Evening Edition - April 3

April 3, 2019

Just as I suspected, while Democrats tell the media that the accusations of unwelcome touching by Joe Biden are the work of “right-wing trolls,” they actually suspect they’re the work of Bernie Sanders’ people.  It’s obvious that one of the other, more-leftwing Dem presidential contenders would be a far more likely suspect than any Republican.  That contest is shaping up to be a PC version of “Mad Max: Thunderdome.”  Why would Republicans want to get involved when all they have to do is lean back with a bag of popcorn and enjoy watching the carnage?

https://www.westernjournal.com/report-biden-insiders-think-bernie-sanders-camp-behind-recent-allegations/

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Last May, Hofstra University’s president refused to give in to demands by leftist students to remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson because he was a “slave owner and sexual predator.”  But on Friday, they renewed their demand to join the Taliban in tearing down historic icons, with one offering a speech that contained more “like’s” than a Facebook post of a cat playing the piano.  You can read about the whole thing here.

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/04/01/hofstra-university-students-demand-removal-of-thomas-jefferson-statue/

One thing that isn’t mentioned is that President Trump warned a long time ago that if we gave in to leftists who wanted to tear down all the Confederate monuments and statues, they would next move on to Jefferson and the other Founders, until they’d torn down all of America’s history that didn’t fit their current rigid PC standards.  I believe there are two reasons why the stories about the Jefferson statue usually don’t mention Trump’s warning:

1.  The reporters would have to admit that Trump was right.

2.  If they printed the original quote from Trump, which was about the controversy in Charlottesville, it would reveal that he was talking about the debate over removing a statue of Robert E. Lee when he said there were “very fine people on both sides,” and not saying there were fine people on the side of the white supremacists who hijacked the event. That scurrilous false accusation has proven very useful for the anti-Trump press. 

It goes to show that leftist college students aren’t the only ones who like to rewrite history to make it fit their chosen narrative. 

 


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When I disagree with President Trump, I have no qualms saying so, and here’s an example of where I think he’s wrong.  He announced yesterday that the Republicans might wait until after the 2020 election to present a health care plan to replace Obamacare. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ap-trump-suggests-deferring-gop-health-plan-push-to-after-2020/

I think that’s a bad move, particularly given the controversy his Justice Department already stirred by siding with a judge who ruled all of Obamacare unconstitutional.  The ruling may be correct legally, but Americans are very concerned about the rising costs of health coverage. Obamacare was certainly not the way to lower costs (it was like trying to put out a grass fire with a bucket of kerosene), but voters don’t want to see one plan scrapped before an alternative is in place.  Democrats will try to capitalize on the “Republicans don’t care if you die” narrative, and the GOP needs a better response than “Trust us again.” 

The Republicans had two years of control of the House, Senate and White House to repeal and replace Obamacare, which they’d promised to do for years.  Yes, I know that no plan would have gotten past the 60-vote margin in the Senate, just as no Republican plan could pass the House now.  But that’s no excuse for not at least offering a replacement plan with market-based solutions to deal with rising costs and help for those with preexisting conditions.  I sense that voters are out of patience with being told “it’s coming after the next election.” There’s been plenty of time to come up with a plan, and Americans deserve to see it before they vote.  

Remember, if it helps, coming up with a plan that’s better than either Obamacare or Medicare-For-All is a pretty low bar.

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If you’ve been keeping up over the years with my newsletter, radio and TV shows, podcasts, and website and social media posts, then you might sometimes feel when watching the news that you’re seeing reruns.  It’s amazing how many “revelations” are being reported now that I’ve been telling you for years (Trump didn’t collude with Russia, Hillary did; there was a lot of resentment in America against coastal elites and it was going to elect Trump; etc.)  Now, today’s news brings us two articles at once that will give my longtime followers a feeling of déjà vu.   

First up, there’s the news that Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton has written a letter to the IRS making the case that I’ve made for years that the Southern Poverty Law Center is no longer a legitimate champion of civil rights but has become a corrupt, partisan attack dog that defames traditional Christian and conservative organizations as “hate groups” and is no longer deserving of tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit status.

