Evening Edition - October 2

October 2, 2020 |

UPDATE ON TRUMP COVID NEWS

Something to restore your faith in humanity: while some on the left reacted to news that the President and First Lady tested positive for COVID-19 with disgusting glee, other prominent Trump critics, from the Rev. Jesse Jackson to Rachel Maddow, put politics aside and wished them a speedy recovery.

Also good news: Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen were tested and are negative.

PACKING THE COURT

During Tuesday’s debate, Joe Biden refused to answer when asked if he would pack the Supreme Court. Maybe he could plausibly claim he didn’t hear the question, but the next day, in an interview with a Pittsburgh TV station, he was asked the same question very clearly and calmly. And he dodged it again.

Rule of thumb: when a politician is asked before an election if he plans to do something really unpopular, and he doesn’t immediately deny it, then the answer is “yes.”

Here’s how Biden dodged the question this time: “You know, that’s exactly what they want me to talk about so we don’t talk about how they’re violating the Constitution now. I’m not going to play Trump’s game.” And how are Republicans “violating the Constitution”? By holding confirmation hearings for Trump SCOTUS nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Biden, who claims to have taught Constitutional law in college (and maybe that explains why so many college students don’t understand the Bill of Rights or the Electoral College) explained that the Constitution “says the American people get an opportunity to choose who they want on the Supreme Court by who they pick as their Senator and their President.”

Actually, no, it doesn’t say that. It says that the President has the authority to pick Justices with the Senate’s advice and consent. The people don’t choose SCOTUS Justices. They have influence over that by electing the President and Senators (although at the time the Constitution was written, Senators were chosen by state legislatures, not the voters.) The people chose Trump in 2016 and a Republican Senate in 2018 to serve until at least January of 2021, which is still three months away. So Barrett is the nominee of the President the people chose for that duty at this time and will be vetted by the Senate that the people chose. That’s exactly what the Constitution prescribes.

Maybe Biden doesn’t want to tell us the Justices he would name and how many more he might try to pack in because the people he would choose know or care even less about what the Constitution says than he does.

"THEY DON'T HEAR VERY WELL, DO THEY?"

The media continue to press President Trump to denounce white supremacist groups and claim he refuses to do it. I recently shared a video showing him doing that exact thing on seven different occasions. Now, someone has compiled a longer video showing him doing it on 17 different occasions. You can watch it at this link, along with some more examples the video left out, which brings the total number of public condemnations of white supremacists to over 20.

All of this is a straw man. There is no giant surge in the number of white supremacist hate groups, or the SPLC wouldn't have to keep slandering benign Christian conservative groups as "hate groups" to gin up donations. We also know that the ludicrous claim that the rioters destroying blue cities are rightwing extremists in disguise is a lie because if they really were rightwingers, instead of being immediately released to do it again, they'd actually be arrested, jailed and have the book thrown at them, like anyone in those cities who uses his Second Amendment rights to defend his life, property or family.

The idea that Trump's supporters are all racists and white supremacists is a feeble excuse the Democrats cooked up to explain why he beat them in 2016. It saved them having to do any serious self-reflection about why they were really rejected, like the fact that eight years of Obama had proven that their policies are a disaster, and that they had nominated the most arrogant, entitled, dishonest and unlikable candidate in history.

Incidentally, the one candidate in the 2020 Presidential race who actually has been endorsed by a genuine, prominent white supremacist (Richard Spencer) is Joe Biden.

His campaign denounced the endorsement, but Biden himself never has personally. So how come the media aren’t demanding that he denounce Spencer’s endorsement? Oh, right: they don’t really believe this is an issue. It’s just a way to smear Trump with the same false accusation. Over and over and over. I think Candace Owens described the diminishing effects of this tactic perfectly in one word: “Boring.”

Say, here’s a way to put a fresh spin on it and make it more interesting: how about if the media start demanding that the Democrats apologize for their long, long history of supporting white supremacists?

