President Trump is taking a tsunami of mockery from Democrats, Twitter trolls and late night comics for criticizing the do-nothing Broward County deputies by saying that he would have run into that school to help stop the shooter, even if he hadn’t been armed. But that apparently wasn’t just braggadocio: Someone looked into the New York Daily News archives and found a story from 1991 about how Trump saw a mugger beating someone with a baseball bat. He had his driver stop, and he got out and accosted the mugger, who ran away. One witness disputed that account, but another confirmed that it did happen. I don’t know for sure, but I do think that if I were being mugged in New York, I’d have a better chance of Donald Trump showing up like Batman and stopping the mugger than of Stephen Colbert doing it.

But there’s another very important aspect of this story that’s been overlooked in all the partisan attacks and defenses. Apparently, nobody bothered to read what Trump said in its entirety. In talking to a roomful of Governors, he actually said this:


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“I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon, and I think most of the people in this room would’ve done that too.”

Note that the full context reveals that he wasn’t bragging that he’s some kind of special superhero. He was saying that running in to help the kids was just the natural reflex reaction that most decent humans would have.

This is why you shouldn’t get your news from late night comedians. They aren’t looking for nuance, context or accuracy. They’re looking for a set-up to a punchline. If all they need to make Trump sound foolish is the first half of the sentence, then you will never hear the second half.

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  • Kristine Schenck

    03/05/2018 12:59 PM

    I never watch that idiot . He is all mouth ,disrespectful and gets great joy criticizing people doing a job he doesn't have the know how or courage to do .

  • Betty Bryant

    03/03/2018 03:46 PM

    As a parent, I totally agree I with President Trump. I bet any parent would try to intervene to save their children with or without a weapon. We would, at least, attempt to distract the shooter. The media will use anything to discredit the President. I never watch the late night shows. The buffoons on TV now are ridiculous and dangerous. There are a lot of ignorant people who watch these idiots and believe whatever they say.

  • Barbara Sleeper

    03/03/2018 08:57 AM

    I have the greatest respect for Donald Trump. I believe he is a good man and that he truly has the people's concerns in making the decisions he makes. I do wish he would forget about the Tweets.

  • Lewis Combs

    03/03/2018 12:34 AM

    I have never joined NRA, but when I hear companies severing "normal" discounts and other relationships with NRA several thoughts jump out to me.
    First, the executives of these companies were probably also spitting on soldiers returning from Viet Nam 40+ years ago. All venom. No logic. They are attacking a party who is not the perpetrator.
    Next, Where is the credit for training and equipping people who have used a gun to save lives when the police were not there to do it. (Or in Florida, were there,and still did not do it!)
    Next, where is the reporting on how Israel stopped attacks by cowardly terrorists on their schools?
    Last, where is the boycott of makers of baseball bats and liquor, which are responsible for FAR more deaths in civilian society each year than guns? Let's pass laws to keep both of them out of people's hands!!

  • david huckabee

    03/02/2018 07:12 PM

    i believe the story of TRUMP jumping out and engaging the mugger, because he is one of us. not perfect but understands, who we are as AMERICANS as a whole. he is not the most polished individual for POTUS, but his heart is on the right track for all of us. i hope he survives long enough to finish his work to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.

  • amos kalicharan

    03/02/2018 04:57 PM

    Thank the President's Press Secretary Sarah Sanders for the marvelous way she handled her job yesterday

  • Joseph Behrendt

    03/02/2018 04:33 PM

    This is why I for one don't believe anything most media's and most democrats say about anything. They seem to have a perpetuity to re-write the truth and/or leave out the most important facts when it doesn't agree with their agenda. They do this so much with Trump that it should be classified as hate speech and people should be prosecuted for it.

  • Janice Israel

    03/02/2018 12:02 PM

    I totally agree with you. It makes me nauseous how those comedians who obviously are not Trump supporters take aim at him for every little thing. I’ve come to realize that a lot of reporters as well only print about part of a sentence. What bothers me Is how many people watch these so-called celebrities and listen to them as if they were spewing God’s word being handed down. People don’t think for themselves, they follow the leader! Such a shame!

  • Janice Israel

    03/02/2018 12:00 PM

    I totally agree with you. It makes me nauseous how those comedians who obviously are not Trump supporters take aim at him for every little thing. I’ve come to realize that a lot of reporters as well only print about part of a sentence. What bothers me Is how many people watch these so-called celebrities and listen to them as if they were spewing God’s word being handed down. People don’t think for themselves, they follow the leader! Such a shame!

