Evening Edition - August 11

August 11, 2020 |

TODAY'S MUST READ

I am often challenged as to how a practicing Christian believer and former pastor can support Donald Trump with his many character flaws. First of all, it’s not my place to judge someone else’s character. I’ve also never made it a secret that I find some of the President's language, tweets and behavior to be less reverent than I would like. But God has not sent us any perfect people in the past 2,000 years. When choosing a President, you have to consider more than whether you approve of someone’s personality and temperament. You have to consider what that person will do for (or to) America and the world.

When I look at how President Trump has defended life, religious liberty and Israel, and how he has worked so hard to restore American strength, protect the innocent, end terrorism, and create jobs and rising wages for all Americans – and I compare that to the far-left, job-killing, tax-raising, government-bloating, free speech-destroying, student-indoctrinating, religion-crushing, gender-confusing, crime-condoning, border-erasing, abortion-at-all-stages agenda of the Democrats – it is simply no contest.

Wayne Grudem is a Distinguished Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Arizona, and it’s obvious that he's heard similar arguments about how he can reconcile being an Evangelical Christian with supporting Trump. He’s written a response that is lengthy, but it’s incredibly thoughtful, well-reasoned and persuasive.

I strongly urge you to read it, bookmark it and share it with everyone you can. There are enough Christians in American that if we would just go to the polls and vote for candidates who support our values, there would be a permanent end to the government’s war on people of faith.

There’s only one change I would suggest to Prof. Grudem’s case. When he says today’s Democratic Party would “allow abortion up to the moment of birth,” I would add, “and well beyond.”

SCARY MOMENT

Scary moment at the White House Monday, as President Trump started a press conference, then was immediately escorted out by the Secret Service. Trump soon returned and explained that shots had been fired near the White House, but not on the grounds. Someone had confronted a Secret Service agent, and there was a reported exchange of fire. Both the assailant and the officer were taken to the hospital but their injuries are not life-threatening. A big Huck’s Hero salute to that Secret Service agent.

The group behind “Occupy Wall Street” is planning a 50-day “siege” of the White House until Election Day, and threatening to fill Lafayette Square with tens of thousands of Antifa-type anti-capitalist radicals hashtagging “#revolution” at each other on their Apple iPhones. If they are as smelly and lawless as the previous OWS losers, it could be an excellent incentive to drive Trump voters to the polls. In the meantime, I’m glad to see that the Secret Service is on the job and ready and willing to take whatever measures are necessary to protect the President, his family and the White House.

PRIMARY DAY

Today, Connecticut, Vermont, Wisconsin and Minnesota hold primaries, plus there’s a GOP runoff in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District. The most-watched race is in Minnesota, where Rep. Ilhan Omar, scandal-ridden “Squad” member and arguably Congress’ biggest Anti-Semite, is being challenged by Antone Melton-Meau.

Proving that the Democrats will swallow anything to stay in power, the state party establishment and top names such as Elizabeth Warren are still backing Omar. But public distaste for her is evident in the fact that in the April-June quarter, her opponent brought in over six times more money in donations than the incumbent. While I never have high hopes that Democratic primary voters will surprise us by doing the right thing, we can all still hope and pray for it.

SEND IN THE TROOPS

Monday, President Trump tweeted that Portland is out of control, and “finally, after almost 3 months” of rioting, the Governor should bring in the National Guard. He added, “The Mayor and Governor are putting people’s lives at risk. They will be held responsible.”

I only wish that last part were true. I have a sad feeling that they, along with the reelection of Bill DeBlasio, will go down in history as the ultimate examples of how, in some places, any politicians, no matter how dangerously incompetent, will be reelected forever as long as there’s a “D” by their names on the ballot. At the rate Portland is going, I have to assume that Mayor Ted Wheeler is counting on driving out every law-abiding citizen still left and being reelected unanimously thanks to the rioter vote.

SEATTLE DEFUNDS THE POLICE, POLICE CHIEF RESIGNS

Monday, the Seattle City Council defied thousands of citizens who turned out Sunday to back the police (so much for listening to protesters) and voted to slash the budget of the Police Department. All but one voted in favor, and that’s only because she didn’t think they cut the police budget enough. It was a decision so idiotic and destructive that even Mayor Jenny “The CHOP zone is a new ‘summer of love’” Durkan urged them not to do it.

