September 4, 2018

I’ll admit there are times when I wish President Trump would go take a long, hot bath before hitting “Send” on his Twitter tweets.  But I would contend that the accusation that he, personally, is responsible for the coarsening of political discourse conveniently overlooks an awful lot of nasty rhetoric that was flying long before he ever came down the escalator at Trump Tower, descending, appropriately enough, into the world of politics. 

We got an ugly reminder of the crassness of Trump’s critics, and the political world in general last week, when funerals for Sen. John McCain and Aretha Franklin were marred by anti-Trump political slams during what were supposed to be eulogies, and the media used their fulsome praise for McCain as a thinly-veiled excuse to make negative references to Trump.  This was especially rich considering they were the very same media outlets that attacked and slandered McCain back in 2008, when it was necessary to help elect Obama.  

It’s no secret that there was bad blood between Trump and McCain, but where I come from, when someone dies, you put aside the squabbles of this world, comport yourself like an adult, and focus on more important things.  Even though Trump is constantly attacked for being vulgar, pugnacious, inappropriate or unpresidential, last week, he came across like a cross between Winston Churchill and Emily Post compared to his critics. 

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While the anti-Trump brigades were politicizing the funerals, disrespectfully using them as excuses to bash Trump, Trump issued dignified condolence messages to both families.  When he was attacked because the half-staff flag for McCain was raised in accordance with the policy for all deceased Senators (something Trump had nothing to do with), he ordered that it remain at half-staff until after the memorial service.  He even arranged for military transportation and escorts and the use of Air Force Two to transport McCain’s body for burial.

And after he was assailed in subtle and not-so-subtle ways in the funeral speeches, instead of punching back point-by-point, he simply tweeted, “Make America Great Again!”

John Nolte at Breitbart had a similar take that’s well worth reading.  He notes that the McCain and Franklin funerals should have been unifying events, moments in which we set our differences aside and, to quote Meghan McCain, gather to “mourn the passing of American greatness.”  Instead, Nolte writes, “we watched those who piously lecture the rest of us about decency, decorum, and civility” drop their pants and spew divisive, partisan rhetoric at “the most inappropriate venue imaginable: a funeral.” 

Trump didn’t force them to act like that.  He actually looked like the restrained, well-mannered adult compared to them.  To those speaking at the funerals and the reporters covering them, I have to ask this old Southern question: Didn’t your mamas raise you better than that?



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  • Denise A Wright

    09/05/2018 09:43 PM

    Governor Huckabee we love your newsletters filled with truth, honesty, quotes, commentaries, quips, and of course your excellent wit that makes us laugh even through the tears of how our country has become.
    We look forward daily to reading your newsletters and thank the Lord that you are a fine Christian man who knows the Lord Jesus in an intimate way. God bless you in all you are doing for our country and for the Kingdom of God.
    Bob and Denise Wright Indiana


    09/05/2018 02:58 PM

    I too am disappointed in what should have been a time of spiritual comfort at John McCains funeral turned into political bashing. I was disappointed in how bitter/angry Mehgan was. If anything, it would have been far more beneficial to have taken the time to promote unification!
    One of the messages I heard was what a forgiving person John McCain was. It's hard for me to believe that. If that was true why wasn't the President invited? And whoever heard of sending out invitations to a funeral?
    Let's Make America Great Again!

  • Harry Eich

    09/05/2018 02:20 PM

    I think I can answer the mystery as to why Nike chose to make Kaepernick the star of their latest "just do it" marketing strategy. They likely get their advice from the same progressive goofs that told Target it would be a good idea to go public with their new policy of anything goes in the restroom of your choice. Like Target, this will cost Nike dearly and I can't wait to be the first to not own another Nike product, ever!

  • Leroy Becker

    09/05/2018 12:46 PM

    The size of the crowd attending a funeral may not be a good indicator of how well thought of the deceased was. While they may come to pay last respects, some may come to be sure the person is gone... So I have been told. Blessed are they who die at peace!

  • Shirley Sova

    09/05/2018 11:21 AM

    This reminds me of the funeral of Paul Wellstone and how the demoractics made it into a Republican bash. John McCain was a good senator, (depending on who you talk to) and the media has gone overboard with the praise. So phony it makes you want to puke. The family did a disservice themselves by engaging in this, instead of celebrating the life of John McCain and being positive, it just showed how awful politics has become.

  • Dobbin Callahan

    09/05/2018 11:00 AM

    Your use of the word "fulsome" to describe the praise for Senator McCain was one of the rare occasions when that term is applied correctly. It is more often used as a positive adjective, when in truth it is very negative; nauseatingly excessive flattery, so effusive as to be insulting. That perfectly describes much of the coverage after the Senator's death. Thank you!

  • Rahla Price

    09/05/2018 04:22 AM

    Totally agree, Mr. Governor!

    The unfounded hatred directed at President Trump defies anything I've ever witnessed in my 64 years and I was a teenager during Kent State and other Vietnam war protests. As a Christian I know who the spirit behind this hatred is but it is very hard to witness.

    God bless you and thank you for all you do for America!!

  • Amelia Little

    09/04/2018 02:22 PM

    I just have to smh that President Trump is raked over the coals for his statements (in response, actually, to garbage spewed about him) yet, maxine gets a bye for her hateful rhetoric, and for sure she didn't call for violence, but with how protesters get out of hand in a heartbeat, she should have known better than to tell people to--the only word that works here is accost anyone in the Trump administration, and their families. Sure, other Presidents didn't tweet, but at least with Donald Trump, we know where he stands. So, of course, it is sooo unPresidential. Had too many Presidents who just said what they think people wanted to hear--even if it wasn't what they thought or what they were actually going to do. And, it seems maxine and others don't act very professional as congresspeople in their vile speeches and rhetoric. Very unCongressman.

    And, when there is screaming about the funerals being political, we have the likes of McCain's daughter to make her father's funeral political--as President Trump didn't attend, as requested he not, and I didn't even hear snippets from msm about him saying anything negative about John McCain. They also haven't mentioned about how John McCain's body and his family were transported, and President Trump's role in that. One poster said he thought President Trump should have gone to the funeral--perhaps that person wasn't aware of McCain's request that he not. It was more respectful for him to not, in those circumstances. But, he was going to be riled against whether he did (push his way in, so to speak, to make the funeral about him) or whether he didn't.

  • Earl D. Nance

    09/04/2018 11:51 AM

    Dear Brother Mike,
    I call you brother, because in Jesus, we are exactly that. Thank you for your insightful thoughts, and the courage to share them. It is nothing new to know that the hinge on a door that resists working properly is the one that makes the most noise, and always resists what it's designed to do. It is always calling attention to itself, without just quietly doing what it was made to do. All the gripers and complainers should take a good look in the mirror, and listen to themselves. May God continue to bless you, and protect you from the roaring lion's, or in todays vernacular, loud mouth liars.