February 29, 2020

This week, President Trump took to Twitter to express his displeasure and frustration with Democratic leaders who seem more concerned with blaming him for the coronavirus and hyping up a panic than in doing anything to help. He noted that while he was working to prepare for the virus, they were tying up Congress with their fruitless impeachment crusade.

Not to add to the panic, but there already is a terrible epidemic disease ravaging America. In the worst cases, it results in hysteria, loss of brain function and inability to control one’s mouth. That disease is TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome.)

It’s primarily spread via airborne means, such as 24-hour TV news channels, and chiefly affects Democratic politicians and their unpaid press agents in the media. A particularly virulent strain started in China and is now reaching peak infection. You can see the symptoms on full display in the reactions to President Trump’s press conference on the coronavirus, where he introduced some top health experts who are leading the effort. Also, to show how seriously he’s taking this, he announced that Vice President Pence will head up a White House task force to coordinate the efforts of multiple agencies. This is important because a number of agencies will be involved and having someone with the Vice President’s clout in charge will help eliminate red tape and bureaucratic turf conflicts.

To a person with a normal, healthy brain, that should all have been reassuring. But here’s what TDS sufferers heard:


If you think I’m exaggerating their exaggerations, you must not have been near a TV in the past couple of days. I’ve seen networks such as CNN and MSNBC trot out furrow-browed “experts” to tell us that the government is totally unprepared, that Pence hates science, that Trump slashed funding for the CDC and the NIH so there’s nobody left there who knows anything about how to deal with this, and that Trump is a lying liar who lies so it’s better to listen to China and hysterical rumors than the disease stats and info the White House is giving us.

Speaking of lying liars, two leading Democratic Presidential candidates, Joe Biden and Mike Bloomberg, both made such egregiously false claims about Trump gutting the CDC and NIH budgets that even the A.P. couldn’t let them slip past. Here’s their fact-check, and for once, it’s a legitimate checking of facts:

In short: no, neither agency’s budgets have been cut. There was a reduction in CDC grants to state and local governments, but that was in place before Trump took office. And there are numerous top health experts involved who have extensive experience dealing with previous epidemics, including CDC deputy director Dr. Ann Schuchat and NIH infectious disease chief Dr. Anthony Fauci, who’s advised six Presidents.

But some candidates have even more advanced case of TDS that have rendered rational thought impossible. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who actually thinks she should be in charge of national health emergencies, quickly introduced a “Prioritizing Pandemic Prevention Act” that would transfer the $10 billion Trump allocated for his “racist” border wall to the CDC to prevent pandemics. This sparked Ted Cruz and others with clearer heads to ask how you prevent people from bringing foreign diseases into the US by doing away with border security.

Bernie Sanders, who can find something good to say about any murderous communist dictator but thinks America is a cesspool of racism and xenophobia, accused Pence of intending to do nothing but try to “pray away” the coronavirus. Because he’s a devout Christian, and we all know what THOSE people are like, amiright?

A reminder to Bernie and all the others who are attacking and second-guessing Pence’s record as Governor of Indiana: he actually was a Governor, managing a huge Health and Human Services organization with an annual budget of around $14 billion. Bernie Sanders was the mayor of Burlington, Vermont, before becoming one of 100 Senators and sponsoring seven bills in 13 years that have passed, two of them to rename post offices and one to declare March 4, 1991, as Vermont Bicentennial Day.

Some of the deranged media responses include worries that the coronavirus might make Americans exhibit xenophobia against the Chinese and a New York Times article suggesting that the disease be named after Trump (I guess they think he’s responsible for the San Francisco-level public hygiene in parts of China.) And don’t even get me started on this terminal TDS case:

All of this is helping drive down the stock market. Sadly, I think that harming the market and the economy so they can blame Trump and hurt his reelection chances is a big motivator behind all this panic-mongering. I wish I didn’t have to suspect that the left could be so deranged that they would sacrifice Americans' jobs and security just to gain a political advantage, but I still remember Bill Maher publicly wishing for a recession just to harm Trump at the polls.

My advice would be to tune out all the hysteria and partisan finger-pointing and just listen to people who really know what they’re talking about, like actual doctors. They recommend following precautions similar to what you do when it’s flu season:

Wash your hands frequently; stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing; don’t go to work if you’re sick; use surface disinfectants such as Lysol or Clorox, especially in public places like airplanes; and seek medical care immediately if you have a cough, fever or trouble breathing. Fortunately, we don’t have socialized medicine (yet!), so you should be able to see a doctor immediately. Surgical masks likely will do no good, unless you already have it, then they might keep you from spreading it. Here’s more on that subject, from Dr. Marc Siegel and the World Health Organization:

Also important, don’t fall victim to TDS by listening to its fervent spreaders. As I said last night on Fox News, if President Trump flew around the world like Superman, sucked the virus out of every patient’s lungs, then dived to the bottom of the Pacific to get rid of it, he’d return home to find the Democrats and media accusing him of polluting the ocean.

