May 12, 2018

MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace apologized for asking a White House reporter how he resists “the temptation to run up and wring her neck,” referring to the President’s press secretary, who (full disclosure) is also my daughter. I will take Ms Wallace at her word that her apology was sincere, but I’m not letting her off the hook so easily until we examine the mindset that gives rise to such casual violent rhetoric and force her, and others in the media, to do a little more self-examination and, as the old bumper sticker read, to make sure their brains are engaged before putting their mouths in gear.

First of all, if anyone would be justified in wanting to wring a few necks in that room, it’s not the reporters. They don’t have to go out every day and face nasty, badgering, often frankly idiotic questions, many times repeated endlessly even after they’ve already received an answer or a reason why they can’t be answered at that time. They don’t have to try to show respect for people who pose as guardians of the First Amendment and bastions of journalistic integrity when we all know they spent eight years as lapdogs to the last Administration; that many openly renounced even the semblance of fairness and objectivity during the last election; and that some of the biggest names in the room have embarrassed themselves repeatedly by running poorly-sourced rumors and leaks that they later had to retract, all because any story that’s anti-Trump gets them too excited to think, like waving a piece of bacon at a Chihuahua.

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Second, consider that this incitement of violence against my daughter came because Ms. Wallace was incensed at an (again) anonymously-sourced leak of an alleged callous comment about John McCain. She was incensed that Sarah said she wouldn't validate an as-yet unconfirmed leak by commenting on it before it was verified to have happened. I guess MSNBC reporters are used to trashing people’s reputations by commenting at length on unverified rumors that might not even be true – it’s sort of their job description these days – but that’s not Sarah’s job.

Third, this is hardly the first time members of this Administration have been the targets of violent rhetoric from the same liberal pack that smeared Sarah Palin as an accessory to attempted murder because her PAC ran some ads with target graphics on Congressional districts they were targeting. Yet once Trump took office, it somehow became acceptable to openly promote assault or assassination, and for former comedians to wave around facsimiles of the President’s bloody severed head. Why all the hateful, violent rhetoric? Well, Trump has it coming because he’s created an “atmosphere of incivility.” Seriously, do they not see the cloud of hypocrisy enveloping them that the rest of us see, as thick as London fog? Their threatening, slanderous and sometimes profane attacks on people they accuse of not being civil reminds me of an old cartoon from the ‘60s of a protester carrying a sign that read, “Kill the intolerant!”

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Fourth, as this story shows, this is actually one of the milder nasty attacks Sarah has endured. She and her colleagues have been compared to all sorts of vile propagandists and liars by the same press corps that couldn’t muster a peep of protest when the point man for Obama’s Iran nuclear deal arrogantly admitted that he’d played the press like a cheap fiddle to sell that bill of goods to America, creating an echo chamber in which he bilked young, ignorant reporters into repeating whatever nonsense he fed them. Did they feel like wringing his neck? Funny, I don’t recall them ever saying so.

Well, I could go on, but I’ve given them a lot to reflect on, and it is a holiday weekend, so I’ll be merciful and let it go at that. But I will add one final word of advice: If I were they, I would not ever try running up and trying to attack Sarah. She knows how to take care of herself, and if the Secret Service doesn’t put you on the ground in a world of hurt, she will. The fact that the “comedian” hired for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner was able to leave under her own power is testament to the fact that my daughter was perhaps the only one in that entire room who understood what civility and self-control are.

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  • Denise A Wright

    05/25/2018 01:41 AM

    Wow! Governor Huckabee your commentary on what MSNBC's Nicole Wallace's uncouth and extremely unkind remarks against Sarah was SPOT ON! It is a great read but I am so angry at how the press is treating your daughter! How terrible our news media is and they continue to be "low lifes" constantly attacking our current administration and all who are connected to it.
    I loved the comment of yours..."when the point man for Obama’s Iran nuclear deal arrogantly admitted that he’d played the press like a cheap fiddle to sell that bill of goods to America, creating an echo chamber in which he bilked young, ignorant reporters into repeating whatever nonsense he fed them." So true.
    Your comment about the bacon and the Chihuahua was priceless. We love reading your newsletter!

  • Shirley Stobart

    05/22/2018 05:23 PM

    If someone from MSNBC wants to wring Sarah's neck, in my humble opinion, that just demonstrates further proof that she is doing a good job. Flap your wings and rise above it, Sarah! It was very poor taste and lack of class to say such a thing but I don't know anyone who thinks MSNBC has any credibility so most people will view statement for what it is worth--nothing!