SPECTACULAR VIDEO, HAWLEY NAILS COMEY TO THE WALL

Because of Tuesday’s presidential debate, the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday didn’t get the attention it deserved at the time. But now, after a few days to unwind from that excruciating night, let’s take a look at what happened during the Comey hearing.

Comey was there at the prodding of Sen. Lindsay Graham, chairman of the committee, which is looking into Crossfire Hurricane and FBI corruption related to that case. If there was ever any doubt that James Comey is the slipperiest, slimiest snake in the swamp, he certainly put it to rest on Wednesday. Comey showed a selective lack of “recall” that was even more pronounced than Hillary Clinton’s, if that is possible. He just couldn’t remember with specificity much of anything he did that had to do with the “dossier” or FISA.

Any more mental lapses and he would’ve been qualified to run for President as a Democrat. Except in Comey’s case, it was an act.

Someone as smooth as Comey has to be pinned down quite forcefully to show how much he has to hide and how hard he’s trying to hide it. On Wednesday, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley did exactly that. He skillfully filleted Comey like a fish. Hawley must be pleased to know that Megan Fox at PJ Media described his style as that of “a young Perry Mason with better hair.”

I\If Sen. Hawley was having a good hair day, he was also having a good questioning day. Comey could only go into his “Duh, I dunno” routine and at one point, after being hopelessly caught in an inconsistency, smirk and shrug idiotically. But Comey is not an idiot; his line of defense at the hearing was obviously to protect himself legally by “knowing” or “remembering” as little as possible, present himself as ethically pure, and give the impression that, hey, the FBI is ALWAYS this incompetent.

Comey tried to distance himself from the grossly misleading and error-ridden FISA application and weasel out of his own responsibility, even as Hawley pressed him on the fact that he had personally signed off on it. (Examples of Comey’s distancing: He said “what the FBI Director does in connection to a FISA is actually very narrow.” He said he doesn’t regret his “role” in this matter; he regrets that “it happened.”) If Comey’s not responsible for the verified accuracy and truthfulness of the content, then what does his signature to that effect even mean?

Comey claimed he didn’t have “personal knowledge that would have led me to understand that we weren’t supplying complete information.” But Hawley challenged him on the true extent of his personal knowledge, asking him if at the time he certified the first FISA application against Carter Page, he knew that Christopher Steele was working for the DNC.

"I don’t know if I knew [it was] the Democratic Party,” Comey prevaricated. “I knew that he was working for political opponents of President Trump.” (We know now that by the time of the FISA application, Comey and all those top-tier people knew Steele was working for Hillary.)

Hawley zeroed in: “Now surely you recognized at the time that relying so heavily on a biased source would undermine public confidence in the FBI’s activities, didn’t you?”

"No, I did not,” Comey answered tersely. NO, HE DID NOT??

Hawley went on, using Comey’s self-serving comments from other testimony against him. (Example: “You...said, ‘A reasonable appearance of bias can corrupt the American people’s faith in your work as much as actual bias can.’ Do you stand by those remarks?”) It was masterful.

He brought up Stuart Evans, a lawyer in the national security division of the DOJ under Obama, “reminding” Comey that before the first FISA, Evans raised “serious concerns about the ostensibly partisan nature of the information provided by Mr. Steele, did he not?”

Comey, again very tersely: “I don’t know.”

Hawley then cited Evans’ concerns as they appear in the IG report. This was a total take-down of Comey, who went on to claim not to have known who Steele’s sub-source was or anything about him. (Of course, we now know that the FBI had previously investigated this person over several years on suspicion that he was a Russian agent.) Hawley again read from the IG report: “‘Comey told us that the application seemed factually and legally sufficient when he read it. He had no questions or concerns before he signed it.’”

Comey stared into the camera like a diminished human being.

The former FBI Director actually said that the referral from the IC (intelligence community) to the FBI of Hillary’s plan to smear Trump with a story about “collusion” with Russia (the one referred to by DNI John Ratcliffe in a letter to Sen. Lindsay Graham) “doesn’t ring any bells with me.” If that is true, Joe Biden’s not the only one who could benefit from memory-enhancing drugs.