Within hours of the vote, Police Chief Carmen Best emailed them her resignation. For the record, she’s black, and the City Council cares so much about black people that they’d already slashed her salary and sided with protesters who threatened her home (neighbors turned out and defended it.) Now, as Best pointed out, their cuts will mean layoffs of about 100 cops, likely the most recent hires, who are largely minority officers protecting black neighborhoods. Thanks, “progressives!” Although I expect there will be no need to lay off police since so many of them will also likely be handing in their resignations and getting the heck out of town, just like business owners and law-abiding taxpayers.

Best ended her resignation with a message to her fellow police officers that she looks forward to “seeing how this department moves forward through the process of re-envisioning public safety. I relish the work that will be done by all of you.” Translation: “Goodbye, good luck, and may God have mercy on your souls.”

For some reason, this vote reminds me of something George Burns once said. When he worked with his wife Gracie Allen, they did what was usually called a “Dumb Dora” act. But he had to explain to new writers that normal “dumb” jokes didn’t work for Gracie. She had to say things that weren’t simply dumb, but they had to be SO dumb in such a cockeyed way that they’d sort of make sense to somebody who was totally coo-coo. Watching the Seattle City Council react to violence in the streets and a 525% leap in crime by voting to slash the police budget (because if there are no police to arrest criminals the crime numbers will plummet) makes me wish George and Gracie were still around so that the Seattle City Council could go work as their writing staff and stop destroying a once-great city.

REPARATIONS 

Attention, all the cowed corporations that alienated your customers by rushing to shower money and praise on “Black Lives Matter” in hopes of being spared the “racist” label and targeted for "canceling." That turned out to be like feeding your friends to a tiger in hopes that it would devour you last.

Over the weekend, rioters in Chicago caused at least $60 million in damage and injured 13 police officers. There were reporters of a fleet of cars and a U-Haul truck going around as part of an organized plan to loot as many stores as possible on Chicago’s upscale Magnificent Mile shopping district. The stores included Apple, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Macy’s, Best Buy, Nordstrom and a Tesla dealership. Here’s video of a woman yelling the George Floyd protester mantra, “I can’t breathe!” as she searches through a luxury store for a device to remove security tags from designer clothing.

And how did BLM repay its virtue-signaling corporate benefactors? They’re rallying in defense of the 100 people arrested and claiming that looting their stores is just a form of “reparations.” As one BLM organizer put it:

“I don’t care if someone decides to loot a Gucci or a Macy’s or a Nike store, because that makes sure that person eats. That makes sure that person has clothes. That is reparations. Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance.”

I don't know why they even have to defend the looters, since I can't imagine Chicago's liberal officials would prosecute them anyway.

This is all so jaw-droppingly bad that the mainstream media have their work cut out for them trying to convince Americans that they should vote in November to turn the entire nation over to the same people who are running New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Seattle and Portland. So they’ve reverted to their favorite ploy: the now-clichéd “Republicans pounce” angle. That’s where they try to make the story not about the actual bad news for Democrats but about how unfair it is that Republicans are pointing out the bad news for Democrats.

I’ll give you this link to Politico, although I hate to provide them any clicks for such a reprehensible piece of propaganda.

The thrust of this bilge is that “facing (a) bleak November,” desperate Republicans are “stoking fear by trying to redefine the Black Lives Matter movement as a radical leftist mob looking to sabotage the white, suburban lifestyle.” You see, we’re stoking racism and fear by trying to mischaracterize all the rioting, looting, lawless Marxists as rioting, looting, lawless Marxists. But they claim it’s not working because polls show high support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

This really isn’t that difficult to understand, unless you’re willfully trying to obscure the issue. I don’t know anyone who would disagree that black people’s lives matter. That doesn’t mean supporting the defunding of police or standing back and allowing criminals and anarchists to terrorize entire cities. You can have the former without the latter, but not if you hand power over to Democrats. They can't tell the difference so they're not willing to risk doing anything to stop the violence and lawlessness, which they have now proven beyond any doubt. Politico can blow smoke all day, but I can't believe that voters are dumb enough to go to the polls to demand that all of America be fundamentally transformed into Portland.

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  • Darrell McKinnon

    08/15/2020 07:35 PM

    The meeting, Davos 2020 has much to do with the big “RESET” that the new world order has planned and intend to use the Wuhan virus as the tool to destroy capitalism In American and To take Trump down as Soros and Gates are behind this destroy American culture and economy. Here is an interesting link to a video worth watching from start to finish:

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10158688119788330&id=813533329

    It answers a lot of questions and exposes what is behind Biden’s make America better - don’t be fooled!!!!

  • Dolores Mendez

    08/13/2020 08:07 PM

    Amen!

