Evening Edition - May 19

May 19, 2020 |


Here’s an excerpt from the book “Above the Law: The Inside Story of How the Justice Department Tried to Subvert President Trump,” being released today. The author is former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, a source the media will find hard to ignore and dismiss, which is not to say they won’t try.

Before you read it, mark your calendars to be sure you don’t miss “Huckabee” on TBN this weekend (although I assume you do that every weekend.) I have a fantastic group of guests lined up, including, in the lead-off spot: former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.


In the grand tradition of “The Gospel According to Charlie Brown” and “The Internet for Dummies,” Sen. Ted Cruz and The Daily Wire attempt to explain to the liberal media why weaponizing the Justice Department to frame members of an incoming Administration and sabotage the new President is kind of a big deal.


For months, the story of the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus, according to the media, has been that everything President Trump did was wrong, wrong, wrong! He’s dumb, incompetent, over his head, and millions of people will DIE and it’s all his fault! The opposite side of that was the coverage of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has been praised to the skies for his actions in dealing with the virus.

But the truth has a funny way of coming out over time, no matter what the media want us to believe. The American people questioned how a virus unleashed by China that’s killing people all over the world was Trump’s fault. Yes, we know that Trump made some mistakes, but so would anyone when dealing with a new disease we just didn’t know much about. Even more mistakes were made by his critics (who claimed his travel ban from China was “racist”), and the so-called “experts” who kept giving us ever-changing and conflicting advice as we learned more about this disease.

Looking back with the benefit of a few months’ hindsight, we now know that Cuomo predicted deadly shortages of ventilators and hospital beds. Trump provided so many ventilators and hospital beds that most went unused. But Cuomo is brilliant and Trump is incompetent. We now know that Cuomo’s policies infected New York’s nursing homes with COVID-19 and led to the spread of it to other states, but all the resulting deaths were somehow Trump’s fault.

Cuomo’s tragically poor decisions are now becoming so obvious that he recently had to make an argument that a Republican would be savaged by the media for making: hey, the people in nursing homes were going to die anyway. It’s a pandemic virus, it’s going to kill people, the elderly are the most vulnerable, and there’s nothing anyone can do to change that.

I think Americans are looking at the results and seeing through the childish “gotcha” questions and constant media harping and realizing that Trump, despite some mistakes, has been doing a pretty amazing job of battling an unknown and invisible enemy while enduring a constant barrage of harping and “gotcha” attacks from the media and political opponents, whose only solutions for fighting the virus have been to shut down the economy forever, distribute borrowed money and arrest people for exercising their Constitutional rights.

That could be why, despite enduring one of the most vicious, sustained media assaults I’ve ever seen, a new Gallup poll shows Trump’s approval rating is up 6 points in the past two weeks. His 49% approval rating ties his highest ever, and is higher than Obama’s (47%) and George W. Bush’s (46%) at this same point in their first terms. Analysts credit it at least partially to backlash against the media assault.

Maybe seeing the results of Trump’s actions and the raging despotism of the Democrats has ripped the blinders off for many people. By the way, I have a question for Trump’s critics: You blame his response to the virus for 90,000 Americans dying of it. Considering you originally predicted that up to 2.2 million Americans would die from COVID-19, does that mean you will now give him personal credit for preventing all the deaths that don't occur up to 2.2 million (currently 2.1 million?)

Yeah, I didn’t think so…


I told you about the New Jersey gym owner who opened in defiance of that state’s lockdown order, and how the police came out but instead of arresting him, they just checked to make sure he was taking safety precautions, told him “Have a good day,” and left. But what you might not have seen is the full video, showing the crowd of anti-lockdown protesters who turned out to support his act of civil disobedience, the police chief’s surprise speech, and the cheering for the cops and chants of “USA! USA!” when they sided with the people and protecting Constitutional rights over acting like the Governor’s goon squad. This is definitely worth watching.

The gym owner is still under citation for defying the state order, but he’s fighting it. Here’s more in an interview with Fox News.


I’m not sure why anyone would want to be Joe Biden’s running mate. Yes, there’s about a 95% chance you’d end up being the President, but getting there is the problem. It’s like begging to be the First Mate on the Titanic.

