Parody letter seems all too real

December 8, 2017

On Wednesday, just for grins, I posted a parody letter to special counsel Robert Mueller from Jeannie Rhee, who had just been exposed as someone with huge legal and political ties to Hillary Clinton.  It was a mocked-up cover letter for Rhee’s resume and job application, outlining her “qualifications” for working with the special counsel investigating President Trump.  The “letter” was a very pointed joke, written to highlight the massive inappropriateness of someone with her background being hired to investigate Trump.  But what happened next was a surprise:  from their comments back to me (I always read them), I could see that many people did not recognize the piece as satire and thought it was a real letter.  In case you haven’t seen it yet, here it is:

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What makes the parody ring so true is that Ms. Rhee’s “qualifications” for the job as stated in the piece are, indeed, 100 percent true, as outrageous as they are.  And that’s the point of it.  Legal defense to the Clinton Foundation:  true.  Defending Hillary in a case involving access to her email:  true.  Obama’s legal advisor, as his assistant attorney general:  true.  Supporter of Hillary for President, giving thousands in campaign donations to Democrats:  true.  Personal attorney to Obama political hack Ben Rhodes and his liaison with the House Intelligence Committee during its look into Russian election meddling:  true and true.

But other phraseology was injected as a joke, simply to show what’s no doubt going on in the minds of these rabidly anti-Trump investigators.  Take just the first sentence:  “I understand you are hiring an extensive team of investigators to make the case for collusion between the Donald Trump for President campaign and the Russian government, which undoubtedly happened as we all just know.”  That last phrase is your tip-off; it’s the kind of elaboration that would never be found in an official letter (which might be subject to a Congressional subpoena or FOIA request) --- especially one composed by a lawyer --- but that could easily be assumed by other like-minded people at the Justice Department once they saw the applicant’s background.


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So, yes, the letter is a parody.  But the fact that it was so readily accepted as true says a lot about the nature of the real investigation that’s going on.  We’re not imagining things:  Mueller’s team really is stacked with partisan anti-Trumpers who might stop at nothing to unseat him, and that fact is becoming more apparent by the day.

And now, a postscript.  After the parody piece was posted, I heard some commentators actually praising Mueller for choosing such a pro-Hillary, anti-Trump team.  The argument:  you WANT investigators who hate the people you’re going after (the Mafia, terrorists, etc.) and who are motivated to destroy them.  Sorry, but in this case I can’t agree, because we’re not talking about the Mafia or terrorists.  We’re talking about the other political party –- and about weaponizing American institutions of government to effectively shut it out and destroy democracy.  That’s very different.

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  • Pat O.Maley Johnson Jr.

    01/06/2018 08:08 PM

    Its like being seated in an auditorium with really good seats. I'm calling each act before it happens. Good triumphs over Evil. The Leader of the free world is protected by the Force. Divine installation. It's so nice to be able to see. Once in my life I walked on the Dark side, but no longer. What a wonderful blessing. Thank you for all you do.

  • gene kellermeyer

    01/04/2018 10:50 PM

    the gross inequity of our legal system is main reason that the frustrations of the working class got President Trump elected. If the DOJ of this administration does not prosecute people like James Comey for obstruction of justice or people who mishandled classified information as well as a litany of other federal crimes then Donald Trump will be a one term president regardless of anything anything else he may do.

  • Karen L Nassie

    01/04/2018 04:12 PM

    Satire often mimics reality, Mike and YOU are so good at it! (And thank you for sharing your SARAH with us)

  • Suzanne Russell

    01/04/2018 08:31 AM

    FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD, this kind of bias should never be allowed in an investigation. What other outcome could be possible under such a crowd of people of like thinking????? The situation goes both ways.....Do the left want the Conservatives assembling a team to investigate them??? Either way it would not be right.....
    (Can you imagine the riotous clammer that would be voiced over such a committee assembled?)

