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January 20, 2021

Yesterday, we talked about what Washington, DC, looked like on “Inauguration Eve”; namely, an evacuated and secured war zone. Yes, Democrats are sending a message about their newly-established power by turning it into exactly that, but apparently House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had wanted to send it in even stronger terms.

According to Ken Cuccinelli, acting deputy secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, Pelosi had even wanted “crew-manned machine guns” (!!!). But her request was turned down, he said Tuesday evening to Martha MacCallum on FOX NEWS, “because there’s simply no use for that in a security arrangement for a civilian undertaking.”

In case you’re a leftist who pretends to know about guns but doesn’t know BBs about them, the term “machine guns” refers to fully automatic weapons, a giant step beyond the semiautomatic weapons used by many for hunting and self-defense that are so often condemned by the left. “Crew-manned machine guns” are probably best known by their associations with front-line warfare and also mass executions of Jews and other enemies by Nazi soldiers during the Holocaust. They mow people down. Personal, hand-held automatic weapons were used to commit shocking mob violence in America during Prohibition.

Just think of the image this would have projected, regardless of whether or not these guns were even loaded. I realize those on the left are trying to make a point about their new dominance, but this over-the-top show of power is shameful and dangerous and tells us a lot about their current state of mind. If anything would incite violence, it’s not Trump, who left quietly, but this symbolic boot-heel.

Pelosi had also requested, through the Capitol Police, the many thousands of extra troops, Cuccinelli said, adding, “Some of this has gone beyond any legitimate security need. But they’re disciplined, they’re professional, and the Secret Service has been choreographing this very effectively to maintain security and safety.”

When asked why there was a call for “such a tremendous force,” Cuccinelli said “all of it arose on January 6,” partially because Congress was the target.

"At the same time,” he wondered aloud, “where was this concern for the rest of America?”


Good question. He continued: “But when their own [Congress's] butt was on the line, all of a sudden they want every troop and soldier they can find to protect THEM.” He said they’re perfectly happy to do what it takes to keep members safe, but “not at the sacrifice of the rest of America.”

"Congressmen aren’t more important than any other American,” he said, and the DHS has been trying to keep everyone safe “through this entire difficult year.”

Pelosi’s requests were so out of proportion to any known threat that it actually prompted none other than Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib to join nine of her colleagues, including the other far-left members of “The Squad,” in writing to Pelosi and Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging that national security powers not be expanded.

Consistent with the “even-a-broken-clock-is-right-twice-a-day” theory, they wrote, “We firmly believe that the national security and surveillance powers of the U.S. government are already too broad, undefined, and unaccountable to the people.” Though the letter makes some points I’d gladly debate –- including their description of the July 6th attackers simply as a “Trump mob,” as if Trump had sent them –- it must be snowing in Hades because I never thought I’d agree with Rep. Tlaib about anything, even a little.

The letter is also endorsed by the Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR), and the leftist organizations Demand Progress, Free Press and Win Without War. Could this be an issue on which at least some on both the left and right can find common ground?

"For our part,” the legislators wrote, “we pledge to oppose any attempts to expand the domestic national security or surveillance powers of the United States government at the expense of the rights of our people with every tool available to us as duly-elected members of Congress.” Is it too much to hope that when they say “our” people, they’re actually including Trump supporters? Most Democrat leaders hardly consider Trump supporters to be people at all, let alone “our people.” So pardon me if I can’t help thinking there’s something about this I’m missing.

MacCallum also reported Tuesday that pipe bombs were found at the entrances to both the RNC and the DNC headquarters. The unusually non-partisan bomber, as of this writing, is still at large.

In an update to the story on National Guard troops being “ideologically vetted,” Kevin Corke on FOX NEWS said Tuesday afternoon that the head of the Guard has confirmed that a dozen members have been removed from duty because of “suspected far-right extremist ties.” The decision to take them off inauguration duty was apparently based on “inappropriate texts or comments” these members had made. We're not told what they said that was considered inappropriate but would love to know.

Cuccinelli emphasized, “There is NO --- I repeat, NO --- identified threat from any of these people to the inauguration, or any suggestion that I’m aware of that any of them had any intention to do anything other than their duty in the National Guard.” The Secretary of Defense concurred, he said. This is what Cuccinelli called a function of the heightened anxiety in Washington.

