Evening Edition - April 22

April 22, 2019

Tweet of the Day, from “Dilbert” creator Scott Adams:

“If you find yourself blaming President Trump for almost-sort-of-maybe intending to obstruct a witch hunt, you have a mental health crisis, not a political opinion.”

https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1118937718774358016

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Glad to see that people notice my tweets.  This story is about two of them: my response to Sen. Mitt Romney, who seems to prefer trashing the President he cozied up to for a job rather than criticizing the other Party’s attempted coup to overturn the election…and a link to a column by Democratic pollster Mark Penn, who understands what the Mueller report is really about (especially the "obstruction" half that, as Penn points out, shouldn't even exist) a lot better than some Republicans I could name.

https://www.westernjournal.com/mike-huckabee-fires-back-mitt-romneys-claim-trump-makes-sick/


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For those Democrats who continue to scream for impeachment over “obstruction of justice,” can they please first define what they mean by that term?  Because here’s how it looks from where I sit:

Being angry enough over having your Administration hamstrung and your family and staff threatened by partisan investigators accusing you of something you know you never did that you consider firing them, but ultimately don’t:  “OBSTRUCTION!”

Taking an email server that’s under subpoena, erasing it, scrubbing every bit of data off it with BleachBit and pounding it with a hammer:  “NOT OBSTRUCTION!” 

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It appears that someone else also follows me on Twitter.  CNN’s April Ryan accused me of inciting violence against her because I asked whether CNN or the White House Correspondents’ Association would deal with her incitement to murder of my daughter by saying on TV that her head should be “lopped off.” 

https://dailycaller.com/2019/04/20/april-ryan-sarah-sanders-head/

As you can see at the link, she also questions my religious faith, says I won’t get into Heaven, then ups the threatening rhetoric by adding, “As your people come for me! My people see you and will do the same for you!" 

This is the latest defense tactic of people on the left who are called out for outrageous comments or outright lies: accuse the people who point out their foul behavior of inciting violence against them to make them immune from criticism.  We’ve seen it most prominently from defenders of Rep. Ilhan Omar, who is now supposed to be given a free pass for anti-Semitic statements because criticizing them might inspire some nutjob to threaten her.

For the record: I have been writing news commentaries for over 10 years, and in all that time, I have repeatedly and consistently urged people to listen to the other side and respond intellectually and factually, not violently or emotionally.  I have said it about both the left and the right.  I have criticized President Trump when I thought his rhetoric went beyond the pale.  In every TV remote, I make sure that the “Come let us reason together” plaque in my office is on full display.

But I am also a father who has had to watch as my daughter has been vilified, threatened and even forced to leave a public restaurant, all because of unhinged leftists, whipped into a frenzy by “news” media figures who long ago abandoned any pretense of objectivity or professionalism in their pursuit of being fulltime DNC mouthpieces.   

I would be willing to consider that maybe “lopping their heads off” was simply a metaphor for firing, if there weren’t already a thriving subset of leftists who use violence and threats to try to intimidate political opponents and media figures they disagree with (ask Tucker Carlson or any college Republican), groups which haven’t received a fraction of the negative media coverage accorded to people who simply work in the Trump White House.  Also, if it weren’t so ironic that Ms Ryan was calling for my daughter to be fired over a slip of the tongue while claiming that her violent way of expressing it was simply a misunderstood figure of speech.


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(Speaking of that, here’s a report from the Daily Caller, which did what real journalists would do: they talked to some FBI agents to find out if they really did approve of James Comey’s firing):

https://dailycaller.com/2019/04/19/daily-caller-fbi-agents-fed-up-comey/

It also might be more persuasive if the calls for my daughter’s firing for allegedly saying something that wasn’t 100% literally true didn’t come from a media outlet that’s spent two full years lying 24/7 about “Russian collusion” and even accused Sarah of not baking her own pies. 

For the record, I have never, nor would I ever, call for nor condone violence against anyone for disagreeing with my political views.  I would appreciate the same courtesy from people who claim to be professional journalists.  More to the point, I think Ms Ryan’s employer might appreciate some more professional conduct from all its on-air talent, since the viewing public is obviously getting pretty sick of this circus as well.

https://dailycaller.com/2019/04/16/cnn-ratings-plummet-all-year-low/

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One issue on which I have been critical of my fellow Republicans is Obamacare.  They ran on a promise to repeal and replace it, failed to keep that promise when they had the power, and still haven’t offered a replacement plan.  Meanwhile, Democrats are charging leftward down the field, promising “Medicare For All,” another government program that would take away control and choice from consumers while spending trillions of dollars the government doesn’t have (they promise that “millionaires and billionaires” will pay for it, but even they don’t have that much money – and I hate to break this news to Bernie Sanders, but there’s no such thing as “trillionaires.”) 

