Evening Edition - November 16

November 16, 2019

It’s long been a rule of thumb in politics that if you want to know what the left is really doing, just look at what they accuse their opponents of doing.  In his opening statement at Friday’s “impeachment” hearing, Rep Devin Nunes detailed a sterling example of that.

https://www.westernjournal.com/nunes-dismantles-schiffs-claim-ukraine-2016-interference-conspiracy-theory/

So where are the House hearings to investigate Ukrainian meddling in the 2016 election to defeat Donald Trump?  Yeah, I know: I won’t hold my breath…

 

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I wonder if Elizabeth Warren will delight in her own sides’ billionaires’ tears? Liberals love to rail against billionaires buying elections, but there’s increasing evidence that no amount of money can sell a lousy product. 

For instance, rich guy and full time Trump hater Tom Steyer recently entered the Democratic Presidential race and bought his way into a debate.  He claims to support campaign reform to get big money out of politics.  But he currently accounts for 67% of all TV ad spending by all 2020 candidates, and he can’t crack 1% in the polls.

https://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit/tom-steyer-spending-67-of-all-tv-ad-dollars-still-getting-1-in-the-polls/

Meanwhile, billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s yet-to-be-announced candidacy is going over with Democratic primary voters like a diaper on a cheese board, but he’s still determined to spend $100 million on anti-Trump Internet ads in four battleground states. 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bloomberg-shelling-out-100-million-for-anti-trump-on-line-ads-in-key-battleground-states

I anxiously await the condemnation from the left for these billionaires attempting to influence the 2020 election with their lavish spending on anti-Trump ads.  Personally, while I'm happy for the media outlets who will make big bucks off these fools and their money, I can't help thinking about all the things that could have been done with that money if it had been given to Samaritan’s Purse or Toys For Tots or some good veterans’ organization instead of going to promote the political fantasies of rich egomaniacs. 

 

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A question from the Friday “impeachment” hearing that more people should be asking:

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bronsonstocking/2019/11/15/um-did-former-ambassador-yovanovitch-lie-in-her-testimony-n2556590

 

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President Trump gave an interview to Dan Bongino, discussing impeachment, the upcoming election and more.  You can hear it at the link.

https://bongino.com/interview-1-president-donald-j-trump/

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Attorney General Bill Barr gave an important speech to the Federalist Society, examining the damage that’s being done to America and the Constitution by the “Resistance” movement that refuses to recognize President Trump’s legitimacy and instead works to undermine and cripple a duly-elected Administration. There’s video and a transcript at this link.

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/11/15/ag-bill-barr-speaks-about-the-damage-to-our-nation-from-the-resistance/

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Ainsworth answers reader questions on Schiff's "inquiry"

The impeachment “inquiry” has sparked a couple of reader comments that Huckabee writer/researcher Laura Ainsworth wanted to answer personally...

From Brenda:

Day after day, your explanations ring true and reasonable, but I have this ominous feeling that these imbeciles and cheaters might win out anyway. It happens. Sometimes God lets cheaters win, even if just for a short while. I feel more bleak about the next election. If Trump wins again, the Dems will certainly come unglued, and if a Dem wins, they will systematically start trying to unglue us ALL. I see no winners in the near future. Am I completely fatalistic?

From Laura:

I had to answer because you sound a lot like me these days. I wouldn’t call you fatalistic --- more like realistic and understandably depressed. Even if cheaters and their “useful idiots” lose in the long run, we still have to survive and try to reverse the incalculable damage they cause while they run things.

History is full of such bleak times. I just spent an afternoon going through the Civil War memorial park and museum in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and it occurred to me how quickly it all happened. Unbelievably, over 600,000 lives were lost in a time period comparable to one U.S. Presidential term. (In terms of population, that would be like losing 6 million today!) And the South was left devastated in many ways. The scary thing is, when the war started, most everyone thought it would be resolved soon with little bloodshed. How wrong they were.

