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May 23, 2020 |

JOE BIDEN'S RACIAL FEARMONGERING

Joe Biden is once again backpedaling from another old-school-style racist comment. This time, he told the radio show “The Breakfast Club,” “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

This is nothing new: Joe has quite a record of these kinds of Grandpa Simpson statements that embarrass the whole family. Like saying that Obama was the first black candidate to be clean and articulate, or that you can’t go into a 7-11 unless you have a slight Indian accent. Just as with all the #MeToo activists jettisoning their principles to rally around Biden, black liberals are expected to come rushing to the rescue and explain why they still support Joe and it’s really Trump’s fault, anyway. The L.A. Times did it, as did Atlantic magazine writer Jemele Hill, who claimed it was “clearly a joke” (racist jokes are okay now?), plus “it was accurate” (so blacks really are allowed to hold only liberal views?), and of course the real story is "TRUMP BAD!"

I’m sure this will be spun like a top until everyone is so dizzy, at least a few people actually believe that rubbish. It’s happened before. I recently had to do a Google search for Biden’s notorious 2012 election comment to a predominately black audience that the Republicans “want to put y’all back in chains.” (Historical fact: The Democrats were the party of slavery, and the Republican Party was founded to end slavery – and did. Yes, Lincoln was a Republican, no matter what the media tell you. Also, George Wallace was a Democrat.)

But I digress…

I found that the historical revisionists had been working away like magic shoemaker elves and had somehow rewritten that story so that Biden wasn’t indulging in racial fearmongering. Heavens, no! He was actually talking to a “diverse crowd” and referring to the Republicans wanting to metaphorically put people back into the shackles of Wall Street bankers. Because when a guy from Delaware talks about Wall Street, he always uses the word “y’all.” That’s some real Ice Capades-level spinning!

Of all of Joe’s foot-in-mouth racial moments, that one and this most recent one are probably the most disturbing because they don’t just repeat racist stereotypes. They also drag in false political tropes, all in an effort to intimidate black people into giving up their rights to speak freely or think for themselves. They send a message, reinforced by the media, that of course, Republicans are racist, and if you don’t vote for the same awful leftist policies that have been harming African-Americans for generations – from lousy inner-city public schools you’re not allowed to leave to economic policies that depress job creation and wages – then you’re an Uncle Tom and a traitor to your face.

Fortunately, I think the effectiveness of that kind of intellectual terrorism is finally starting to crumble. You can see it all around, from the #WalkAway movement to the rising black support for Trump in polls to the recent story of black Democratic Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones. He nearly resigned after being hit with a torrent of threats and hate messages for saying he endorsed Trump’s reelection because of his success at creating jobs and his backing of criminal sentencing reform. But he decided to fight back against liberal intimidation tactics. I interviewed him on “Huckabee” on TBN. You can watch that here.

African-American Republican Sen. Tim Scott also had some choice words for Biden and his defenders.

Comments such as Biden’s are insulting both to African-Americans and to Republicans because they perpetuate slanderous falsehoods about both groups. I grew up in the South in the ‘60s, I saw real racism, and I was repulsed by it. I was inspired by the Rev. Martin Luther King to stand up against it. As a pastor, I refused to allow segregationists to have sway over my church, and as a Governor, I reached out to the black communities of Arkansas. They were skeptical at first (imagine what they’d heard!), but they eventually realized I meant it. When I ran for reelection, I was proud to receive the highest share of the black vote that any Republican had received since Reconstruction days. I don’t relate any of this to brag, just to show that being a Republican does not mean being a racist.

For the record, as a conservative, Christian Republican, here are a few things I believe:

That we are all children of God, created in His image, which means that racism is a repugnant sin against God because it means calling some people inferior simply because of the way the Lord created them…

That all babies of all races are precious from the moment of their creation and their lives deserve protection from the abortion lobby, which has targeted and been especially deadly for African-American babies…

That every person deserves a shot at earning the American Dream through their own study, hard work, and initiative, not through those in authority picking winners and losers…

That the goal of school policy should be providing every child with the best possible education, and that parents should be allowed to decide whether that means public, private, church, or home school. There is nothing sacred about teachers’ unions or the public school “system.” The only sacred priority should be the children…

That the Bill of Rights and the legal due process rights that flow from it must be protected for every person of every race -- particularly the Second Amendment, which allowed black people to protect themselves from racist threats at a time when official authorities refused to do so…

That every individual has a right to think freely, express their thoughts freely, and debate those ideas openly, without fear of retribution, intimidation, or slander.

If you are black and agree with those things, then you don’t owe your vote to anyone just because they threaten to call you a traitor to your race if you refuse to support people who oppose your own principles.