So hats off to Louisiana Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy, who tells Breitbart News that he is working on his own market-based alternative plan that would both lower medical costs and make pricing more transparent (that would end “surprise billing,” such as an example he gave of a patient who was billed $18,000 for a urine test.) It’s modeled on the successful CHIP program that provides affordable health insurance for children, and it would be run by the states, with each state given flexibility to create a version that works best for its own citizens.  More details are at this link:

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/04/18/exclusive-bill-cassidy-designing-republican-federalist-healthcare-plan/

Cassidy is a doctor himself, with a background in setting up medical clinics to provide free health care and vaccinations to low income patients, and emergency care for Hurricane Katrina victims.  He believes that a plan based on a program that’s already successful might garner some bipartisan support.


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I suspect it won’t garner as much support from Democrats as he hopes, since too many of today’s most vocal Congressional Democrats seem far less interested in creating market-based, affordable health care that citizens control than in taking over health care and have Washington control it. But Republicans need to have their own viable plan for voters to compare to “Medicare For All,” and Cassidy is on the right track. 

(I should note that some liberals are saying Cassidy should just keep quiet because he’s already been tainted by attacks from Jimmy Kimmel.  That would be convincing if you believe that late night comedians who get their talking points from Chuck Schumer’s twitter feed know more about how to provide affordable medical care than a doctor with a history of founding free clinics.)

Unlike fans of federal control of everything, I believe in giving people a choice.  Let’s see a Republican plan before the 2020 election, and let the voters decide whether they want health coverage that they control and tailor to their needs, or a budget-busting/tax-raising/one-size-fits-all/one authority-makes-all-your-health-decisions-for-you plan.  If they’re smart enough to opt for the former, then maybe it won’t be necessary after 2020 to gain a lot of bipartisan Democratic support to get it past the House and a 60-vote margin in the Senate. 

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/04/18/exclusive-bill-cassidy-designing-republican-federalist-healthcare-plan/

 

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And yet another Democrat has entered the Presidential demolition derby: Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton is the…20th?  I think he’s the 20th, but between the time I wrote this and the time you read it, a dozen more might have jumped in. 

Anyway, Moulton launched his campaign by declaring that he is a Democrat, not a socialist.  I sincerely wish him good luck with that strategy, but I’m not optimistic.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/seth-moulton-massachusetts-congressman-and-iraq-war-vet-jumps-into-2020-presidential-race

 

 

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Nancy Pelosi was outraged that anyone would think the President shouldn’t have been given the chance to review the charges in the special counsel’s report in advance so that he could prepare a response that would be released as part of the report. 

Oh, I’m sorry, wrong year: she was outraged in 1998 at the idea of preventing President Clinton from reviewing the Starr Report in advance.  She’s now even more outraged at the idea that President Trump would have been given a chance to review the Mueller report in advance, even though that was legally necessary to make sure his attorneys approved the redactions.

https://thenationalsentinel.com/2019/04/21/lets-go-to-the-video-nancy-pelosis-massive-hypocrisy-regarding-the-mueller-report-exposed-video/

This is why the symbol of the GOP is an elephant: elephants never forget.

 

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Video Of The Day: I know a lot of Democrats are quietly hoping (maybe even working behind the scenes to arrange) for a challenger to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  And I think they may have found her.  

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/watch-8-year-old-girl-skewers-ocasio-cortez-perfect-impression/

 

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  • Lois Yeager

    04/24/2019 01:45 PM

    Reps = elephant = memory, strength, steady, etc
    Dems = donkey = stubborn, hard headed, etc
    Who first selected these symbols? An independent???

  • Lois Gossman

    04/23/2019 07:41 PM

    This is the first time I've read your "Evening Edition" and I must say you tell it like it is in a calm, rational way. Keep up the good work. I admire your daughter, Sarah, so much. I don't know how she puts up with those jackasses every day and keeps her cool. She does an awesome job. She's intelligent and expresses herself well, just like her dad. After the way the democrats have behaved since Trump was elected, I think anyone who votes for them in 2020 should have their head examined. Actually, they have probably added more voters for republicans.

  • Kathy Backer

    04/23/2019 05:30 PM

    Hi Mike,

    Could you email be back or make some comments on why competition healthcare would or wouldnt work.? I have lots of places to choose
    from for car insurance, dental insurance, eye vision insurance and even Pet Insurance!, so why not health insurance. Love your commentary
    each day and your show!