That’s why I worry when people in power start getting crazy and making up their own rules. Before you know it, we’re in uncharted territory, and who knows where it will lead? That’s why it’s so important to stay sane, stand firm and hold the line. I think we can do it. (A sense of humor helps; I say this while realizing I just talked about 600,000 people dying.) Anyway, there is no other choice. MOST IMPORTANTLY, REMEMBER: no matter how “unglued” the Democrats get with another term of Trump, we simply can’t allow the damage they would do to the Constitution and our system of government if they won. That would be infinitely worse.

From Paula:

My comment is actually a question. The Democrats in the hearing keep bringing up Rudy Giuliani and that what he did was unlawful. I just wanted to know if it was. I remember Mrs. Clinton using her personal lawyer on her staff and later Ms. Mills using confidentiality as a reason not to answer questions from Congress. What is the difference? Is it that one is the President and one is the secretary of state, or is it [that] one is Republican and one is Democrat?

From Laura:

By asking this question, you’ve actually illustrated the huge double standard that exists. Pelosi and Schiff would say that since this is an inquiry into the impeachment of a President, they get to make the rules, to the point where they throw out such fundamental Constitutional protections as due process and the right to confront one’s accuser. In their minds, it’s “my rules for you, no rules for me.”

But, as usual, they want it both ways. Here’s a glimpse into their inconsistent thought process: “Trump somehow got to be President, so as members of Congress we get to impeach him with our own rules, but we don’t CONSIDER him to be a “real” President, so in impeaching him we won’t allow him the basic protections of that office, such as executive privilege and the right to conduct foreign policy as he wishes –- including with non-State Department people, such as Giuliani.” Pelosi said it herself on CBS “Face the Nation”: “I think part of it [the aggressive tone] is his own insecurity, as an IMPOSTER [emphasis mine].

I’m sure Attorney General Barr would agree with my assessment, as he says: “Instead of viewing themselves as ‘the loyal opposition,’ as opposing parties have done in this country for over 200 years, they essentially see themselves as engaged in a war to cripple by any means necessary a duly-elected government.” I would add that, to their everlasting shame, the media are complicit in this.

Historically, other Presidents –- including big Democrat faves such as FDR –- have had non-government associates working at their right hands when it came to foreign policy; as far as I know, President Trump is the only one catching heat for it, as he does for everything.

It was Hillary Clinton, the person the bureaucrats WANTED as President, who got special privileges, along with chief aide Huma Abedin and attorney Cheryl Mills. While Trump associate Roger Stone now faces the prospect of life in prison over “process” crimes, Clinton associates Abedin and Mills got immunity in exchange for nothing, and Mills was able to sit with Clinton during questioning even though she was a potential witness in the case! Do you think that Trump’s secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and his associates would receive such special handling? Me neither.

We’re seeing more and more examples of selective prosecution in this country. It must stop.

As for Giuliani, It’s easy to see why he might have wanted Yovanovich gone. In the interest of his client, he was trying to discover what in blazes was going on in Ukraine surrounding the election of 2016. But, as John Solomon has reported, even the “inquiry” witnesses called by Schiff (Republicans aren’t allowed to call witnesses) have testified under oath that the embassy under her leadership pressured Ukraine “multiple times” not to prosecute certain people, including Ukrainian nationals. Why was her embassy trying to interfere in Ukraine’s own law enforcement decisions?

There’s much more about what happened in Ukraine relative to our election that we need to uncover, and Schiff with his “inquiry,” while pretending to want to find out, is actually trying to conceal it. If he REALLY wanted us to know the truth, he’d let Republicans call witnesses, too.

Speaking of double standards, it was perfectly fine when Obama, as he came into office in 2008, fired all the U.S. ambassadors who had been appointed by Bush. Just like that. Pure politics. I don’t recall anybody asking those poor ambassadors about their “feelings,” do you? In hindsight, Trump should have done exactly the same thing, automatically firing all Obama-appointed ambassadors (hey, maybe Bush-appointed, too) and other officials. Draining the swamp was what we elected him to do, and I would have called that mass firing of bureaucrats “a good start.”