"If only they’d been so anxious about the violence all across the country for the last year, we might not have gotten to a point where this seemed to some people to be an acceptable form of political expression,” he said. Agreed, though I'd stress that the vast majority on the right still find it totally unacceptable.

Check out the BABYLON BEE’s satirical PSA about how we learn to riot.

Chad Wolf, former acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said this level of vetting is “the same as the vetting that was done for most inaugurations.” That includes the involvement of the Secret Service and the FBI.

We respectfully disagree that this is normal, as they’re now apparently picking apart every last tweet and chance acquaintance, placing tens of thousands of troops –- American troops –- under the intense scrutiny of multiple bureaus. This deployment represents the largest military presence in Washington in American history during peacetime. Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, who, as he puts it, “spent my life in the preparedness and security field,” DOES find the current steps deeply concerning, linking to this from Sara Carter.


The message it sends our troops: we don’t trust you.

Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott doesn’t think the vetting is normal at all and, in fact, is highly offended that the troops he sends would be subjected to this. He tweeted on Monday, “This is the most offensive thing I’ve ever heard. No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard.”

Texas sent more than 1,000 National Guardsmen to Washington for the inauguration, but Gov. Abbott said, “I’ll never do it again if they are disrespected like this.

As BREITBART editor and host Joel Pollack noted on Monday, DILBERT creator Scott Adams (who also hosts the enlightening daily podcast “Coffee with Scott Adams”) remarked that “once you start evaluating soldiers for political loyalty, you are on your way to creating something like a Revolutionary Guard that protects one party or leader. Democrats are becoming what they think Trump is.”

"Becoming”? The Democrats, as a party, are THERE.

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  • Therese TUCKNESS

    02/05/2021 05:53 AM

    Thanks Mike I look forward in reading your newsletter and watch your show for I know you do lie to the people.

    Common scene had died and stupid has taken over. My Prayers always for you too. Blessings :-)

  • Jeanie Killion

    02/01/2021 08:12 PM

    I agree. And I also think that reference to "our people" was not intended to include those of us who hold ideals they oppose.

  • Kathy White

    01/30/2021 11:13 AM

    My opinion on Pelosi is she has done enough damage Fire her before she becomes VP then President

  • Hirene

    01/25/2021 04:50 AM

    Her family were mafia.

  • Jan Rigotti

    01/24/2021 08:18 PM

    The Democrats have been doing what they accuse their opposition of doing for decades. That’s their main motus operandi, along with telling lies over and over again until the lies become truth, even when there’s all kind of evidence they’re lies. And they keep getting away with it because they own the MSM and all of social media now too. I know this because I used to be a Democrat. The first time I could vote, I voted for McGovern and the last Democrat I voted for was Jimmy Carter. Reagan turned me to Republican, along with being saved resulting in me starting to read the Bible. The Dems also justify their evil doings by telling young Democrats, such as I was at one time, that they’re the good guys and the evil Republicans must be defeated in any way possible. That was, and still is, their motto......The end justifies the means.

  • Carol Mathews

    01/22/2021 07:40 PM

    Give a liar enough rope and he/she will hang themselves. May it be soon. You can only accuse someone of something that you, yourself, have thought of so a clue to what they are doing or will do, is what they accuse others of doing.

  • Davy Jones

    01/22/2021 01:07 PM

    I am a Christian Constitutional Conservative. According to the communist liberals, this qualifies me as a radical extremist. So be it. I know there is a place in Gods house for me. They will burn in a sea of fire.

  • Jeffrey F McDowell

    01/22/2021 11:37 AM

    NANCY "THE MOUTH" PELOSI HASN'T MADE A COMPREHENSIVE STATEMENT SINCE SHE WAS STILL IN DIAPERS CRYING FOR MILK! This woman, (gender language) has shown a complete lack of scruples. She will say absolutely ANYTHING JUST TO GET QUOTED BY THE MEDIA! Her rhetoric is beyond ridiculous and borders on stupidity. How this woman, (again gender language, does that make me an enemy of the state?) even got elected the first time is astounding and re-elected abhorred. In the annals of Governmental records, this dame is the worst Speaker of the House in history!????