  • Ken Smith

    03/02/2018 11:57 AM

    Today's media brings to mind a scripture verse that indicates a great deception in the last days that, if it were possible, even the elect would be deceived.
    I believe we are seeing more prophecy being fulfilled before our eyes!

  • jack macdonald

    03/02/2018 11:43 AM

    I know we have too many rules, but shouldn't distorting the news by a news organization be considered journalistic malpractice and the purveyors fined or punished in some effective way? People should be able to be given factual info when they turn to the news to stay informed.

  • jack macdonald

    03/02/2018 11:39 AM

    Doesn't the FCC have the responsibility of policing the content on the airwaves? I recall when they censored crude language, etc. I would think that part of that responsibility short of censorship, would be to monitor the accuracy and objectivity of the reporting of news. News should not contain opinion and that should be left to opinion makers who should have their broadcasts identified as opinion or entertainment and not to be construed or confused with actual happenings.

  • Bob Boynton

    03/02/2018 11:00 AM

    Trump, trumps the "fake" news with the truth news and is pro-active for the "American way".

  • Larry Rubin

    03/02/2018 10:25 AM

    Regards the FL school shooting: For an armed guard at a school, whose duty is specifically to protect the students; isn't refusing to protect the children while they are being slaughtered inside, chargeable with some kind of 'criminal neglect' ?---Thank you.

  • David Laman

    03/02/2018 10:11 AM

    I have had the good fortune not to watch these late night morons. I hear what they say and think that only mentally ill, welfare cases, and inmates are interested in their fake media crap. I wish there was a way to confront them and call them out for their misstatements and outright lies.
    I enjoy you take on the issues and try to answer your pole questions as often as possible. God bless you and your family. You represent the best of America.

  • Richard Puter

    03/02/2018 09:49 AM

    Liberal political correctness claims a Huckabee victim. Mike, why did you resign from that country music board that you'd been appointed to? I don't particularly care one lick about country music, in fact I can't stand it, but to give in to Liberal shrieking and moaning only emboldens them the next time someone who dares believe Traditional Values crosses their paths.

  • Robert S Reid III

    03/02/2018 09:37 AM

    And friends wonder why I don't own a television.

  • kathy preston

    03/02/2018 09:37 AM

    President Trump is not perfect, but I am so proud that he is our president. He is straight forward, says what he means and means what he says. I have the utmost respect for him and his family. Of course we know that there are no such reports of the previous cic helping or saving anyone but himself. Also, unlike the previous cic, Trump has a backbone and real morals.

  • Michael Egbert

    03/02/2018 09:12 AM

    See? This is how the mainstream media (and these so-called "comedians") display their horrid bias toward President Trump. They put their own spin onto anything connected to Mr Trump by editing out the pertinent things he says so that what is left behind feeds their agenda. With this tactic they can make ANYBODY appear the way they want people to see them. I imagine if the media/comedians had decided to go after Billy Graham they would have edited anything the Reverend Graham said into making him appear as the "anti-Christ". I no longer listen to anything that ABC-CBS-NBC-especially CNN and MSNBC has to say regarding their "news stories" because whatever comes out or they throw at you, its been tainted.

  • Catherine Haenze

    03/02/2018 09:00 AM

    Now you know why we don't watch ANY late night comidians.

  • Charles Webb

    03/02/2018 08:53 AM

    I would definitely run into that situation to save young lives and all these late night comedians who are nothing but a bunch of super liberal blowhards want to do is put this President, MY PRESIDENT in a bad light and see how many other liberals they can get hate mongering on Trump. My mother said it best, if you don't have anything good to say about someone shut your pie hole and quit polluting the air with your filth.

  • Rosemary Peacock

    03/02/2018 08:50 AM

    I don't know if I would have run into the school or not but I do believe I would have attempted to do something to help in the situation. What I think is so sad, is that the political party who wants to destroy our county and to make everyone dependant on the government is using a terrible tragedy to promote the hatred and lies they want to use to accomplish their goals. A gun just never up and kills anyone. It takes a person with no respect for another person's life to pick up that gun and pull the trigger. The media has removed any accountability or any emotion about the shooter, except we are to feel sorry for him. I believe there were many people who could have prevented this from happening if they had responded to the outcry of those who kept telling them this person was a threat. Unfortunately, the mindset of it's not my problem has now made it several peoples problem, and I agree with the father who said when this happened the first time, it should have been the last time. I hold the gaming industry more accountable for this than the NRA, (it's not the NRA's fault) they constantly manufacture games where someone is killed and you just start over and play again. In life that doesn't happen. When you have been killed its final, you don't get to play again.

