Morning Edition - October 1

October 1, 2020 |

MORNING EDITION

October 1, 2020 

By Mike Huckabee

A "MIXED" RATING

I couldn’t believe during the debate that Joe Biden once again gave his dramatic recitation about the white supremacists with neck veins bulging at Charlottesville and how President Trump called them “very fine people” (he’s claimed that hearing that was the catalyst for him deciding to run for President), and Chris Wallace didn’t inform him that he couldn't possibly have heard it because it's fake news. It's a lie so glaring that even liberal news outlets have debunked it (For about the 100th time: Trump said there were probably fine people on both sides of the argument about removing Confederate monuments, but that the white nationalists should be “condemned totally.”)

Frankly, at this point, I can see only two reasons why Biden would keep telling this long-exposed lie. Either he’s an idiot who doesn’t know it’s been debunked out the wazoo. Or he’s willing to keep repeating a known slanderous falsehood in an attempt to deceive black voters into thinking their President is a racist who hates them, which is a vile, cynical and incredibly corrosive thing to do, as well as being transparently dishonest. I will give Biden the respect to assume that he is not an idiot.

Biden’s willingness to retail such a horrible lie to gin up racial suspicion and division should have been the big story, since it ought to disqualify him as President. But as expected, almost all of the post-debate media coverage focused on how “outrageous” it was that Trump refused to condemn white supremacists.

Here's a headline from the “paper of record” (quotation marks well-earned), the New York Times: “Trump Refuses to Denounce White Supremacy…”

And from NPR (your tax dollars at work): “Trump Declines to Denounce White Supremacy.”

But as a post-debate rewatch of the tape showed (the only harder job was having to write the transcript!), Trump did agree to denounce white supremacists, it just got buried in all the loud crosstalk.

If you don’t believe a conservative outlet, even the reliably liberal “fact-check” site Snopes.com could only give the claim a “mixed” rating, which in the case of any Trump accusation usually means “We tried every way possible to keep from admitting it's false, but we just couldn't.”

Incidentally, how many times is Trump expected to do this? He’s never courted these vile people, and they in no way represent his supporters. It's based on a straw man accusation from the left about Trump's supporters whom they just can't believe would have legitimate reasons to vote against them (is the media saying that nearly 63 million Trump voters are all white supremacists?) While Biden never condemns BLM or Antifa rioters, Trump's had to condemn and disavow these racist jerks on multiple occasions, including David Duke, the KKK and the thugs in Charlottesville in the very comment that Biden keeps misquoting.

And speaking of the KKK, if Trump supports white supremacists, how come just last week, he vowed to designate both Antifa and the KKK as terrorist organizations? You can’t condemn anyone harder than that.

A NEW BIDEN AD

If Joe Biden and his campaign are going to continue going around falsely accusing people of being “white supremacists,” they’d better stick to slandering public figures because otherwise, it might cost them dearly. The campaign is currently running an ad that not only falsely accuses Trump of refusing to denounce white supremacists, but cites as an example Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who shot protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (The ad incorrectly says it happened in Portland, but getting facts right obviously isn’t their #1 concern.)

As you can see at the link, Rittenhouse’s attorney Lin Wood says he has a strong case that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense, and that he was never associated with any white supremacist groups. He says that Biden’s ad not only libels his client but is tainting the jury pool, and that he plans to sue both Biden and the Harris/Biden (sorry: "Biden/Harris") campaign and looks forward to ripping Biden to shreds during deposition.

If you think that’s an empty threat about going after big names who defame the little guy, Wood’s previous clients include Richard Jewell and Nick Sandmann. The Biden campaign might want to hold a few million in reserve; they might need it.

EXPLAINING THE PROUD BOYS

All the media’s ginned-up controversy over Trump “dogwhistling” to white supremacist groups is centered on a quote from the debate in which he told the Proud Boys to “step back and stand by.” But Trump said he doesn’t even know who the Proud Boys are (Wallace actually mentioned them first when Trump asked who Wallace wanted him to condemn.)

