July 31, 2020


July 31, 2020 

By Mike Huckabee


When I heard the sad news that my friend Herman Cain had lost his fight with coronavirus, it was the same day, Thursday, as Rep. John Lewis’ funeral. Lewis, a strong partisan with whom I disagreed on most issues, had indeed been a brave leader for civil rights since he was a very young man and deserves recognition for that.

President Obama shared many positive words of tribute to the man and his fight for civil rights, and that was all fine. But he somehow...just...couldn’t...resist...getting political. What is it about Democrats and funerals that they just can’t avoid politics long enough to honor the dead person?

Here’s a link to the transcript of his entire speech, but I’d like to call attention to the brazenly political part, which he led into by saying we have to “keep vigilant” for the “darker currents”…


"...Bull Connor may be gone, but today, we witnessed with our own eyes police officers kneeling on the necks of black Americans. George Wallace may be gone, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators. We may no longer have to guess the number of jellybeans in the jar in order to cast a ballot, but even as we sit here, there are those in power who will do their darnedest to discourage people from voting by closing polling locations and attacking our voting rights with surgical precision, even undermining our Postal Service in the run-up to an election that’s gonna be dependent on mail-in ballots so people don’t get sick.

"I know this is a celebration of John’s life. There are some who might say we shouldn’t dwell on such things. But that’s why I’m talking about it. John Lewis devoted his time on this earth fighting the very attacks on democracy and what’s best for America that we’re seeing right now.”


Okay, Mr. Obama, you couldn’t have planned your words to be more divisive. The segregationist BULL CONNOR (a Democrat, by the way) was the city official in Birmingham, Alabama, who in the 1960s directed that fire hoses and attack dogs (!) be turned on civil rights protesters, even children, who were peacefully protesting. To bring up that kind of ugly and truly “systemic” racism of old now in light of what is happening today is as divisive and inflammatory as it gets. You should be ashamed.

By the way, since you mentioned George Wallace, I will add that this old-time segregationist actually helps exemplify the progress we’ve made in our society, in that in his later years, after being paralyzed by an attempted assassin’s bullet, he came to denounce his earlier views. But no, we have to ignore progress and dwell on the ugly past.

We aren’t seeing, as you described it, “police officers” kneeling on the “necks” of black Americans. We saw one very bad cop with his knee on the neck of a black man, and that bad cop, along with others who were complicit, have rightly been charged with MURDER. And our government did not send officers to use tear gas and batons on “peaceful” protesters. This is hardly a “peaceful” protest, and black lives are being destroyed. The neighborhoods being destroyed are largely black neighborhoods. Many of the cops are black, too, and I’m sure the last place they want to be is in the middle of that mess, having to deal not just with the violence but with racist abuse being hurled at THEM just for trying to keep the peace.

But you just had to say those things, didn't you? Thanks, Obama!

Then you went on to talk about “those in power” who will “do their darnedest” to keep people from voting. You didn’t have to get specific; we know and your cheering audience knew you meant my party, Republicans, led by President Trump, trying to stop blacks from voting…”with surgical precision,” as you put it. And in the most laughable comment you made, you said we’re “even undermining our Postal Service” when we warn against problems with mail-in ballots.

Undermining our great Postal Service? The problems with mail-in voting are real and well-documented; thousands of ballots can be “lost” at a time. THIS can be carried out with "surgical precision," as can other types of voter fraud. Imagine this in 2020 on a massive, nationwide scale.

What we want is a clean election. Most of all, we have to be able to trust the results. We want everyone to be able to vote safely --- either with distancing and masks, or with a documented absentee ballot --- and for every vote to count. EVERY vote. That’s it.

Yes, as you said, we are seeing attacks on democracy now. But I see them coming from organizations such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter, largely run and funded by white people on the left. The left, where you reside.

Oh, something else: You said that if making changes to the Voting Rights Act means getting rid of the filibuster, “another Jim Crow relic,” then we should. You also likened this summer’s protests to the ones led by Dr. King. I certainly can’t speak for Dr. King, but it seems to me that he would be sickened by the violence.