  • Penny Foster

    05/18/2018 11:58 AM

    Governor, Brilliant response to another so called "journalist". And they wonder why newspapers are a thing of the past and Fox News, Judge Jeanine, The Huckabee Show and some others have record numbers of viewers!!! Your daughter is an amazing example to our young women of someone who is intelligent, well spoken, controlled and full of God's grace.....

    Thank you for what you do for all conservatives and for God!

  • Sam Sayger

    05/16/2018 11:14 PM

    Personally Governor, I always wonder just why Ms. Sarah continues to endure the daily beatings she takes from a crowd of such flakes as she does. I know she is bound to love Pres. Trump, you and the job she does -- and which she does so well. I have come to love her because she truly represents integrity, truth and honesty in what she does and I think that so are most Americans -- certainly those who love truth and integrity. She truly does represent those things for me and it is my hope that she, by her continuing attitude and intergrity, she will win the hearts and minds of other Americans -- who do not have their eyes and mind completly closed off to the truth. America does not have much time left at all if many minds are not changed -- and soon!
    Sam Sayger, Hernando, MS (Arkansan at heart!!!!)

  • Edward Lester

    05/16/2018 12:42 PM

    In the White House press room there is always "one" adult, who keeps her composure, who is civil even polite, who is respectful, and who is an honor to her esteemed father. I'll let you guess who that "one" is, shouldn't be too hard.

  • Barbara Norman

    05/15/2018 07:55 PM

    Tell Sarah she is doing a great job! I love her responses to those stupid questions! You have raised a great woman Mr Huckabee!

  • Joe Kunkle

    05/15/2018 12:53 AM

    I was privileged to meet you briefly at the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem. I told you that you are a "National Treasure," and you are that! Your commentaries are so uplifting and encouraging!
    Your daughter Sarah is doing a great job! Her strength in the face of such brutal attacks by the left's attack-dogs is to be greatly admired!
    Thank you for your strong support of President Trump! You are playing a vital, much needed role in America in these perilous times. Be encouraged to keep up the good work!

  • Diane Woodard

    05/14/2018 02:00 PM

    Mike, I comment to you from the bottom of my heart. Sarah is so wonderful at her job, everyone I know loves her and her strength of mind and character..I was appalled at the comments made avout her (in her presence) at that dinner. The "comedianne) was crude, rude and foolish. Please let Sarah know that she has a strong christian support group who pray for her. She is marvelous and we love her!
    Diane Woodard

  • Nan Wysock

    05/14/2018 01:01 PM

    Thank you for spelling this out so well. Thank you and your lovely wife for raising Sarah to be such a Godly, strong, and courageous woman. Many of the "reporters" in the Press Room are actually vipers in disguise. They enter the room with their fangs full of venom, just for Sarah. They have not yet realized that they have more than met their match in Sarah. She outflanks them in intelligence, wit, manners, civility, patience, and just plain kindness. They are seriously outmatched and could learn a lot from her if they only had the sense and common decency to see it.

  • Mike Grayson

    05/14/2018 12:56 PM

    Ms. Wallace was press secretary for Jeb Bush in Florida and was a senior advisor on McCain's campaign in 2008. She was a registered Republican until Trump won in 2016 and then changed to Independent. She's a staunch supporter of same-sex marriage and is on record for associating Sarah Palin with a mentally ill character in her novel "Eighteen Acres", which received rave reviews by the Washington Post.

    I'm sure this past RINO is furious that anti-establishment Republican was elected to the White House and is seethingly jealous that it is Sarah and not her who is standing behind the podium as Press Secretary. This rant reveals Ms. Wallace's despicable character and deep-seated frustration that America is becoming a better place with Donald Trump and your gracious daughter, Sarah, in the lead.

    I'm thankful to God that He has led Sarah to this position, and pray for His protection and blessing.

  • Hugh Ella Thompson

    05/14/2018 11:16 AM

    Love Sarah!! If some of these news reporters would step back and look at themselves, they would be ashamed! Or maybe they have no shame!

  • Peggy Siragusa

    05/14/2018 11:08 AM

    We will continue to cover her with prayer that she withstand the firey darts of the press and continue to stand. She is more than capable through Him who holds her up. Very proud of her.