Thanks to all for writing! In closing, here’s another great observation that speaks for itself…

From William:

How many people can there be that "overheard" a conversation and that have NO NEED TO KNOW? Amazing!

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  • Amelia Little

    11/19/2019 12:58 AM

    IMO, the democrats are plain dumb, too full of themselves and don't see how idiotic and useless their "inquiry" to date has been--REALLY? "Witnesses" who admit under questioning they don't know anything. I guess when they decided the spy didn't need first hand knowledge, that neither did any of the "witnesses?" Thank goodness for the Republicans who held their ground and asked hard questions. I appreciate their speaking out to the media after the sessions.

  • Patty Smith

    11/18/2019 12:14 AM

    I worked in business offices for 60 years and when conversations like the one where someone “overheard” someone having a private conversation, we called it “gossip” I guess that was a different generation when a person with integrity would not repeat it to anyone.

  • Patricia Marseglia

    11/17/2019 07:02 PM

    When government employees at whatever level cannot support the administration, they have become disabled on their job. Their supervisor needs to go to h r and submit paperwork and they must leave their position. It is a personnel procedure for civil servants . This will eliminate a lot of what is happening on Capitol Hill today with bureaucrats in whatever agency trying to run the world, usurping power and authority and misusing it. Also the employee will receive disability which will eliminate the need to hold onto their job.

  • David Roth

    11/17/2019 04:10 PM

    From my vantage point, it is so obvious that the dems do not want the truth revealed in their impeachment hearings, they want to hear only lies that they feel will hurt the president. While this may be entertaining to them, the good thing is that most of the American voters are turned off by their underhanded and unfair tactics and will likely support President Trump in mass with their votes in 2020.

  • rodney burke

    11/17/2019 04:02 PM

    Tom Steyer has nothing to offer that is new. Same old insanity, right? And buy his way in? What's every one griping about? Too much money in politics. If it weren't so pathetic, it would be funny. Bloomberg? a joke, a nut case and just as radical as Liz and Bernie. More of the same. I guess the sane ones won't be heard from again for the most part. Gabby, Marianne and Yang. But then I don't know about him, he's pretty far out there. Libs offer nothing but "gimme me your..."(fill in the blank) All they want to do is take and lie about it. A mob of fiscal morons and they continue to prove it every day.

  • Brenda Eddy

    11/17/2019 03:50 PM

    Governor Huckabee, this is a good listen although it's a bit long.
    I believe and accept what this person says.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRYt1FXJVbI&feature=share

  • Carolyn Rice

    11/17/2019 03:14 PM

    Hi Governor! I'm inundated with solicitations for donations to defend our President. How do I know which are legitimate? However, they are not tax deductible like your platform and FRC. Thank you for answering or directing me for answers to this question!

  • Jerry Korba

    11/17/2019 10:16 AM

    My thoughts about Shitff's Hearings is to erode the Constitution the Blueprint of our Nation. The path he is taking is to destroy the Nations foundation rights I am sure the Left hates our President and the office now, the reason being he is not a Communist, a Socialist or an Islamic Leader our Constitution is what defines America all the Left is doing is trying to destroy it day by day the Media is a equal part of it if not bigger than the left. I believe Americans yes even the White Suburban women may understand this if not; I hope they don't want the children to live in a Communist regime that is cruel to any one that has lived in a society that is free. This is not a question of Democrat or Republican with out the Constitution you will not have a choice. Try a Communist regime for a week people see how U like it!

  • Jack macdonald

    11/17/2019 07:56 AM

    Regarding Napalitano and Shep Smith. Over time, I came to realize Shep Smith was a Pinko and wondered why he resided at Fox. However, for a long time the judge had me fooled. I thought he was a square shooter, but little by little I noticed his little digs at Trump. Not sure what he has against Trump, but neither do I understand why Fox gives him a forum. He needs to go the way of Shep. I am also beginning to notice Fox wanting to join mainstream media and to woo more of the left wing audience. If they continue this trend, they will become CNN junior.