  • Cora Mae Lengeman

    01/21/2021 05:07 PM

    For over 7 months the democrats said nothing about the "peaceful protestors" who were really looting businesses, burning down buildings, attacking or trying to burn or blow up our Federal Buildings and assaulting police officers under the guise of "peaceful protestors" all around the country. Then they take one incident on January 6, 2021 - that investigators have already shown included far left BLM members and/or antifa members pushing people up the steps of the capital, through the broken windows and in general leading the riot. CNN and MSNBC actually interviewed one of them who was later arrested as a known . The looting/rioting continued in Seattle and Portland after Biden was inaugurated with the same perpetrators that caused the "peaceful protests" all last year. No word from the dems yet. It is not President Trump that incited any riot at the capital building; that was a planned attack on our democracy from the far left/progressives and democrats in their rush to impeach President Trump in the House and blame him for an insurrection to place blame on all his supporters. Pelosi, Clinton, Schumer et all do not fool me. Their rush to impeach before an investigation was even partially completed showed their hand: their hatred for President Trump and their need for all the power before Americans found out that Pelosi and crew were the cause of the riot at the capital - Pelosi is responsible for capital security and refused National Guard assistance - their rush was revenge for his accomplishments and his supporters. Why were the sergeant of arms for both the house and senate fired? Why isn't anyone talking with them, asking them questions? Where are they?
    Kamala Harris said last June 2021 the rioters would continue through the election and beyond. They have followed her command, they are still looting/rioting/burning in Portland and Seattle. Same people, but now with the vice president of the united states blessing. Is this what we have to look forward to for the next several years? Leftist rioters that might move across the country.

  • Daniel Pruitt

    01/21/2021 12:30 PM

    The sad truth is that Nasty Nancy Pelosi, Horrible Hillary Clinton and most of the democratic party are a "few bricks short of a full load". Their picture of this country is that of a 3rd world government held together by whoever has the biggest and best firearms. So, I'd have to say that these democrats, starting with Creepy, Sleepy, Uncle Joe, are paranoid and delusional, which seems to be a pattern with those who would be dictator.

  • madge melsi

    01/21/2021 12:05 PM

    please address mike lindells boycott from kohls and bed bath and beyond. thank you

  • Lucille Miller

    01/21/2021 09:29 AM

    Very informative and though provoking. I didn't turn on the TV to watch. I never watch daytime TV anyway. I just wasn't interested to watch or listen to the MSM. So I didn't know about the 'fire power'. Good grief she has gone round the bend again [and again]. The future looks a bit scary with no one to hold them or accountable. The only recourse I see is to keep a lower profile and go about our daily life as usual for as long as we can. Hopefully they won't intrude on it too much. Prices are going up which will hurt all. We wait and see...

  • Martha Austin

    01/21/2021 08:51 AM

    For past 5 years Democrats have shown profound HATE towards President Trump and all the people who share the American conservative values. Yes, President Trump fought and exposed
    the wrongs and unified conservatives into a revitalized Movement. No wonder we are divided...tho, I see it as evil against good. So the Democratic lawmakers have accomplished only one thing - HATE,....while President Trump came to Washington and did what he said he would do despite the HATE shown daily. Yes, we are divided.....the Left wants power for themselves and control of Americans while the Movement wants fairness and a good life for All. We are all to blame for the divide. Thank God the conservatives stood up and joined the Movement. The difference lies in the motive....Evil on the Left and Good on the Right.

  • Keith Harris

    01/21/2021 08:37 AM

    We have become like the banana republic's when a person can lie, steal, and cheat his way into office and then has to have fence's and the army to protect them for the people they are to serve!

  • Barb Wheeler

    01/21/2021 12:52 AM

    I was hopeful when you thought about a run for President but suspect it would have been a real challenge and your daughter was an excellent Press Secretary. I once was accused of being a one issue voter. The Issue being abortion. I see our new Catholic president worshipping and everyone singing Amazing Grace but I do not believe our nation is a Christian nation when abortion has been going on and continues so do you think this will ever be seen for what it is?

  • Beverly Walker

    01/20/2021 09:51 PM

    Can Nancy be impeached right along with Biden? I believe she has lost her mind what little she has left. She & the rest of Washington are completely out of control.

