Syrian border (a “controversial” decision that later looked pretty smart.) Levin said he was so concerned about what would happen to the Kurds that he called Trump. To his surprise, Trump took the call in his office, put Levin on speaker phone, told his aides about Levin’s concerns and asked what they would say to him. He said Bolton replied that if he wanted to put on a uniform and go fight in Syria, he should feel free to. Doesn’t sound like he was urging Trump to keep troops in Syria. Levin noted that even Bolton’s bio in the book is misleading, as it says he “accepted the position of National Security Adviser.” Levin says he was there at the time, and Bolton “begged for that job,” calling in every contact and favor he had to lobby for it.

Also, most of these charges read like a rehash of the same scare stories and "insider" trash-talk we've heard for years but that have since been debunked by reality. For instance, we were told that Trump would start World War III, and now the same critics attack him for his reluctance to send in the Marines. Bolton would have us believe that Trump thought it would be “cool” to invade Venezuela, but I don’t notice any US troops in downtown Caracas, do you?

Bolton also claims Trump wanted to dump Mike Pence for Nikki Haley in 2020. Yet every rumor of him dumping Pence has been strongly refuted by Trump, who’s had nothing but praise for Pence. Bolton claims that Trump buddies up to dictators in a way no other President ever has. Really? Has he ever sent any of them a planeload of US taxpayer dollars? Bolton claims Trump was subservient to China and begged President Xi to buy US farm products to help his reelection. But as Trump later pointed out to Sean Hannity, there’s never been a President as tough on China as he has been. Besides, why would China want Trump to be reelected when his opponent is China appeaser Joe “We own his son” Biden?

And there is apparently plenty of pearl-clutching in the book over Trump not following long-established diplomatic norms, which is a large part of the reason why he was elected in the first place. For example, Bolton reportedly slams Trump for upsetting the established policy that free trade would make China more capitalist and eventually freer and more open. That’s the scenario still believed on Wall Street and at swanky Beltway cocktail parties, but out in Flyover Country where Trump was elected, we saw that China was cleaning our clock and stealing our jobs, and that sending them money wasn’t making them more like us, it was just making us more dependent on them while making them better-funded (and therefore more dangerous) oppressive, expansionist, totalitarian communists. If you can give someone Hong Kong and it doesn’t make them capitalists, then they are irredeemable communists.

I hate to say this, since I’ve always respected John Bolton, but this book appears to be an irresponsible betrayal of both loyalty and duty. It will embolden the enemies of the President and our nation, while making it much harder for this and future Presidents to consult with advisers or speak privately with other world leaders, since the prospect of their private comments being made public by a mole with a book deal and an ax to grind will always be hanging in the background. This book has the unpleasant smell of a deal made by a yes man who discovered there was more money on the “no” side.

OFFICERS CHARGED

Even some liberals expressed shock at the news that Fulton County DA Paul Howard Jr. was charging Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe with 11 counts over the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, including felony murder, which carries the death penalty. The other officer involved in the DUI arrest gone wrong, Devin Brosnan, is facing three charges. Howard claimed that Brosnan had agreed to turn state’s witness, but his attorney denied that.

Howard said that after reviewing eight videos of the incident from various angles, investigators had determined that Brooks “did not pose an immediate threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or officers." I’ll bet police officers wish they were able to do that - taking several days to review the situation from all angles - rather than having to determine their chances of dying on a split-second’s notice from the angle of looking at a weapon pointed at them in the dark.

While it was tragic that Brooks died in this way, and a case can be made that charges are warranted, the claim that it’s a murder worthy of the death penalty implies that Brooks was a blameless victim. If he had simply complied with the police, he’d be alive today. But he started fighting and punching them, he grabbed a taser from a cop, ran away, fired it at least once at Rolfe and was aiming it again when Rolfe shot. The argument that it isn’t a lethal weapon will undoubtedly be disputed by Rolfe’s attorney using Howard’s own words, since the DA recently accused police of using a lethal weapon – tasers – against protesters. They will also likely point out that Brooks could have tased the cop, then grabbed his real gun, which is why cops react so forcefully to someone trying to tase them.