More details at the link, including the spectacular must-watch video of Sen. Hawley expertly nailing Comey to the wall.

It should now be obvious to all that James Comey and Hillary Clinton were cut from the same cloth. And the cloth is that slippery kind that slides around and won’t stay put.

Keep in mind, Comey was FBI Director, supposedly at the helm of an enormously significant and politically-charged case. Imagine: investigating a major-party presidential candidate for possibly being an agent of Russia and colluding with Vladimir Putin to win the election! That would be treason. Comey would have demanded to know every detail –- just as Obama and Brennan would have.

And yet, today, Comey is vague on the details. How was he able to write a book?

Reaching the end of his time to question Comey, Hawley asked the former FBI director, “How are the American people supposed to trust the FBI following abuses like this?” Comey responded just the way you’d expect: he focused on his own integrity.

Comey will go down in history all right, not for his integrity but for his stupendous lack of it. Thanks to Sen. Hawley for giving the world a clearer look at the FBI, from the top down, in 2016.

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  • Carolyn Johnson

    10/10/2020 08:29 PM

    Dear President,
    I am so very glad tsar you are well and can now co tiniest campaigning. I want to encourage you to be very presidential and to present lots of facts. I hope that would get through to undecided people. I am praying for you and for a big win in November! Thank you.

  • Phyllis Greene

    10/10/2020 04:14 PM

    Thank you, Gov. Huckabee, you speak the truth and today’s Bible verse is the Beautiful Truth and the way I treat everyone, even those who don’t agree with me! Maybe our happiness will show them the way!

  • Alan J. Steinberg

    10/10/2020 03:11 PM

    As a member of the Legal profession for over 50 years, I am embarrassed for my profession as I listen to James Comey testify under oath in response to Cross Exam type questions put to him by Sen. Josh Hawley. If he were Pinocchio, he camera would have to back up 15 feet to avoid getting its lens pierced. And he so testified with a straight face. Shameful.

  • Gregory George Keller

    10/10/2020 02:34 PM

    I actually hope that this gets read but it probably won't . Not very optimistic, I was wondering why we as in the Senate enforce the comunisum act law that was put there from eisnhower in 1954 which prohibits socialist or communist from holding government office. Just wondering why we have gone soft . Boy AMERICA needs McCarthy now more then ever he was so right

  • William Douglas

    10/07/2020 05:48 PM

    A message for all voters

    So, you say you just don’t like him.

    Well, tell us — what is it about him that you dislike?