  • ideas

    05/14/2018 11:01 AM

    The impunity enjoyed by journalists is the problem. Why can't these people be taken to a court of law and made accountable for distorting the truth, fabricating stories, slandering their political opponents and inciting people to commit violence.
    What is so special about these fake individuals?

  • Deb Lewellyn

    05/14/2018 10:33 AM

    Thank you so much for your daughter, Sarah. She is such a God fearing, classy lady. I just love her. God bless you for raising such a daughter. I love her pearls. It reminds me of Barbara Bush. Tell her to keep up the good work. God bless you all!!!!

  • Kate Williams

    05/14/2018 03:39 AM

    Firstly...thanks so much for your practical & to-the-point commentaries!
    Secondly, Sarah is so CAPABLE! You raised her well, Mike. I love to watch her
    in her job. She handles things so gracefully....albeit dogmatically. She has chosen
    to state the facts and not embellish. She is tolerant and does not get caught up
    in the slimy rhetoric of msm. I think her parenting skills aid her in viewing them
    like children because most of them act like it. She's my hero.

  • James D Reese

    05/14/2018 12:23 AM

    I am ashamed of Republicans for allowing our president to be beaten up on a daily basis and not lifting one stinking finger to stop it! WIMPS!

  • Cheryl King

    05/13/2018 10:00 PM

    We love Sarah. We are proud of the job she is doing under these continuing harsh circumstances.
    Tell her to keep it up and to rest her head on her pillow at night knowing our President needs her,
    WE need her and that she is a TRUE patriot! God Bless you both and your families

  • Thomas D. Bennett

    05/13/2018 05:06 PM

    Damn good summing up on marxist-leftist motormouths such as MSNBC and their parrot Nicole Wallace. Always motivated by anti-American hate.

  • Scerita A. Dugas

    05/13/2018 02:25 PM

    Mike, some people open mouth, insert foot and speak before thinking. What a shame how easily she shows her ignorance. I think Sarah is wonderful and handles herself superbly. What a pleasure she must be to you as her father, to watch her do her thing before the world.

  • marida binsted

    05/13/2018 10:48 AM

    she is the best press secretary they will ever have, I wish there was some way to stop all the natisness we are seeing. I sure hope she knowa how many people are a shamed how she is being treated by the media, Tell her there are many of us who wish we coukd give her a big hug,

  • Nancy Brewer

    05/13/2018 10:35 AM

    Mr. Huckabee, thank you for raising such a wonderful, God fearing daughter. Every time I see her or hear her I stop and watch or listen. She is a true inspiration. Thank you and your wife too for this breath of fresh air who runs interference for the women (and men) of the United States between the cruel media world and reality. God bless your family

  • Daniel Frawley Jr

    05/13/2018 09:46 AM

    Great read regarding your daughter. I am amazed at the superb job she does with the pack of idiot that pose as the WH press corps. I'm sure you are and should be very proud of her. Tell her that most of us God fearing patriots appreciate her smarts and strength and we hope she will continue in her role. God Bless. Dan F

  • Sandy Taylor

    05/13/2018 06:30 AM

    If their hypocrisy were not ripping at the very fiber of our nation, it would be comical; however, it is tragic and hurtful. Incidentally, as a mom, I can feel your parental anger rising, even though you raised an intelligent, strong, independent, "Daddy, I can handle this," kind of gal. Happy Mother's Day to both Mrs. Huckabee and to Sarah. You and your wife raised a true Proverbs 31 woman. Those who are attacking her don't have a clue what that even means.

  • Scott

    05/13/2018 05:33 AM

    Your daughter is a beautiful young lady and is doing an awesome job! You should be very proud of her as I’m sure you are!!

  • Audrey Haymond

    05/13/2018 12:31 AM

    We want you to know that we are praying for Sarah!! She is such a Woman of God who reacts to all of this garbage with such grace and Integrity!! The trouble with all of these women reporters is their jealousy. They haven't a clue how Christian Women live, how they handle the vile attacks, how she can walk in the Press Room holding her head high and with the confidence that only the Lord can give her!! It's hard to believe how vicious and evil these reporters are!! But every time Sarah walks in that room confident, these sad women are angry because they are not defeating her!! I know that every Christian in this country is praying for Sarah because we all love her. We love how Sarah, love how she handles all the opposition, love her kindness. We really all know that this is a battle in the heavens, we fight not against flesh and blood!! Who would have ever dreamed this would have been so difficult to "Make America Great Again"!!