The charges enraged Atlanta police so much that there was an unusually high number of alleged "blue flu" no-shows on the job last night. Indeed, why would any officer want to show up for work these days? It’s such an obvious case of over-charging that it makes little legal sense, unless the DA hopes to make the charges so intimidating that Rolfe will agree to plead guilty to a lesser charge and avoid an explosive trial with a possible acquittal that could set off riots. If that happens, I hope they don't expect the police to deal with them.

WORTH A LISTEN

I don’t often recommend watching speeches in Congress these days, but Wednesday brought one by Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley that is a must-hear for Christian conservatives. It concerns the outrageous Supreme Court ruling, joined by alleged conservative Justices Roberts and Gorsuch (Gorsuch even wrote it) that refines the ban on “sex” discrimination in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include “gender identity,” a concept that wasn’t even contemplated until decades after the law was written.

It is effectively a surrender to the left, since if judges can interpret the plain language of laws to mean anything they choose, then we no longer have a representative republic, we have rule by unelected judges and bureaucrats. Outrageously, Senate Republican leaders seem to be fine with that, brushing off the ruling as “the law of the land” (say, aren’t YOU supposed to make those?) and showing no interest in passing legislation to correct it. The Chamber of Commerce/Wall Street branch of the GOP is also fine with that, since they don’t care about social values issues anyway, and find them a bit of an embarrassment among their liberal country club friends. Hawley has some important words that they need to hear, and that Christian conservatives and other social values voters really need to hear.

Incidentally, since I think it’s suicidal to ignore your opponents, I also read this take on the same subject by a liberal Washington Post editor.

It’s infuriating because it makes the lazy and bigoted assumption that being opposed to letting the LGBTQ agenda steamroll religious rights, the law, the Constitution and basic biology is born purely out of personal animus toward gay people. But it’s worth reading to hear the arrogant attitude of the left toward millions of people they know nothing about and never even talk to. It boils down to “Why can’t you just take the crumbs we throw you and shut up?” Remember this the next time WaPo runs an article lamenting how some people just don’t recognize when they’re “speaking from a place of privilege.”

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  • Susan Halil

    06/22/2020 10:57 AM

    Your reporting gives hope to my sanity; yes!

  • Carol Pickard

    06/20/2020 03:31 PM

    Fulton county DA Howard Jr. is a racist showing his true color. What a shame since God sees everyone equal. Those officers were appeared to be doing their best. We can’t stop praying! May the good Lord have mercy on us all and save us and our country and Israel too.

  • Geraldine F. Habitz

    06/20/2020 01:51 PM

    Every time I read one of your articles, such as this one, I have to remind myself to control my anger toward the Left and their hypocrisy and admit that I am helpless ---- BUT GOD IS NOT. I'm 86 and I've seen a lot....but never anything like this.....and I'm grateful that I learned these words so long ago as a child: "I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD." Your daily articles keep me strong. Thank you.

  • Anony Mous

    06/20/2020 10:08 AM

    With the devolution of society and conventional norms comes the anarchy which accompanies it.
    People like the author of this article, as well as those who twisted one simple three letter word in a law written decades ago into something so far from reality, should remember history: it's always the news writers, those who make laws, and those who determine what those laws mean, are the first to be taken out of the "new world order" that their own actions and words have created. Simply because people believe in a Being that they place above them does not mean that they are incapable of the acts of violence that bad leaders and bad governments fear, because in fact those same people are the one's who've died on foreign battlefields and on the streets of America upholding the laws that were justly and properly enacted and are entirely capable, nay, willing, to do the same on their own streets, cities, and States.
    And it would appear that just such a (second) Revolution may well be fast approaching.
    As Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1787: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
    It would appear that the Tyrants in government may need to be dealt with.