    Do you dislike that he directed the brokering of the first meaningful mideast peace deal in decades?
    Do you dislike that he made cruelty to animals a felony? Or don’t you care?
    Do you dislike that he earmarked billions to stop the opioid crisis?
    He destroyed ISIS, killed countless terrorists without going to war (even though everyone said we’d be in World War III by now) and kept the peace. Do you dislike that?
    Does it bother you that we’re now energy independent and the largest producer of energy in the world?
    Do you dislike him because he started to build a wall to keep criminals and drugs from coming into our country and because he respects, honors and defends our country’s borders?
    Do you dislike him because he just slashed the price for prescription drugs (In some cases by 50%) which is driving Big Pharma nuts?
    Do you dislike that he met with the leader of North Korea, averted war with that country and brought a halt to their aggressive missile testing? Was that wrong?
    Do you dislike that he signed a law ending the gag-order on pharmacists that prevented them from sharing money-saving options on prescriptions?
    Do you dislike that he signed the Save Our Seas Act which funds millions per year to clean tons of plastic and garbage from the ocean? Does that bother you?
    Do you dislike that he signed a bill for airports to provide breast-feeding stations for nursing moms
    Do you dislike that he signed the biggest wilderness protection and conservation bill in a decade designating 375,000 acres as protected land, making him the most significant conservation president since Teddy Roosevelt?
    Does it irk you that he loves America, and puts Americans first? Is that the problem?
    Do you dislike that he made a gay man the ambassador to Germany and then asked him to clean up national security, declassifying as much of it as possible for transparency?
    Do you dislike that he works for free, donating his salary to a different charity each quarter?
    Do you dislike that his economic policies have produced the lowest Black unemployment rate ever?
    Do you dislike that he listened to Senator Tim Scott and created opportunity zones to help minorities?
    Do you dislike that he passed prison reform, which gives people a second chance and has made quite a huge difference for minorities in particular?
    Do you dislike that he produced the lowest Hispanic unemployment rate ever?
    Do you dislike that he passed VA reforms to benefit the very people who served our country and defended our freedom?
    Do you dislike that he got rid of the job-killing NAFTA trade deal, got tough on trade with China and negotiated new trade deals with Mexico, Canada and other countries that benefit American workers?
    Do you dislike that he loves our flag and embraces a policy of unabashed, non-apologetic patriotism? Do you have a problem with that?
    Do you dislike that he calls out the media and attempts to correct them when they are wrong?
    Do you dislike that he’s bringing troops home and ending America’s longest war? Do you want the war to continue? Do you dislike that he has made a commitment to end child-trafficking and crimes against humanity and his policies have brought about thousands of arrests already?
    Do you dislike that he extended the offshore drilling ban along both Florida coasts as well as the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina? Are you bothered by that?
    Do you dislike the fact that he's brought home over 40 Americans held captive, the last one from Iran?
    Do you dislike that he was a Billionaire before he ran for President and now is worth at least one-third less… because he loves America THAT MUCH?
    Or do you dislike that he’s making the world pay their fair share to the United Nations?
    Do you dislike that he respects cops, veterans, ICE and all first responders?
    Do you dislike that he does not sell out America to other countries, like the leaders prior to him have done?
    Do you dislike that he’s forced our NATO allies and others to finally pay their fair share to support important multinational alliances
    Do you dislike that he moved our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem which is the rightful capital of the Jewish state?
    Do you dislike that he signed the Right To Try law allowing terminally ill patients access to experimental therapies?
    This list is hardly a complete list of what President Trump has accomplished in four years.There’s actually more — a lot more. But hopefully, you get the idea.

    Nobody is asking you to love President Trump. Nobody is asking you to be his best friend. In fact, you don’t even have to like him.
    But just take a moment to give this some mature thought and you’ll find that you’d be less than fair and honest if you did not recognize all that he’s accomplished for America — often against overwhelming odds and with powerful special interests aligned against him.
    So, try to put aside emotionalism and arbitrary and capricious preferences for now, avoid the temptation to demonize the president and focus on who’s really effective; who has the vision, stamina and determination to do the job; who gets things done and who’s going to continue to solve our problems and keep America on the right track moving forward.

    Think it through. Then, vote

  • margaret m collins

    10/06/2020 10:13 AM

    ENJOY YOUR SHOW, CONGRATULATIONS FOR THE NEXT 4 YRS.

  • Raymond Bender

    10/06/2020 06:32 AM

    I don’t know if you or your daughter could possibly get a message to President Trump or his campaign. I think one of the most effective commercials would be to replay pictures we all saw on TV in 2015 of a black robbed Isis terrorist holding a knife in his hand in preparation to be had an American. Then, it would be good to “President Trump In Connecticut in 2016 saying that he is going to defeat Isys very very quickly. Then, say that it was no coincidence that Isis was gone within one year of trump taking office. Liken it to the hostages in Iran being released on the same day Reagan took office. Then, say we could be seeing these same pictures again under a week President Biden who did not even support Obama killing Osama bin Laden. I think it would be a very effective commercial!