  • Rolen L. Sell

    05/13/2018 12:04 AM

    Amen! Amen! Amen!!!!

  • Margaret Kost

    05/12/2018 11:31 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,
    You called it right and as Sarah’s father it especially hurts that she is being ‘bullied’. Yes, they are grown ups but are selfish spoiled brats and act out just like bullies do their hatred is palpable.
    Every briefing I too want to see her respected. She deserve respect but they have lost respect. They can’t see themselves as we see them and there is no truth and honor in them.
    I will seldom listen to the national evening news. One because they say nothing about the accomplishments this administration is attaining and two, it isn’t what they are not saying but the ‘way’ they are not saying it.
    God bless Sarah! She is a Proverbs 31 woman, a Godly woman. She has my respect and I pray God keeps her safe from their verbal and any physical harm.
    Sarah, I can see, is strong in the Lord. God bless you both.

  • Aron J BOESL

    05/12/2018 11:19 PM

    I also wonder if Meghan McCain will wonder why Nicolle Wallace still has a job?

  • Ron Arnold

    05/12/2018 11:12 PM

    It saddens me to see Sarah attacked by people fueled by hatred and jealousy. She has the admiration of countless millions of us who see her for the good person and the amazing Press Secretary that she is.

  • Ted Roberts

    05/12/2018 09:31 PM

    Governor you have a beautiful and smart daughter and I know you are very proud of her! I have met you and supported you for the Presidency but never met Sarah! I feel like I know her through my granddaughter who went to college with her and still remain friends! I think she is doing a great job and I am also very proud of her! I hope she continues to handle her job in spite of the sick minded reporters she has to deal with. God bless her and you!

  • Tricia Kennemer

    05/12/2018 08:59 PM


  • Jack macdonald

    05/12/2018 08:16 PM

    A general comment in reference to our previous president. I can't think of a reason why he shouldn't be charged with Treason. He sent billions of dollars underhandedly to a sworn enemy of our country. I would submit that Iran qualifies as an enemy for the following reasons: 1) they have killed U.S. Troops directly and indirectly 2) they took our sailors hostage 3) they sponsor terror against us and our allies and 4th) they chant death to America on a daily basis . I think that constitutes an enemy. Imagine sending Germany or Japan money during WW2. Obama is a traitor to this country without a doubt. His was a deliberate and calculated decision to harm and place this country in danger. I don't understand why actual, thinking adults don't understand this! I am writing this to you in hopes that you shining your larger light on this issue might get some discussion going. I don't know any journalists who would dare bring up this topic for fear of ridicule so it will go unpunished.

  • Paula Meek

    05/12/2018 07:58 PM

    I am constantly amazed at Sarah"s ability to face this bunch of thugs every day. In my eyes, she is a true hero. God bless her and keep her strong. Thank you for reporting the truth .

  • Amy Demetry

    05/12/2018 07:27 PM

    Your daughter is a remarkable and very composed young woman. Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit and she certainly exhibits that day in and day out. Patience is also a fruit of the Spirit and she certainly has a great amount. I'm proud of the job she is doing and as her father you can certainly be proud of her. She is the epitome of "Grace under Fire."

  • Al Cloutier

    05/12/2018 07:26 PM

    I like Sarah. She's intelligent and good at her WH job. The damn dim dense dumb dems will never have my vote just like the NFL will never have me watching their games and I will keep donating to the NRA. I think I covered it all Mike. God Bless Sarah and you.

  • Amelia Little

    05/12/2018 07:18 PM

    why isn't she fired ? the news is so quick to see other ppl fired for their so-called comments . If the shoe fits wear it.

  • Debra Dutton

    05/12/2018 07:13 PM

    She should know that Southern girls know how to handle themselves in ALL situations, especially when foolish people make foolish comments.

  • Judith Walker Mullin

    05/12/2018 07:12 PM

    I am sorry your daughter has become a target (as it were) of the left's open hate. I imagine you both already know this quote from Margaret Thatcher but I will repeat it just in case: "I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left." The more Trump succeeds, the more they turn on her. Sarah is a smart, brave, kind, admirable person and I am very grateful to her for doing the job she does. May God give her the strength to carry on -- and her father the calm to keep defending her in the face of these vicious attacks.