  • Dorothy Gavin

    03/02/2018 08:44 AM

    Mr. Huckabee,
    Thank you for your "honest" opinions and for raising such a beautiful , intelligent , daughter. She speaks the truth without fear of retribution and ridicule, which she often gets from the brainless left and is not afraid to stand up for what she believes. I think unlike the Broward County sheriffs and deputies, if the Mothers and Fathers had guns or not, they would have run into that school without question. That sheriff is a coward and is looking to blame someone beside himself for the deaths of those youngsters. It is never how to protect our schools it is always about taking guns away from law abiding citizens. If that young man who did the killing had been arrested as he should have been or had his record on file this would never have happened. All the law enforcement officials including the FBI over looked his issues even when others brought it to their attention. That is the problem. Yes we have many brave men in the protection services but then we also have the Comey and Mueller types who are too political to do their jobs the right way. I certainly believe we would have a better chance of Trump running in that school then Chuckie Schumer. Thank you for bringing us some truth instead of the left wing lies. Maybe if a Police annex had been in that school they would have been prepared to protect themselves and our Children? God Bless

  • Lynn Beale

    03/02/2018 08:42 AM

    I am a big follower of you and now Sarah! I have a wonderful idea that you could do to help us and hopefully help shut up a bunch of these hateful tweets and help people see President Trumps HEART! I have heard that there have been numerous wonderful things Trump has done thru the years for people but no one has written about any of the things on a list! President Trump never mentions them even during his campaign! Of course each event would really need to be vetted so the left can't tear it apart, as they would hate this! Please do this, Herman Cain could be your team mate on this-then put it nationally :)
    Thanks Lynn

  • Bonita Beth Brock

    03/02/2018 08:38 AM

    Mr. Huckabee,

    I would appreciate saying 2 things please.

    1. I am a Christian and do not believe in suing. However, I have had it with the MSM trampling and stomping all over my President, his staff and all of their families with flat out lies. I have not been able to enjoy one moments peace or bask in the reality that we won the presidency with President Trump. We have not had one moments peace to celebrate that victory due to the liberals, DNC, MSM, Obama and Hillary herself spewing out all of their hatred and lies about our President and I have had it. I would like to know if there is someway I can sue the MSM for slander and emotional damage that they have done since 2016? I have Free Speech also and we need to hit them where it hurts...in their pocket books!!! That is the ONLY way to get them to stop. I could not stand Obama and his anti-American agenda, but I never made the liberals lives bad. I never rioted or lied about him or Hillary. They provided enough lies on their own and I would not do that anyway. Do you have any idea if suing them is possible? Or have any ideas of how we can stop their constant attacks on our president and us? They should not be able to get away with all the ABUSE and slander they cause.

    2. I also would like to mention something regarding the guns issue. When was there ever a time when somebody broke the law and every citizen in America was punished and their Constitutional rights taken away for that one persons actions? For example, when a "man" rapes someone, the police do not arrest everyone in America for that one persons crime. If a person robs a bank (even with a gun), the police do not arrest everyone in America and take away our guns. So why should my 2nd Amendment Rights be taken away because of what some mental person does with their gun? If they even get 1 of our guns outlawed, that will begin creating an environment where it will be easier and easier for them to take away another and another and another. I do not listen to Rod Parsley very often. I honestly do not listening to his voice. However, the one time I did listen to him, he had an excellent point. He had a board and markers and said the best way to get people to accept losing their freedom, is to entrap them willingly. For example, he stated that if you put some feed out for some lose pigs, they will come and eat it. When you have fed them everyday and they have gotten used to eating there, put one side of a fence up. Then keep feeding them and then a few days later, put another side of a fence up. After that, wait a few days and then put up another side. By this time, you will have 3 sides of a fence up and they will not have even notices the subtle deception. By the time the forth side has been put up and the pigs realize they cannot get out, it is too late. They are trapped and cannot do anything to change their circumstances. I think that is very fitting regarding the liberals desire to take our guns away. It only takes our acceptance of getting one gun taken away for their victory to come easily over time.

    Thank you,
    Bonita Beth Brock

  • EDWARD J. Salaiz

    03/02/2018 08:38 AM

    Seek TRUTH Always. The Whole Truth, And Nothing But The Truth.

