March 7, 2019

I’ve noted before how easy it is to make claims with absolute certainty about things that are a long way away and don’t really affect you.  For instance, that it’s easy to sneer at President Trump’s assertion of emergency authority to deal with border security issues that Congress refuses to take seriously when you live in a gated mansion or luxury apartment in DC or New York, many miles from the border (last night, Tucker Carlson on Fox News played a montage of liberal news network talking heads and Democratic politicians parroting the same focus-group tested phrase, “manufactured crisis,” as if they were all reading from the same centralized TelePrompter.) 

It’s certainly easier for them to dismiss the seriousness of this issue than it is for people who guard the border or who live there -- like the rancher who recently complained of finding dead bodies on his land and having to carry a gun for protection just to go feed his livestock, and it wasn’t because the cows are dealing drugs and packing heat.  

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In January, the Democrats shut down the government (they blamed Trump, but make no mistake: they chose to shut it down rather than fund a border wall that they had voted for before and that would have cost less than the shutdown), all because they contended that there was no crisis or emergency at the border.  The media sided with them, echoing their smug dismissal of the problem.   When Trump took unilateral action, the House voted to block his emergency measure, and even some Senate Republicans joined in (it won’t matter, since he’ll veto it). 

Even though other Presidents have routinely declared national emergencies, this was allegedly an unprecedented expansion of executive power because, of course, there is no emergency or crisis at the border.  Trump tweeted on Wednesday that Republicans who are backing him know this isn’t about constitutionality, it’s about dealing with a border security crisis that’s allowing drugs, human traffickers and “criminals of all shapes and sizes” to invade our country.

Still, everyone who really matters in DC and New York knows it’s a “manufactured crisis,” right?  Except…well…it seems that some of those liberal media outlets that were so cocksure that there was no emergency at the border are finally starting to let facts infiltrate their opinions.  But only because the facts are becoming so obvious, they’re now harder to ignore than a leftist punching your face on the UC-Berkeley campus.

Like the new government report that in February, a record 76,000-plus migrants tried to enter the US illegally (and it’s the shortest month!)  That’s a 50% increase in the number of families trying to cross the border since January.  Nearly 160,000 unaccompanied children and family members have been detained in the past five months.  There’s been a 434% increase in arrests in the El Paso Sector, which covers two Texas counties and the state of New Mexico (you remember: where the Democratic Governor just pulled the National Guard troops because there is no crisis at the border.) 


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Federal officials say the system for dealing with all the illegal entrants is at capacity and beyond and described the trend as “alarming” (just don’t call it a “crisis” or an “emergency” because Heaven knows it’s not one of those!)

Actually, it is.  Here’s how you can tell just how bad the situation at the border has become: liberal media outlets that have spent the past two months attacking and mocking Trump for telling us how bad it is are now reluctantly starting to admit that, yeah, it’s pretty darn bad.  Even NPR…

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And even the New York Times…

The Times is now talking out of both sides of its mouth so loudly that even its readers are starting to notice the editors’ denial of reality.  Funny, you’d think Times readers would be used to that by now…



Maybe the Democrats are right and the true national emergency really is health care: too many of our political and opinion leaders are deaf, dumb and blind to reality and don’t even realize it. 

At least two Congress members did something their colleagues were too busy sneering to do: they actually took a look at the border from a closer vantage point than the banks of the Potomac or the New York studios of CNN.  They came back shocked by how bad the situation really is and convinced that yes, this is indeed a national emergency:

Their comments remind me of Richard Pryor’s famous bit about how he used to have the typical liberal’s view of prisons as cruel and unnecessary until he spent a couple of months shooting a movie inside a real prison and got to talk with the inmates.  And then his attitude changed to “Thank God we have prisons!!”

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I’ve often said that political and media professionals will never take illegal immigration seriously as long as illegal immigrants aren’t threatening their jobs.  Well, maybe this make them think twice, or even once:

Bernie Sanders just hired a new campaign spokesperson, and she’s an illegal immigrant. Bernie must be trying to nail down the two major issues for today’s Democratic Party: illegal immigration and socialism.



Anyone who thinks I was being too flippant recently by suggesting that some of the current crop of Democratic House members need to be put back at the kids’ table for a while until they grow up should note that Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley just introduced a bill to lower the voting age to 16.  Two other Democrats immediately endorsed it.  I expect even more will if Taylor Swift promotes it on Instagram. 

