Evening Edition - June 1

June 1, 2020 |


Over the weekend, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts sided, as he did during the Obamacare challenge, with the Court’s liberals in a 5-4 rejection of a Chula Vista, California, church’s challenge to California’s restrictions on church services during the coronavirus lockdown.

Roberts wrote that state limits on churches to 25% of capacity or 100 worshipers, whichever is smaller, “appear consistent" with the First Amendment. Okay, let’s see what the First Amendment says about the state’s power to regulate religious expression and assemblies of citizens:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the…right of the people peaceably to assemble…”

Huh! I can’t seem to find the part that gives states the right to regulate the size of assemblies of religious worshipers or declare the free exercise of religious practices to be “non-essential.” Guess that’s why I’m not a Supreme Court Justice.

In fact, Roberts’ decision has nothing to do with the First Amendment, or he would have sided with the conservative Justices. His real rationale was that the limits were consistent with the state’s limits on other places where people gather, such as theaters and sporting events. Again, I’m not a Supreme Court Chief Justice, but I can spot a big difference: movie theaters and sports stadiums are not the same things as churches. For one thing, they don’t have a First Amendment right to be free from government dictates.

I don’t want the virus to spread, either, but the church leaders I’ve talked to have gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure public safety, certainly more so than many of the places (big box stores, liquor stores, etc.) that the state allowed to remain open. As for Roberts’ argument that people in these stores aren’t in close proximity for up to an hour, I suggest he try shopping and standing in line at a busy Walmart on a Saturday afternoon.

This is one more reason why people of faith need to show up at the polls in November and assure that the White House and Senate remain in the hands of those who will appoint and approve judges who defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights -- as written, not as they imagine they should have been written.


Some claim that people who say rioting, arson and looting undermine legitimate protests and dishonor George Floyd’s memory are just speaking from “white privilege.” Try telling that to Terrence Floyd, George Floyd’s younger brother.


Terrance said he understands the anger and sometimes feels like going crazy himself, but his brother would not have approved of violence, riots and looting being carried out in his name. He said George was a “gentle giant” and all “about peace.” He was a positive person who wouldn’t want to be remembered this way.

Terrance told ABC, "If his own family and blood are trying to deal with it and be positive about it, and go another route to seek justice, then why are you out here tearing up your community? Because when you’re finished and turn around and want to go buy something, you done tore it up. So now you messed up your own living arrangements. So just relax. Justice will be served."

He added, "Do something positive. Stop making excuses. And that’s what I feel is going on: They’re using this as an excuse to be stupid.”

The only thing he says that I could possibly disagree with is the idea that rioters and looters who destroy their own communities actually need an excuse to be stupid.


Even as the rioting and looting have spread to snooty shops in Beverly Hills (apparently, promoting the cause of ending racism and police brutality requires stealing a bag of Rolexes), liberal Hollywood celebrities are taking to Twitter to voice their misplaced support. To be clear: I have no problem with anyone speaking out in protest over the treatment of George Floyd or of racism or police brutality. But these looters were chanting, “Eat the rich,” not “Black lives matter.”

Some of these celebs have been very indiscriminate about who and what they support, with one prominent white actress (I won’t give her name because she’s since deleted the tweet) even calling for a race war. And Amazon.com billionaire Jeff Bezos tweeted support for the protesters while his own delivery drivers were being dragged out of their trucks, robbed and beaten.

I notice that when these wealthy celebs shelter-in-place behind the walls around their mansions and tweet support for the burning and looting of homes and businesses in minority neighborhoods that are owned by, serve or employ lower income black residents, none of them ever include their own home addresses.

Liberal Hollywood has also helped bloat the coffers of a group called Minnesota Freedom Fund, which provides bail for low-income arrestees and opposes cash bail. The group normally brings in about $75,000 in donations in a year, but they’ve been showered with $20 million in four days, and are now asking that people give to other community aid groups instead.

Its donors also include Joe Biden’s campaign staffers.

If they really believe these people are far-right white supremacists, why are they bailing them out of jail? And even if they believe they’re just violent thugs, why are they bailing them out of jail?

