As everyone expected, the Jerry Nadler-led House Judiciary Committee voted to proceed with two Dr. Seuss-level “impeachment” charges against President Trump, which the House will rush to vote on before Christmas, because, like the plots of Hallmark Christmas movies, if you think about them after December 25th, you realize how silly they are.

House Democrats, in trying to destroy Trump, have loaded up a cannon, taken careful aim, lit the fuse, and seen it backfire right into their faces. On the very day that should have been Trump’s worst, he was ignoring impeachment to celebrate a wave of good news, including breakthroughs on trade deals with China and with Mexico and Canada; a big rise in the stock market; and the landslide win for conservatives in Great Britain, which has many Democrats in the US feeling as they’re treading water in the ocean and can hear the music from “Jaws.” 

You know it’s bad when even CNN analysts are dismissing Adam Schiff’s claims of this being a serious effort to remove Trump as “nonsense”…

https://www.westernjournal.com/cnn-legal-analyst-admits-impeachment-little-no-shot-working-calls-schiffs-court-claim-nonsense/

…And CNN actually admits that Trump was correct in accusing two of his House Democrat accusers of misquoting his Ukraine phone call… 

https://www.foxnews.com/media/trump-cnn-fact-check-democrats-misquoted-call-zelensky-mark-up-escobar-jackson-lee

…And the head of the Council on Foreign Relations was on MSNBC, telling Joe Scarborough that Thursday was “one of Donald Trump’s best days as President.”  I’ll repeat that: MSNBC viewers actually heard that Trump had a good day as President!  I’m surprised they didn’t cut away from their own guest.

Some Democrats are already threatening to keep impeaching Trump over and over if he wins reelection. That’s not only a good way to insure he wins reelection, but considering how the first “impeachment” is working out so far, he would probably be fine with them “impeaching” him every day.

 

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Another hidden dividend of the jobs boom under Trump: South Carolina got a federal okay to require residents who are able-bodied, aren’t pregnant, have no dependents, and aren’t working or involved in any education or training programs, to get a job before they can access Medicaid, the government-funded health care program. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/s-carolina-tells-welfare-abusers-no-mooching-either-work-get-boot/

Liberals will likely scream, but Gov. Henry McMaster said, “South Carolina’s economy is booming, wages are up, and our unemployment rate is at an all-time low at 2.6%. Competition for workers is fierce, and businesses are struggling to fill vacancies. In this economy, there is no excuse for the able-bodied not to be working.”

Since there are so many on the left who’d rather think up excuses than get a job, I’m sure we’ll be hearing some soon.  In the meantime, I expect them to accuse Trump of being a big meanie who should be impeached for deliberately creating a full-employment economy just to force people off of Medicaid. 

 

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Hey, as long as Democrats are just making up imaginary crimes to impeach the President for, who not go the whole nine yards?

https://www.westernjournal.com/dem-rep-johnson-zelensky-acted-like-trump-duct-taped-daughter-basement/

 

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“Cursed, Actually”: In an interesting side note on the British elections, people are talking about the “curse of Hugh Grant” after every liberal politician the anti-Brexit activist/movie actor endorsed or campaigned with lost bigly.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/hugh-grant-campaign-uk-election-defeat

 

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This is so cute!  California’s government passed a law that’s crushing independent, freelance workers, and CNBC actually seems to think that’s an unintended consequence rather than the entire point.

https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2019/12/11/californias-new-employment-law-is-starting-to-crush-freelancers.html

 

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Time magazine’s “Person of the Year,” 16-year-old Swedish climate radical Greta Thunberg, channeled their “Men of the Year” for 1938 and 1939 by telling a cheering crowd, “World leaders are still trying to run away from their responsibilities, but we have to make sure they cannot do that. We will make sure that we put them against the wall, and they will have to do their job to protect our futures.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7789463/Greta-Thunberg-arrives-Turin-Italy-star-turn-huge-climate-change-demonstration.html

 

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My staff and I are greatly saddened to report that actor Danny Aiello died Thursday night in New Jersey at 86 after being struck with a sudden illness. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/academy-award-nominee-danny-aiello-dead-age-86/

Danny Aiello was the furthest thing from a stuck-up, overnight Hollywood success.  He didn’t even start acting until he was 35. Growing up poor, he hustled to survive, doing everything from selling papers to shining shoes, even a little numbers running for the mob and stealing change from cigarette machines when he was desperate to feed his family (although he insisted he would never rob a human being.) After three years in the Army, he handled bags for Greyhound and worked his way up to an executive spot in the bus driver’s union, but quit after being falsely accused of sparking a wildcat strike.  While working as a bouncer at a comedy club, he overcame his stage fright to emcee the show, and that was the start of his life in the spotlight.