  • Bonita Clark

    08/13/2020 12:01 AM

    I, too, am a former missionary/pastor/pastor's wife. I at times wince when I hear/read what the President has said or tweeted. However,I am not going to be his bosom buddy, nor am I going to marry the guy! Where he stands with God is not mine to judge. I can pray for him and the nation. There is no circumstance that allows me to approve of murder (also called abortion). For that, and many more reasons, I will vote for Trump. I sincerely hope I will not be forced to vote democrate after I die. There I go meddling instead of preaching as the old pastor joke goes. Thanks for some chuckles as you are on Fox TV. God bless you and the USA! Bonnie

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    08/12/2020 08:03 PM

    All the donations to BLM go through ActBlueCharities - and those guys take 4% right off the top. Are they fomenting discord to drive up donations ? You decide.

  • Michael Gossman

    08/12/2020 04:48 PM

    I believe in scripture we are in a very difficult spot yet if we don’t vote right in November our country will be in a very difficult situation president Donald J Trump will help heal America’s wounds but Joe Biden will destroy our freedoms.!We will never be free again because the U N wants one world government our Religious freedoms will be gone our constitution destroyed we will become worse than any poor country in the world I pray Americans rise up to protect all freedom this Nov by voting correctly an not let illegals vote or voter fraud as we know happened in Michigan please be aware freedom can be toppled at the polls this nov if certain powers to be get into office? Saying all that’ I pray Gods interjection in our up coming elections Amen

  • Robert Carter

    08/12/2020 03:43 PM

    Maybe someone will write a jingle or song about "No more Portland, No more Seattle, sink Chicago and.....too! Much as I would detest that kind of childish (Democrat/media, but I repeat myself) chanting, maybe it would be like holding a mirror up to them, George and Gracie style.

  • Joyce Birch

    08/12/2020 03:41 PM

    Thank you again Governor for another great take on all the top news items. Your words matter. The "squad" is back!! Reparations? This word should be put on the next missile to Mars. Would reparations include our American Indians too? I have nothing against the American Indian, just reparations!!
    God Help Us get through the next 80+ days to Nov.

  • Floyd A Unger

    08/12/2020 02:18 PM

    Thank you for the great post by Prof Wayne Grudem. While he appears to be a couple years younger than me his Christian and political views parallel mine and are well stated. One difference though.....My first “Conservative” book was “Conscience of a Conservative”.

  • Jay Ebli

    08/12/2020 01:09 PM

    Comment overheard when my church pastor was questioned about being able to support Trump. Hospitals and churches alike are not filled with healthy people smiling at one another, they are both filled with broken people looking to one another and God for help, love, and support. I am not above this.

  • Karol Johnson Larsen

    08/12/2020 11:45 AM

    With all due respect Mike, why do we as Christians have to defend our support of President Trump? He is the only president I recall who consistently claims and declares Jesus as Lord and Savior! That's good enough for me!

  • Jerrie Z

    08/12/2020 11:31 AM

    Christians need to WAKE UP!!!! God is giving us one more chance at freedom. They have their head in the sand! I AM SHOCKED at what I am hearing from Christians. My church wants me to shut up about it. I am just trying to warn them. They are listening to the news and believing it all. If only they knew what they were doing to their children's future. Communism will be here and then they will ask 'what happen'. People are so blind. Sad.

  • Joyce Durden

    08/12/2020 11:29 AM

    Totally agree with you . Pres Trump doesn't have the phony rhetoric and says what he thinks. Annoying sometimes , yes but he has done and continues to do the best for our country

  • Joseph laviola

    08/12/2020 10:54 AM

    I believe president Trump is a gift from GOD.

  • Rev. Charles Pollak

    08/12/2020 10:39 AM

    Governor, A great letter and wonderful piece from professor Grudem; his thinking on this is impeccable. And likewise I admire and support almost everything you write. However, I do have one area of disagreement with you, and that is on the matter of voting for ex-inmates. As a retired prison chaplain, I have seen many inmates who have accepted Christ, changed their thinking, and been transformed into responsible citizens. Once they have served their sentence, and perhaps after some designated crime-free years, I believe full citizenships rights should be restored. God forgives us when we repent: ought we not expected to do likewise? It just doesn't seem very Christ-like to keep punishing them for decades after their release from prison.

  • Linda Casagrande

    08/12/2020 10:38 AM

    Amen.