  • Ruben Simon

    01/20/2021 08:43 PM

    Today, 1/20, I finally had a chance to read your email from the day before, 1/19. Your link to the President Trump's accomplishments:
    produced a page that showed 404-Page Not Found. Do you have another link where I can read this information?

  • Liz Rome

    01/20/2021 08:02 PM

    Bless you Mike Huckabee--for your clarity and honest description of what is going on. When riots got too close to home, Nancy Pelosi changed her tune. "Rules for thee but not me" kicked right in. Even more-she will --never let a crisi go to waste. Huge amountof NAtional Guard was major overkill. This is an EVIL relly shows up in the latest action.

  • Lisa Brown

    01/20/2021 07:38 PM

    I called Kohls the other day, and cancelled my mother's credit card for her. I told them it was because they cancelled My Pillow's account. She acted like she had cancelled a lot of accounts so far.

  • kenmoore

    01/20/2021 07:26 PM

    democrats are terrified trump will come back if I were them I'd be terrified dems have set the stage for fear from trump by the power grab they have been working on for 5 years if republicans can correct the bogus voting machines dems fixed to record votes their party is over
    this is like watching the chickens scatter when a hawk flies over

  • Robert Miller

    01/20/2021 06:55 PM

    SPITTING MAD?!!!! I've been madder than that since "Reverend" Warnock said that we have to repent our whiteness(whatever that means- anyone?-anyone?). I had a hard time with getting right with black people since I was in Kindergarten and the first black kid I ever met ran across the room and STOMPED on my fingers as hard as he could. After many years of having doubts about the few black friends I was able to make, I understand that the boy was only acting out something his daddy had said. This is very sad and I want to apologize to all of the black friends I could have had and didn't because of this.
    I know I'm going to miss Donald Trump very much - In fact I already miss him. Perhaps all of those rough edges were exactly what the man for the hour really needed. God bless you Mike Huckabee, and God bless the United States of America.

  • Howard J. Elmore

    01/20/2021 06:21 PM

    Maybe they wanted all of the national guard so they could say what a great turnout with citizens from across the nation.

  • Laura Vest

    01/20/2021 05:58 PM

    The Dems have always been what they accuse Conservatives of being... the Party of Projection.
    My sister in law posted a pic of the swearing in Ceremony with Ruth Bader G and other godless Dems supposedly looking down from about ignorance. Carol thinks Ruth et al are in Heaven?!? Sadly just the opposite, what, 60 million babies murdered and no repentance = a one way ticket to Hell.

  • Jackie hoover

    01/20/2021 05:52 PM

    Dear Gov,
    I am a fan of yours, watch you every week. Thank you for a decent show to watch as it seems to be so few to view.

    My dad was a US Marine in WWll my husband, father in law and nephews all severed our nation proudly. The shameful way the Dems have treated our men and women should not be passed by without notice. I say God bless and keep every one of them that have given us our gift of freedom! Freedom is NOT free.
    I have a question for all of us. Has any one figured up the price tag the Dems have given to us all by trying to impeach the President unlawfully for four years, adding pork to covid relief bills instead of helping the American people? It is our money after all. Makes one wonder who congress is working for We the people or the parties.

  • Tom Henderson

    01/20/2021 05:48 PM

    Dear Governor,
    First and foremost I want to say you have always been "my guy" to be president. I would love to have you back in the ring, not sure why any sane person would do that though. Reason I am writing is because I feel lost and I do trust what you say. I am a Christian and feel this country is heading away from Christ, and that really bothers me. I believe this administration is in favor of that. I do not believe it will do any good to vote anymore. Do you honestly believe the election was rigged? I hear of all these hundreds of election workers claiming irregularities and have sworn statements. I also hear that if they do provide a sworn statement and it is a false statement they can be arrested? If that is the fact, I would tend to believe them. I believe I am feeling like many people do today. And I do believe there will be bloodshed in the near future due to clashes that will happen in rallies and demonstrations. And that bothers me. Have we just lost our country? Do we stand up or just accept it and wait for Jesus to return? I believe the blame for ANY violence will be on the hands of those who denied the 10 days Senator Cruz asked for to look at the discrepancies in the election. 10 lousy days!! I know your a busy man but like I said I am lost and looking for a voice of reason.
    God Bless, Tom Henderson