  • Paul cook

    03/02/2018 08:37 AM

    Here is a comprise on the raising of the age limit to purchase a AR15 . The statement of the military comes up the thing is before an 18 yr old in military is turned loose with the m16 they are run through a weapon safety course , range target practice, how to care for and maintain the weapon that’s the difference so let’s let a 18 yr old purchase one of these if they successfully complete a wriggerous gun safety course and target range time like the military. I don’t believe this last goon would have made it to purchase the weapon legally point if this would been in effect.

  • Randy Thompson

    03/02/2018 08:36 AM

    I am truly beginning to believe that the FBI has purposely deglected or deflected any warnings of lone terrorists so they can use the carnage as a reason to takeaway our freedoms to carry our arms. And I would bet that many others have thought the same thing! It’s either that reason or they are just that very inept and incompetent! As Forrest Gump would say, “That’s all I got to say ‘bout that!”

  • D. Kennedy

    03/02/2018 08:15 AM

    Again, you hit it right on the head. Myself and everyone I know is fed up with partisanship and petty potshots. Like it or lump it, the Donald is taking the lead in getting things done rather than Ovomit & the Crook who tried their best to instill socialism.

  • Phyllis Lincer

    03/02/2018 08:14 AM

    I agree that the media pundits don't try, nor are they interested in quoting completely nor accurately what our President says. I am so very sick of the maligning and misquoting in order to push their viewpoint. Gone are the days of just "reporting the news." Gone are the respected reporters such as Walter Cronkite, for whom you didn't wonder if he was being truthful or whether he was skewing the story.

  • Donald Rowe

    03/02/2018 07:42 AM

    This is why I seldom, if ever, watch any late night variety shows any more. I used to watch Johnny Carson, nearly every night. His humor, along with that of the rest of his crew, was always light and seldom, if ever, made serious fun of anyone without their co-operation. Most the current collection of late night entertainment shows seem to be in existence only to be able to seriously denegrate and impune the intelligence of their target. That doesn't go to entertainment for my money, it's just plain meanness.

  • Betty JonesBI

    03/02/2018 07:34 AM

    I agree...I would also run in to help.

  • Rebecca Johnson

    03/02/2018 07:27 AM

    I believe that would do the same. In order to protect my students. I'm a retired teacher of 36 years. I think teachers need to start packing, with training of how to react in certain situations. That should be a stipulation that teachers must have intense training.

  • Margaret Kost

    03/02/2018 04:25 AM

    Thank for sharing the truth of what our President did as a citizen with heart who was concerned for the well being of a man being beaten. Natural response or what should be a natural response for another. Our family is grateful to God for Donald Trump bringing back human decency into every day life or at least making human decency a politically correct conversation again. God bless you and Sarah for your strong backbone and standing for the truth.

  • Lawrence Morgenstern

    03/02/2018 03:54 AM

    The mainstream Media has convinced a great many Americans that he AR15 rifle is some kind of "automatic" assault rifle. It is not. They have done this dumbing down as a precursor to having it removed from selling anywhere. The AR 15 is not a machine gun. This lie must be corrected.

  • Ruby Howell

    03/02/2018 01:55 AM

    President Trump has done more for our nation than others before him. Imagine how much could be accomplished is Crongress worked together with him instead of using all that energy to try to discredit him.

  • Ann Burger

    03/02/2018 12:51 AM

    I do believe that President Trump would actually and instinctively react as he said he would. Thanks for getting the "complete" truth out there. God bless you. Ann

  • Loretta Seipert

    03/02/2018 12:50 AM

    I am glad you are sticking up for the President.

  • Jimmy Brown

    03/01/2018 11:59 PM

    As sad as the Florida shooting was and is, I don't like the thought of not being able to arm myself with whatever rifle, pistol I chose. An automatic fire against a single shot weapon is like bringing a knife to a gun fight. I am a veteran of the U.S. Army infantry division.
    When it comes to self defense I am above the masses in ability. The captain of my company said those of you who are ready to die for your country take one step forward at his command, everyone moved forward but me, He called me out on it, I told him I was going to make the enemy die for his country. All eyes where on me and I never wavered from my job.

  • janice hoeschler

    03/01/2018 11:42 PM

    Mike, I think you are GREAT and I love your articles!!!! I am Catholic, pro-life, pro traditional family and I voted for Trump!! I am happy with him but I am NOT FOR ASSAULT GUNS!!!!!!!!!!!!THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO REASON TO SELL ASSAULT RIFLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO MORE BIG BULLY LOBBY OF THE N.R.A.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you, Janice Hoeschler. P.S. I agree with you on most everything else.