But for some reason, among her many self-delusions, failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams thinks she would be perfect for the job. She’s already got three years’ experience in being the Governor of Georgia in her dreams (even the waking ones). She claims she was robbed of the office by voter suppression, a charge for which there is no evidence (this is like me claiming I’m really President because if only more people had voted for me, I would’ve been elected.) So naturally, she’d be ready to take over the most difficult and important executive position in the world the minute Joe finished garbling his Oath of Office. Not since “Beto” O’Rourke ran for President has there been a wider chasm between ambition and qualifications.

This would just be a political sideshow if some people weren’t actually taking it seriously and enabling her delusions of grandeur, like the Washington Post Magazine, which just printed a gushing puff piece about her. Commentators compare it to articles about Beyonce, except when they go into fanboy hysteria over the way she crosses a stage, you know that Beyonce has talents beyond that.

Here’s a round-up of what must be one of the most ridiculous political stories of this age of political nonsense:

As a reminder: when Sarah Palin ran for Vice President, the media savaged her as completely unqualified, despite her having been a business owner, mayor and successful Governor of Alaska. Of the entire top and bottom of the 2008 tickets, she was the only one with serious executive experience, yet she was unqualified to be Veep, while Obama, with zero executive experience, was the “most qualified person ever to run for President.”

If Palin was unqualified for Veep, then how on Earth is Stacey Abrams qualified? Abrams not only doesn’t have Palin’s executive experience, she hasn’t even appeared on “The Masked Singer.” Yes, I know she has a (D) after her name, but in this case, that stands for “Delusional.”


Old socialist mantra: “Redistribute wealth! Just not mine!” New socialist mantra: “Tax the rich! Just not me!”

Funniest part of this story: AOC’s spokesperson denied that she’s refusing to pay her tax bill. She claims she’s challenging it because she claims she was billed $2000 in error.

What does that have to do with it? She makes $174,000 a year. By her standards, that makes her the evil rich, and the rich have no business questioning how much they’re taxed. They should have to pay whatever the government tells them to pay, those greedy misers. So cough up the two grand and be grateful it’s not 150 grand. Which, if AOC ever gets her way, it will be.


A Huck’s Hero Salute to the anonymous customer who came into Floyd’s 99 barber shop in Denver for his first haircut since the shop was forced to shut down in March. He arrived at the end of the day and asked if they could squeeze him in. Ilisia Novotny welcomed him to her chair, and as she clipped, they chatted about how hard it's been for her, as a single mom, and the other employees to survive for so long without being allowed to work.

When she was done and rang up the bill, he told her, “Just so you know, the tip is not a mistake,” and he left. Ms Novotny was shocked when she saw that he had tipped her $2500. But that’s not all: he’d added $500 for the receptionist, $1000 for the manager, and $100 each to the other 18 employees, for a total of $5800 in tips on a $27 check.

Ms Notovny said the customer didn’t want to make a big deal of it, but it came at a crucial time for her, and everyone there is very grateful for his generosity and for all the support they’re getting from the community. And I’ll bet if he returns, he’ll get the red carpet treatment!

Meanwhile, if you haven’t had your income interrupted, I hope you’ll remember to tip generously and patronize your local businesses, to help people get back on their feet. No, you don’t have to tip $2500 on a $27 check, but maybe think about how you’d tip if it were the Christmas season in May.


Hilarious Link: What might you get if you fed a lot of columns by the Washington Post’s resident Trump-hating “conservative” columnist Jennifer Rubin into a computer and let bots write a generic Rubin screed?


By “Huckabee” writer/pop culture historian, Pat Reeder 

Seems as if we’re suddenly losing a lot of celebrities who have been part of our lives for many years, and I’m sorry to have to report another. Ken Osmond passed away Monday in Los Angeles at 76. He was known for only one role, but what an indelible role: Eddie Haskell on “Leave It To Beaver.”

Few actors play roles that are so iconic, their names become instantly-recognized parts of the language. When you hear anyone described as a “real Eddie Haskell,” you know exactly what it means: a transparent hypocrite who oozes flowery complements and pieties to your face, then acts like a cynical jerk when your back is turned. Unfortunately, most of us have known one at one time or another.