This link is well worth reading, and not for the arguments for lowering the voting age to before kids have even taken a civics, history or economics class (obviously a boon for the Democrats) but for the responses.




Many thanks to President Trump for continuing to keep his campaign promises, even as he’s constantly distracted by the Chihuahua-like yapping of his critics.  One of them was to improve care for veterans, and yesterday, he announced the creation of a new task force to prevent the epidemic of veteran suicides, estimated to average up to 20 a day.  This is an important and tragic issue that doesn’t get nearly enough attention. 

Details are at the link.  The coordinated effort will involve multiple federal agencies and grants to state and local governments to help veterans.  The story notes that a price tag has yet to be put on the cost of the grants.  Might I suggest that any politicians who object to the funding on the basis that veteran suicides are not a “crisis” or “emergency” see if they can fit their fists into their mouths. Good, now keep them there.

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Here’s a sad but heartwarming story that shows what can happen when people put aside mindless partisanship and treat each other as human beings.  Jay Barrett of West Haven, Connecticut, has terminal cystic fibrosis.  He’s a strong Trump supporter, and his one wish before he dies was to talk to President Trump personally.  So his sister launched a social media campaign to try to get word to Trump.  The White House took notice of all the emails, and Trump called Barrett to offer his prayers and support.  His son Eric also called, and HUD regional director Lynne Patton, who is from New Haven, is coming this weekend to give Barrett a signed gift from the President.

Worth noting: Barrett’s sister, Bridgette Hoskie, is a West Haven City Councilwoman and self-described “100% Democrat.”  But some things are more important than politics.  I wish 100% of Democrats and Republicans would keep that in mind.



Can we now safely state that it’s official: the Democratic Party has moved so far to the left that they no longer will even harbor any hopes of win Ohio?  I suggest they follow the Hillary Clinton strategy: spend all their time and money in New York and California to gin up big vote totals there, then spend the next four years whining about their Electoral College loss.



Why are Democrats so afraid of being asked real questions?  The Party once again refused to allow Fox News to host any of their Presidential debates – even though at this rate, they’ll need all the debate moderators they can get, since there will be so many contenders, it will look like March Madness with an emphasis on the madness.

The Dems have never let Fox host their debates, but this year’s excuse is an unverified and denied claim by the New Yorker that during the 2016 debates, Trump had a heads-up on a tough question asked him by Megyn Kelly.  I would point out that while I don’t believe that’s true (and I was on the debate stages myself), at least Megyn asked tough questions of us Republican candidates, who also faced tough (some might even say unfair, partisan and misleading) questions by moderators from liberal news outlets (say, does anyone remember the 2012 presidential debate where the moderator got her facts wrong and actually sided with Obama against Mitt Romney?)  It’s also pretty laughable to hear them go into a huff over a rumor that one debate question was rigged to help a particular candidate, and then claim that’s why they want CNN to run their debates. 

This, in a nutshell, illustrates why the current Democratic Party is so out of touch with most Americans and embraces so many policies that are proven, tragic failures.  From college campuses to national debate stages, they are terrified of being challenged with tough questions or having to defend their positions intellectually.  They love speeches to captive audiences, but hate real debates.  They prefer to live inside airtight bubbles, communicating only with people who agree with them (vary by so much as a degree, and you’ll be unfriended and banished to oblivion!) 

At the risk of implying that today’s Democrats could actually learn anything from an old, dead, white guy, I’d suggest they read Mark Twain’s “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg” for a timeless lesson in how fragile self-righteous people’s principles become when they’re never tested.  Since they’re all such good socialists these days, I’ll even offer them a link where they can read it for free.





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  • Deborah McCallum

    03/08/2019 10:33 AM

    Isn't it treasonous for our elected US Congress members to not defend our border and the citizens of this great Country against a variety of increasing threats?
    How and who can bring charges of treason against the Congress?

  • Gary L. Hickman

    03/08/2019 08:57 AM

    I enjoy reading your Evening Editions. You could add more than 1000% effectiveness to your effort to influence National policy/laws by providing letter templates for your readers to send to their congressman and senators addressing the issue.