  • Peggy Siragusa

    12/21/2017 11:13 AM

    Dear Governor, Pastor, Friend,

    Your are SUCH a breath of fresh air! Sometimes I had felt the air was leaving us and couldn't breath with all of the turmoil and then here you come to brighten our day and refresh the air(ways). Thank you so much. AND as a parent of 6, I can't say enough of how proud we are of Sarah. Give her out best also. She is a tough cookie. I pray for her continued strength in fighting the medial battles.

    Blessings to you and yours
    Peggy

  • Walter Morgan

    12/12/2017 09:28 PM

    I look forward to each one of your post,,,, man cannot live by trash and swamp gas alone,,, A little common sense and down home humor makes this old VIETNAM WAR Veteran go a little better....
    I would like to be one of the first to draft your Daughter Sarah Huckabee Sanders for the First Woman PRESIDENT.....

  • Phyllis W Jost

    12/12/2017 02:01 AM

    I believe God has His own agenda and has spelled it out in His Word. Knowing the final outcome does not condone true, believing and redeemed Christians, to sit back and wait for it to happen. I believe it gives us even more responsibility to know and understand what is happening in our backyards as well as in the World. I used to one of those who read the news and said ho-hum, that's not my problem. But as I have aged (76), I have become more knowledgeable and informed by Christian writers and speakers such as yourself. My issue ? I cannot find no one among my Christian friends and acquaintances who is even interested in discussing the currents and how it may apply to them. It is a source of great frustration to me, but worse it exemplifies the denial and blindness of the Church to the reality of the Biblical prophecy as it is unfolding. Thank you for your part in opening my eyes and ears. Sincerely Phyllis Jost in Anchorage, Alaska.

  • Jacques Sanford

    12/11/2017 08:14 PM

    Thanks for your hard work and patriotism. Nobody can answer this question. When it become necessary to arrest the leaders or the DOJ and FBI and Hillary ext,, ext,, who will do it and is there anyone that can? I think that will be a very important question before to long.

  • Barbara l hite

    12/11/2017 12:35 PM

    THAT IS THE PROBLEM OF THE LEFT . THY ARE SO SERIOUS THY CANNOT SEE ANY JOKES. THE LEFT NEEDS TO CHILL.

  • Kevin Cook

    12/11/2017 09:35 AM

    May God continue to bless you and your beautiful daughter Sarah!
    The leftist continue to move even further left because they cannot win any argument with good policies. Their response is always to project their hate on others and push for totalitarian control. When you cite as your core values baby murder and hate for God, it is not surprising the left is so violent but it also explains why they have no sense of humor

  • Paul E Avizinis

    12/10/2017 12:14 AM

    Regarding "The Lord's Prayer". As with a lot of what Pope Francis says, having a discussion about, this or that point of scripture or whatever moral viewpoint, it is just good business. More and more people are claiming 'none' as their preferred religion. Anytime you can open up a discussion about God you have an opportunity to win one for the good guys. This is probably news to those who believe you can hand a bible to someone, tell them to read it, and you are good to go. Chances of a change to Matthew 6:13 are slim to none. Still, the New American bible renders the phrase -- "and do not subject us to the final test". This has been found to be acceptable. The point remains that daily recitation of "The Lord's Prayer" will lead us NOT into temptation.

  • Joan Dereng

    12/09/2017 02:37 PM

    Mike Huckabee, I appreciate your sense of humor very much. May God continue to bless you and use you in such creative ways!

  • Geraldine F. Habitz

    12/09/2017 02:22 PM

    They simply believe that they cannot be caught; no one can prove any wrongdoing on their part, and even if wrongdoing was proved, no one would have the courage or the support to bring them to justice. I heard two ministers on radio yesterday talking about the corruption in Washington and the entire mess going on in America, and they said that we are in deep trouble and we must get to the bottom of the swamp quickly or lose our entire Republic......I mention that because everything they talked about was already in my mind.......For one thing, Hillary Clinton is a Demon who must be stopped, and stopped immediately. She funds Obama's OFA.....that's my belief. We must move against the Deep State and we must do it immediately. I love the President. I will support him all the way.