I’m not interested in debating the merits of the MFF’s position on bail in normal times, nor am I suggesting that there were no mistaken arrests of peaceful protesters in the midst of all that chaos. But for the most part, people who were arrested during the riots in Minneapolis were taken in for assault, arson, vandalism, and looting. These celebrities are “helping the local African-American community” by bailing them out of jail to do it some more.

Some on the left also seem dumbfounded when rioters and looters don’t recognize that they’re on the same side and give their property a pass. Don’t they understand that they’re supposed to burn and loot other people’s property?

I wonder if the stars are going to hold any fundraisers in Beverly Hills to bail out the “Eat the rich” thugs who looted their favorite Rodeo Drive shops, just blocks from their own mansions? I don’t think I’ll hold my breath waiting for that.


Excellent article by John C. Wohlstetter at the American Spectator, examining the history of riots and the devastating effects they have on the communities where they take place. Also, the difference in lost lives, injuries, property destruction and long-term suffering between riots that are dealt with forcefully right at the start and those where weak leaders like the Mayor of Minneapolis “let people vent” for a few days, thinking it will die down when they’re actually encouraging them to ramp it up. As Wohlstetter puts it, “When you reward bad behavior, expect more of it.”

I don’t want to politicize this violence because condemning is something that should be done by Americans of good faith on all points of the political spectrum. Unfortunately, that’s not happening, and some people actually seem to be cheering on the violence in hopes that it will harm President Trump’s reelection. Well, if you want to talk politics, here goes:

They’re kidding themselves. In fact, a new study of the effects of the 1960s protest movement by a Princeton professor found that in areas where protests were peaceful, there was no reduction of support for Democrats. But in places where there was rioting and looting, the Democratic vote dropped and Republican support surged. This is one reason why “law and order” candidate Richard Nixon won in a landslide.

Most voters are horrified at this kind of violence destroying America’s cities. Democrats think the key to them winning is the “suburban mom” vote. One of that group’s chief concerns is the safety and security of their families. Will they feel more secure with a President who sends in the National Guard to stop violent rioters or one whose staffers are sending money to bail them out of jail to riot and loot some more? And if anyone knows that you don’t deal with children throwing a tantrum in the supermarket by giving them what they want, it’s suburban moms.


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  • Carl "T" Smith

    06/04/2020 09:12 PM

    John Roberts has now exposed himself as a Closet Communist with a smirky Smile.

  • Linda Meyer

    06/04/2020 07:30 AM

    What is going through Judge Roberts head? I wonder if he is regretting his decision now.
    And why are these policemen “taking a knee” with the protestors? It’s making Colin kapernick look like a hero!
    It makes me so sad to look at what is going on. And so afraid for my grandkids. What are they going to grow up with? I can’t watch any news shows. It’s so depressing.

  • Joyce Birch

    06/02/2020 04:39 PM

    I don't have much faith in Chief Justice Roberts. Your should consider running again for President. Your commentary on the news is so welcomed. Great job!
    Please let us pray for our country in these uncertain & dangerous times.

  • Mary Williams

    06/02/2020 04:03 PM

    Thank you Gov Huckabee for your valued information, and telling it like it is.
    As for John Roberts decision on Grouping Churches with “Movie houses, and Sporting events”does not surprise me one bit, In my opinion he could not make an unbiased opinion, I did not want him to be approved as a Supreme Court Justice, or a justice of any kind. I saw/heard from him at the time a difference in what a true constitutionalist opinion would be
    on any issue, and it was not a favored one. He may have some explaining to do at the gates of Heaven before they open for him.
    I regret that this tragedy happened to Mr Floyd and his family, my thoughts and prayers are with them, but I do not approve of all the destruction of property and looting. How can the total destruction of property possibly help get revenge on an injustice, are we back in the cowboy days where people gang up to hang someone that is already in jail.
    I will never understand how a sane person could ever seek what they feel like is their on justice. Right now America still has a Constitutional law enforcement that does a great job but if turned over to these street people who want their kind of justice no one or any property will not be safe.
    God Bless America

  • Jane Tummons

    06/02/2020 12:45 PM

    Please answer this question: First of all, I voted for President Trump and unless the Republicans come up with someone else, I will vote for him again. I have read 2 accounts of him going to St. John's Church and they don't line up with one another. I have read yours and I read another where tear gas and such was used to get people out of the way just to have this photo shoot. What was the photo shoot supposed to accomplish? Please answer this. Thank you.