CRICKETS

If you wonder why the media fixated so much on something so dumb as whether President Trump wore a facemask when touring the Ford plant in Michigan, maybe it’s because it gave them something to talk about other than what he actually said there. And what he said was that churches are essential, he wants them to reopen and has talked to the CDC about that, and that blue state Governors who target churches and keep them closed will risk him overriding their rules.

Liberal reporters blasted him for leaving decisions up to Governors and not exercising more federal authority, so I assume they’ll be applauding him for this, right? Right?...Is that crickets I hear?...

IMPORTANT BULLETIN

If you’re not burned out on hearing about the railroading of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, here’s an important bulletin: the US Court of Appeals for DC has given Flynn’s judge, Emmet Sullivan, 10 days to respond to attorney Sidney Powell’s emergency request for a writ of mandamus, ordering Sullivan to dismiss the case, since the DOJ has already withdrawn the charges.

This gives Sullivan just 10 days to think up some solid legal grounds for why he should be allowed to continue acting as both Flynn’s judge and prosecutor, and calling for illegal amicus briefs to help him think up new things to charge Flynn with. Sorry, “I was appointed by Bill Clinton” doesn’t count.

In a related story, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and campaign manager Paul Manafort, 70, have been released from prison to home confinement to protect them from contracting the coronavirus. I’m surprised Democrats didn’t suggest putting Manafort in solitary confinement.

INTERESTING HISTORY

This article gives a lengthy and interesting history of the efforts to insure that the UN protects the right to life of unborn children around the world.

What sparked its writing was the news that the US is calling on the UN to remove abortion provisions from its global coronavirus emergency plan. Why that should ever have been included is as much a mystery as why a blue state governor would keep abortion clinics open while telling people that vaccinations, tooth fillings, chemotherapy or biopsies are “non-essential” medical services. If you’re trying to convince us that you’re only exercising extra-constitutional powers because it’s necessary to save human lives, then don’t use them to kill pre-born babies.

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  • Kevin Schwinkendorf

    05/30/2020 04:49 PM

    So, if you don't vote for Biden, then you're not "Black" - right? Not that I know him personally (I don't) but there is one particular African-American National Rifle Association (NRA) spokesman by the name of Colion Noir. While firearm tastes very (greatly!), his is not the same as mine. Mr. Noir is big on the "black rifle" ( AR-platform type - his motto being "Keep it Tactical") while I prefer the classic scoped, bolt-action hunting rifles with deep blued metal, beautifully-grained and finished walnut stocks, excellent metal-to-wood fit and finish, etc. But, Noir's support of the Second Amendment is total and strong. I doubt very much he will vote for Biden. Now, if I were Mr. Biden, I would NEVER have the guts to tell Colion Noir to his face that he "wasn't black!"

  • Lisa Cook

    05/26/2020 07:24 AM

    Governor Huckabee, I always enjoy your emails, faith quotes, and TV show! You’re such a joy to watch and listen to with your wit and humor and an inspiration with your faith. Thank you sir. Thank you for being you!
    Sincerely,
    Lisa
    p.s. I hope to see your show in person one day. Take care

  • Todd leitte

    05/25/2020 12:10 PM

    Didn't Facebook or twitter just take down Galatians 5:22-23 from someones post for some stupid reason? Just wondering! Thanks for all you do! God bless you and yours.

  • Ronald W Brummer

    05/25/2020 07:50 AM

    As a fellow Christian and bassist, and as a small town family doctor, I applaud your honest, philosophically astute, theologically sound, constitutionally accurate appraisal, all so evident in your messages. You speak the truth. In love. Thank you!

  • Mary Lou Swann

    05/24/2020 07:26 PM

    I agree with everything you say. Thanks for believing what I believe.

  • William Fuhrer

    05/24/2020 04:22 PM

    Political cartoons always interested me. Do you know a cartoonist who does political caricatures so you could have a competition for viewers to create best nicknames

  • Floyd A Unger

    05/24/2020 02:01 PM

    Thank you

  • Dusty

    05/24/2020 12:35 PM

    Sad to see that one side the Demos take a race and use it ? What was done for blacks for 8 yr under Pres Obama WHAT? I have seen so many more blacks now working the past 3 yr here in Georgia WHY. Pres Trump bringing back jobs? We may need the immigrants if this continues? Why if you live in Detroit, Baltimore and NE and Mfg loft jobs for years do you want Demos? See the billionaires in the DEMOS how? How many blacks educated hear VP Biden try to be one of the gang and say ain't? Really. More known blacks are coming out to say stop this? BET CEO Johnson on after this comment and not happy with Biden? See Trump over the years his show on TV was all kinds of nationalities. Go to his resorts and see many races and even some illegals? So now we can hope that so many who attack this President realize why this is being done not for them? Yes, wish he stopped the tweeter with the likes of Mika and Joe let them go not newsworthy I stopped with them last Pres Campaign and I was a fan at one time? NO MORE. Please Mr Pres let these idiots go ignore. Not important to the job you are doing.