  • John ames

    03/08/2019 08:42 AM

    Have you seen this. I was recently introduced to this and it quite disturbing. I am a Colorado native of 52 years and I can't believe what's happening here. It's my understanding is thet Tennessee experiencing the same. I am very interested in hearing your thoughts. Thanks.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    03/08/2019 08:35 AM

    So, has ICE not picked up this manager of Bernie's yet? Can he not be charged for knowledge?

  • larry rippere

    03/08/2019 03:31 AM

    re your first item: Dummy! The rancher carries a gun when he checks on his cows, in case one farts. Farting cows must be dispatched immediately!

  • Walter Hinds

    03/08/2019 12:47 AM

    Thank you so much for these news updates as non fake news is hard to find these days. Thank you again .

  • Todd Matosic

    03/08/2019 12:00 AM

    Any sign (verified proof) of RBG in Washington or anywhere else for that matter?

  • Richard Gordon

    03/07/2019 11:46 PM

    Mike, a couple of nights ago I forwarded you a very funny video of President Trump and Crooked Hillary dancing and Putin playing the piano. I wrote you along with this video that I thought your readers would enjoy a good laugh. I'm still waiting for you to show this video and if you don't will you explain to me why.
    Thank you for your time,
    Rich Gordon.

  • Warren Earhart

    03/07/2019 10:46 PM

    Hello Governor,
    First, let me say I hope one day the greeting will be "Hello Mr. President."
    With respect to Rand Paul and the other Republican Senators that are not standing with the president to secure the border, they should be reminded that it is only because they are not doing, and more importantly, did not do their jobs when they had the majority in both houses, to pass legislation to fund and #BuildTheWall. If you are able to contact these 'Gentlemen' directly, I implore you to do so. And as far as that goes, the whole House & Senate should be lambasted for failing to protect the people they are supposed to be serving. Thank you!

  • Carl Smith

    03/07/2019 10:34 PM

    I will read after I get my point out. First; I have asked for an answer to WHY does the POTUS not invoke Article IV Section 4 of the Constitution to protect the border from Invasion? Second; Why are the Border patrol NOT taking DNA Samples to PROVE familial relationships and use as a tool to prosecute Kidnapping Charges? It's apparent Congress is Broken. The Left has gone over the cliff like Lemmings for Socialism and are now in ALL OUT NEVER TRUMP- DAMN THE COUNTRY! With the media risking their protection under the constitution they are NOT Reporting NEWS anymore and until a mechanism is found to by - pass the Political Arm of the Left over half the nation will continue to be uninformed or at least Ill Informed. Many of these solutions are so apparent I wonder WHY even FOX continues to dance around the Hen House.

  • David Molony

    03/07/2019 09:54 PM

    Did you know that the word police are trying to ban the word "Oriental" because its a bad word! Prez Obama signed the law PUBLIC LAW 114–157—MAY 20, 2016 130 STAT. 393, which states that minorities are now different names, and the word police are interpreting it to mean we can no longer use the word Oriental Medicine in our licenses! It has nothing to do with that. I think you are familiar with acupuncture and Oriental Medicine because Michael Ranft got a reasonable law passed in Arkansas in your tenure there, I think.

  • Rick Bishop

    03/07/2019 09:43 PM

    I’m from Texarkana Tx. Worked with terry turner. I was a builder there for over thirty years. Twenty years ago there was a roofer housing 10 to 12 people in one small house on Walnut St. He would pay his guys 4to 5 dollars an hour for months to repay him for coming to get them. Needless to say I couldn’t compete. The least employee of mine I payed 15 an hour. They can’t say they help the area .

  • Bernadette Dillon

    03/07/2019 09:41 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee, I have some good news for the world. I saw a group of young people, around 10 of them, democrats talking at a coffee shop. The line was long and they were loud. Other people were chiming in on the conversation. They were angry at the Democrats here in San Diego and Sacramento. They were super angry about being forced to pay outrageous health insurance premiums and deductibles and getting nothing. Yet other groups of people were getting insurance free with no premiums and no deductibles! They were also upset over these same groups of people getting college for free and housing ahead of them. It was a great discussion. Democrats better pull their heads out of the sand for 2020!