As for the filibuster, yes, it was used by senators (mostly southern Democrats) to hold off passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. But it has been used many times for many reasons; mostly it’s a tool to keep a bare majority from running roughshod over the minority. But the ends justify the means, right?

How I wish I could ask Herman Cain what he thought about this. On second thought, it would probably just tick him off (along with all the leftists blaming him for his own death), and he's in a much better place now.



The owners of a bed and breakfast in Saint Johns, Michigan, removed the flag of their heritage that flew on their home after getting hate mail accusing them of being bigots and Confederate sympathizers. It was a Norwegian flag. I'm sure you remember the famous Confederate General, Stonewall Johansen.


I can’t say for certain, but I believe that years ago on my radio show “The Huckabee Report,” we might have invented the idea of measuring a city’s success or failure based on how much more it costs to rent a U-Haul to move out of it than to move into it. We started by comparing Dallas-to-Los Angeles vs. Los Angeles-to-Dallas (about twice as much.) The company had so few people moving to L.A. that they subsidized you just to get some of their trucks back there.

I bring this up because it’s now a common and popular measurement, and despite all the balloon juice about the protests being “mostly peaceful” and most residents being behind them, it turns out it will cost you six to eight times more to move from Seattle or Portland to Boise than to move in the other direction. Think of it as the “flee fee.”


Jesse Jackson compared President Trump to Hitler. I’m sure he’s much more like Hitler than George W. Bush, Jeb Bush, the crafters of the GOP “Contract with America,” or anyone else Jackson has ever compared to Hitler or the Nazis.


Prayers and get well wishes to Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert, who is being treated for the coronavirus. He plans to immediately begin treatment with zinc, erythromycin, and hydroxychloroquine. My gosh, doesn’t he trust the New York Times?!


By Pat Reeder, “Huckabee” pop culture guru (

I’ve heard it said that 2020 is 1968, only with much worse music. True, but I also think it has worse TV, so I’ve been taking a break from all the “peaceful protester” gaslighting by watching one of my late dad’s favorite shows, “Dragnet,” featuring my favorite TV cop of all time, Sgt. Joe Friday.

While the black and white ‘50s episodes are cooler, the really amazing watch is the mid-‘60s revival, featuring Harry Morgan as Friday’s partner, Bill Gannon. For years, these shows were the to-go example of a laughably outdated pop artifact, with their blue-faced LSD addicts and dirty hippies badmouthing the Establishment, man. But stunningly, in the space of only a few months, the ‘60s “Dragnet” has become the timeliest show on TV (i.e., YouTube.)

I already recommended this episode, in which Friday and Gannon had to investigate a police brutality complaint against a cop who was so stressed from being called a fascist pig and having bricks and other things thrown at him that when a jerk started yelling in his face and tried to rip his badge off, he snapped and backhanded him…

And then I discovered this, the season opener from 1968, which is even more like today’s news.

In this episode, Friday and Gannon appear on a controversial TV talk show with the topic, “The Police: Who Needs Them?” The opposing guests are a pompous liberal professor who sees cops as his intellectual inferiors and a yippie “journalist” who accuses the police of being fascist goons who just want to beat blacks and Hispanics and defend the property rights of their bosses, the rich (I told you it was timely.) The yippie is played by “Don Sturdy,” but yes, your eyes and ears don’t deceive you, that was a stage name used by Howard Hesseman (Dr. Johnny Fever from “WKRP in Cincinnati.”) I assume the leftwing studio audience that hoots and claps for all the anti-cop comments is the same studio audience as “The View,” which has spent the past five decades homeless aside from living in TV studios.

Despite the older reviews at IMDB carping about how outdated this episode is, you’ll be amazed at how many of the arguments for doing away with the police are the same palaver we’re suddenly started hearing now, only couched in Summer of Love garb and slang…and how the rebuttals from Friday and Gannon are the same responses you’d hear now. Even 52 years later, the left’s arguments haven’t changed, nor has their utter disinterest in facts and evidence. It’s just taken them this long to think of actually declaring reason and the scientific method to be “white supremacy.”