  • Marie de Putron

    05/24/2020 11:47 AM

    Would you please comment on the HR Bill 6666?

  • Ed Seguin

    05/24/2020 11:04 AM

    I certainly hope you entertain running for president in 2024. I’d vote for you with all 100 of my mail in ballots!

  • Ronald Brown

    05/24/2020 10:48 AM

    'CRICKETS" reminds me of when federal troops had to be called in to enforce school desegregation in the Democratic South. That may need to happen again to allow all worshipers to be able to attend their houses of worship in the "Blue" states.

  • Gail Denham

    05/24/2020 10:44 AM

    The fruits of the Spirit - I have read them so many times - but as things continue to heat up here - discouraging so many, including me, I tend to get more angry, and then I think of how they treated Jesus. Anger isn't the way. But thanks as always for striking notes of humor throughout your emails. Much appreciated.

  • Pamela Farris

    05/24/2020 09:33 AM

    Governor Huckabee I get all kind of adds from political parties that say they need money so the dems wont flip the senate. What does that mean,?

  • Jerry Korba

    05/24/2020 09:26 AM

    Being in step with the law as written does bring society to a civil environment and thats what we need. However when Governors and State attorney Generals step away from the law and oppose the law people will ignore the restrictions as Northam of Virginia and the moronic Governor of Michigan will find out. I think the Money Bloomberg and Steyer spent to get these CCP types elected will be short lived China which has a lot of influence with these decisions of lockdown will also be short lived withAmerican cancelling its reliance from china we built China with the help of Biden and Obama and other Leftist and I believe we can demolish it with American made products bought here and sold thru out the world. Remember Bloomberg has a large investment with China along with many others like him we must reject their interference with our elections the citizens need to be careful of these predators you see Bloombergs money vote the opposite.

  • michele sheehan

    05/24/2020 08:04 AM

    Wish you had the ability to give your readers a thumbs up, with an icon perhaps?
    I can’t really recommend a thumbs down icon- who would use it??!
    For the record, I would give you, today, a thumbs up.
    Good reading is hard to find...

  • Wallace Rowan

    05/24/2020 06:31 AM

    Dear Mike,

    Indeed, let us list the evils of the democrat party and call them out for what they were and are: the party of slavery; the party that wrenched the south out of the Union resulting in over half a million fine boys being gruesomely maimed and killed; the party of the KKK; the party that voted against the 13th, 14th, 15th and and even 19th amendments; the party that created the IRS for us; the party that shackled us with a SSN; the party that gave us the “great society” and the “war on poverty” which squandered trillions of our tax dollars and re-enslaved generations with handouts that were really handcuffs; the party of the Chappaquiddick cover-up and anchor babies and open borders with the subversion of our culture and our beliefs and our founding under God; the party of the impeached rapist in chief; the party of hope with diminished expectations; the party of “America Was Never Great,” that denies our exceptionalism; the party that delivered an airplane loaded with billions in appeasement money to a country sworn to destroy us; the party of mob-rule and the assumption of guilt simply by accusation; the party that seeks to destroy, vilify, mock and even criminalize any dissenting thoughts, ideas, or opinions; even consuming its own if any with a smattering of a moral compass or a conscience dare step out of their ideological box; the party that hates being fettered by a Constitution and wants to destroy it; the party that believes the only way there can possibly be any civil discourse and a civil society is when they have complete power and total control; the party that has crafted hypocrisy to a fine art form, magically projecting all it is guilty of onto anyone getting in its way; the party that has proudly lurched itself right into the delusion of Socialism; the party that lusts to achieve a single-party Utopia; the party that celebrates insanity, lunacy, depravity, and perversion; the party of more sordid behavior over the past 150 years than I could possibly list here.

    This history needs to be hammered on at every opportunity. Given that history, it has always baffled me how African-Americans have supported this party for so long, when it was the Republican party that literally unshackled them, made them citizens and gave them the vote. I believe many--of every race-- are beginning to see the light.

    Wallace Rowan

  • Gregory G Keller

    05/24/2020 03:46 AM

    Like always you are so awesome and spot on praise the Lord Jesus for your voice

  • Anne Turner

    05/24/2020 02:00 AM

    Your list is perfect, Governor. . The only exception I take is that there are a few instances were early abortion may be the least bad option. Mind you, I mean very few. What most men do not understand is that women see this is a control issue. They became tired of the limitations placed on women by men.

