June 9, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
CORRECTION AND AN APOLOGY
Over the weekend, I was asked to comment on a report that three prominent Republicans announced they would vote for Joe Biden. They were Colin Powell (who reportedly hasn’t voted Republican in over a decade), Mitt Romney (what a surprise!), and former President George W. Bush. I said they should all “Get over it.” If they don’t like Trump’s personal style, fine; sometimes I don’t either. But he’s been great at cutting taxes and regulations, strengthening the military, putting America first, fixing the economy, creating jobs for all Americans, enforcing immigration laws, renegotiating trade deals in our favor for a change, appointing conservative judges, defending Israel and religious freedom, and standing up for the sanctity of life. Any vote for any modern Democrat is a vote for the exact opposite of all of that.
However, since this story was all over every media outlet (of course it was; it’s catnip to the anti-Trump crowd), I didn’t think to question whether it was entirely true. Turns out, part of it is fake news:
President Bush’s spokesman says that as a former President, he never reveals who he is voting for, and the claim that he’s not supporting Trump was “completely made up.” Had I known that it originated with the New York Times, I would have been far more skeptical. As I noted yesterday, the Times’ credibility as a news source is now on a par with that of old issues of High Times magazine, whose reporters at least had the excuse of being stoned out of their minds.
My apologies to ex-President Bush for not asking, “Wait a minute, did this come from the New York Times?” before believing it.
THEY HURT THEMSELVES
As always happens after a bender, the leaders of blue cities who allowed rioters and looters to “vent” are waking up with a big headache and realizing just how much longterm damage has been inflicted – in this case, on the very people the protesters claimed to be championing.
After previous riots in cities like Watts and Detroit, the damage to the economy and quality of life lingered on for years, even decades. Once again, the victims taking the brunt of it are the law-abiding black residents of the neighborhoods that were trashed, burned and looted. They lost friends and family members killed and injured while trying to defend the businesses they’d spent their lives building, lost their homes, and lost jobs they needed in order to take care of their families.
And now comes the secondary pain: the stores that were burned and looted closed, many possibly for good. The residents depended on those stores for food, medicine, clothing and other necessities. Now, they’ll have to travel long distances for basic needs. Liberals used to decry what they called “food deserts.” President Trump promoted tax breaks and other incentives to get businesses into these neighborhoods to provide goods, jobs and services. Now, liberals, in the name of “helping” those communities, are driving the businesses out, leaving the mayors to plead with them not to leave for good.
It’s going to take a lot of convincing to get businesses to stay after this. It will require a leader who knows how to talk to business people, who understands their needs, and has experience negotiating deals that will entice reluctant investors to sign. If only someone like that were running for President in 2020!
LISTEN TO THE EXPERTS UPDATE
The WHO has now reversed its most recent reversal of its guidelines on wearing face masks in public. Click the link for details. And please note that if you were planning to harangue someone for not following expert advice, make sure it’s the current expert advice, which is what people might have been doing when you harangued them last week.
Congratulations to Larry Elder for joining the elite club of conservatives who get branded by Politifact as saying something that’s “Mostly False,” even though it’s 100% accurate.
I had that honor once. It’s been so long, I don’t even remember that the story was, but I do seem to recall that the facts I quoted were not only accurate, they also came out of the Washington Post. I don’t remember Politifact’s reasoning, but I recall thinking at the time that it amounted to, “What he said is true, but if the facts were different, it would be false.” I think my missing “context” was that I failed to include hypothetical situations in which things were different from what they actually were.
More recently (like in the past three days), we’ve had several web pages at mikehuckabee.com be flagged and blocked by Google. These pages contained no commentary whatsoever: they were just reposts of news videos of comments by people such as the White House press secretary and the Minnesota attorney general (a DEMOCRAT). We had to appeal to get them reinstated. Is posting a video of prominent people’s own words a thought crime now?
Anyway, when I put quotation marks around the phrase “fact-checker,” these are just a few of the many, many reasons why.
The OUTRAGE Machine has been fired up again over a story about Buffalo police violently shoving an innocent elderly protester to the ground and leaving him lying injured, with nobody to help him. That would be horrible, except it isn’t true.
As Jack Dunphy at PJMedia (and the video) reveal, the “elderly protester” had a history of profane anti-police online posts. He deliberately tried to block the police as they were moving forward to clear an area after the curfew passed (the curfew was imposed after violent protests and looting left two people shot and three officers injured, one seriously). The man also appears in the video to be trying to use his cell phone to capture Bluetooth and wifi data from the cops’ devices, in violation of state and federal laws. He wasn’t shoved roughly to the ground; he ignored warnings to move and was pushed back in the correct procedural manner. When he fell over backward and appeared to be hurt, the police did step around him, but other cops trained as EMTs immediately rushed up and began giving him aid.
Aside from that, the story was correct. Nevertheless, because of our hypersensitive times, the two officers who made contact with him were suspended without pay and charged with felony assault, to which they’ve pleaded not guilty. Good luck getting a fair trial.
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY (KJV)
"And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (KJV)