  • Brian Jacobs

    12/09/2017 11:58 AM

    “Leftism” The death of democracy!

  • Donald Rowe

    12/09/2017 11:03 AM

    Mike, First off, thanks for all you do, have done, and probably will do, for the country and politics in general. I didn't list a particular political party, as I feel that much of what you do serves both parties and the country in general. I have a serious doubt that we, as a nation, will ever come to the place where we feel that our elected representatives, both in the house and senate, are always 100% truthful about all their dealings, back and forth. It's a shame and I hate that I feel that way, but I certainly do. The level of deceit and corruption is so rampant in government that I doubt we will ever get a real handle on it. Just as raising children requires discipline that sometimes feels worse to the parent than to the child, I feel we need to bring a much higher level of discipline, (probably a fairly large fine and community service), for being found guilty of lying or deceiving someone in someone in office. It's just flat out, out of control as it is now. We sorely need to come back to Jesus and ask his forgiveness, then ask for His help in changing our ways to reflect his will in the way we treat each other. Go with God my friend, you'll feel His breath on your back. Cordially, Corky Rowe

  • V fiore

    12/09/2017 08:01 AM

    Guilty until we prove you guilty

  • Diane Hovinga

    12/09/2017 02:55 AM

    Since Clinton and the DNC paid for that phony Russian Dossier which was used by the Justice Department to listen in on the Trump Campaign associates I think the whole blooming investigation is fruit from a poison tree and should be stopped! It isn't an investigation...it's a witch hunt and they don't care who they destroy in an attempt to bring the president down! Mike Flynn has been driven to bankruptcy and had threats made against his son to break him down! In my opinion this is the FBI special prosecutor being caught in an act of sedition! It needs to stop and stop right now!

  • Jeanine Moore

    12/08/2017 11:45 PM

    LIKE YOUR COMMENTS AND I lIKE YOUR DAUGHTER SARAH AND I THINK SHE IS DOING A FINE JOB,

  • Rebecca Chandler

    12/08/2017 10:55 PM

    Oh Lawd...thanks for the belly laugh!

  • George Curl

    12/08/2017 09:53 PM

    Thanks Mike,
    I enjoyed your parody and enjoy your daily reports. Unfortunately people have their emotions on their sleeves and can't see humor anywhere. What we need is good old fashioned comics on TV so folks can learn to laugh again.

  • Carolyn Greenwood

    12/08/2017 09:35 PM

    Leave it to the Democrats! You know, God put a veil over the eyes of those who wouldn't accept Jesus. It reminds me of Pharaoh. First of all, he rejected God and then God hardened Pharaoh's heart. That seems to be the same with most of the Democrats!!! They get worse and worse and don't even realize how stupid they have become. Most of the Fox commentators don't even understand how they can think, say and do the things they do!! Or maybe they do and are just saying things to make it better known to the audience. Ha!!! What a sad day for them coming. Pelosi, for instance and those following her line of thinking. Have a great day, Mike and thanks for reading the comments!!!! We the people!

  • carol parks

    12/08/2017 08:59 PM

    The witch hunt by mueller and his henchmen is being shown for truth..destroy our presisdent anyway possible. But the American people see thru these lies and will never accept their verdict. They must all b stopped. If its war they want we will give it to them. I support President Trump as do majority of America. MAGA 2020 mueller must go n his henchmen with him

  • Wilton D Wilton

    12/08/2017 07:49 PM

    I'm a geriatric so my freshman college year was long ago. But I do remember in American History the point and meaning of the satirical press, cartoons, directed at numerous issues. Would that your readers had been exposed to the subject they would have enjoyed the experience. Sadly my son a brilliant person, but mislead and brainwashed by his liberal running mates, uses his gift to write opposing satire. I missed the original article, but enjoyed reading the recap. Keep it up. Those of us that understand will revel in a smug way.