  • Richard Singletary

    05/12/2018 07:00 PM

    If u voted Hillary U qualified Communist!!!

  • Anne turner

    05/12/2018 06:52 PM

    I almost feel like I know .Sarah. Rather presumption of me, but she has a genuiousness that is hard to fake. When she doesn’t know she says do. When she doesn’t want to comment, she doesn’t. There is a rumor going around that recently she took some WH staffers to task big time for not keeping her fully informed. If that is true, good for Sarah. No shrinking violet, this woman. Despite the slanders against the President for disrespecting women, he appreciates strong, competent ladies and promotes them.

  • Karen kempf

    05/12/2018 06:48 PM

    Governor Hucklebee, you have a blessed and beautiful
    daughter. I know God’s grace is surrounding her, for without it she would never be able to control the devil baiting her at every turn. May God Bless Sarah and keep His arm around her. Prayers for her family so they too may keep God close and enemies at bay.

  • Amelia Little

    05/12/2018 06:47 PM

    The hosts and the WH correspondents are so full of themselves. They think they can say whatever they want, and it's all okay because they view themselves as journalists and reporters. And, sad to say, for those who have degrees in journalism are either taught by their professors this is journalism, or they should never received a degree. How inane (and insane) is it to keep asking the same question over and over (maybe even in the same words every time) just because the answer you got wasn't something scandalous that you wanted. Of course, for the "journalists" who run to the nearest camera and start spewing stories (many just that, stories, not truth) at the drop of a hat or the push of a video button, they don't understand that it would be important first to verify the information you have been given. They have no patience with someone who isn't going to go off about something until some actual facts are known. And, makes no difference to them if they have wrong, inaccurate or deliberately false information, because they may or may not correct this information, and if they correct it, you'd probably miss it if you blinked an eye. Thank you, Gov, for your newsletter, and thank Sarah for the work she does even under difficult circumstances.

  • John Schaeffner

    05/12/2018 06:43 PM

    I believe that Sarah is doing a fantastic job in a VERY difficult situation. It must be like facing a pack of untrained wolves each time she comes out.
    Thank her for each of us, please.

  • Kendra Strecker

    05/12/2018 06:42 PM

    Like I used to tell my clients at the bar, DON'T make me take you out in parking lot and BITCH SLAP YA in front of your friends!! That's what I truly think some of this NASTY HATEFUL women who ATTACK Sarah need, ONE GOOD BITCH SLAPPIN!!

  • james huckaby

    05/12/2018 06:41 PM

    i am so amazed at liberals and how they attack anyone different than them. liberals call for bullying to stop and they are the first to bully. look at how that no good so called comedian bullied mrs sarah sanders. the liberals have no tolerance for others to bully. they are the first to leave scars. mrs sarah sanders is an exceptional lady. she takes a lot of ugly words. praying for peace.

  • Susan Dyar

    05/12/2018 06:39 PM

    They never apologized to her for the awful insults at the WHPC dinner. The Press Corp is Just a room full of egos and I don’t know how she tolerates them!

  • Donya Schweizer

    05/12/2018 06:30 PM

    Well said, sir. Thank you Sarah for taking the bull by the horns in the position you serve our President. You are a stellar example to all of America.

  • Geraldine Tinnin

    05/12/2018 06:23 PM

    Well said, Govenor Huckabee!
    Your daughter has more integrity than the entire group of reporters she has to tolerate on a daily basis. Sarah is doing a tremendous job.

  • Mark Zimmerman

    05/12/2018 06:11 PM

    Governor, America loving people love your daughter!!! And to hear this kind of garbage coming from a cheap, wanna-be, fake news reporter infuriates me!!! Most Americans would probably like to wring her neck and not worry about apologizing for it later. Please tell your daughter, if you haven't already, to hang tough, keep up the admirable, wonderful work she does and know that most of America listens to what she has to say, believes what she says and sympathizes with her for having to put up with the incredible amount of stupidity that regularly fills that room and attempts to derail her and bring down our great President.

  • Teresa Gilliam

    05/12/2018 05:59 PM

    God bless you and Sarah, Mr Huckabee. I watch those press conferences and cheer for Sarah! She is so smart and poised, and always knows just exactly the right thing to say to those wolves! You are both heroes in my eyes. Thank you, so much, for all that you do. (P.S.) Please, tell Sarah to tell the president to NEVER divide, or give away, any part of Jerusalem or Israel. They belong to God.