  • Gail Denham

    08/12/2020 10:18 AM

    Someone wrote to me to say that every single person in leadership of Chicago is black.
    How does that figure out in the defunding of police - allowing terrible looting and mayhem? On the poorest neighborhoods also? Do black lives matter to those leaders? Prob. not it seems - the leaders make a really good salary - they're comfortable. What do they care?

  • Ken Ceurter

    08/12/2020 07:58 AM

    Doesn't matter who runs with Joe Biden.....same screwed up agenda/narrative and far left influence.
    How can criminals continue to tear apart cities....get the heck out and support the fight against anti America terrorists and the cancel culture society left wing nuts. Look at and sign the fight against the crooks trying to silence those that don't agree with them. Read, support and sign the statement that highlights what the far left extremist are doing by going to thephillystatement.org.

  • Robert Deplorable Baublitz

    08/12/2020 06:34 AM

    As far as President Trump is concerned, actions speak louder than words.
    I also understand that many of his words are meant to bait the media who swallow it hook, line and sinker. They still haven't figured out how supremely stupid their knee jerk reactions make them look.

  • John Phillips

    08/12/2020 06:27 AM

    Gov. Mike! I sometimes wonder if you have invaded my own mind.. your comments are right out of my heart.God has a plan, but those who don' know God & don't have His Spirit can't see what He is doing. But, to a degree, we can. Keep up your exceptional work! a friend in Christ, John.

  • Christine G Anderson

    08/12/2020 03:45 AM

    I just finished my online work-I am a teacher in a charter school-I work at my site 3 days a week-Since March 18th the hours in the day-don't allow for working less than 12 hours per day.
    I have been looking forward to this -I am on my own computer-I barely trust electronics-these days:
    Do you remember?
    Black Panthers at a voting site?
    Clint Eastwood quote: (I may have attributed this incorrectly) however-the 'gist' is: "One day the election of Obama will be considered the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people."
    Hiding Obama's records
    Kruschev said, " We will take over the United States without ever firing a shot."
    What a pit of vipers-that's why this is so ugly-Thank God for Trump. These people can't stand it that they are being completely unmasked.
    What I do not understand is why anyone would vote for a Democrat-the supporters like that idiot on Tucker-they are absolutely delirious-they are so robotic-they truly make me wonder if 1984 happened without us noticing-we are the frog in the pan of water-We need to stand up and refuse this new lockdown-we in California-Newsome and Nancy ruin San Francisco-a jewel of a city-then Newsome moves to governor's mansion and now he is destroying California.
    Finally, Chapters 1 and 2-surprisingly Chapter 1 is Kamala (Comma-La) and Biden (chapter 2) in Profiles in Corruption-Peter Schweitzer.
    Perfect couple ! I am still skeptical that the dems have an ace up their sleeve-Michelle? Don't be blindsided.

  • Mark Seibert

    08/12/2020 03:18 AM

    You are right, Democrat voters keep electing failing Democrat politicians, but I think most of the people are not paying attention to politics year round. I almost wish there was a test everyone had to take before they could vote. A test just to prove they have been paying attention the previous years. Like, Under president Trump, did the economy get better or worse? If they answer worse, they get it wrong. Simple things like that. If they can' answer correctly they don't get to vote. I know this will never happen, but just venting about ignorant voters.

  • Gary C. Rafferty

    08/12/2020 02:25 AM

    As always Governor Huckabee you tell it straight. I certainly appreciate you! God bless and keep you!!

  • Linda Olds

    08/12/2020 12:55 AM

    I read the article by Wayne Grudem, and I'm sending it to liberal friends (to explain why I support Trump) and to conservative friends (so they can send it to their liberal friends).
    I hope it convinces some people that voting for Trump is the better choice.
    Many otherwise intelligent people believe the lies about Trump's intentions and have never heard of the good things he's done.

  • Sara Koons

    08/12/2020 12:19 AM

    Thank you Mr. Huckabee!
    You always help me to say the proper correct things to teach
    others ( Democrats) why I have voted Republican and why We love our President. ??????
    Well said Governor,
    We love you too! ????????

  • Linda Black

    08/12/2020 12:06 AM

    Reparations, a word thrown about for several years. Apparently it means, “I want money because 6 or so generations ago my relative was a slave.”
    During the Civil War 360,000+ white Union soldiers died to give your relatives freedom. Do their families deserve reparations? Your relative got to live and have children who, on down the line, eventually had you. The men who died for you never went back home to their families.
    If you disrespect the 360,000 men who died for you and the families who grieved for them, nothing anyone every does for you will ever be enough to satisfy you. Why are you entitled to more than the families of men who died for you?