One interesting side light: an audience member incongruously argues for the right to bear arms, and Friday and Gannon practically sound like modern gun control advocates in response. Gannon argues that the gun would endanger the man's children, and the two or three minutes it takes him to fetch it from where it’s locked up could be used to get to the phone and call the police. Yes, but at that point, you’d either have your gun in your hand, or be waiting unarmed for 10 or 15 minutes for the police to arrive. I’m a native Texan, so you can guess which option I’d prefer.



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  • Vernon Thompson

    08/01/2020 11:26 AM

    The Dragnet clips took me back - interesting to see the skyline when no building could be built that was higher than City Hall.
    We lived in an unincorporated community in L.A. County about 20 miles east of downtown L.A. for 27 years. As my kids were growing up, I had positions as an officer or Board Member for 10 years with organizations that supervised and oversaw kid’s athletic programs, (i.e. football, basketball, baseball, girls’ softball and cheerleading)
    This is a very diverse community ranging from 1950s homes up to some of the first $1M Tract Homes. The L.A. Sheriffs had to deal with at least 17 different foreign dialects.
    We had a large number of police who were residents. They had kids in the programs or were involved in coaching, refereeing, etc. We had LAPD: SWAT, Intelligence, Vice and Detectives. From L. A. Sheriffs we had: Area Commander, Vice, and Detectives. In 10 years between meetings, games, and parties I heard a lot of war stories. If you got 3 or 4 together you heard a lot of “can you top this” stories – some were scary. Most of them they laughed off as just part of the job. Never heard any brag about mistreating anyone but a number of violent close encounters.
    These guys were great to work with. When you get kids sports, volunteer referees, and stupid hot-headed parents there is lots of opportunity for conflict. The LAPD SWAT Sergeant (Medal of Valor recipient) was as good as I have ever seen at deescalating conflicts. Always glad to see him.
    The moron mindset of defunding police is foolhardy. I only hope when they do they increase funds for EMTs, Public Hospitals, and Coroner’s Offices!

  • Renee Kendrick

    08/01/2020 05:32 AM

    I refused to watch the news when Obama was president. Couldn't stand to look at him much less hear him talk. Still feel the same way today. Even the mention of his name or seeing it in writing makes me cringe!!! I truly believe he has a great role in history after the rapture of the saints. Either as the anti-christ or one of the four horsemen...enough said.

    Consider this: the grave similarity of the letters in "Obama-Biden" to "Osama-Binladen". Hmmm! They live up to being terrorists in their own right!

  • Michael Williamson

    07/31/2020 10:34 PM

    Brother Mike,
    I have something to ask. Since Antifa, and for that matter BLM are organized, would they not fall into the category of organized crime? I believe that’s under federal jurisdiction. Also, they cross state lines. Why are we waiting for excuses?

  • George Murrey

    07/31/2020 05:04 PM

    I find it beyond disgusting that, at least three times over, the last admin would use a funeral for his own personal gain. As far as I am concerned, he disgraced Rep Lewis and our country. Lastly God will not treat him lightly when he admin meets Him.

  • Walt Miller

    07/31/2020 04:46 PM

    As far as I am concerned what Obama did was very disrespectful to the family of John Lewis. Obama was campaigning for himself for the President's job. Obama wants the Presidency back. He will do and say anything to get rid of President Trump.

  • Charles Fikes

    07/31/2020 02:35 PM

    Thanks for your reports today. Also applause for the two Joe Friday TV shows; so appropriate!

  • Amelia Little

    07/31/2020 01:41 PM

    It is reprehensible that ANY funeral be turned into a political event. How many funerals since Nov 2016 have included one (at least) "eulogizer" talking negative about President Trump? Do they spend as much time actually eulogizing the recently departed? I sure hope that the Cain family does not invite obama to eulogize Mr. Cain. In addition to politicizing the funeral, he might trash Mr. Cain because he is a black Republican. He'd probably also bring up the NYT article--about whether or not Mr. Cain's death is going to change Republican's views on the virus and masks.

    Thank you for continuing to help your readers keep a proper perspective on all the insanity we are being subjected to these days.