  • Gene Curtis Boswell

    10/04/2020 06:28 PM

    On Friday the WSJ included in the Opinon section a series of views of now deceased George Melloan. This quote stood out: "Holding the presidency of a great nation is not an entitlement; it must be earned every day." This offers another explaination of why Hillary lost: she viewed becoming president as entitlement. After she and Bill finished looting the White House, they took one final step. Locking her crown in a secret cabinet to be opened for her coranation when she would become queen. Sorry, H, not to be!!

  • Diane W Hawkins

    10/04/2020 02:09 PM

    "Any more mental lapses and he would’ve been qualified to run for President as a Democrat. "

    I have written to you before about being as political as the left. You said you had to fight hard in this war. I try to understand that but somehow these statements are disappointing to me coming from you who I tend to hold in high esteem. I just expect a higher ground from you and those who claim to follow Jesus. I don't think He would talk like that--or like a lot of what Trump says. Do we have to play dirty in order to win?

  • Helen Buran

    10/03/2020 07:01 PM

    Mike, can you please explain how moderators for the Presidential Debates are chosen? Why are they always left-leaning? Why can’t they have someone like you, or Bill O'Riley, or Shawn Hannity? I know these are not going to be acceptable names to the left, but the moderators of the past aren’t acceptable or fair to us. How come a Biden "intern" gets to moderate next time??! I don’t believe most of us have ever even heard of him!
    Please, can you explain this?

  • Lynn Barr

    10/03/2020 06:35 PM

    WHY? Aren’t Hillary, McCabe, Comey, Page, Strock, Brennan, Pelosi, Shit, Schumer in prison for corruption and why isn’t Durham report going to be out before election. OUTRAGEOUS!

  • Linda Kirk

    10/03/2020 06:31 PM

    Regarding the Supreme Court nominee. You know if roles we’re reversed that Pelosi and Schumer’s bum’s would be cutting buttonholes to get their nominee elected! Those two are unbelievable!!!

  • Renee Kendrick

    10/03/2020 05:02 PM

    Everyone in the President's administration and inner circle as well as the MSM need to consider HIPPA before they report anything about his health.

    The poop-scoops the MSM are trying to toss around or manipulate could come back on them. Just the facts, please.

  • Floyd A Unger

    10/03/2020 02:37 PM

    Thank you

  • BeeGee Johnston

    10/03/2020 01:01 PM

    Does it seem strange to anyone except me that suddenly, so many members of the White House staff and the Trumps are coming down with a virus that been around a long time and it’s right before the election???!!!!!
    Maybe I’ve read too many conspiracy theories, but this seems to coincidental to me????

  • Hilda Foley

    10/03/2020 11:02 AM

    Dear Brother Huckabee ,
    I'm praying for President Trump to fully recover.
    The first thought was how did hillary do it ?

    I appreciate your time .
    May God bless you, your family and staff with the full armor of God .
    Sincerely ,
    Hilda Foley

  • Melvin G. Gamble

    10/03/2020 08:42 AM

    Regarding Biden's refusal to answer whether he'd "pack the court" during the debate, I just posted the following on Facebook:

    We shouldn't be surprised when biden refuses to answer questions like whether he plans to "pack the court" - he's just using the pelosi strategy, the one she used when obamacare was being debated. Remember "You have to vote for it to find out what's in it"? (And we found out higher costs, lack of choice and doctors spending all their time during our appointments pounding on keyboards for "compliance" were in it) "You have to vote for it (sleepy joe) to find out what's in it (his plans for YOUR future)". That odd answer to the court-packing question: "Whatever position I take on that, that'll become the issue" says it all, because his positions on things like packing the court SHOULD BE THE ISSUE. We have campaigns and debates so candidates can lay out their positions and we can be "informed" voters, but biden wants you to vote first - for him - and THEN find out where he stands on the issues. If he wins and finally tells - or worse, shows by acting - his positions on important issues, how many moderate dems are going to be walking around with blank stares mumbling "If only we'd known. If only he'd told us..."?

  • Cheryl Lindsey

    10/03/2020 07:17 AM

    With so many people from the WhiteHouse contracting covid in the past few days, it causes one to wonder if the White House needs to be completely disinfected.