    Jane Tummons

  • Albert Brewster

    06/02/2020 12:43 PM

    Earlier you reported that Floyd and the Cop that killed him both knew each other well as they had worked as security guards at the same establishment for a long period. I have seen this in no other site or news report.Are you certain in your facts and if so, why is this info not reported in the news?

  • Mary Cliff

    06/02/2020 11:53 AM

    Thank you!

  • Paula Mae Tammaro

    06/02/2020 11:08 AM

    Someone should check this out....do we have freedom of speech (or is that only for the left wing)?

    SALEM, MA — The Salem Police Department suspended Capt. Kate Stephens after she posted a "wildly inappropriate" message on the department's Twitter account, according to The Salem News.

    The message, which has since been deleted, was posted Monday morning and targeted Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. It read "@martywalsh so you issued a permit for 10 of thousands of people to protest but I can't go to a restaurant? You are ridiculous. You and Too Tall Deval are killing this state."

    According to The Salem News, Stephens has been with the department for 24 years. She is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation and a disciplinary hearing.

    "This should not have happened, but it did," Salem Police Chief Mary Butler said in a statement earlier Monday. "These types of comments are uncalled for at any time, but they are particularly egregious at this time when the public is questioning the police relationship with the community they serve."

    The message came on the same day Boston was cleaning up from Sunday night's unrest. Violent clashes and looting broke out in the city after a day of mostly peaceful protests of last week's death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police. Boston police said seven police officers were injured and hospitalized.

    In a statement, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll said she was "appalled" when she saw the message and ordered an internal review.

    "The sentiments that the Tweet expressed do not in any way reflect the values or positions of the department or the City of Salem," Driscoll said. "The City of Salem fully supports the right of every resident to express themselves and their viewpoints through the exercise of their First Amendment rights."

    The tweet was quickly removed, and police posted a message saying the earlier tweet was "not authorized" and did not reflect the beliefs of the Salem Police Department. The message also contained an apology to Baker and Walsh:

    A second message said the department was investigating how the inappropriate message had gotten on its Twitter page:
    Prior to Monday morning's messages, Salem police had not posted to the account since Jan. 18, when they sent out information on winter storm parking restrictions.

    Dave Copeland writes for Patch and can be reached at [email protected] or by calling 617-433-7851. Follow him on Twitter (@CopeWrites) and Facebook (/copewrites).

  • David Arron

    06/02/2020 10:44 AM

    John Roberts's decision was exactly why there was little protest by liberals when he was up for nomination.

  • Susan

    06/02/2020 10:03 AM

    Your commentary every day is so powerful and enlightening. I agree with everything you say because it is fact based.
    Hollywood people need to be exposed for who they are; anti-Trump and Obama worshippers and they hate America just as Obama does.
    Justice Roberts is a disgrace to our justice system and has always been biased. He is a liberal and has no respect for the constitution. I am so glad you expose him too.
    Thank you and God Bless You.

  • Sylvia Engel

    06/02/2020 09:42 AM

    The reason I voted for President Trump and the only reason was The Supreme Court appointments. Presidents come and go but justices are for their lifetime. We need one more 'young' conservative justice on the court.
    Very disappointed in Justice Roberts and President Bush for appointing him.

  • Jerry Korba

    06/02/2020 08:31 AM

    It's seems that Roberts interprets the constitution by the size of a donation he receives that self serves his lifestyle as most dishonorable people do sitting in a honorable position the lure of corruption is too strong for this feeble minded and willed person. The flesh may be strong his will to be honest is very weak when ever his funds get to a level that are low you will find him going against the Constitution just like clockwork. He knows it now he just proves it to the rest of the citizens. Just so darn feeble.

  • Roger Joubert

    06/02/2020 07:56 AM

    My heart is very heavy over the George Floyd death and how it came about. I believe this all could have been avoided if officer Chauvin's supervisor had done his job. Officer Chauvin had many complaints against his rough handling of people he dealt with in his job. Why didn't his supervisor dismiss him from his job if he couldn't deal non violently with others. How many complaints should an officer have against him before he should be dismissed from his job?
    Perhaps all the violence and destruction could have been avoided.