  • Jay VanOrtman

    12/08/2017 06:37 PM

    I have a feeling the original poster has read "The Importance of Being Earnest." The posted satire is Wilde class. The truth is fully exposed and hits you like a brick bat.

  • Janice Short

    12/08/2017 06:09 PM

    Only someone who hates President Trump would accept this letter with glee. Hate is an awful thing. Even our Lord did not hate the ones who crucified him. The Democrats & some of the Republicans, should take note of this. Hating someone only damages the person who hates.

  • Robert Shuck

    12/08/2017 05:20 PM

    IF, however, and due to PARTISAN circumstances that may not be apparent or to Sessions, or Rosenstein or Mueller or other Justice Dept
    officers and appointees......we now know that candidates with Genius skills and records are not usually employed by Deep State Agencies
    and they are typically searching for easy jobs near the $200k per annum with free parking, large vacation / healthcare / credit-card access
    benefits; and of course permanent job security by Govt. employees Unions ( no punishment or dismissal for major crimes or causing death
    of co-workers & contract associates, like KILLARY's Bengazi episodes) ! WHAT A COUNTRY # FactCheckerBob

  • William Burt

    12/08/2017 04:56 PM

    If I could read only one political commentator, it would be you, Mike. With your honesty and wit, you have a way of cutting through all the hype, lies and political correctness that abound these days. God bless you and your family. (It's absolutely shameful how the press treats Sarah, by the way. I'm praying for her.)

  • Darrel B. Couch

    12/08/2017 03:48 PM

    On tax reform. The dems keep saying the low income people WILL NOT get a tax break and the tax reform is merely a gift to the rich. First - The really low income pay so little direct income tax, it is hard to give them much of a direct break. However; Giving corporations a tax break will give the very poor a big buying power boost. Corps. must sell at prices which will pay their expenses and taxes and make a profit. Lowering their taxes lowers the cost of their goods and services. Low income people get to buy these goods and services at a lower price and gain more for the dollars they spend. 65 years ago, we learned things like this in high school. Today, college students do not get this basic truth. WHEN ARE THE REPUBS. GOING TO PUSH THIS TRUTH AS A COUNTER TO THE FAKE INFO COMING FROM THE dems?

  • Joan Chambers

    12/08/2017 03:29 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,
    I can't believe something legally can't be done about Mueller and his posse.
    I know that Trump can't, but can't Sessions.
    Why won't Sessions do something - are they threatening him??

  • Manuel Alarcon-MacLain

    12/08/2017 03:23 PM

    Thank you for your excellent editorials and commentaries.
    God bless you.

  • Dale T Sirkle

    12/08/2017 02:56 PM

    I voted for you when you were in the Presidential Primary, I met you and shook your hand at a book signing, I support your positions today. Keep up the good work Governor Huckabee!

  • Russel Blanchard

    12/08/2017 02:54 PM

    weighing in on the pope changing the Bible... isn't it reminiscent of Genesis 3 and, yea hath God said.... wasn't it satan who was the first Bible questioner and Bible corrector? just pointing out the obvious

  • jack macdonald

    12/08/2017 02:53 PM

    One of my great disappointments in the trump cabinet is Jeff Sessions. I thought he was a great fit for DOJ and how wrong I was. The ideal fit would have been Rudy Guliani and still would be. Has anyone suggested this to Trump??? Pls whisper this to daughter Sarah. Thanks, jack

  • William Demorrow

    12/08/2017 02:50 PM

    Govnr Huckabee: You are the only person who I follow that I always pay attention to. I'll have to admit that I read the letter mentioned above and thought it was humorous but true. It was just a ho hum to me as I have believed for a long time that Mueller"s hirelings all had these qualifications. I'll also have to admit that when I read your newsletter through the first sentence I had to look up the meaning of "parody". I'm not usually that dumb but that one was a head scratcher. Keep um coming and Merry Christmas. P.S.: Your daughter is the best Press Secretary that I can remember and I just turned 77.