  • James Pearce

    11/17/2019 12:55 AM

    What I find so horrifying is the bypassing of due process and the ability to face the accuser. Every American understands due process in the courts where one maybe charged with a crime, but the burden of proof is on the prosecutor. The accused is assumed innocent until such evidence is submitted that proves your guilt determined by a jury of 12 peers.

    What we have witnessed since even before Trump was sworn into office as president is the constant PERSECUTION of the president. The accusers are trying the president in the public by leaking choice incorrect information and lying to the American citizens with the aid of the biased controlled media sources.

    Unlike in our court systems the accused faces his or her accuser(s) and presents evidence proving innocents against the accuser(s) and my cross examine prosecutions witnesses. The president is not able to face his accusers, he has been assumed guilty but cannot produce witnesses to confirm his innocence or cross examine prosecutions witnesses. To complicate matters the committee chairman Schiff can coach witnesses to not answer certain questions which in fact is witness tampering and leading witnesses in a direction advantagious to the prosecution. In our court system these inequities would not be tolerated and in fact are criminal actions.

    This system of impeachment should be stopped and the only way to do that is by amending the constitutional articles on impeachment. Either congress must do this or American citizens must achieve amendments by Convention Of States.

    What we see in actions of the Democrat party is a constant obstruction of the president to enact his policies. Use of a politicized activist federal court system placing obstruction in the way of the president to set policy. Courts are not supposed to be political, but in the real world this is what is happening. The Democrat party has brought the state of this country to a most dangerous point of a political coup of a duely elected President. This is the actions of unstable banana republics. This is the most dangerous time in the history of our country since the civil war.

  • Frances Tatistcheff

    11/17/2019 12:16 AM

    Enjoyed Bongino!!

  • Mark Crouse

    11/16/2019 10:18 PM

    I think I am more hopeful than Brenda but I also remember that there was no way that Obamacare could pass and yet enough manipulation and maneuvering took place to not only became law but to prevent it being from repealed. And we're still stuck with it. We don’t have enough politicians with spines. And that concerns me.

  • Vernon R Freeck

    11/16/2019 09:30 PM

    even what is said is wrong and then so called taken back, well it is never taken back, people remember the first part

  • Mary Haggard

    11/16/2019 08:13 PM

    How can the Left impeach President Trump as our President when they don't acknowledge him as "President"?

  • Jerry korba

    11/16/2019 07:31 PM

    I am amazed how many holdovers from one of the most criminal administrations in recent times Trump left to undermine almost every move he made. If you are reelected I want you to sanitize every office that houses any carry overs and malcontents and bring in fresh honest people stay away from the corrupt government employee find some about to retire Farmers, get Family run Business people if want security find one of the Nuns I had in the late 50's and early 60's stay away from Government workers I've seen enough of these Ambassadors, congress and Senate People with the exception of a few get rid of them. Get into the Heartland so many more good people. Be careful the Heathland has its imports people like Omar you know the type Michigan has one of course stay away from California and New york New Jersey Maryland Mass. you should build a wall around this area so low life like DeBlasio Coumo Nadler wow scumbags galore AOC can not pollute the rest of us.They are like asbestos to lungs. I am hopeful you clean this pollution up. No More Ivy College people they are not good for decency.

  • Sharyn Kimbrough

    11/16/2019 07:13 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, I love & agree with your twice daily commentary and your TV show. Hang in there and give the antis holy heck-the Patriots are behind you . God bless you, God bless Pres. Trump and God bless the USA!

  • Floyd Hale

    11/16/2019 06:46 PM

    I agree that TRUMP should have fired them all, He wasnt a politicion and didnt know everyones politics , and who he could really trust , ( Liik at the attorney General , It has taken a whiloe to get some people he can trust !!!(Kelly Tillerson were busts!!!!!!!! It willtake some time !!!!!!!

  • Kathy Carlisle

    11/16/2019 06:13 PM

    I don't understand How All the top Democrats can keep lying & Making up stories & nothing is ever done about it ? They all keep Swearing No one is above the Law ,And the Whole time they are breaking the law & their oath of office ,They work FOR US ,Is there any one that has power to hold them accountable? We are getting tired of waiting !