Evening Edition - April 14

April 14, 2020 |

BERNIE-BIDEN UPDATE

Alaska held its primary elections Saturday, and Joe Biden beat Bernie Sanders 55.3% to 44.7%. That means Biden gets 11 delegates and Sanders gets four.

You’re probably wondering why Bernie is getting delegates if he’s no longer running. That’s an intriguing question. He suspended his campaign, but he hasn’t officially dropped out, nor has he released his delegates. He can keep on drawing votes and delegates away from Biden as long as Democrats who don’t want Joe (and that’s a lot of Democrats) keep voting for Bernie as their only alternative.

Currently, Biden has 1,228 delegates and Sanders has 918. Between Bernie siphoning off votes and hoarding his delegates, and the coronavirus cancelling elections, the convention could arrive without Biden ever reaching the 1,991-delegate threshold to clench the nomination. If so, all bets are off. The convention could be thrown open and, with his huge bloc of delegates, Bernie could wield a lot of clout in picking the nominee. It might not be him, but anyone acceptable to Bernie Sanders would likely be at least 60 miles left of the average American voter. This race could, at long last, get interesting.


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BIDEN ACCUSER GETS NYT "TREATMENT"

Saturday, the New York Times set off a bipartisan uproar by running a long article on former Biden staffer Tara Reade and her claim of sexual assault, and promoting it with this tweet seemingly meant to exonerate Joe Biden: “The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden beyond the hugs, kisses and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable.” They soon deleted that clueless tweet and replaced it one simply reading, “The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden.”

If that’s the standard, then I’d note that Brett Kavanaugh had such a squeaky clean reputation that Democrats tried to use that against him before they settled on throwing mud on him and ruining his reputation instead. But as that story at the link notes, even Hollywood actress/activist Rose McGowen is blasting the hypocrisy of saying, “Believe the woman” when Trump or Kavanaugh is accused but not when Biden is accused.

Congratulations, at least, to the New York Times for helping overcome division in America by being so blatantly biased and hypocritical that they managed to unite Donald Trump and Rose McGowen in disgust with them.

NO FILTER

President Trump may not be able to hold rallies, but at least in terms of being able to speak at length to the American people with no media “filter” to twist his words, he’s replaced his long rallies with his daily press conferences. The National Journal analyzed his briefings from March 13 to April 7 and found that no President in history has ever said so much to the public in so short a time.

Over 26 days, Trump was on TV speaking or answering questions for a staggering 37 hours and 37 minutes. He personally spoke at least a quarter of a million words and set a new presidential record by answering 1,178 questions from the media in less than a month (No fooling: 95 on April 1 alone!) A few of them were even legitimate questions. The media used to complain that he wasn’t answering enough questions, and now they’re whining that he answers too many.

The overall tone of this article is less than respectful, but I’ll cut them some slack. I’m sure the media are frustrated that Trump has found a way to tell the public exactly what’s on his mind rather than letting the media tell the public their version of what’s on his mind. No wonder people like Rachel Maddow are demanding that his briefings be taken off the air. When viewers get to hear what both the reporters and the President say rather than just what the reporters say the President said, for some reason, his approval rating goes up and the media's goes down.

UPDATE!

We reported recently that the government workers’ union SEIU had located 39 million N95 masks for health care workers to use. It looks as if that might be an elaborate scam.

NEWS YOU CAN REALLY USE

Many people are asking about those coronavirus rescue/stimulus payments, and who will receive how much and when. This is the most thorough article we’ve seen so far in terms of answering all the questions for every conceivable situation:

How to set up an on-line Toilet Paper Alert, so you can be notified immediately when a local store gets toilet paper back in stock. FYI: you can also do it for other hard-to-find items. I just love calling it a “Toilet Paper Alert.”


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BERNIE SUPPORTERS UPDATE

Who could have predicted this? (Well, I did...and a lot of other people, too.) Bernie Sanders supporters are not falling dutifully into line to support Joe Biden. Apparently, they believed they were signing up for a socialist revolution, not a cynical deal to cement power in the hands of the Democratic Party establishment. That’s so cute!