His first break came in the movie “Bang the Drum Slowly,” and he quickly began racking up a resume filled with some of the most famous films of the past 40 years, working for such directors as Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen and Spike Lee: “Do The Right Thing,” (for which he scored an Oscar nomination), “The Godfather Part II,” “Once Upon a Time in America,” “Broadway Danny Rose,” “Moonstruck,” “Fort Apache, The Bronx,” “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” and many more. He was equally adept at serious and comic roles, and was a true multi-talent, launching another successful late-life career as a Sinatra-style club singer and recording artist.  One of his albums of swingin’ standards, “I Just Wanted to Hear the Words,” made the top 10 on Billboard’s jazz chart.

I had the good fortune of meeting, interviewing and playing with him on several occasions.  Here he is on my Fox News show, performing a great big band arrangement of the old Sophie Tucker tune, “Some of These Days.”

https://youtu.be/4Lng5VQIGak

Perhaps because he grew up poor and had so much experience in the real world, Aiello was one of the rare outspoken conservatives in showbiz (he was once named one of Hollywood’s 50 Most Influential Republicans – yes, they actually found 50!) He was known for blasting Hollywood liberals for saying they cared so much about the little guy, then shooting movies in non-union states where they could pay the crew less than scale. He also criticized all the cursing on “The Sopranos,” claiming that nobody talks like that in an Italian household (he said he wouldn’t even dare say “Hell” in front of his mother.) And here he is again on my Fox News show, expressing his anger over the 9/11 plotters being given a civilian trial in his hometown of New York City, and jokingly describing his politics as “to the right of Attila the Hun.”

https://youtu.be/Ew8Kic3Cqhs

Danny Aiello may have had a late start in show business, but he built an incredibly rich legacy of movie, TV and Broadway roles, as well as concerts and recordings.  His work will be enjoyed for generations to come.  And while he sometimes played bad guys in the movies, he was truly one of the good guys in the entertainment industry.

If you’d like to learn more about him, he published an autobiography a few years ago called “I Only Know Who I Am When I Am Somebody Else: My Life on the Street, on the Stage, and in the Movies.”

My staff and I send our prayers and deepest sympathies to his family, especially to his three surviving children and his wife of 64 years, Sandy Cohen.  Here’s an article in which she shares the surprising secret of their long marriage:

https://people.com/movies/inside-danny-aiello-64-year-marriage-wife-sandy-cohen/

And here’s a round-up of tributes from his many admiring co-stars and colleagues:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/danny-aiello-dead-spike-lee-cher-celebs-remember-do-right-thing-actor-1262533

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  • Doug Moon

    12/15/2019 10:21 PM

    My favorite performance by Danny Aiello was on a poorly reviewed but utterly fun little movie along-side Bruce Willis called Hudson Hawk. They played thieves who would time their heists to classic jazz songs and showtunes. In the big final action scene the two of them did a delightful duet of "Would You Like To Swing On A Star". That was the first time I knew either of them could sing, and they were great together!

  • Alice Landolt

    12/15/2019 09:16 PM

    We need to vote all the Democrats in the House out of office so they cannot continue to waste time/energy and tear our country apart.
    Instead of talking as if Donald Trump will win by a landslide, we need to encourage everyone that it is urgent that they vote all impeachment folks out of office. Don't take anything for granted. VOTE!

  • Alice Landolt

    12/15/2019 09:12 PM

    I love your commentary, but don't degrade Hallmark movies. Yes, they all have similar plots, but they are a great respite from the stress of every day political news. And, they have clean language and wholesome family values.

  • Richard J Hertel

    12/15/2019 08:38 PM

    Mike, thanks very much for your comments remembering Danny Aiello who recently passed away. I probably would have missed hearing of this "one of a few" conservative actors in Hollywood. I was always a fan of his acting.
    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/danny-aiello-dead-spike-lee-cher-celebs-remember-do-right-thing-actor-1262533

  • Randall Fain

    12/15/2019 08:01 PM

    Keep the editions coming!! One day, I hope not, the Dems will wake up to reality on what they are doing. It is like disciplining your child for do something wrong and they just keeping the same mistake until one day their eyes open up and behold we have great kids from that day on.?? Some day in about the first or second Tue Nov 2020, they may get it. It is better to work for the good of all and not of one. You ,ay remember that from the show Star Trek.