  • Bernadette Dillon

    04/23/2019 01:47 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,

    My kids are adults. One plays professional soccer for the USA, another is a Lacrosse coach for a local high school and a local college. My baby is a psychologist and a liberal. When my oldest son is on the field wearing red white and blue in places like Dubai, El Salvador and the like I pray the whole team comes home in one piece. I sit in the stands watching my daughter coach and the hate spewed out at her, I have to keep my mouth shut. I get it! There comes a point you are not Governor Huckabee or Pastor Huckabee....you are a Dad!!!!!

  • Brenda Eddy

    04/23/2019 11:48 AM

    Your article tonight hit home with me. Keep up your good work Governor Huckabee. I now watch OANN because they tell the facts and let you form your own opinion. YOU also are fair!
    By the way, I'd vote for the sweet girl over crazy OAC any day. (I think Nancy would too!! Lol.)

  • Carol Mulshine

    04/23/2019 11:24 AM

    Thank you Gov. Huckabee for all you do for us Americans.
    I am so proud of your daughter for standing her ground against all the hateful things said about her.
    They are afraid of her and are lashing out! She speaks the Truth & the Truth hurts!
    God bless her , and you & your entire family.
    You are God's people & He knows it and will always be with you all.
    Be not afraid.

    Carol

  • Nelda White

    04/23/2019 10:12 AM

    The young actress was amazing. Enjoyed it.

  • Li Yu Chang

    04/23/2019 08:27 AM

    The first Democratic presidential debate should start out with the twenty some empty podiums arranged on the stage and then have a small car drive out to center stage and the door opens and all the candidates come out of it like a clown car in the circus.
    The thing that the dummies giving away free everything by taxing the richest people in America to pay for it is that the rich are the most mobile people in the country and will simply move out of the country and then the free give aways won't have funding.

  • Clay C Cole

    04/23/2019 01:06 AM

    Mike, First of all, you need to quit saying President Trump's rhetoric isn't always right! President Trump is 100% right on all the time! Secondly, there is affordable healthcare already available. Have you heard of Medi-Share? Sincerely, Clay Cole

  • Rebecca Holstine

    04/23/2019 12:52 AM

    I want to say I am praying for the families of the Christians killed in Sri Lanka. I will call them Christians not Easter Worshipers. For some reason that really bothered me when I heard people not saying Christians. I also want to say April Ryan shows no class. Some people just never have it. Your lovely daughter Sarah on the other hand shows class under the most difficult circumstances. It says a lot about her raisings. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Huckabee for loaning us Sarah. She has been a good friend to Pres. Trump and she also makes the press conference fun to watch. She can make the press's heads spin, they never know what hit them.

  • barbara stewart

    04/23/2019 12:36 AM

    SOMEONE PLEASE ASK BERNIE SANDERS IF ALL OF CONGRESS IS GOING TO BE UNDER THE SAME MEDICARE HEALTH CARE THAT I AM IF WE HAVE MEDICARE FOR ALL. DON'T REMEMBER VOTING FOR THEM TO HAVE SEPARATE COVERAGE IN THE FIRST PLACE AND THINK THEIR COVERAGE SHOULD NOT BE DIFFERENT.

  • Marietta Pellicano

    04/23/2019 12:34 AM

    #AOC"mini-me" was so precious!!! That performance made my day!!! Thank You!

  • Jerry Korba

    04/23/2019 12:23 AM

    Mike The people on the Left or what name they want to be called for the week it changes I do not pay that much attention to the label they have it is all nonsense. The brain these people have does not allow them to understand that 350 million people might have a different way to understand common sense the slogan you have Lets reason together can not be handled in these people's head it not wired for that. The beginning of the week they get a magic word they use it for the week, the next Saturday they will practice another word have it ready to recite for the next week and the beat just goes on and on. Look how Maxie Waters reacts when she cannot practice her word over the weekend ; she gets in front of our Banking CEOs and makes a complete fool of herself in less than 2 minutes she could not recite a 2 syllable word when she tried to describe a gavel she called it a gravel take away her catch phrase impeach 45 she becomes the apparent idiot; what's with this woman Ryan, is her background with the Isis group having the appetite to chop a head off, or this woman Omar with her hate of Jews the same with Omar's sister from Michigan keep it simple you just hate everyone that way you won't wear yourself having to think about hating one group; why does Lizzy Warren have to bring impeachment proceedings against our President she can collude with the other dingbat ,Waters. Those are just a few that can not reason; The congress has 100 more that belong to that group to reason together their brain will not handle it. They need to be rewired before that can happen; Dr. Ben Carson do you dare look into those scary caves it wouldn't take long only 4 brain cells working.. Just vote them out it is the only way to bring back common sense.