TAIWAN WARNED WHO

No wonder the World Health Organization is so hostile to Taiwan. The WHO would obviously like us all to ignore the fact that Taiwan reports that they emailed the WHO back in December to warn about a new disease that had emerged in China and ask for more information, and the organization ignored it. Had they acted faster (or at all) on Taiwan’s heads-up, there might not have been a COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus pandemic.

Now, the WHO is facing multinational, bipartisan demands that it accept Taiwan as a member (providing they would want to be a member at this point). That, of course, would enrage China. The correct response to China’s rage would be “Who cares?” although I would also accept “Hard cheese” and “Tough toenails.”

OBAMA TO ENDORSE BIDEN

Now that there is literally nobody else standing, Joe Biden will reportedly receive, at long last, the endorsement of his former boss, Barack Obama. I'm sure it will be enthusiastic.

Click the link to see how the RNC reacted with a perfectly-chosen clip of Brad Pitt from the movie, “Troy.” For those who don’t know what Troy is, it’s the name of some guy somewhere who would make a better President than Joe Biden.

TRIP DOWN BAD MEMORY LANE

Trip Down Bad Memory Lane: To show why Trump’s video exposing the media was so well-deserved, here’s a retrospective of some of the most biased, irresponsible and unprofessional questions Trump has received during his coronavirus press conferences. Don’t worry, these are only the lowlights. This article isn’t nearly as long as it could have been.

Then again, every so often, a really important question does accidentally sneak through on CNN.

MUCH BIGGER ISSUES

There are much bigger issues to deal with than the wounded pride of a gaggle of juvenile Democratic operatives with by-lines (to use Instapundit’s popular description of today’s “journalists.”) Chief of among them is how and when to reopen the economy so that we avoid both a spike in infections and a prolonged depression.

President Trump has said that choosing when to reopen the economy is the biggest decision he’s ever faced. He noted that if it were up to the doctors, they’d shut down the whole world indefinitely, but we can’t let the treatment become more destructive than the problem.

Another fake controversy was set off by the media when Trump said he has “total” authority over when to reopen the economy. Reporters who only recently emerged from their worship of Obama and rediscovered limits on Presidential power went ballistic over that, but it seemed obvious to me that he wasn’t saying he has “total authority” over the US economy, but over the decision he has to make – in other words, he is listening to the doctors, but the decision is up to him, not them or anyone other advisers. That would be the rational interpretation, which, again, is why most of the news outlets seemed to miss it.

As if to prove that Trump knows he doesn’t have total authority over the entire economy, the governors of several states announced their plans to start reopening for business, and I notice that Trump didn't have them arrested for insurrection.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he thinks most states can reopen sooner than May 1.

With the projected infection rates and death tolls dropping sharply, it appears that the American people, through responsible actions like self-isolating, social distancing, wearing masks and gloves, and washing and disinfecting their hands frequently have made a big impact on the spread of the virus. With regular reminders to stay vigilant, there’s no reason why most businesses can’t start reopening.

For instance, if it’s safe for people who wear masks and stand six feet apart to go to Walmart or CVS for food and drugs (stores that have remained open), then why wouldn’t it be just as safe to go to any other business under the same safety and hygiene standards? Then again, you’d have to explain that logic to at least one Governor, who seems to think it’s safe to go to Walmart to buy bread, but if you also pick up a package of tomato seeds or a pair of shorts, WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!!

This is a problem that can only be remedied by putting on your masks and gloves and standing six feet apart in long lines to vote out any authoritarians who would use a health crisis to abuse power and shred the Constitution.