  • Gary Stilwell

    06/19/2020 08:38 PM

    scotus ruling on lgbt09-7---whatever--
    One of your more astute analyses here, sir! I think you nailed it.

  • CODY U WATSON

    06/19/2020 06:18 PM

    I sought to answer my own question. Apparently it was Paula Bolyard in Federal Law. If true it disturbs me as to Senator Grassley. Senator Hawley was well spoken. But how do we respond as religious conservatives?

  • CODY U WATSON

    06/19/2020 06:12 PM

    Senator Grassley is mentioned in the comments as to the Supreme Court decision on Title VII on "sex". Who wrote those? It was not Senator Hawley. Is Senator on record in shirking his senate responsibilities? I have respected Senator Grassley. Is this an example of fake news?

  • Jim Ashley

    06/19/2020 06:09 PM

    Gov.
    I just HAVE to say.... I must have missed something somewhere and need a couple things explained to me.
    All of the emotion and screaming going on today to "set things right" and give equality to everyone (which I personally think we were doing a pretty good job of until 2008, but I digress...) just isn't adding up.
    People are screaming to remove statues and pictures claiming RACISM. Now, even food products are being attacked. Since when is naming something IN HONOR OF someone RACIST? If anything, one would expect that Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben and the Cream of Wheat chef, as well as other examples, would be considered a tribute to the accomplishments of the blacks, not a racist attack. Ask anyone who the best cooks are, other than their own Mom, and see what the answer is. That answer is now a racist effrontery? And why has this spilled over onto Christopher Columbus??
    I just wonder.... are people going to demand all of the MLK Jr. streets and parks and the Rosa Parks avenues and venues be renamed because they are a racist affront? I didn't think so!

  • William Taylor

    06/19/2020 04:33 PM

    Mike, I think you are wrong to say that the Bolton book was not vetted. I think it was vetted in the normal channels but was considered unacceptable by Mr. Trump because he believes that everything he says is subject to executive privilege. This a ‘new wrinkle’ that has not been approved or disapproved yet in the courts as I understand it.

  • Thomas Douglas Roper

    06/19/2020 01:20 PM

    I have studied scripture and have friends that are students of Gods Word and we have not found any scripture that indicated that God does NOT hate the sin of Homosexuality. Scripture is clear to the contrary. I can show scripture that shows God feelings to the SIN (not the person) of Homosexuality.
    Here's an example of an augument:
    https://baptistnews.com/article/why-being-transgender-is-not-a-sin/#.XuzyrpEpC9c
    Someone tried to use Gatians 3:28 on me. "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."

  • Carole Menefee- Jensen

    06/19/2020 01:15 PM

    We are coming to see you at TBN in July!
    Excited!!
    Carole And Rob Jensen.... your drum buddy in Israel 2012

  • Robin Rebhan

    06/19/2020 01:14 PM

    In regards to John Bolton's book. Published or not, I believe he has just advertised to every government and spy agency on planet earth that he John Bolton is for sale to the highest bidder.

  • L.B.

    06/19/2020 12:46 PM

    Like you, Sen. Josh Hawley breaks it down with perfection. God Bless. Keep the faith.

  • Jo cluck

    06/19/2020 12:28 PM

    Another excellent article on how ridiculous MSM and the Democratic controlled cities are allowing more and more trash talk and ignoring the laws that are already on the books. Doubly sad they are trying to erase history by destroying names and statues. When will it end!!

  • Arthur Huey

    06/19/2020 12:01 PM

    Mike - I agree with your assessment of Bolton. We need Trump reelected and Senate and House both Republican to take back our federal government from the deep state.

    A convention of states that passes term limits for congress would also be very helpful. In addition to term limits, the best suggestion I have heard to make congress responsive to the people is to pay members of congress a commission instead of salary, and base that commission on how well our economy is doing.