  • Hubert Ekstrum

    12/08/2017 02:43 PM

    My mother taught me that that honesty is the best policy-----------it is needed in our day and time

  • Jerry Ray Pettibone

    12/08/2017 02:40 PM

    I really like the way you write and speak. Your head is on straight and level. I can't add anything to today's letter

  • Lynn Hoyt

    12/08/2017 02:31 PM

    Dear Gov Huckabee
    I can well imagine many thought your piece was real. It's getting really hard to laugh about all this. And things we thought funny in the past have become so true, we are having a difficult time knowing what is and what isn't. I read your newsletter all the time, so I am aware of how your sense of humor works and have been very much enjoying what you say in such a great and often humorous way. Thank you for giving me the blessing of laughter.

  • BONNYHUTTON

    12/08/2017 02:21 PM

    THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT ONLY CROOKED AND MEAN SPIRITED, THEY MUST SURELY COME FROM THE INTELLIGENTLY CHALLENGED. I AM SO TIRED OF HEARING EVERYONE ON THE LEFT THROW GARBAGE OUT TO THE PUBLIC AND THE LEFTIST REPORTERS ALWAYS CHOOSING TO HELP MAKE IT SEEM LIKE IT IS COMPLETE
    TRUTH. ALL OF THEM ARE IDIOTS,

  • Carl Erickson

    12/08/2017 02:16 PM

    Hi Gov. Mike,
    When everything that is being done is a LIE, it made terrible hard for them to discern the Truth. Remember, when people tell lies, they often end up believing themselves, especially when there never is any truth in what they tell others. SAD for our Country.. isn't it?
    A Very Merry Christmas Wish to You and Your Family,
    Carl Erickson

  • Gus Cross

    12/08/2017 02:03 PM

    All too true - the committee assembled are deep state hackers. They are intent on impeachment of Trump.

    The sad thing about this is any GOP electret would have been subject to the same treatment. Progressives do not like any conservative.

    However, there is no question that you should run in 2020.

  • Billy Smith

    12/08/2017 01:52 PM

    Unfortunately Mike it is obviously dangerous to post any information that is knowingly untrue. There are too many ignorant people who do not have the education or intelligence to recognize "parodies". You have inadvertently added to the problem of more "Fake" news. Best thing to do is just always stick with what is "truth" and let the misinformed and/or uninformed spread the misinformation and unsubstantiated gossip.
    Love your articles exposing the corruption and Hippocratic policies and actions of our government.

  • vincent accardi

    12/08/2017 01:46 PM

    Thank you Gov. Huckabee for all you do for the people of our country. I just started receiving your newsletter & truth be told, at least you're one of the few people who's word I can trust, even more so than Trump's, as he embellishes just a tad too much ! We certainly can't trust the MSM & even though I'm a big fan of Fox, they tend to go a little overboard in backing Trump, even when he's wrong or stretches the truth to death. I also enjoy your TV program every week. It's very uplifting & fun. God bless you & your family & have a healthy & happy Christmas.
    All the best. Sincerely, Vinny Accardi

  • Diana

    12/08/2017 01:44 PM

    They believe this stuff because they are so ready to believe anything that fulfills their narrative and hateful wish. President Trump hasn't done anything so bad as they claim and there has been multiple Impeachment tries that have been shot down each time because of lack of evidence or the allegations are just plain stupid. This parody was obviously satire and meant as a joke, but the responses show just how quick people are to judge and jump without checking things out, jump on stuff that's negative about Trump or his family or believe the worst of conservatives. If that was about a Democrat or a Liberal in Hollywood, there wouldn't have been any waves. But because it was about Trump and the media has smeared him so much, people will believe anything they are shown as long as it shows in a bad light or supports their narrative. This whole year has shown how hypocritical and intolerant the Left really is...and makes me glad that I am a Republican.

  • Janice Roberts

    12/08/2017 01:36 PM

    Please do something to bring down this travesty against our Pres. Trump! I am praying every day for our country and our president! I admire you and Sarah greatly! I read you posts daily! God bless you and your family!