  • Carmine Fea

    07/31/2020 12:26 PM

    I heard Barack Obama go snake in the grass low when he spewed out lies and hatred at John Lewis' funeral to further the politics of hate and destruction from the democratic liberal left. He stupidly intentionally lied and said the federal government sent officials to use tear gas and batons on peaceful protesters when we have pictures of protesters burning and destroying and their violence against federal officials protecting the federal courthouse. Obama's obvious lies could have only come from someone who hates this country and was trying to influence others to hate. As well, we got another look at Obama that makes it easy to believe he hates and is capable of anything, including an attempted coup to remove our elected President..

  • Floyd A Unger

    07/31/2020 12:16 PM

    Thank you

  • William Fuhrer

    07/31/2020 11:39 AM

    Black Lives Matter sure ain't being led by Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. or Gandi

  • Don Crumbley

    07/31/2020 11:16 AM

    Obama was not, could not and will not ever be known as being President for "All The People". He first proved that fact in Cambridge MA. in 2009.

  • Jerry Korba

    07/31/2020 11:08 AM

    I really can Not believe Fauci recommendations are honest . In the past comments Fauci Obama Gates all have given money to the Wuhan Laboratory the place they started to develope What is known as the Wuhan Virus in about 2015. With that being said who invests in a Lab that made a virus that is set out to kill millions of people around the world? How much TRUST can you put into a person like Obama Gates or Fauci? Abolish the hand shake, eye goggles to walk around on land i understand sunglasses I can't trust this guy con man comes to mind.

  • Stephen Russell

    07/31/2020 10:51 AM

    Obama comments for Lewis:
    Hope HE wont speak for Herman Cain burial & allies
    Lawrence Jones, Leo Terrell, Allan West, etc Yes & U too Governor.

    Other Retro TV shows to add:

    Silent Service TV serial BW
    Primus TV show
    High Chapperal.
    Honey West.
    Sky King.

  • Jerry Korba

    07/31/2020 10:32 AM

    Just the Facts Mike And thanks for brining them to your newsletter. Get well soon Louie we miss you already. We warned the Conservatives that people from the Left are coming we hoped they they left the reason for leaving, the miserable lifestyle behind. Like the virus I hope they don't spread the virus of the Left to healthy Texans and Floridians that enjoy prosperity and freedom. Heads up Conservatives like locusts they are coming. Figure out how what agenda they vett them watch them they have been infected by the Left.

  • Darlene F. Donston

    07/31/2020 10:08 AM

    All you can say about Obama is he is a of a Very Low Class! Of course he would have to spout out Politics because he thinks he knows it all and don't forget, he is now worth multi-millions of dollars he some how raked in! Like Biden????? From Foreign Countries and Soros? Besides that Obama was not even around when all that Civil Rights was going on, he was in Indo going to a Muslim school. I am just waiting until he is arrested for Treason and I hope and pray I am here to see it!

  • Vernon Thompson

    07/31/2020 10:01 AM

    Obama always claimed to be the "Great Uniter" - nothing could be further from the truth. His Administration will forever stand out as dividers - using identity politics and playing the "race card" with impunity. When Al Sharpton is your go-to guy on race relations the outcome is predictable. Obama deserves credit for sowing the seeds of unrest that we see blooming today!
    With Saul Alinsky as the Patron Saint of the Democrat Party how could you go wrong?

  • Joan Saltz

    07/31/2020 09:29 AM

    President Obama's speech at the funeral was a disgrace! I mean, really? Someone should have told him it was a funeral, not a rally...
    Clearly the man misses the lime light. Want to bet he got paid to make that speech...

  • Mike Horst

    07/31/2020 09:23 AM

    Mike, thank you for your commentary. The Democrats day after day after day after day after day continue to prove why they should never be allowed to hold any public office what so ever. I have watched these Democrat clowns very, very closely since President Trump declared his candidacy in 2015. In that time I have come to love and respect this President. In the same period of time I have truly come to loath the word Democrat. It is a CUSS WORD in our home. I have never seen such a group of lying, vicious, mean people who absolutely care NOTHING about the people they are supposed to serve. They minutely, daily insult our intelligence but pulling these non stop self serving political acts as if we are completely stupid and blind to what they are saying and doing! In the last 5 years they have absolutely done nothing but divide and destroy this great country. Thank GOD we have some hope in Donald J Trump!