    Say hi to Janet and you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
    Blessings
    Randall & Betty Fain

  • Mike Horst

    12/15/2019 07:53 PM

    The Dems are the Willie E Coyote’s of politics. As Bugs Bunny would say...”eh,eh,eh...What a bunch of clucks”. How many times do they need to hit a wall, have a cagg of dynamite blow up in their face before they get it. It never ends with these idiot Dems!

  • Sinea Pies

    12/15/2019 06:47 PM

    I love your newsletters. Not only are you always on target with your evaluation of the day's news, the WAY you say it is crafted so, so well. It is a delight to read each and every one of them - and who has time, these days, to read a lot of newsletters? LOL Well, I read YOURS!
    Thank you, Governor Huckabee, for keeping us eloquently informed.

  • Steve Bukosky

    12/15/2019 06:31 PM

    We know Trump will be acquired by the senate. My hope is that the Democrats will be charged with abuse of power. If they are not punished, there is no justice.

  • Paul Potter

    12/15/2019 06:22 PM

    Wouldn't be nice to see President Trump bring the Nation back together as one Nation Under God.

  • Cassie Neumann

    12/15/2019 06:15 PM

    Please, please run again, after Trump, for president. Your daughter, too, is the greatest.

  • Joe Broadway

    12/15/2019 06:13 PM

    Because of the Thunburg girl some people of Alabama think it is time we start letting children guide Alabama. The kids cant read or add 3 +6 but lets put them in charge. See how stupid we are? Worse education system in the world but put them in charge, make decisions. Yes i have been thinking about moving............

  • Timothy Glidewell

    12/15/2019 05:55 PM

    Sorry Gov. You go to far by dragging Hallmark Christmas movies into this political
    farce.????

  • Amelia Little

    12/15/2019 05:37 PM

    Maybe the guy on cnn has a secret wish to be let go for his conservative view--on this. Or, maybe he realizes that, eventually even cnn viewers will understand how futile, hateful, time consuming this mess has been--and will have less trust in the cnn people.

    I don't understand the CA thing--it seems neither the freelancers nor those who used their services were complaining about how things were going--so, what was the purpose of the bill? Just to show people who is in control of all aspects of life there? I couldn't tell that it was going to bring in any increase in tax revenue (which CA legislature loves). Actually, it sounds like that revenue would go down whether freelancers move their addresses, or the amount of employment in CA would go down. I don't know if it would work or not--but perhaps establish their business addresses just over the state line? That would take care of companies not wanting to use CA based freelancers.

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    12/15/2019 05:32 PM

    those Dems will be looking for jobs soon...

  • Surf

    12/15/2019 04:59 PM

    Dear Mr Huckabee.

    Although I never have actually watched the Hallmark movies...

    The books that inspire them, have been a Hallmark in all my moments of confinement, that brought positivity to a negative situation...

    Have a great week!

  • Karin Koontz

    12/15/2019 04:54 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,
    I just want to thank you for your easy to understand newsletters. I learn so much from reading them. Thank you for taking the time to put things in perspective so us simple folks can understand what is going on!

    A very grateful American and sister in Christ,
    Karin Koontz

  • Christopher T. Farrell

    12/15/2019 04:50 PM

    Hi Brother Huckabee, Your using the canon metaphor reminded me of a post that Dan Scavino, Jr. posted on Facebook where Schiff is portrayed as Wild E. Coyote chasing the Road Runner Trump. It was hilarious. Hope you search it out as it will bring a moment of laughter into your day.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours! Your humble servant in the risen Lord and Christ Jesus, chris Farrell

    P.S. Please speak with Pastor Carl Gallups and Mike Zullo on one of his 'Freedom Fridays with Carl Gallups' radio programs or invite them onto one of yours.

  • Dennis Chandler

    12/15/2019 04:47 PM

    Governor

    I watch your show every Saturday and love it! I lived in Arkansas for 10 total years and miss it! Governor I’m trying to get my book titled The Miracle Man published but if they don’t would you for half the proceeds be willing to? God has saved me with miracles 10 times! Love you!
    Dennis Chandler