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  • judith jakub

    04/15/2020 06:34 PM

    As a daily reader of your informative, educational, stress releasing, enlightening, sometimes a bit of humor to emphasis the ignorance and stupidity of fake news reporters, I get it, but what in this Good God's world is with that whacko GATES???? A vaccine with a computer chip to mark us even if we're performing our most personal bodily functions sounds like something out of the "Twilight Zone"! Is this for real???? He sounds like a deranged scientist with an agenda of "world domination". Wasn't his lab, in Wuhan, that planted the conv19 to begin with? What is wrong with him, has his trillions leaked venom into his veins instead of God's saving grace?????

  • Lance E Brown

    04/15/2020 05:19 PM

    WOW ! this has been a trans-formative event. it is and will be a "watershed point" for the world.
    as far as the Biden accusations WHOM dose he think he is, Bill Clinton? jes kidding. I did not care who Bill slept with and wont care who Joe slept with that is up to their wives to sort out. And one look at Bill and you know .... you just know. As far as Trumps transgressions well. I don't think anyone believed a porn star was actually sexually assaulted but in the end Trump is the only guy I know that got a world class porn star to PAY HIM.

    Addressing the daily address I LIKE IT. I like it on the web. Since the MSM likes to “cut to commercial” and then to anchor commentary. It seems that we might not be getting the full story from them.

    Obama and Bernie supporting Joe. Bernie told the world he would so had he done otherwise that would have thrown shade on the two of them. Had Obama not, after so many years in the oval office, that would have had me bugging. I would demand to know WHY?
    Nancy P. casting shade on Trump. Well I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING (wink wink). I seem to recall her inviting me to join her in china town. Sadly, ... I was busy.
    To address the conspiracy theorists:
    Since the world is reporting this as a PANDEMIC we can stop pointing our finger at Trump
    It did in fact originate in Wuhan China. So it is probably OK to hang the label “China Virus” on this thing. Pretty sure that China's Primary BIO Lab was in Wuhan. Equally certain that I read something about 140 countries sending athletes to Wuhan to participate in the Military Olympics that concluded at the end of October. CORONA gestation is ummm aaah two weeks?
    It has the earmarks of a Lab Rat that Got Away. Now the questions are 1.) was it a weapon? 2.) was it an accidental release? 3.) Why are Russia's number of dead so low? 4.) with the large number of homeless and displaced people clustering in the streets combined with the poor medical infrastructure why are California's COVID number not higher than NY?

    I'd like to take one moment to thank Trump for the job he is doing. Anyone who previously thought “They could be president, no problem”. May be well served to pull their heads out of their ...(long pause for effect). Sand hole.
    Every time you come to a fork in the road, no matter if you chose left or right, you always wonder what the other path held in store for you.
    We have seen what happens with some response by tracking normal flu. We have seen what happens with limited to no response by the handling of H1N1. And now we see the result of FULL ON ASSAULT against a BIO Weapon “type virus”
    Further, Trump is gathering a lot more data than any other. They did not collect as much or as detailed data for Legionnaires, H1N1, SARS, MERS, Bird or annual flu for that matter. These metrics will revolutionize the virus battle in the future.
    And let us not discount the re construction of an archaic, dilapidated, outdated system. I'm NO silver lining guy. But a lot of good is “crawling” from the wreckage.
    Hate that I'm old BUT I am diggin the curfew. Sleep comes soooo easy. BUT I am in Florida and that curfew would kill our tourism so I know it must end. Maybe once a year? …. around January 2nd?

  • Bruce Edwin Skippar

    04/15/2020 04:05 PM

    There have been polls apparently saying Obama would have handled this pandemic better. I have thanked the Lord from the beginning of this thing that it was Trump in office instead of a democrat. A democrat would have milked this disaster for all it was worth to bring in their socialist agenda and like FDR, they would have dragged it out as long as possible. Of course Obama would have been praised in the mainline media if he had done nothing at all.

  • Floyd A Unger

    04/15/2020 12:23 PM

    I notice that Wayfair is having a special promotion on “bidets”. I’ve been getting constant internet ads.??