Granted, recent events have finally made the argument crystal clear: the SPLC’s annual report showing a treasury of over half a billion dollars (with about $120 million in “off-shore investments”), the firing of founder Morris Dees over long-suppressed charges of racial discrimination and sexual harassment, and the resignation of president Richard Cohen; and the revelations from former staffers of the SPLC's culture of racism, sexism, elitism, cynicism, hypocrisy, money-grubbing and misleading of donors to maximize income.  

Sen. Cotton makes a damning case in his letter to the IRS that the SPLC has become a taxpayer-subsidized “racist and sexist slush fund devoted to defamation” that has earned “a well-deserved “F” rating from Charity Watch” and whose “conduct warrants a serious and thorough investigation.”

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/04/why-should-the-partisan-splc-be-tax-exempt.php

And believe it or not, there’s even more to Cotton’s case.  As he points out, “Federal law prohibits tax-exempt organizations from inuring to the benefit of any private individual.” Yet in 2017 alone, the SPLC used its $500 million bankroll to pay its disgraced founder Dees more than $400,000, which is “more than nine times the median household income for Montgomery, Alabama, where the SPLC is headquartered.”

Now that the IRS is no longer under the Obama Administration, let’s hope that it does its job and once again enforces tax laws on all groups equally, even those that are liberal icons. If the SPLC loses its 501(c)3 status, remember: you heard it here first.  And if they finally start looking into the same issues with Media Matters for America, then you heard that here first, too.  

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Another piece of news that appeared in The Week yesterday (and in my media outlets multiple times over the years) was this article by Bonnie Kristian entitled “Don’t Idolize Your 2020 Pick (my apologies in advance for the truly disturbing illustration of “Beto” O’Rourke as Jesus.) 

https://theweek.com/articles/832532/dont-idolize-2020-pick

Ms Kristian touches on an argument that I’ve been making for years: that the left has become more secular and hostile to religion, but they still feel a need for some force larger than themselves to worship.  And so, they fill that hole in their souls by putting a religious-type faith in politicians; investing mystical powers in a series of false idols with feet of clay who will inevitably let them down…until they find the next one to elevate to savior status.  She seems to think this is a recent phenomenon, citing Obama (“the Lightbringer” whose mere elevation to office would make the rising oceans start to recede) and “Beto” (cringe alert: there’s a photo of a young supporter in a crowd holding up a sign reading “Beto is our Christ.”) 

In actuality, the roots of the deification of Democratic pols go back decades, from the photos of FDR and JFK next to pictures of Jesus and the Pope in supporters’ homes, to the “Kennedy/Camelot” narrative (remember, King Arthur was ordained by God to rule England) to Bill Clinton (a worshipful reporter gushed that “power crackled from his jeans”), and so on up to “Beto” with any number of similar tin gods who didn’t quite make it to the top tier of deities, plus those who popped up in other nations around the world. As I pointed out just recently, it’s no coincidence that Democrats are so awed by people who are “charismatic,” which is actually a religious term.     

Ms Kristian is absolutely correct in calling this idolizing of political figures “misguided;” in asserting that too many Americans “substitute state for church, voting for prayer, celebrity endorsers for clergy, and human props for saints as we pick our preferred deity on the ballot;” and in warning, “We place our faith in them at our peril.”  But I think she takes a wrong turn in attempting to explain President Trump’s electoral success as an example of Christians who have drifted from churches looking to Trump as a messianic figure.  She bases this on a “county-level statistical analysis of 2016 primary results” by a writer at The American Conservative, which despite its name is far from a mainstream conservative publication. 

Allow me to explain it based on a personal analysis of traveling with Trump to all those rallies during the 2016 primary season and actually talking to thousands of his supporters, both then and since.