  • Tim Bashor

    06/02/2020 07:53 AM


    I completely agree with you on SCOTUS's decision vis-a-vis Religious Freedom and Right of Assembly. I appreciate your highlighting this travesty but I am frustrated (as I am sure you are) that SCOTUS is the final word on this (at least for now).


    Tim Bashor

  • Linda Olds

    06/02/2020 04:44 AM

    The Supreme Court justices are there for life so they don't have to worry about elections--they should be free to think about the Constitution, not worry about political issues. Chief Justice Roberts seems to believe that he's there to support the liberal agenda.

    About the media coverage of the riots, it seems to me that they are giving them too much air time. The violence has nothing to do with protests. More time should be given to black leaders asking for calm...but where are the black leaders?
    George Floyd's brother Terrance is calling for a stop to the violence, but that won't stop the professional rioters. I was moved to tears by the elderly black lady who was afraid, and worried about where she would buy her necessities.
    The Hollywood crowd (and Biden) should be giving money to help communities and people like her, instead of posting bail for the rioters.

  • Sandra Moomey

    06/02/2020 02:02 AM

    Please add me to the Evening Edition mailing list.

  • Jeffrey O Mohr

    06/02/2020 01:11 AM

    Governor Huckabee,
    As usual, I agree with pretty much everything you have written, posted and linked. I do appreciate your continuing messaging, However, for me to really adequately offer a commentary of my feelings on the leftist anarchy engulfing our great Nation would be to express in print/public things which I do not say out loud to anyone. To sum it all up and 180 degree mildly from my actual feelings, it is DESPICABLE & DEPLORABLE!!! If the Democrats in charge of these cities & states will not protect the property and lives of their law-abiding CITIZENS, then President Trump or the citizens rising up will need to do it!

  • Anne Turner

    06/01/2020 11:59 PM

    Governor, I believe what you say above, but POTUS is doing what he can to lose this election. Why can’t he ever let anything go? This whole Scarborough murder thing has made him look so mean and vindictive. It is that stuff where he can’t keep his mouth shut that well may cost him the ejection and the nation a Republic. In addition he must not belittle Biden. The poor old guy can’t help it. People will see his mental issues on their own.
    I think if Cuomo stepped in, replacing Biden, he would win in a landslide. I like Trumps actions, not his words, but I am disgusted by his mouth.

  • Ann Ford Longacre

    06/01/2020 11:28 PM

    I don't picture Justice Roberts standing in line at Walmart type stores. Maybe that is why he made his comment. He is wrong.

  • Bill Greenwell

    06/01/2020 11:01 PM

    Sounds like Joe messed up again. " If an UNARMED person comes at you with a KNIFE or something?" DUH. That person doesn't sound too unarmed to me!

  • Sharon James

    06/01/2020 10:44 PM

    The rioters and looters will be sorry when they want groceries or medical attention or whatever else because the truckers are not going to enter their cities and deliver essential goods.

  • Mary Oscarson

    06/01/2020 10:21 PM

    Exactly Mike,and again so very well said! Continued prayers for George's brother,and family and friends.And yes,it's beyond ignorant,how they continue to set prisoners free,putting society in more danger! Gods many blessings to you,and yours,and for all here.

  • Amy Syrellli

    06/01/2020 10:14 PM

    Thank you for your comments here on our rights to attend churches of our choice. The comparison of the church to theaters and sports arenas, remind me that liquor stores were considered essential but AA meetings weren't. You've also put words to exactly how I feel about the rioting going on for a week now. Thank you for your words.

  • Mary Ann Sniff

    06/01/2020 10:02 PM

    Someone needs to explain to the, um, protesters what the phrase “Eat the Rich” really means. Hint: it’s akin to killing the goose that laid the golden eggs. Generally, the rich create jobs and goods and services that we all enjoy. But if you eat them, . . . .

  • Daniel Alvies

    06/01/2020 09:50 PM

    Dear Mike, I'm with you 100% on this. Thanks for being a Christian. Daniel.