  • Dot whitley

    04/15/2020 11:57 AM

    I am so pleased that Trump does his own questions and answers on TV . I absolutely hate it when some reporter asks a question, and lets us hear a few words from the one they are questioning, but then finishes telling us what he said, as if we need the reporter to tell us what was said. Most reporters are boring and annoying from the very beginning of their " career ".
    I really don't like most of these people, but when one comes along with beautiful manners, it's so very refreshing.
    Dot whitley

  • Joyce tucker

    04/15/2020 11:34 AM

    Good morning Governor!
    My family wonders why they walk by my bedroom and hear me laughing outloud...it’s so refreshing sir to read your blog! Thank you and God bless you and your family!

  • Michael W. Lynch

    04/15/2020 11:31 AM

    Thank you Governor! Always I highlight of my evening!

  • Dr Harold J Sherrington

    04/15/2020 11:00 AM

    Double standard as we well know but does anyone expect anything different? On a different subject, Obama, now is backing Biden. He knows that if Biden becomes president, he, Obama, will have a third term as president of our great Nation and that would be a sad reversal of all the hard work Mr Trump has put in even when fighting the negative tide. Obama will go back to downgrade our Country and apologize to the world for bringing back to our shores indusries, jobs and making our Nation, respected and Great once again.

  • Carol Hopper

    04/15/2020 10:34 AM

    The network stations in Little Rock, AR have quit airing the President's news briefings. Where may I find them so I can hear him and not their sumations.

  • Dick Longing

    04/15/2020 10:00 AM

    Governor, thank you for your help in understanding what is going on in our country. You a good friend and I appreciate all that you do.

  • Jerry Korba

    04/15/2020 09:54 AM

    I am amazed that the people in Georgia are still using the Race card to stop the freedom of speech A person can not speak of our President helping an African American group find employment helping AN African American College system enroll students in a part of the country that struggled with those issues and while the President has acted positivtly on those issues some want to keep Georgia in the 1800's. Georgia I would want to come to Georgia for Peaches Peanuts Southern Hospitality and all thats good about you put your Racist beliefs in the Landfill bury it allow Americans to visit Georgia without fear of the 1st Amendment being crushed by Democrats that push Racism, allow Georgian citizens to prosper please help rebuild your tornado destruction areas together that will be a great start for you MAGA stop pushing Racism Democrats KAG!

  • SANDRA LANKFORD

    04/15/2020 09:19 AM

    I have been watching President Trumps daily updates on the virus. I stopped watching any mainstream media news years ago to preserve my television from destruction but as I watched the updates I realized we no longer have journalists in the mainstream media. What we now have are trained parakeets spouting the Democrat Party agenda and frankly we could do without them.

  • Mona Kramer

    04/15/2020 09:11 AM

    Florida cannot open soon enough. We have Dade and Brower counties that are hot spots and probably some of the nursing homes. Please let the rest of go back to work. This is madness.
    Love Trump, pray for Trump, but please let him know we are listening to the guidelines and need to get back to normal. Test, go to work.

  • Lavada L. Adams

    04/15/2020 08:58 AM

    Governor, your news articles are about the only source of real news I get each day. I have sent out invitations to all my friends to join your newsletter. Thanks, LA

  • Mark Swart

    04/15/2020 08:55 AM

    Dear Sir,

    I tremendously enjoyed your book, "Do The Right Thing".... Vastly enlightening but also confirmed many thoughts that I'd already had for quite a while. Would that ALL who are supposed to be serving this country and its citizens were as honest, caring, thoughtful, and upright as YOU are, Governor. May God bless you and yours always.

    Mark Swart, retired disabled veteran
    Sgt., USAF 1971-1975

  • Patsy Stone

    04/15/2020 07:46 AM

    Love this Bible verse. Very appropriate

  • Linda Keen

    04/15/2020 07:32 AM

    I have so enjoyed reading this article. I wish everyone would read it with an open mind. May God bless you to continue writing these articles and I hope that if some people read them, it will help them to understand what the Media continues to do. The Media always wants to give their opinion instead of stating the facts like they did when we were growing up. May God bless.