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  • Antonio Perezcastillo

    03/14/2020 01:33 PM

    What else is new? Name want good thing the Demon-rats can offer better than our President!

  • Lance E Brown

    03/04/2020 09:58 AM

    Well this is certainly in keeping with the DEMs agenda!
    They field an army of candidates, they send them out into the public with the one message, “BEAT TRUMP”. All working in unison like surrogates to one cause, one goal. And as we approach the end game they drop like flies leaving only the entrails of the one message, “BEAT TRUMP”.
    A Florida radio station, on Tuesday, did a contest where they called people and asked them to name the three candidates that drop out AND who they are now supporting. If you could you won! ZERO WINNERS! They hang up each time was either Steyers or klobuchar.
    So in the end the DEM's were, apparently more into BEAT TRUMP than in actually fielding a candidate that was good for America.

  • Marie Leach

    03/03/2020 09:49 AM

    They thrive on discord. President Trump has been a Godsend. He must get reelected.

  • Carlos McMinn

    03/02/2020 10:16 AM

    To the Liberal/Democrats everything is Trumps fault. They hate really without a cause!

  • Reissa Reedy

    03/02/2020 08:49 AM

    What is being done about local preparedness?
    Weill Cornell’s Dr Matt McCarthy: “At one of the busiest hospitals in the country, I don’t have (a test) at my fingertips. I still have to call the Dept of Health, make my case, plead to test people.”

  • Amy Syrell

    03/01/2020 09:03 PM

    We have shots to innoculate our population against the Flu. Even with those shots, which most insurance companies cover, the Flu is deadlier than the Corona Virus. Thanks to the media who aren't releasing that news and data with any degree of truth, the general public seems to be so riled up that they are doing and saying things that make no sense at all. Don't travel to China, wash your hands frequently, and don't touch your face. Use some common sense.

  • Lubos Tomicek

    03/01/2020 07:35 PM

    Mr. Governor, you're absolutely right

    I love your sense of humour expressed even in the times of such dangerous pandemic spread of TDS
    It's definitely much more dangerous to sanity and freedom, than any Corona

    Although, on the second thought, a few people were probably acting bit insane and some surely ended in prison after one too many Corona beers, didn't they?

  • Wanda Robbins

    03/01/2020 11:56 AM

    It appears every election year we have a virus of some kind and the Dems. weaponize it.....

  • Janet Burton

    03/01/2020 10:59 AM

    It truly is so very very sad that the left is so infected with TDS. I simply cannot understand how soooooo many people believe in CNN and MSNBC. We have people in our own family who believe those idiots. Even if all that VP Pence would do is pray and ask all of us believers to pray with him, I am certain we would have an amazing outcome. I personally am not worried about the coronaviris. People really do need to eat healthier and be hygenic. Too many times have I used a public bathroom only to see so many women walk out without washing their hands. I appreciate all the work you and your team does to help keep us truthfully informed. Thank you.

  • Rita Randolph

    03/01/2020 10:32 AM

    Governor, the common cold is a Corona virus. The flu this year has killed over 16k people. Should we take precautions? Of course. Should we panic? No. I do find it interesting that the 3 states experiencing unexplained cases of Corona virus are leftist strongholds. Do I think they would purposely spread the virus just to blame POTUS? Yes I do. TDS and all.

  • jean bressler

    03/01/2020 09:30 AM

    Right on, Governor. The panic is politically motivated by the Democrats and the Fake Media in order to hurt the President and affect the 2020 election. I read the headlines only and delete if a Democrat is pontificating. I have better things to do than waste my time on No-News.

  • Art Robertson

    03/01/2020 08:11 AM

    Perfect analysis, Gov!

  • Patricia Cunningham

    02/29/2020 10:45 PM

    Bless you Mike Huckabee for being a voice of reason in this insane world! I am not as worried about the Coronavirus as l am about the insanity that TDS is causing????

  • Marjorie Pregitzer

    02/29/2020 10:30 PM

    So good to read your article of common sense. I'm not worried about the corona virus. And I believe in that saying that when life gives you lemons then you should make lemonade. Now that the stock market is down it's time to buy into your favorite stocks. As for Mike Bloomberg....someone should cut him off at the knees. However, if that did happen probably a dog would think he was a fireplug and pee on him. Just a thought......... Keep up the great news articles, please. I watch very little TV. Instead, we have a great radio station in my area, WJR out of Detroit, that gives a very unbiased reporting of the news and the hosts do lots of fact checking before they shoot off their mouths.

