Evening Edition - June 6

June 6, 2019

Here is President Trump’s speech at the D-Day 75th anniversary memorial in Normandy:

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6045297898001/#sp=show-clips

And here is a write-up of the festivities, complete with many must-see photos.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7111175/Donald-Trump-Melania-arrive-France-pay-tribute-American-D-Day-veterans.html

  

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(The following is an updated essay that has traditionally run on the anniversary of D-Day.  We run it to remind our readers of what D-Day was all about, and of the enormity of the sacrifice made by those soldiers to free Europe from the scourge of Nazism.)

On June 6th, 1944, 156,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy.  And so we officially mark today as the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the massive Allied invasion that turned back the Nazi sweep of Europe in World War II.  But it was called “The Longest Day” for more reasons than one.  This wasn’t the kind of battle that ends at sundown. 

A 50-mile stretch of the French coast had been divided into five sectors that Allied commanders planned to take separately, and then join.  But by the end of the first day, only two had been joined.  It took six more days of intense fighting before the entire beach was unified under Allied control.  And that was just the toehold to begin the long march across Europe. 

There were at least 10,000 Allied casualties on D-Day, and tens of thousands more wounded.  Among those who survived, there are fewer each year who are still alive to tell the tale.  One soldier who landed on Omaha Beach that day, James Gabaree of the 5th Ranger Battalion, said he and his fellow soldiers were young when they went over there, but they came back as old men, if they came back at all. 

I’ve walked on those beaches and stood at attention at the flag ceremony in the US cemetery in Normandy.  Few moments have caused me to reflect more soberly on the sacrifice of those brave men than to see the thousands of graves lined up ever so neatly in the well-kept cemetery.

There was nothing neat or orderly on June 6, 1944.  It was pure, deadly chaos.  But despite a hale of gunfire coming at them, those brave soldiers kept coming off those boats and moving forward. They did their duty to liberate Europe from Hitler and his war machine.  Looking back at age 91, D-Day veteran Jacob Cutler of Long Island told Newsday, with the humility typical of the Greatest Generation, “We were 19, 20, 21 years old, kids sent to war.  But we did the job.”

Once the heroes of World War II are no longer here to tell their inspiring stories, it’s up to us to preserve them, to read them to our kids and pass them on to future generations.  Americans must never forget their incredible courage and sacrifice in saving the world from one of the greatest evils mankind ever faced. 

If you can’t make it all the way to France to pay your respects to the heroes of D-Day, then consider taking your family to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.  You can learn more at www.NationalWW2Museum.org.

 

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One reason that so much attention is being focused on this year’s 75th anniversary of D-Day is that it’s feared it will be the last landmark anniversary for which many surviving veterans will be alive or in good enough health to travel to France to be honored. 

On the other hand, I wouldn’t be too quick to discount the ability of the veterans of D-Day to overcome the heaviest odds.  There’s a reason they’re known as “the Greatest Generation.”  Like Tom Rice, who parachuted into Normandy with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division on D-Day and landed safely, despite a German bullet ripping through his parachute…and who helped kick off the 75th anniversary ceremonies on Thursday by recreating that dive at the age of 97. 

Tom worked with a physical trainer for six months to prepare for the tandem dive.  If anyone’s laying odds on whether he’ll recreate it again on the 80th anniversary at 102, I would not bet against him.

Click the link to see video and photos of this amazing American hero. 

https://www.foxnews.com/world/d-day-veteran-97-parachutes-into-normandy-75-years-later

 

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We often hear that one leftist hobby horse or another is the “moral equivalent of war.”  Just this week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren declared that combating climate change is a “bigger challenge than World War II.”  These are the kind of clueless pronouncements that are often made by people who have zero experience or understanding of what it took to fight World War II. 

At this link, Stephen Green takes a fascinating look at the seemingly impossible logistics of pulling off the D-Day Invasion, and keeping it a secret (today, it would be blared all over social media, giving the Germans plenty of advance warning.) 