  • Jerry korba

    04/15/2020 12:06 AM

    The Chinese Virus and Pelosi, Schumer are so similar it preys on the weak and the old and it sneaks up on you like the Left and Pelosi, they hide and while you can't see them they strike; one is called covert and other is call covid both are destructive and killers. Pelosi and Schumer play with American lives and business and Covid either harms them or just kills them actually the way Pelosi plays she kills businesses.

  • Charles Fikes

    04/14/2020 11:46 PM

    Great Bible verse. Thanks also for your great reporting.

  • Anne turner

    04/14/2020 11:34 PM

    It has surprised me the POTUS’ rating have gone down this past week.

    I don’t why why anybody is surprised that sexual a harassment accusation against Joe is not taken seriously, although in truth I rather doubt it. The rule is if it is a Republican, they are so evil it must be true, but if a Dem it is excused. Good grief, Bill was the epitome of the adulterer and harasser, but people shrugged that one off. Roosevelt, Kennedy, Johnson, Clinton, were all well known for their predations. Please note, all were Dems. It appears that only Carter an d Obama appeared to be faithful husbands. I don’t know of any GOP in my lifetime that had that rep except that Ike may possibly have had a wartime liaison. The Bush 41 was laid to rest and it would have been totally out of character. It comes from libs really believing that GOP people are so evil and corrupt you can believe anything about them.
    It will be interesting to watch if Trump is re-elected and House stays Dem, because impeachment proceeding will start right after the election with the charge that Trump didn’t act on the virus soon enough. In that case we best pray that the Senate hold because otherwise he will have a short second term. Given they would then go after Pence, how does President Pelosi hit you? I can see her resigning after appointing Hilary as VP. Thus correcting the perceived 2016 wrong.

  • David Foster

    04/14/2020 11:23 PM

    Reading the Biden piece on the rape charge I've come to the conclusion that the NYT's get's their legal advice from Non other than the expert herself when it comes to sexual harrasment, Hillary Clinton.

  • Robert Burrell

    04/14/2020 10:54 PM

    There is a lot I don't understand , one is why that Ford woman is not in jail for purgery and another is if the NYT likes Biden so much and thinks he is such a nice guy why they don't take there wives to meet Joe in a private setting , I am sure Joe would allow them to set outside while he talks to the women. For some reason its always ok when it some one else's family , our country is going to hell and the media has a lot to do with it , our morals are at a point now where we are not much better that a animals . We have people in our government that are so crooked , just look at the politicians that used there insider information to sell there stock when they knew it was going to drop . That would be jail time for anyone else . We need our government to be just as responsible for there behavior as the citizens if not more responsible. God Bless America and thank God for President Trump.

  • Ruth Ferraro

    04/14/2020 10:29 PM

    In reply to Ronnie Jones, I too heard Governor Cuomo said "God didn't do that ...we did that". I moved from NYC more than 40 years ago & am very glad we don't have a mayor like that in Suffolk County, Long Island, NY! I'm in an area where people are following "social distancing" very seriously in the stores & most of the residents. We also have a group in my school district delivering hot meals to any housebound seniors. People (myself included) are making face masks & headbands for medical staff. Others are sending meals to the hospital staff. Individual churches are having services recorded to be viewed on the Internet. My church has 4 people every week for the service - minister, choir master to play the piano, parishioner recording the service & his wife reading from the Bible. The outpouring of caring and love is wonderful. We have a lot to be grateful for in this time of crisis & appreciate your daily updates & scriptures.

  • Michael Wood

    04/14/2020 10:11 PM

    Thanks for all you do Mr.Huckabee! There are no where near enough honest and logical news sources these days. Thanks for telling it straight and letting the listeners make up their own minds.

  • Hal Klaus

    04/14/2020 09:31 PM

    Imagine if President Obama was still in office, and he put Joe Biden in charge of heading up our Coronavirus program? Scary thought, isn’t it?