  • Gladys Hizer

    04/22/2019 11:50 PM

    I remember early on that your daughter said she prayed for her detractors and I have had to do the same at times. Makes for a lot of praying. Loved the video of the 8 year old Ocasio-Cortez impersonator. What a talented young lady!

  • Keethlyn Fletcher

    04/22/2019 11:32 PM

    The news was announcing this morning that Social security will be out of money in 10 or 12 years, so I think it would be good if the government paid back every dime that they stole of our money. We paid it.
    It's not entitlement.
    Give it back.

  • Dr Clay Skinner

    04/22/2019 11:32 PM

    Republicans must go on offense now if faith in justice system to be restored.

  • mark poyhonen

    04/22/2019 11:10 PM

    Health Care Requirements
    The New Health care initiative must:
    1. Instantly make health care available to every citizen.
    2. Lower the costs of Health services, to include pharmaceuticals.
    3. Save over half a trillion dollars of government spending
    4. Allow free market enterprises to continue offering insurance schemes, encouraging more students to become Doctors, Nurses, and health care professionals
    5. Create a system that supports and provides an avenue for the instant repeal of Obamacare while simultaneously solving the VA ‘problem’.
    6. Ensure pre-condition support while still allowing citizens to choose their own healthcare services
    7. Remove government control over individual health care services and dictation of costs.
    8. Eliminate the huge costs of paperwork and bureaucracy currently employed by the government.
    9. The solution must be easy to quickly implement and even easier for every citizen to understand.
    The solution offered meets all the above requirements by directly subsidizing the service providers. The acceptance of the subsidy demands service to be provided for every citizen.
    A list of subsidies:
    Subsidize every licensed physician $100,000, ($90 billion per year).
    Subsidize every registered nurse $30,000, ($90 billion per year).
    Allocate every hospital $17 million, ($95 billion per year on average).
    Subsidize $75,000 for every licensed Nurse Practitioner, ($8.3 billion per year).
    Subsidize $45,000 for every Physician assistant, ($3.2 billion per year).
    Allocate Drug subsidies, ($263 billion per year).
    The Government involvement will be limited to performing a disbursement of collected funds given to health professionals and drug companies. Current payroll taxes provide $275 billion each year, (half of the disbursements described in the proposed allocations). Adding from the general fund or doubling the payroll tax to 3% will still reduce federal overhead expenses by over half a trillion dollars each year.
    Nothing is free, however, and the amounts mentioned will still not cover the total expenses.
    Co-pays.
    Let doctors, hospitals, drug vendors, and specialists charge whatever they desire in the form of co-pays.
    In the future, one might see catastrophic health insurance ‘bundled’ with car and home insurance plans. Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare would be gone. Only the ‘Medicare’ payroll tax would remain.
    In this subsidized system, transparent costs would allow informed patients to seek the best service at the lowest co-pay. This style of funding will also spur an interest in more people choosing to become doctors. There is a predicted shortage of 90,000 doctors by 2025.
    Tort reform and the modification of educational regulations are also necessary modifications.

  • Toni DeFronzo

    04/22/2019 10:54 PM

    Your comment that there is even a possibility that we should be able to expect “courtesy from people who claim to be professional journalists”, in today’s news media is just our wishful thinking.

    Those of us, who appreciate frank and honest reporting, are disgusted with today’s talking heads! I completely disconnected cable.

    I believe that many are jealous of your daughter, because she is strong, smart and decent. We trust her to be honest on all fronts, because she has proven that is her basic character.

  • Anne Amato

    04/22/2019 10:53 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee,
    Anyone with sensibility who read your comment about Southern women & pie, understands you were making a tongue-in-cheek joke (and...I am old enough to remember this type of thing in movies). April Ryan is "playing the victim card".....so prevalent with the unhinged Left.

    Question though: Exactly what did she mean when, in attacking your Christianity, she said "You should be out celebraring Good Friday."??? What kind of person does not inderstand that we Christians do not "celebrate" Good Friday??? It is a day we MOURN how Jesus was treated and the sacrifice Jesus made for us! We CELEBRATE the Sunday following....when He was resurrected!!!! Was this just some kind of error...or does April Ryan actually know nothing?
    .........
    And....."Medicare for All"???? HA! I am 73....worked ALL my life. Here is something I have NEVER heard discussed by anyone!
    Even on Social Security (which rarely goes up...even if the cost of living skyrockets), and we have Medicare, WE PAY MONTHLY FOR IT OUT OF SOCIAL SECURITY! And...under Obama there were extremely rare and minimal COLA (cost of living adjustments) to Social Security.
    AND.....his last one WENT DIRECTLY TO RAISED MEDICARE COSTS!