Psychological trivia: in the Season 4 episode “Beaver’s Doll Buggy,” we’re given a hint as to how Eddie became such a creep. He admits that a babysitter once gave him a home permanent and sent him to kindergarten with it. When he told his dad, he made jokes and laughed at him. Eddie said that was the last time he told his dad anything, adding, "If you can make the other guy feel like a goon first, then you don't feel so much like a goon."

Eddie’s image proved so difficult to shake that after “Beaver” ended, Osmond largely withdrew from acting. Contrary to popular rumors, he was not killed in Vietnam, nor did he become rocker Alice Cooper. He served for years as a Los Angeles police officer, was shot at and wounded several times, and retired in 1988. But he returned to playing Eddie again on the nostalgic reboots “Still the Beaver” and “The New Leave It To Beaver.” He also wrote a memoir titled, “Eddie: The Life and Times of America’s Preeminent Bad Boy.”

He was stunned at how much he was revered by fans of classic TV. He once said, “It surprises me every day that this character is still so popular. I don’t completely understand it, but it’s nice.” He also managed several rental properties to support his family. His son Eric called him “an incredibly kind and wonderful father,” and I’m sure he didn’t just say that to his face.

Ken Osmond is gone, but the unforgettable character he created, the oily two-face who says nice things in public while acting like a rat in private, will live on forever on TV reruns and in the person of James Comey.

Here’s a nice video tribute to Ken Osmond and Eddie Haskell.


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  • Sharon Eaton

    05/19/2020 08:22 PM

    Mike, in a topsy turvy world now I look forward to receiving your newsletter. Keep us informed on the right side of the news. Thanks

  • Linda Weaver

    05/19/2020 08:21 PM

    Thank you Mike Huckabee for telling it like it is. I wish the message could get out to more and more people. Trump has kept his cool in all of this horrible pandemic and criticism of his handling. The hypocritical remarks and constantly blaming Trump are ridiculous. I remember when Trump won the election, one of the democratic leaders acclaimed, "our job now is to resist, resist, resist." The plot and connive. I wish more people could see the issues as you do.

  • Kay DeWitt

    05/19/2020 08:19 PM

    Since it's almost my bedtime, I don't feel very loquacious so I will just say that, upon reading, one more time, that President Trump has been blamed for millions of people dying of the coronavirus ...!because he did everything wrong.... is yet not only another example of insanity, but also blatant, evil CRUELTY....


  • Don Frix

    05/19/2020 08:17 PM

    Great Reads Mike, Thanks!!

  • Jaime N. Gaffud

    05/19/2020 08:08 PM

    Governor, if I may suggest as follows:
    Your Daily Opinion is most informative and well written and well thought of. I never miss to read your daily column.
    However, it would get more avid readers if you give each daily column The Headline Of The Day instead of simply calling it The Huckabee Morning Edition or The Evening Edition, Giving each daily edition the most significant Headline Story would surely catch more readers to read your opinion and get to know your daily usual witty expressions.
    Best Regards
    Jaime N. Gaffud


    05/19/2020 08:07 PM

    I am taking a pol: How many former (you know who) and so-called celebrities have been critical of every thing President Trump has done during this crisis? Have any of them offered any suggestions, offered to meet with him? Is it because he is obese?

    It's easy to sit in the stands and complain but the coach has a game to manage. Either root for the team or shut up.

  • James W. Laycock

    05/19/2020 08:04 PM

    Thank you for the outstanding Evening Updates I get on a daily basis. I also open my daily emails with your Morning Prayer. YOU also end my day with honest, factual information every evening. Thank you for all you do - America is far better thanks to your exceptional reporting and updates. KAG2020
    Jim Laycock, Colonel, USAF Retired

  • Dale Baker

    05/19/2020 07:57 PM

    Everyday Chuck Schumer complains that Trump hasn't done anything about testing. Yet, he has. In addition, NYS has testing sites all over the state. I'm tired of Schumer unjustly bashing President Trump.