  • Michael

    02/29/2020 07:56 PM

    The MSM and the Democrats make me sick!! They want the President to fail or create the appearance that the Nation's at risk of an epidemic of COVID-19, stock markets rapidly decreasing, the President is incompetent and even caused the virus! The evil disgusting Democrats and their partners the mainstream media want this country to fail before the November 3rd election. American patriotic and conservative voters need to remember this and all the other attempts the Dems and the MSM has done to our President and our country, not only the past almost four years, but under the Obama regime!! Vote against all Democrats in every election at every level and TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK !

  • GAry Stilwell

    02/29/2020 07:23 PM

    This is the stinking flu--ok?--Another strain--maybe more virulent, maybe not---look at the panic---who is causing this???????----You know exactly who is causing it.
    Trump is reacting marvelously benign in this(as he should)---The panic is completely fabricated--Avian/Zika/ebola--none of these were treated like this thing is, yet they were more devastating(understand this hasn't completely run it's course yet).
    All of the panic fails to note that many so-called "infected persons" have since recovered--like I said--it's the "flu".---There is also the wild possibility that China's bio-community was working on some bug, and it got loose---remember "the Andromeda Strain"?
    The "species jump" possibility is entirely possible(remember HIV?)---bow there are several articles about a dog that has tested positive for the virus(unknown if true)---wouldn't put it past the clinton machine to have planted this---


    02/29/2020 07:02 PM

    President Roosevelt said at a time when our great nation was in the worse depression ever and I quote:"We have nothing to fear,but fear itself" he was Democrat. My how they have changed. I do not think Roosevelt would support today's Democrats.

  • Dusty

    02/29/2020 06:59 PM

    Crazy the Democrats are nothing but a stupid crazy group of politicians today. How they take something like this virus and scare everyone. One person died today but where were the media as 36,000 died of the flu last year. I was surprised to hear this and just the US how many in the world I have not heard. Did anyone care in the media about this or ask why or how. Did many not have the money for the flu shot? Was this the elderly like they say now the virus is hitting them the worst. Saw a man recovering this morning on the news did fine. Now let us find out where did this even start pinpoint ? I hope it was not any kind of terrorism rather strange on what it has done and where. Let us here start to bring back our products like our meds ? Chinese make 90% WHY? Who is allowing this in our country two guesses the likes of a Bloomberg who is now a billionaire ck on his money how did he make all of this? We lost millions of jobs WHY? Ck out people on when you go to vote on both sides of the aisle who is getting paid.?

  • Sally Reilly

    02/29/2020 06:07 PM

    The voice of sanity! I'm not worried about Covid19 and I'm completely confident that VP Pence will provide good leadership for our nation's response. Might even order a Corona with my Mexican dinner next time ??

  • George H Yama

    02/29/2020 06:02 PM

    If only they are as adamant on blocking COVID-19. Then again, perhaps they would be ailing with the virus, since the virus takes no nonsense like the Republicans are doing. Wonder if Shumer, Pelosi, and many members of the Democratic Party would volunteer to sterilize affected cities? Ah, just dreaming.

  • Elizabeth Odom

    02/29/2020 05:50 PM

    Very good information, Mike. Thanks for sharing those sites. I have linked to a couple of them on my Facebook and am hoping people will read them. However, the problem is... Mainly all those who read my posts feel like you and I do. So I'm not sure what good it is doing but I am trying. Again, thank you.

  • Carl "T" Smith

    02/29/2020 05:48 PM

    Listened to Arthel Neville this PM discussing a article in the local paper in SC and attempted to get him to admit The Beer Virus was TRUMPS fault. I understand CNN has an opening . She would fit right in.

  • Rebecca Graves

    02/29/2020 04:46 PM

    Thank you for this article and the fact checking that you did. It helped me understand how exactly things are being handled...much different than what the media and other candidates are portraying. Thank you again!

  • Don

    02/29/2020 04:11 PM

    after 3 years of cnn, msnbc, abc, cbs, nbc, ny times, washington post, adam schiff, nancy pelosi, schumer, nadler, etc lying about Pres Trump, his family, his associates it is past time to stop reading or watching their solution for us Trumpicans is to not vote for a dimm/communist at any level of government ( federal, state, county, city, any board). Do not watch any tv programs of the anti Trump media selective in watching fox as they now have anti Trump pundits and talking heads...

  • John Ruggles

    02/29/2020 04:04 PM

    Check out the people with corona virus in Calif. I suspect they are lying about their contacts.