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First of all, I doubt anyone at a Trump rally mistakes it for church, or uses it as a replacement for church, the way Obama or “Beto” supporters do. His supporters go to Trump rallies for many reasons, among them: to show his critics in DC that there’s strong support for his policies…to gather with like-minded Americans and show solidarity in the face of the relentless slander they’ve been enduring since 2016…because he’s incredibly entertaining (I think his speeches are much funnier than any of the late night “comedy shows” these days, if you get that he uses exaggeration for comic effect and doesn’t intend every word to be taken 100% literally)…and they know that showing up in massive numbers when the polls keep telling us he’s so unpopular will make the biased liberal media’s talking heads explode.  That makes it fun!  It’s a great, positive, all-American event, like going to a NASCAR rally, where I assure you, nobody mistakes Joey Logano for Jesus Christ.

And as a Christian supporter of Trump who speaks to hundreds of others every week, I can also assure you that they don’t mistake Trump for Christ, either.  Many of us still wince at some of his pugnacious, egocentric or profane tough-guy-from-Queens comments.  We know Trump is not our Savior (there is only One of those.) 

But there is a religious concept that many feel does fit him: the imperfect vessel through which God works His will. The Bible is filled with such figures; sinners who were redeemed and played very important roles in God’s plan. Christian supporters of Trump are perfectly aware that he is far from perfect (we don’t expect any human to be perfect), but may still feel that he was chosen by God as an instrument to help put the nation back on the right path when it was being led away from its Judeo-Christian foundation and into atheism, Marxism and lack of respect for life.    

If Trump is reelected in 2020, it will be because his supporters think he’s done a good job on the economy, he stands up to terrorists and America’s enemies both foreign and domestic, he stands up for the pro-life cause, and he puts America’s interests first.  If he hasn’t fulfilled every promise such as the border wall, it wasn’t because of lack of trying.  It certainly won’t be for reasons I’ve heard people give for supporting some recent Democrats: that his voice makes a tingle run up their leg or that his “perfectly creased pant” gave them a premonition that he would make “a very good President.”  

 

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There’s yet another Democratic Presidential candidate: 88-year-old former Alaska Senator (and reported leftwing 9/11 “truther”) Mike Gravel announced that he is running, but with no intention of winning.  He says his only aim is to push the field to the left, then drop out after the debates. 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mike-gravel-filed-run-president-campaign-says

Two observations: 

1. He actually thinks the current Democratic Presidential field isn’t far-left enough?  If they moved any further to the left, they’d be in Alaska, too. 

2. He is the first candidate who intends to drop out after the debates and not win, but he can’t possibly be the only one who expects to do that. 

 


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Tuesday, former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot was easily elected mayor of Chicago over longtime city council member and county Democratic Party chairwoman, Toni Preckwinkle.  A political newcomer, Lightfoot painted her opponent as someone who climbed the ladder of a corrupt political party, and she promised to rid Chicago’s City Hall of corruption (good luck!) and help low-income and working class people who had been ignored by Chicago’s ruling political class. 

That all sounds good, and let’s hope she succeeds.  But it was still a race between two liberal Democrats, and the media insisted on making it about identity politics by trumpeting that Lightfoot will be Chicago’s first black, female, openly gay Mayor. 

Frankly, I don’t care how many identity group boxes a candidate checks off.  I’ll believe that Chicago voters are really serious about turning around their city when I read that they’ve just elected their first openly-Republican Mayor since 1931.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/polls-close-in-historic-chicago-mayoral-election-to-replace-rahm-emanuel

 

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Kudos to actor Isiah Washington for having the courage to tell the truth instead of following the liberal script.

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/isaiah-washington-praises-donald-trump-criticizes-barack-obama-over-the-black-agenda

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It’s no wonder Bernie Sanders loves socialism so much: how else could someone with his limited skills and accomplishments haul down so much money?

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/436884-sanders-campaign-says-it-raised-182-million-in-first-quarter-of-2019

 

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We’ve finally found something to make liberal hipsters believe that the situation at the border is a genuine crisis: if Trump makes good on his threat to shut down the border, it will interrupt their supply of avocado toast!