  • Paulette W Taylor

    03/07/2019 09:18 PM

    Governor Huckabee
    Thank you for your accurate and concise reporting. It's so much easier than having to stomach national news. Why doesn't President Trump just close the border - no processing anyone? Better yet, why not allow an entire caravan in and bus them up to the San Francisco area and let them out at the front gate of Ms. Pelosi's home? Maybe it's time the U. S. stopped providing financial aid to these countries whose people are in these caravans and even Mexico for allowing them to approach the U. S. border.

  • Pauline Lange

    03/07/2019 09:12 PM

    I am so hopeful that Democrats take the time to read some of your commentaries. It just might plant a seed of sanity that could grow into an intelligent thought on the many issues that they need to be attending to instead of the juvenile behavior and ridiculous laws they are trying to put into place. We need a better medical system for health care. We need a border wall. Americans need to know that life is valued and precious in and out of the womb and that the lie that it is women's health care be squashed. Americans want a balanced budget and to continue to have a free enterprise system that produces jobs and a good educations system that does not propagandize and brain wash our young, but teaches them how to think and to learn from history, not try to blot it out. And the list goes on. Mrs. Pauline Lange

  • Mary E Reuter

    03/07/2019 08:23 PM

    I have been reading you daily comments and they just make so much sense, now why can't others see things in our perspective?

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    03/07/2019 07:56 PM

    Delaware just raised the age for buying and smoking cigarettes (only the tobacco kind -they don't worry about marijuana) to 21. While two of the kiddie-corps in congress want to lower the voting age to 16!

    I propose a compromise. We raise the voting age to 24, and the cigarette smoking age to 30 - and include Marijuana.

  • Wesley G. Vaughn

    03/07/2019 07:53 PM

    Here's an idea:
    Wherever AOC is speaking, have a whole herd of people showing up outside, each leading a Herford or Black Angus calf.

  • Helen Feldman

    03/07/2019 07:01 PM

    Dear Gov., I need you to clarify some words for me. Most commentators, including yourself, refer to the Democrat party as democratic. It's disturbing to me to describe a party that lacks democratic values as democratic. Also, can you tell me what a democratic socialist is? What is democratic about a socialist? These may be foolish questions, but I know that you will have some common sense and wise answers. I love your daughter. Thank you.

  • Richard Jones

    03/07/2019 06:40 PM

    Another great one Mr. Huckabee. And as always, I enjoy your sense of humor.

  • Sharon Wangsness

    03/07/2019 06:37 PM

    California wants to allow 16 year olds to vote too. Since one woman from Venezuela wrote an article that was published that said 'Beware of socialists lies." We got those too and as soon as we elected them we found out they were all lies. And our country that had been prosperous with a great economy now is what we are all trying to escape because we can't even buy infant formula or toilet paper or anything that you need to live. So Iam guessing that those immigrants from Venezuela would not vote for any of the Dems running on their progressive ideals. They been there and done that. To top that Judicial Watch took California to court and won that they have to purge all their voter registrations that have dead people on them or people no longer living here. So they have to find a new batch of people that will vote for them. What better than 16 year olds who love freebees and do not get proper history taught in California schools?

  • Elizabeth Crouse

    03/07/2019 06:37 PM

    It saddens me to see how democrats are fighting a President Trump and America.

    Thankful for what President Trump is doing for veterans. I would not take anyone to VA and got my husband to a good doctor. It would be less expensive to let veterans go to civilian doctors and close VAs. I know so many stories about VA and lies that came out. Bad situation.

  • Stephen Russell

    03/07/2019 06:30 PM

    Anti Hate bill: Does this mean Dems wont attack Pres Trump again IF passed?
    2 way street & No more harrassing those in MAGA hats??

  • Thomas W. Price

    03/07/2019 06:14 PM

    Anti semitism,islamphobia, bigotry
    Governor,how did Christianity get left out? If Muslims are to be protected,and I think they should be, what is wrong with protecting the most hated group in this country,even the world?
    Just wondering if I missed something? Your thoughts !

  • Keethlyn Fletcher

    03/07/2019 06:02 PM

    I heard something funny today and I'm afraid that other people are misunderstanding the definition of socialism. When talking with an interviewer the question that was asked was do you agree with socialism? The answer was "oh my yes. I think it's very important to vote for socialism. Look at how you and I are socialising right now, isn't this wonderful how we can communicate?"
    She is confusing socializing with socialism.
    Big difference Mike ! Please address this misunderstanding before the next election.