  • Teresa Hall

    03/01/2018 11:08 PM

    I really admire President Trump. We have learned since his election of many wonderful things he has done for others, for many types of reasons, because he has goodness in his heart. He never boasted about these incidents. Others came forward and spoke of each. To me,this demonstrates that his reading and following of what we are shown by reading the Holy Bible, helping others out of love as our Father in Heaven loves us. The dim-ocrats and their liberal anti God attitude do not believe in GOD. Don't want us to either

  • William Perry Booher

    03/01/2018 11:04 PM

    Hot air is just hot air. It has no form. To think that the human air bag can damage someone is a decision of every person. That is what they are counting on. However, when you cry wolf too much (That was the lie the boy said) you cannot respect that person nor follow them. Unless you are a complete moron. I find too many people in the US wake out of a long sleep and are energized against the great wind that woke them up. All they have are lies, deceit, corruption, disrespect for our government and promote their own lawless government (Democracy at it's best) all out of the U.N. It is amazing these people actually think that when they have achieved their UN goal, they will still be around. That's not how it works. They will disappear the same way that they make certain other people disappear. Praise God his Son is almost here.

  • sundra haney

    03/01/2018 10:27 PM

    Giving food instead of money credit has been done. The theft and graft was horrible! Only people too young to remember like this idea. The cost of storage and distribution was staggering. DUMB IDEA! Just tweak the system. No desserts or candy, only milk or drinks with 50% juice or formula. No other beverages . no tv dinners with dessert. EVERY prepared food including snacks must have 2% protein as well as 2% RDA of calcium , Vit D and Vit B plus folic acid. No none foods can be purchased ever.

  • Marybeth

    03/01/2018 10:18 PM

    I believe President Trump is not lying. I believe anyone with integrity would run in there to help other not thinking of themselves. I believe President Trump is not siding withh the democrats on gun control, and the republicans better show more respect and compassion. H e is ACTUALLY LISTENING to the people who are crying out for help fromthe FL school. There absolutely needs to changes made in this country to bring more safety and many people on both sides need to drop their political concerns and be concerned about how to fix this human problem in our country. The President truly wants to fix it and is wise enough to understand caring about people's lives is more important and may mean making some policy changes to get safety in our schools and communities.

  • Brad Bakalyar

    03/01/2018 10:11 PM

    I am Troubled bout him swinging to the right on Gun control and if he keeps this up he will not be re-elected.And I can not believe Hillary is still not in Jail and Obummer is still milking the public with all his Bullshit.He needs to be in prison also, along with the whole administration

  • SillyAmerican

    03/01/2018 10:10 PM

    I have recently taken up reading articles in the Washington Post, and am simply amazed at what passes for "journalism" these days. I'm sorry, but the fourth estate has definitely seen better days. Is it any wonder that the President's numbers are low? If you're getting all your information from "news" outlets like CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, WaPo or NYTimes, or watching the constant bashing coming from the Hollywood crowd, it's not surprising if you're confused and misinformed in the extreme.

  • Rosalie Gilliland

    03/01/2018 09:49 PM

    To be a Liberal, one must be devoid of honesty, honor and courage. Is it any wonder they don't recognize those qualities in another human being?

  • DustyHickey

    03/01/2018 09:17 PM

    Not the guns but those who use them like this mentally ill young man who the system failed per helping him and the police bypassed what was going on for a long time. Everyone jumped too quickly per waiting to investigate what actually happened and WHY? Now no guns for under 21 and yet we let 18 y/o go and fight and kill overseas. Now do we say you have to be 21 to be in military? No way to stop the younger people from taking others guns. Whole situation is so terrible for all of these families this is not who we are in this country. Time to pray and calm and talk over what has happened and where we move forward to stop this again.

  • Ferlin Blood

    03/01/2018 09:11 PM

    I not only believe what our president said regarding going to the aid of the students but I also believe in our president and wish that just for maybe a brief 24 hours the media would just print or show what the president actually says and does. They never report any of the positive things happening in this nation and no matter what he does they are against it immediately and Mock and ridicule and tear him down. He doesn't get the support that he should be getting from his own party and that is the problem they are all against him because he is an outsider and he is an actual American while the vast majority of politicians on both side of the aisle are against America and have no clue about right and wrong

  • MARGARET MILLER

    03/01/2018 08:53 PM

    we have a newspaper columnist from the AZ Republic who believes Trump was lying when he said he would run into the school to help. Many others also believe Trump was lying. I don't know, I want to believe Trump would run into the school and try to stop the gunman.