The potential threat to the avocado supply seemed to be all that some media outlets could talk about.  You’d think that after ending up with egg on their faces from two years of reporting that Mueller was going to indict Trump “any day now,” they would have learned that “news” refers to things that have actually happened.  Things that haven’t happened are not “news,” they’re conjecture.  Or in some cases, “fantasies” or “wishful thinking.” 

The border might not even be closed, so why panic the public with scary talk about an avocado shortage?  And if it does, they’ll just have to tough it out for a while and eat queso.  As in “You have a bad queso Trump Derangement syndrome.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/media-warns-avocado-shortage-trump-southern-border-closure/

 

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  • Kathleen Tripp

    04/04/2019 01:42 PM

    Hello Mike,
    You know I love you and what you have to say. I have been trying to reach you for yrs., since both my husband and I are major miracles(even though all miracles are)so we could be on your show....

    I have to differ with you in your article where you say that Joe Bidden is not a predator. I think it has been more than obvious lately that that is exactly what he is when you see the disgusting pictures of him grabbing women, and young young girls to have them stand by him, etc.... You can see all the facial expressions of these women and young girls and they are very very uncomfortable to say the least....I myself have a close friend who at the age of about 19(she is 59 now), she was at a political rally or something and Joe sat next to her and was grabbing her knee and when she stood up he patted her bottom...... If that isn't a predator I don't know what is.......

  • dave allen

    04/04/2019 01:04 PM

    re the students at Hofstra U that want to tear down Thomas Jefferson... each generation is more negative and short-sighted than the previous. quick to judge on whatever issue is their current hot button. guess a lot of it has to to with the education system turning them into attack dogs for liberal causes rather than human beings who want to see the good in folks rather than focusing on one "unpardonable sin". they condemn Jefferson for owning slaves. so maybe in 200 years from now (or much less) they themselves will be condemned by a future generation for owning... a car. if they care so much about slavery, how about doing something about the trafficking and slavery that's going on *today* under their noses instead of wasting time with an old statue? as always, it seems that "the cause" is all that matters -- rarely the people who "the cause" is all about.

  • Fran Matkovich

    04/04/2019 11:35 AM

    Concerning the Green New Deal, I think it is time for conservative scientists who were suppressed during the Obama administration, to voice their opinion of the global warming hoax. It is not true that all scientists agree about global climate change. The climate has been changing for centuries. Let the conservative scientists discuss their opinion of the Green New Deal. Most of them certainly will not agree about the ridiculous hoax that climate change will occur in 11 years and therefore, millennials should not have children.

  • Becky Aheren

    04/04/2019 11:04 AM

    I think its a mistake to push the health insurance to after next election. But I don't think Trump had much choice. The republican congress did not want it brought up, with them not having control of the house. Mitch made it clear, publically, for Trump to drop it for now. Its hard for the president to do anything, without republicans in congress behind him. It was not only McCain that made them loose last vote, the Alaska and Maine Senator voted against them also, in repealing Obama Care. They are still there, and would probably vote against Trump again, in the Senate. I think your disappointment is aimed at the wrong person.

  • Leo Eugene Draegert

    04/04/2019 09:10 AM

    Thanks Mike for standing for right when you think President Trump is wrong! I also think he is wrong about wind energy causing cancer! Where is the proof? I would better believe what is being put in, and on our food plus water has more possibility. The Governor of Iowa does not want to speak bad of the Presidents statement with out his proof to back it up, but I think she should as Iowa generates a lot of wind power electricity. No sir I do not have a stake in wind power, but wrong is wrong and right is right.

  • Beverly Winstrom

    04/04/2019 08:51 AM

    I have been running from media coverage since before the 2016 election. Thank you for writing a News Edition that I really enjoy reading and trust your perspective. I also enjoy Intersect from My Faith Votes. Thank you!