    I lived in the deep South for a few years in the late fifties. It was awful. I could not beLieve that one human being could treat another like the way whites treated black people. I have long believed that most of the Policies of the DNC are designed to keep black people down. If I disagreed with something Obama did then I was automatically racist. In fact that attitude was really racist. It meant that I could not treat him just as I would a white President. They want to keep black people on the plantations because this gives them power over them. This is how these black leaders derive their income. Of course there is still racism around, just as there is antisemitism, but it is found in very few .
    There will always be those who need to feel superior to someone. It is best to ignore them and not give them attention. Those who act out on this prejudice should be punished to the full extent of the law.

  • Kevin J. Cook

    05/23/2020 10:59 PM

    black liberal Harvard sociology professor Orlando Patterson, who 28 years ago wrote: "The sociological truths are that America, while still flawed in its race relations ... is now the least racist white-majority society in the world; has a better record of legal protection of minorities than any other society, white or black; offers more opportunities to a greater number of black persons than any other society, including all those of Africa."

    Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell have long argued that the welfare state has destabilized families, encouraging women "to marry the government" and men to abandon their financial and moral responsibilities. They have long argued against the job-destroying impact of the minimum wage. They have long argued that one's fate is determined not by racism but by one's willingness to invest in oneself through education, hard work and sacrifice.
    Walter Williams:
    The bulk of today's problems for many blacks are a result of politicians and civil rights organizations using government in the name of helping blacks when in fact they are serving the purposes of powerful interest groups.
    The No. 1 problem among blacks is the effects stemming from a very weak family structure. Children from fatherless homes are likelier to drop out of high school, die by suicide, have behavioral disorders, join gangs, commit crimes and end up in prison. They are also likelier to live in poverty-stricken households. Today's black illegitimacy rate of nearly 75 percent is also entirely new. In 1940, black illegitimacy stood at 14 percent. It had risen to 25 percent by 1965, when Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote "The Negro Family: The Case for National Action" and was widely condemned as a racist. By 1980, the black illegitimacy rate had more than doubled, to 56 percent, and it has been growing since. Both during slavery and as late as 1920, a teenage girl raising a child without a man present was rare among blacks.

    Ignored in all discussions is the fact that the poverty rate among black married couples has been in single digits since 1994.

  • wallace fulton

    05/23/2020 10:37 PM

    MR HUCKABEE , I am 84 now and am a bit confused, why is it that the OWNERS of the Liberal news papers and the powerful owners of the leading left wing magazines not identified by names, then we would see for ourselves who has all this hatred for the USA and maybe one of two of them will let us all know why this is? I would really appreciate your answer to this problem.

  • Angela Martignetti

    05/23/2020 10:27 PM

    Basically the question is this....What has Joe Biden done to lift up African Americans or any minority voters? He has done nothing in 44 years to change the living conditions or poverty level of those he espouses to care about. Our present President has created jobs through his economic policies and Opportunity Zones that have both lifted up out of poverty and given to those who needed it the dignity and respect they deserve. The lowest unemployment rate for all minorities and women in history are his hallmarks till the Wuhan Virus hit our shores. He can do it again. Joe would have no idea how to recover from this disaster. I pray every day that Americans wake up and re-elect our great President this November.

  • Mary Anne Berry

    05/23/2020 10:18 PM

    When I heard Biden's comment, my first thought wasn't actually about race. My first thought was it was an arrogant, elitist slap in the face to anyone listening! I get so tired of the stereotype of having to "dummy down" language by using words like "ain't" as if that is the only way the elite can communicate with blacks, or anyone other than themselves. As a southerner, maybe I'm over sensitive to those types of stereotypes...

  • Carl "T" Smith

    05/23/2020 10:17 PM

    Back when Sanity was important, I would say---Joe, WHO?, ahh hell I'll say it anyway.

  • Gary Stilwell

    05/23/2020 10:00 PM

    Ford Plant tour by Trump--He did wear a mask, but when confronting the media it was off--he baited them and they took it hook line and sinker. Couple of days and we will prob see the the rebuttal--the real tour--'course "they" will start claiming they were trapped--of course they were--so much for "objective reporting" they need to get everything they deserve.----

  • Wayne E. Jordan

    05/23/2020 09:55 PM

    The Democrats feel they have to bAfrican American vote locked up and are entitled to it.
    Didn't Lyndon Johnson say after the passage of the civil rights act in 1968(?) that they have the "black" vote for the next 50 years?