    And....Medicare costs MONEY....even though it actually covers very little! That is exactly why we need either:
    1) an "Advantage" plan (in which our Medicare monies are paid to the insurance carrier....and WE ALSO pay the insurance carrier out-of-pocket based on our plan needs). So...in essence....people with an Advantage plan do NOT have Medicare at all!
    OR
    2) a "Cost" plan (in which we still pay for Medicare.....but we ALSO PAY an approved insurance company (out of pocket) for the plan we WANT to cover our specified needs.

    "Medicare for All" would be a joke if it were not such a travesty! Socialized medicine is essentially "triage" care!

    People under such systems can attest to this. Worked in the Upper Penninsula of MI for 9 of the 42 years I worked for just one company. Met a LOT of Canadians who came into this country for surgeries that were not considered life-threatening...or...the "wait time" was years. One example is knee or hip replacement surgeries.

    Eventually...under socialized medicine....."triage care" will be based on the patient's "worth to society". This is already happening in countries such as China.

    So....President Trump's plan to sell medical insurance across state lines.....and hopefully have them as approved Medicare companies and plans....ONE CRUCIAL POINT IS MISSING.....the Doctors and Clinics and Hospitals need to be mandated to accept all valid insurance....regardless of the approved carrier. Right now...that is NOT the case!

    God bless you and your family and thank you for your columns and knowledge!


  • James Crowson

    04/22/2019 10:28 PM

    As you know as well as I, you being a Pastor, the Bible states all those that stand for biblical values, "blessed is the one whomever believes in Jesus Christ, the Son of The Most High will, they will be persecuted for their beliefs in Him.
    Mr. Huckabee thank you for all your work on defending this country of it's biblical values. This country was founded by Christians and I believe it shall stay that way, if it is the God of Israel's Will?
    I believe if we pray for the Liberals to turn from their sins and turn to the God of Israel's Salvation this country can be saved.
    I'm really concerned about all these caravans entering our country, invading our country declaring Asylum, they will displace, disrupt and destroy our workforce and our families all for Greed of the powerful that own businesses here, especially the transportation industry. They say there is a shortage of truck drivers so my theory is their plan is to exploit these immigrants by putting them as drivers, displacing and disrupting my provision for my family, for I am a truck driver. It's all about the "Buck", Greed is going to be our downfall, if we continue to have this OPEN Borders policy. This asylum law is being abused and should be over turned. There is an invasion, a Movement to take over this country and the people that are allowing this to happen are no friends of the USA.
    Thank you Sir for your time.

  • Kenna Maccalum

    04/22/2019 10:26 PM

    Your lovely daughter takes a lot of grief. She does a wonderful job. I just wanted you and her to know a lot of us appreciate it.

  • Jason R. (Bob) Moore

    04/22/2019 10:16 PM

    Also why the Democratic Party is a donkey or better known as a jacka—.

  • Jan St Anne

    04/22/2019 09:47 PM

    That is also why the Democrat's symbol is a jackass

  • william fuhrer

    04/22/2019 09:27 PM

    Police departments have departments to deal with internal affair and guideline for police conduct. When the agents told Comey OH, BY THE WAY WE ARE GOING TO TAKE DOWN CANDIDATE TRUMP. BY ENTRAPPING HIM and linking him with a few Russians. We are sure that the United States citizen who learned how to make money in the United States. Went to school in the United States and made a bundle in the United States will be believed to be working with the commies. Comey says no problem American citizens are dumb GO FOR IT

  • Amelia Little

    04/22/2019 09:16 PM

    I don't recall her addressing say, good ol' maxine who was shouting to the people to disrupt the lives of every person in the Trump administration....she says, of course, she didn't say to get violent--but she was speaking to people who think violence against conservative people, ideas and speech is the way to go. Her speech was more inciteful than any that pretty much any conservative has uttered. Just as I notice ocasio and omar and tlaib can say whatever they want--and the likes of this "reporter/journalist" whatever she calls herself didn't bat an eye-and certainly didn't take them to task for their remarks. Hmm...I've seen this name a few times lately, and can't remember the last I heard about pretty boy acosta---has he moved over to let someone else take the spotlight?