As Green notes, just to prepare for D-Day required the equivalent of secretly moving every resident of a medium-sized city – along with all the food, beverages, fuel, vehicles and weapons needed for days of battle – anywhere from 30 to 125 miles in a few hours, by air and heavy seas in foul weather, under enemy fire.  And that was just to get them to the point where the battle would start.

https://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit/d-day-by-the-numbers-by-the-men/

That’s only the beginning of Green’s account of the overwhelming logistics nightmare that was necessary to overcome to launch the D-Day invasion, liberate Europe from the Nazis and stop Russia from taking over from the east.  Read it and think about it the next time someone claims that one liberal program or another is the “moral equivalent of World War II.” 

When you ponder the sheer enormity of the D-Day operation, it’s easy to lose sight of the individuals.  This is a must-read article that brings home what it was like from the standpoints of two soldiers.  Both willingly made great sacrifices to save the world from totalitarian evil.  One hero made it home; the other did not.

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/walter-borneman-remembering-d-day

 

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Media outlets may huff(po) and puff about President Trump’s blasting of “fake news,” but a lot of Americans agree with him.  A new survey by Pew Research found that Americans view made-up “fake news” as a bigger threat than terrorism, climate change or illegal immigration. 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/americans-fake-news-bigger-problem-terrorism-pew-survey

I don’t know if I’d go that far (which doesn’t mean the poll is fake news), but it’s definitely a problem. Here's yet another example: how many Democratic Presidential candidates are claiming that most Americans couldn't handle an emergency that cost $400?  You guessed it: fake stat.

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-06-04/the-400-emergency-expense-story-is-wrong

Most fake anti-Trump news is fueled by the kind of rabid partisanship that leads every reporter to swallow any negative story, no matter how suspicious, or seize on any possible anti-Trump spin to a story while ignoring the bigger picture.  And yes, “fake news” can have really bad consequences, even beyond the way that it misinforms the public, undermines respect for the President, and gins up anger and divisiveness.

For instance, over the weekend, I noted that many top US media outlets, including the New York Times…

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/30/world/asia/north-korea-envoy-execution.html

…were repeating a claim from a South Korean newspaper that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un had executed his top nuclear negotiator for failing to reach a deal with President Trump. This story, if true, could have resulted in an end to nuclear disarmament talks, discrediting of our President internationally, and more dangerous turmoil in Asia. But in my comments, I pointed out that the story was far-fetched and made little logical sense (admittedly, Kim often doesn’t, either), that the source had been wrong before, and (quoting myself), this “would be like (Kim) aiming his entire firing squad at his own foot” and “until it’s verified, let’s bear in mind that the US isn’t the only place that has ‘fake news.’” 

Well, it appears that the nose for avoiding cow droppings that I developed growing up in a rural environment still works.  Several days after that report appeared, the official who was allegedly executed was photographed sitting five seats away from Kim at a concert. 

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/north-korean-official-seen-in-public-days-after-report-he-was-executed-2019-06-02

I hope that incidents like this, and the new Pew poll, will convince media outlets to clean up their acts and get back to aiming for objective, fact-based reporting instead of biased, badly-sourced attack pieces.  However, I predict that tomorrow’s New York Times headline will read, “North Korea Defies Trump by Creating Zombie Army.”

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Democrats claim there’s no illegal immigration crisis at the border...and they say Trump is mentally unfit for his job?  Customs and Border Protection just reported that in May alone, there were 144,258 apprehensions at the border, and those are just the ones who were caught.

https://twitter.com/NickMiroff/status/1136329428055789568

For comparison sake: the number of troops who invaded France on D-Day and turned the tide of World War II in Europe was 156,000.

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Speaking of “fake news,” no news is faker than polls taken two years before an election.  Yet we’re already seeing polls claiming that Joe Biden would destroy Trump in 2020.  One even claimed that Joe has a four-point lead in Texas!  Are they the same pollsters who told us Hillary had an 11-point lead in 2016?

But just in case there is anyone out there who seriously is longing for the good old days of Obama-Biden policies, when serious, sober liberal politicians presided over American decline with stately dignity, here’s a reminder of exactly what that era was like.  It also proves that the current boom in job creation and rising wages is NOT merely a holdover of their policies.

https://thefederalistpapers.org/opinion/obama-economic-disaster-single-glance

Steve Straub at TheFederalistPapers.org put together in one graphic a collection of charts showing various economic conditions under Obama-Biden, including student loan debt, health care costs, median family income, home ownership and more.  Note that everything you’d hope to see going up dropped like a rock, and everything we want to see go down shot up. 