  • Pam Kuckelman

    04/04/2019 08:47 AM

    Hello Mr. Huckabee,

    Thank you for your Evening Editions - love reading them. You must have the ear of President Trump and your daughter. Please let them know the crisis at the border has to be stopped immediately! He has been in office two years and illegal immigration has gotten worse. They are over running our southern states and and spreading out all over this country and we have to sit back and watch it happen. They are pretty much taking back Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. I am here in Texas and pretty much all you hear in Walmart is Spanish.

    Please encourage the President to get the Military on the border and shut it down now until the wall is built. That will get it done quick! So what if people have to go with out avocados for awhile. It is time to protect this country and citizens from this invasion, which it truly is. I do believe the African migration invasion of Europe and the crisis on our southern border are backed by the same people!

    Thanks for reading and keep up the great work!
    Pam

  • Fiorella Weaver

    04/03/2019 11:33 PM

    Thank you for your level-headed Christian perspective. Our schools have been radicalized for the last five or six decades by evolutionists, globalists, and God-haters. Is it any wonder that even teachers have been indoctrinated and keep repeating the same party-line? I am looking forward to hearing you at TMU Saturday night. God bless you and your family, especially your wonderful daughter Sarah.

  • Terry Coats

    04/03/2019 11:27 PM

    The Southern Poverty Law Center had been a hate group of over 20 + years. I have to ask why it has taken so long for everyone to realize what would only have taken about 2" of digging to uncover? Just like so many leftist organizations, the SPLC is a genuine hate group besmirching the names of anyone with whom they disagree or of anyone who tried to point out what they are. All I can say is it is about time Mr. Cotton took a look at them.

  • Nelda White

    04/03/2019 10:36 PM

    For Ms Kristian. We supporters of Pres Trump do not look at him in a religious manner, but in the way we should and that is that he is a man blessed by God to lead our country. Millions of people have been praying for a leader that will respect God and country, our constitution, our bill of rights and our citizens and bring our country back to the greatness it once was when God was in all of it, just like our constitution and bill of rights. We know how to separate the the two, religion and politics. Maybe the liberals don't. There is but one Savior and that is Jesus Christ. and we recognize that.

  • Jerry Korba

    04/03/2019 09:59 PM

    Has the GOP ever had a decent health care plan ready for that deadbeat Paul Ryan to bring to the table. In the first 2 years of Trumps office he sat on his hands he couldn't wait to get home he couldn't pass gas properly. You're right about Chicago not a chance of a honest days work is going to happen in the mayor's office or anything Dick the Rat Durban touches they are fit for Chicago unfit for America. Chicago is the Midwest twin of California. Will not visit either one(1 exemption if Mike Dicka still has a restaurant I will eat there) We can not let the misfits tear down the historic statues. Get a Health care Plan ready now GOP!!!!

  • Melanie Bruno

    04/03/2019 09:54 PM

    If Mike Gravel moved any farther to the Left, I don't think he would be in Alaska, he'd be in the Mariana Trench.

  • Dena Elmore

    04/03/2019 09:34 PM

    I heard you talk about health plan on Outnumbered the other day that sounds like it has great potential. Yes, let the states take the bull by the horn, keep it free market and most certainly honor those pre-existing conditions. I believe you mentioned something about that part could be federally subsdized, but what Maryland needs is different than Mississippi. Keep it simple, fair and understandable and the American people will rally behind the plan.

    Also, I really like the way you explained how most Christians feel about our President: “an imperfect vessel fitting into God’s plan” or something like that. That says it perfectly for my husband and I and most of our friends. He definitely makes me wince from time to time, but it truly feels like God’s hand is on him. We pray for him to be blessed physically, mentally and especially spiritually. In my lifetime I have never seen a President fight so hard for all of us!! It is so uplifting!!!
    I hope your thoughts on healthcare are being discussed in the White House. They make a lot of sense.
    God Bless You Governor Huckabee!! Thanks for sharing your wisdom. God is using you too!!??