  • Glenn L. Anderson

    12/08/2017 01:35 PM

    Governor Huckabee,
    I continue to be amazed and angry at the failure of justice to balance her scales in regard to the Clintons. The glaring elements of collusion between the Clinton foundation and the Russians continue to escape the mainstream and the FBI scrutiny. The once great fourth estate has been replaced by Pravda- like useful idiots and a compliant and floundering "justice" system. Ferreting out these deep-state cockroaches will be a daunting task. Some people need to go to prison now and if the nation does not soon regain their confidence in the application of equal justice; I fear the looming alternatives. Lois Lerner should be in jail. Hillary and Bill should be in jail. Podesta should be in jail( both of them).
    I praise the Lord each day for the refreshing remembrance of the once great fourth estate as I hear your daughter field the politically- charged and insipid questions of an Alinsky- like media. Well done good and faithful servant.
    In Him,
    Merry Christmas Mike!
    Glenn Anderson
    Sandia Park, NM

  • Anne Turner

    12/08/2017 01:24 PM

    This does not pertain to the article, but I just heard that the woman who told about Moore signing her yearbook, confessed to having added the comments. You might want to look into this. I am sure you will. I am no great Roy Moore fan, principally on personality, and he is a bit too rigid for me, but the accusations seem so far removed from his life style that I have harbored suspicions that some of the accusations have at least been embellished. Well I guess we now know about at least one. I think there is a lot of duplicity by the parties, but the DNC seems to believe that they are so right in their opinions that anything is ethical and moral if it tears down the GOP or any other opposition. In all my 77 year’s I have never seen or heard of such smug self righteousness and downright hatred, as is now being exhibited by the DNC and the Clinton machine. Some evangelicals in the past have exhibited a bit much of this for me, but nothing compared to Trump’s opposition. They care not that they are tearing the country apart. It is all about me,me, me and my beliefs. How they can push socialism is beyond me. Does no one read history? Is capitalism perfect, absolutely not, but it is the most successful form yet conceived to generate prosperity for the most people. Of course it needs to be regulated somewhat, to prevent fraud and other harmful dealings, but not to the point of being shut down. I sometimes think the “progressives” will not be happy until most of us live in caves and hunt and gather to live. Of course that does not include their elite who will continue to live well, much like the hierarchy in the USSR and other like countries.

  • Jim marcum

    12/08/2017 01:23 PM

    It is a joke that the government would operate with such unfair tactics as Murller and the FBI and DOJ have. We the American voters should never feel so helpless and under attack as we do now while watching our President be treated worse than any despot around the globe .

  • Joseph S. Higginbotham

    12/08/2017 01:22 PM

    My dear Mr. Huckabee;
    How I enjoy your newsletter; about the only news I care to read.
    You know you have to be very careful with things like that. I am 89 years old and actually know many people who are that gullible. Now if the reversed situation, they would just junk the piece and call you crazy.
    Keep up the good work sir, so refreshing in the stifle world of today.
    Like the famous actor said, "You Make My Day"

    Have a good day!

  • Orville Spruell

    12/08/2017 01:17 PM

    PLEASE, PLEASE keep fighting for our rights. I am 63 years old, and have never seen our country in the kind of shape it is in, thanks to Obama and the rest of the Democrats. Even some of the Republicans are so in
    tent on running Trump off that they do not care what they do to the country or the people that they are supposed to be working for. Can not FEATURE what would have happened if we had of treated Obama this way. Thanks for your hard work.

  • Todd Matosic

    12/08/2017 01:15 PM

    Something is wrong with Sessions...he’s focusing on issues that are not crucial...like he’s trying to look busy as major (uranium 1/dem collusion/mueller comey conflicts of interest) issues are ignored. Jeff Sessions is ineffective and is now seen as a liability to MAGA...
    Rosenstein/Mueller/Comey and others are complicit...let’s admit this and do something about it before they take everything...liberty first...honesty...