Now comes Joe Biden, offering to take us back to those wonderful days when smug elitists chortled at the very idea of manufacturing jobs ever coming back and the most patriotic thing about the entire Administration was the way food stamp enrollment shot up like a rocket on the Fourth of July. 

Look, I understand that Trump’s Administration can be a rough ride at times (although all the blame for that usually falls on Trump, and none on the bitter leftists who constantly throw obstacles into his path.)  But I find that when you really press people on what Trump has done that’s supposedly so bad, they can only come up with two things.  They either quote horrible stories about him that are pure fake news, or else they complain about his brutal Twitter tweets.

Well, if the choice is between more jobs, rising wages, and putting America first or going back to the days of an economy stuck in quicksand and declining American prestige and sovereignty, then I’d suggest simply turning off Twitter.  How do people even have time to read all those tweets anyway?  Since Trump took office, everyone has a job again! 

 

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  • Rufus Rutland

    06/09/2019 08:11 AM

    And those who hate President Trump ‘s tweets don’t actually read his tweets. They only hear about them through the filter of the fake lying media. And they actually believe it and trust it. It’s crazy times.

  • sue burris

    06/08/2019 10:14 AM

    Mike,
    We cannot give Trump a pass on his endorsement and his Federal agencies' endorsement of homosexuality. He supports Mayor Pete's gay marriage and is ok with the June "pride" month.
    Our Nation will lose every bit of morality left if he continues his misguided position. It must be Ivanka and Jared influencing him as usual. Trump has said in his words that he wants to decriminalize homosexuality worldwide. This cannot stand. He needs to ignore the left's influence and stop the State Department immediately from endorsement of June "pride" month.
    We cannot give this President a pass once again if he endorses homosexuality.

  • Michael Galloway

    06/07/2019 07:04 PM

    Thank you Governor Huckabee for such a good article on D-Day. This needs to be taught in school, but sadly we know much of our nation's history isn't unless it fits the political correctness of the liberals! Just today I was flipping channels and stopped on a D-Day story on PBS (which I do not watch and can't stand) and sure enough the stories and the interviews started out okay, but then they couldn't help but bring up President Trump and his statements on transgenders in the military, etc. The Secretary of Army (forgot his name) did a great job in his interview, but the reporter continued trying to get the Secretary to discredit Trump or not agree with him. One statement by the Secretary of the Army should be a shock to all Americans. He said that 71% of young people today do not meet the qualifications of duty in the U.S. military. He continued to say that it is because of behavior, mental illness and lack of physical fitness! Appalling that we have become a nation that sadly will most likely never take up the call like the Greatest Generation of WWII veterans did.
    Just read an article along similar lines that said that today's young people, not knowing history, not caring about history and not feeling any strong ties to our nation, the same one's wearing $100+ shoes, having everything handed to them and sitting around playing video games - why would they care if our nation was seriously threatened with war against evil empires wanting to totally take over and control our nation. Sadly, from my observations, many young people today fit this description. If our youth are continued to be brainwashed in our public school system and universities by anti-American liberal professors, why would they ever feel compelled to fight for our nation?!!! Sad, but even more sad, because it appears to be accurate.
    Again, thanks Governor for you dedication to writing on our 75th anniversary of D-Day and all the articles of facts and the rest of the story that you write. If it wasn't for you, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and other conservatives, none of us could ever receive truth and facts, as we know the mainstream media and many others don't provide and never will again. Thank you.

  • Dusty

    06/07/2019 11:00 AM

    Most fantastic to see Pres Trump at this event for our Soldiers and our Country on what was done to protect us and the world at that time. Younger people should look at some of the movies of that time and what all so many went through as fighting for freedom and what we have now. Many want to give up for Socialism. This Pres has been bringing back our military that so many put under for a few years. They attack him per he did not go and fight in Vietnam. Many tried to stay out of that war. My husband went as an engineer to save lives he had been in the Army before. Different viewpoints. Without a military strong one we will not survive so God Bless them everyday. My son in law was in for 32 years Air Force. I know our military super people who do what they do so thank them one and all .