  • Clay C Cole

    04/03/2019 09:10 PM

    Mike, I have been reading your Evening Edition for some time now and it has been very good but lately it has not been very good! Today's
    Edition was full of stuff I could not even relate to! The most abhorrent thing I do not like that you do is rank on President Trump! This has got
    to STOP! I SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP 110% AND HE IS RIGHT ON EVERYTHING HE SAYS AND DOES! It is about time you SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP IN EVERYTHING! Sincerely, Clay Cole

  • Sigrid Kidd

    04/03/2019 08:25 PM

    great writing; great effort on your part to tell us what you think - it helps all of us greatly.
    Many Thanks.
    Please stay healthy, happy, positive and supportive! Sigi Kidd

  • Judith Crandall

    04/03/2019 07:45 PM

    Excellent analysis of The reason we all feel Trump is the right person for the job! Thank you for the great job done....every day.

  • Jimmie Jones

    04/03/2019 07:40 PM

    Right on about Trump.

  • Elizabeth Crouse

    04/03/2019 07:28 PM

    Glad Slpc is being questioned. Maybe we should look ar other 501c organizations

  • Keethlyn Fletcher

    04/03/2019 07:27 PM

    First up: closing the border.
    I think the near threat of that happening is all it took to get the Mexican president to wake up and start acting on the problem.
    Second: in my humble opinion, there's NOBODY running for the democrats. All I see is clowns.
    Third: to tear down statues and remove pieces of our history and where we have come from and what we have come through is offensive. We already fail to teach our history in schools and in fact what's being taught is not even close to American history. Not only that but students can't even voice an opinion on real history if it differs from that of the instructor. This is not encouraging our young people to have an opinion of their own.
    Makes me sad.
    But it also encourages me to pray even harder for this nation.

  • Gregory Weinman

    04/03/2019 07:09 PM

    Governor, I'm surprised at you. The GOP has never had control of the Senate, ever. They have control of the agenda, nothing more.
    Cloture needs 60 votes. Only one party ever had that many and look what they gave us.
    Republican leaders attempted to pass the AHCA using reconciliation. It failed because 3 senators were opposed. 94% wasn't enough with every Democrat similarly against. The death knell sounded when senator McCain used the flimsiest of reasons to thumb his nose at the president. Please don't call 94% voting in favor of legislation a failure.
    I've written to Speaker Ryan, Minority Leader McCarthy, and Senate Majority Leader McConnell as well as the 3 senator task force the president asked to prepare a health plan. For the most part I think they'll try for too much. I asked them to consider the redefining catastrophic plans in Public Law 111-148, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. I suggest the following:
    In Sec. 1302. (e) CATASTROPHIC PLAN.—
    Strike everything after (B) the plan provides— replacing it with
    (I) coverage for at least in patient hospitalization; and
    (ii) coverage for at least one primary care visit
    Making that simple 30 word change would allow Secretary Azar freedom of deeming virtually any plan eligible for inclusion on federal exchanges.
    What do you think?

  • william fuhrer

    04/03/2019 07:00 PM

    Catholic....NATIONALITY WISE the Irish are not the ones to show their emotions on their sleeve the Italians and Hispanics are the ones to show love all the time

  • Carmine Fea

    04/03/2019 06:57 PM

    I agree, when we permit radical progressives (democrats) to tear down confederate statues and monuments, we encourage them to destroy all things having to do with America's history. And after they tear down statuary of our founding fathers and monuments to their courage, intellect, and foresight, they will destroy their creation, our Constitution.

  • Rachel Wurtsbaugh

    04/03/2019 06:24 PM

    I enjoy reading your Evening Editions and I think you daughter is fantastic. How courageous of her to face those fake reporters! Rachel Wurtsbaugh

  • Tom Bennett

    04/03/2019 06:00 PM

    Mike, Go see if you haven't already, "Unplanned" and then help promote the heck out of it. Awesome film
    Blessings to you and yours.
    Tom

  • Vicki Crook

    04/03/2019 05:57 PM

    I agree. The President & the Republicans should present their Health Care plan now. They have had more than ample time to do so.
    If the Democrats reject it, then it is on them.
    Do not let McConnell, Pelisi, Schumer run the show.
    Thank you.