  • Lisa Ford

    06/19/2020 11:12 AM

    I wouldn't waste my money or time on John Bolton. Obvious disgruntled employee. Hope the lawsuit goes well for Trump & Bolton has to come up with a different retirement plan. When are the Communist dems gonna get tired of all their lies? And how do they sleep at night being mad at all of us. When their anger & rage is birthed out of lies. I pray this election see a total refusal of demon dems & their ways. And that all Republicans will vote for the same team. Hey we are better than the lying Communist Demon Dems. We need to bury them so deep this election, to never allow people to be brainwashed again. We need a freedom fighting America again. We need the Constitution to be the way it is written & we need our Precious President to pick real judges, that are true to Constitution. And don't use situational ethics. Stick to the original, Period! End of story.
    God Bless America with 4 more years! Thank you Sweet Jesus.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    06/19/2020 10:48 AM

    This week in 1973, an uncle of mine, who was an Atlanta Policeman, was murdered by 5 black Muslims while he tried to help a defend older black woman from their harassment. The shot him in the head and left him for dead. this has been going on for almost 1/2 a century. Why do we let these thugs run our cities...the LGBQtxyz communities run the other half...Personally, I do not care where you get your sex from or what you identify as, there is only MALE and FEMALE...cant't change that, and I do not need to know. So suing companies because you want to tell them where you get your sex from should be outlawed. Men in women's sports should be outlawed.
    We need to get back to what the founders believed and knew would equate to freedoms for all. Some of those in our society need to acclimate, finally, to the US as they have been here for over 200 years and still whine about the past, which, for those who until now, have never been prejudice, now have differing opinions.

  • Philip Kreilein

    06/19/2020 10:41 AM

    Hi Gov. Huckabee,
    There was a short piece in our local newspaper yesterday about the Bolton book. The headline: Bolton: Trump guided by reelection concerns and this quote from Bolton: "I am hard pressed to identify any significant Trump decision during my tenure that wasn't driven by reelection calculations" I thought, really? This is news? What politician doesn't. ???? Anyway, I enjoy your daily emails. If I want the truth I go to your emails and Bill O'Reilly. I also voted for you for President twice. Thanks and have a good weekend!

  • Tom Longeway

    06/19/2020 10:34 AM

    What would happen if some dude wanted to walk in on Michelle Obama in the ladies room ? what would pelosi say when some dude walked in on her in the ladies room ? somebody should do this and report the results

  • Elizabeth Kostner

    06/19/2020 10:17 AM

    Who do I contact to let Congress in the Senate know how much they are screwing up the society. All this politics garbage. The president needs to do his job. I don’t care about Soros I don’t care what Obama thinks he’s not my president I don’t think care about Bill Gates I think they are evil people interfering with President Trump‘s success and his reelection. Who do I call and what can I do to express my frustration please let me know OK. God bless for all you do

  • Kimi Crawford

    06/19/2020 09:42 AM

    Governor, I respect your viewpoint and take on issues and was wondering if you can give your take and validity opinion of this video. US projected to lose 227 million in population by 2025? https://youtu.be/Zlu21LnvD-s

  • Elizabeth Crouse

    06/19/2020 09:31 AM

    Thank you. It breaks my heart all the evil going on.praying

  • Stephen Russell

    06/19/2020 09:16 AM

    Atlanta PD Blue Flu: nationwide model for?
    & then DA isnt helping any for sure.
    & when suspect stole Taser thats cops equip & 1 doesnt mess with cops gear.
    Thus forced to shoot since had No other option.
    DA is anti cop thus the Blue Flu

  • Tara Blood

    06/19/2020 09:07 AM

    We need law and order or we won't be a civilization anymore. We need to stand by our law enforcement.

  • Robert Deplorable Baublitz

    06/19/2020 08:10 AM

    So, if the Supreme Court says we can do what ever we want, as in, I can claim to be a man one day and a woman the next, what do we need a supreme court for?!?
    If we can do whatever we decide, those 6 justices just put themselves out of work.