  • dave allen

    06/07/2019 09:31 AM

    nypost.com reported on a Florida woman who stabbed herself 3 times because she couldn't live in this country with Trump as president. the article considered it a case of Trump Derangement Syndrome. i suppose liberals will be screaming "Look what Trump is doing to our country"..... better to point out what fake news is doing to this country -- fueling the TDS insanity. reminder - insanity is defined as being way out of touch with reality....

  • Daline Webber

    06/07/2019 04:18 AM

    I’m overwhelmed by what the soldiers did on D-day but let us not forget what our brave men and women, some very young, did following 9-11. Iraq was no picnic nor has Afghanistan been an easy road. Not so many have died due to amazing medical progress but they are left with horrible injuries. Why are they discounted as being our current generation? I watch my son, a vet from both wars try to handle the physical and mental pain. Employers hire vets until VA appointments interrupt their desires. Then the vet is “let go”!

  • Kate Stone

    06/07/2019 02:03 AM

    Dear Mike,
    Thank you for the extensive coverage and links to all the aspects of the D-Day 75th Anniversary Ceremony on June 6th at the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach. We had the privilege of being there in person to hear President Trump And President Marcon express the appreciation for the sacrifices of all the D-Day and World War 2 veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for the noble cause of freedom and liberty. It was a profound moment to be there and feel the intense dynamic of Patriotism that was shown for all, and a special resounding and echoing recognition for the Veterans who were there in person. There is still a lot of pride and Patriotism for our country and gratitude from the French people for the D-Day Liberation from Nazi Tyranny. We need to continue spreading our voices to keep alive what our soldiers lived and died for at Normandy. It was a day that changed the course of world history! Never Let our country forget the priceless cost of liberty and freedom!

  • Jerry Korba

    06/06/2019 11:22 PM

    Mike I have commented about our Greatest Generation for about 7 months off and on sometimes I had commented that the Left had no clue who or what they are Pelosi and Shumer for sure wished they never existed a big pain in the ass for the two of them. They want to kill babies tear apart what the GG gave their life for Capitalism, Freedom, and way of life that is the envy of the World., Obama, hell he was into the Muslem Brotherhood he hated the fact the GG was a bunch of Christians and Jews he simply had no time for them and actually has tried to eliminate the both of them what a wonderful President we had for 8 miserable years. With all the great Memorial Services seen today I doubt it will have an effect on thankless Left and Media it will be business as usual tomorrow ripping our country and our President as they urinate on the graves of the Greatest Generation what else do they have???????????????/ I have wept in many National cemetery's as a member of Color Guards the sounds of Taps gets me every time the 21 gun salutes remind me off pals given their life they didn't want to die they put themselves in harms way so we did not live in a world of Nazies or Japanese rule young people please do not listen to the Left and the propaganda they push: how this does not have any effect on the Left leaves me without a doubt The Left are just plain evil. No other reason they don't just hate Trump they hate America.

  • Marvin & Doris Ladd

    06/06/2019 09:33 PM

    Another option to visit is National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA. Well-done memorial.

    https://www.dday.org/

  • Anna Marie Eier

    06/06/2019 07:58 PM

    Thanks I need your comments.

  • Linda Furlong

    06/06/2019 07:00 PM

    President Trump did the U.S. proud as he honored those living & deceased who were part of D-Day.
    I pray every day that the Republicans will take back the House. Nutty Nancy & her minions are doing nothing for this country.
    Trump 2020.

  • Elaine Liming

    06/06/2019 06:47 PM

    I am optimistic about Trump and his future and our country. My faith in God reminds me He is in Charge. I loved your summary today and sent it on to my conservative friends.
    So I keep praying and asking Him to give us what we need not what we deserve. I also ask He be merciful on those who have crossed to the dark side. All our churches need to get busy and do more to make us great again. It is time for those fire and prime stone preachers to gather their courage and speak the truth we all need to hear. It is time for a Christian uprising.