    Another thought is that if the President was coming down with this virus earlier in the week, it would explain his rather cantankerous behavior at the debate Tuesday evening. I am giving him a pass. We wish all of the Trump family, Hope Hicks, and Senator Lee a speedy recovery.

  • Ruth M Long

    10/03/2020 05:25 AM

    WHEN are these people going to be indicted!! It is WAY PAST TIME!

  • Philip Marshall

    10/02/2020 11:28 PM

    So here is how I see it. The country is down to the wire and people are doing whatever they can to straighten it out. At this point in time there is not a darn thing me you or a dog named poo can do. God knows this and he knows the nature of man, the I can do man. WE know that deep inside that we need to pray to Jesus to save our country and God knows this too. So, He has decided to intervene and he got Donald Trump good and sick. Now we all know that there is not a darn thing that we can do to help Donald Trump EXCEPT PRAY!! Ta Da now God has our attention and He has us doing just what we need. Also do not get mad at the nasty comments that the Democrats are making they are the Pharaohs of our time. God is using them to make us pray even harder. TY God Bless.

  • Margie greenhaw

    10/02/2020 10:50 PM

    May our living Lord surround you and mrs trump keep you safe and Return you to your healthy path prayers for your and mrs trump

  • Gaye Harris

    10/02/2020 10:45 PM

    I've been praying for Pres and First Lady all day.
    I'm expecting the Lord will get them through this unscathed.
    Tell the President the good thing to come out of this is that he won't have to take the vaccine!
    Would you also tell him, when he resumes campaigning, to end EVERY campaign speech with:
    'I would appreciate your vote so much!' (Always the best idea is to ask for their vote.)

  • Ingrid Forsberg

    10/02/2020 10:35 PM

    President Trump getting the virus has awakened the very urgent necessity of re-electing him for 4 more years. I feel it strongly in my gut. It has been on my mind & in my constant prayers since the moment I learned President Trump had contacted the virus. If I did not know God, as I know you do, this would have me scared to death. But like the song says, "I don't worry about tomorrow." Why? Because I know who holds my hand.........and I know Who holds the fate of every nation.

  • Carol Pickard

    10/02/2020 10:24 PM

    I am so sick and tired of the media and Democrats saying President Trump should have followed protocol let them fess up to the rioters and thugs that didn’t follow protocol!! We need to get that out! My goodness they don’t want to own up to anything ! Comey,Hilary Polosi. All of the crooks they need to be convicted then when these young people see you are punished for crimes will our world change!

  • Dusty

    10/02/2020 10:01 PM

    SAD! Sad to see on some sites the nasty comments of the Democrats and Left on Pres Trump and his wife per this virus. Was the asst not tested more often? So easy to do the faster testing and make sure. Be neg and a week later or so contract this virus and wham? Why not even the shields to be used when around the President? Worst is his age and wgt? He is in one of the best Hospitals and hope they can control this and not get worse. Melania I hope is just a mild case and she will be well soon. Amazing how the left is out that look what he has done he killed over 200,000 people not the Chinese Virus that went to Asia and to Europe before it hit our shores? 450 Chinese came in to NY end of Dec. where did they come from and where did they go? Gov Newsome talked of Chinese flying in on private planes to Calif? From where and to where? Just a few why did we not know more info? President from time he brought on Dr. Fauci daily tried to get out what to do and how to protect ourselves for a long time he did this. We should wear our mask and wash hands and not congregate big crowds yes. Ck out Dr Fauci and many other Dr said this virus can enter EYES, NOSE and MOUTH? Do not protect our eyes someone sneezes or coughs out see the spray out on slow speed camera.
    See even Bill Gates recently said we let in thousands here and no idea on if sick or where they came from and then went? Did not hear him blame the President? He did not say Chinese Virus either. Interesting. Virus that just came out of no where the Democrats make it TRUMP VIRUS. Think the President is in the best medical care where he is now ? God Bless President and Melania.