  • Jerry Korba

    05/19/2020 07:51 PM

    I thank you on so many fronts tonite you bring my thoughts to screen so elegantly its like your reading my mind. I have targeted most of Obama's Mob characters So much that I am glad I am not alone I ranted this morning the Importance of America First and the main focus should be that. Obama is going to handle the speaking for Sleepy Joe and we know how that will work. Obama will take Donald off the main message that getting the House and adding to the senate is the most important issue now with mission accomplished hopefully the magic wand will not stop waving for 4 more years. One thing add the new supply chains in places that need community building we can use tax dollars used for welfare to help build more business in all the communities that need an upgrade. Start building supply chain units now.

  • Tim Zahn

    05/19/2020 07:50 PM

    I would compare the character Eddie Haskell to a lot of democratic politicians today. They are kind to the voter's faces but behind their backs turn into a bunch of goons both in Congress and as state governors such as ours is here in New Mexico.

  • Stephen Russell

    05/19/2020 07:35 PM

    Pres Trump & the Virus: My issue is one:
    Why didn't he get 2nd opinion from other MD on lockdowns?
    IE Best time to end, estimates to end, flatten curve etc thus we heard into Lockdown with some dates ahead & plans.
    My only issue.
    Otherwise Fine for ALL actions
    Now to punish China.

  • Nancy P Reed

    05/19/2020 07:35 PM

    took my 10 week old puppy into vet today. As she was filling out his vaccine sheet, I noticed "Corona virus". I was gobsmacked and said what the heck. She said animal science has.known about this virus for a long time cause it affects cats. So I said, they have vaccine?! Why can't we take it?! She said it doesn't work that way. What the heck?????

  • Marilyn Bidwell

    05/19/2020 07:35 PM

    After reading your column regarding Bill Barr and his desire to keep the lid on all the political corruption against our President until after the election makes me wonder if he hasn’t become just another player of the swamp. I really believed that he wanted justice and rule of law to be preeminent but if he waits long enough the dirty cops, politicians, and judges just walk away free and it’s corruption as usual. He appears to be just another swamp buddy. Very disappointing.

  • Patricia Williams

    05/19/2020 07:34 PM

    Love you & all your shows. Thanks for being you!!

  • Mike Ryan Sr

    05/19/2020 07:32 PM

    Hey Governor,
    The gym you wrote about is just down the road from us. It was the Captain who addressed the owner. The Chief was probably hiding under his desk.
    We drove by the gym this afternoon. There were quite a few people in the parking lot and everyone was behaving quite nicely. The police were off to the side of the gym just standing around. I even noticed a guy walking over to the police to chat.
    It’s probably safer going to the gym than to Walmart! But our governor Murph the smurf doesn’t agree.

  • Katheen Flanagan

    05/19/2020 07:31 PM

    Did your PAC fix the error on my bank account?????

  • Jacob Metzger

    05/19/2020 07:29 PM

    President Trumps travel ban on travel between China and the U.S. saved an untold number of lives. Early on, he banned travel between the two countries when the WHO and others was saying the virus CANNOT be passed from one human to another. The President stood his ground as he has done for 3 1/2 years now, despite being called racist and some unprintable names. Hard telling how many more deaths would have occurred had he not instituted the travel ban and had the guts to follow his exceedingly good instincts to not relent on his decision. I know you will never hear this from the Lamestream Media, so I thought I would print the true FACTS, not Fake News.

  • phyllis Jost

    05/19/2020 07:28 PM

    Any chance it is Joe's wife not Joe pushing his running? Maybe she has had visions of being the grand, first lady. Otherwise, why isn't she visible and protecting him from humiliation? I understand some of the political junk, but who is sticking up for Joe as a person?

  • Rich Frey

    05/19/2020 07:28 PM

    Great article. President Trump is the ONLY person, at TY is point, who can save this Country. One problem I see is the lack of intestinal fortitude of quite a few Republicans in this battle for our Country’s survival!

  • Gene Blazer

    05/19/2020 07:28 PM

    Good evening Governor! As always, it is really good to read your summations for the day’s news! Really liked “Leave It To Beaver”! Those were the good ole days - age of innocence! Thank you Mike.

  • Donna Cornell

    05/19/2020 07:25 PM

    Thank you Governor for 'confirming' what I always knew!