I can find that believable since I don’t know much about them either, other than seeing them mentioned occasionally in the news (I don’t keep up with every fringe group, just the ones burning down cities, and I don’t believe the Democrats’ claim that those are all right-wingers in junior commie costumes getting an early start on Halloween.) I assume most of you know nothing about them either because, despite what the media think, conservatives aren’t a radical fringe group.

So here’s one of the actual members of that group explaining what the Proud Boys are. I am not telling you to believe what he says, since I’d take any comment from any fringe political group with a pillar of salt. All I will say is "Look at him." I have a hard time believing this guy is a white supremacist, unless we’re all living in an old Dave Chappelle sketch.

MUST-READ

This is a great reminder of two very important truths about America that are getting lost:

One is that America is based not on race or gender or social class but on a set of ideas that bind us all together, and those ideas are under attack because that’s the best way to tear America apart.

The other is that the handful of haters, extremists and in-your-face poison spewers that get so much media attention are not America. Think instead of all those strangers around you every day who look nothing like you but who smile at you, wait on you, wave to you, hold the door for you and say “please” and “thank you” to you, and you show the same courtesy, friendliness and respect back to them. That’s America.

RIP HELEN REDDY & MAC DAVIS, AND A “MAYBERRY" DEBATE NOTE

By Pat Reeder

We’re sad to report the deaths of two major music stars of the 1970s on Tuesday, both at age 78. No cause of death was announced for pop singer Helen Reddy, but she suffered from Addison’s disease and was diagnosed with dementia in 2015.

During her heyday, Reddy had her own variety show, appeared on countless other TV shows, acted in movies such as Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” and on Broadway and London’s West End, and 15 top 40 Billboard singles, including six top 10’s and three #1 hits. They include “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Delta Dawn,” “You and Me Against the World,” “Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady” and “Angie Baby.”

Her biggest hit, though, and the one that cemented her forever as a feminist icon, was 1972’s “I Am Woman,” for which she wrote the lyrics and Ray Burton wrote the music. It went to #1 and won her the Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal. She said it was inspired by the strong women in her family who survived the Depression, world wars and abusive, alcoholic husbands, and by the sexism she’d had to battle in show business. (Ironically, some feminists were upset over the line, “But I’m still an embryo,” since they didn’t want to associate the women’s lib movement with a pregnancy – or maybe they didn’t want to associate an embryo with a human being.)

Ironically, the massive success of “I Am Woman” helped end Reddy’s career. When she learned it was mentioned in a friend’s daughter’s history book, she decided she’d made her mark and could never outdo it, so she retired in 2002 to her native Australia. Aside from a few occasional live performances, she mostly devoted herself to her family and a new career as a clinical hypnotherapist. Ironically, just this month, a new movie about her life debuted. It’s called “I Am Woman.”

Also on Tuesday, pop/country singer/songwriter/actor Mac Davis passed away in Nashville after heart surgery. Davis recorded a number of hits, including “Stop and Smell the Roses,” “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me” and “It’s Hard to Be Humble.” He also wrote many hits for other artists, including Kenny Rogers’ “Something’s Burning,” Gallery’s “I Believe In Music,” the Elvis classics “In The Ghetto,” “Memories” and “A Little Less Conversation,” and even co-wrote the recent Bruno Mars hit, “Young Girls.”

Like Reddy, Davis also hosted his own NBC variety series and acted in movies (“North Dallas Forty,” “The Sting II”) and on stage (“The Will Rogers Follies.”) He was so versatile, he is both a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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A personal post-debate note…

Last night, to cure my post-debate headache, I put on Amazon Prime to watch “The Andy Griffith Show.” By sheer dumb luck (the same force that kept my wife Laura from dying when she caught swine flu under Obama/Biden), the next episode up in my rotation was “Politics Begins at Home” (Season 7, Ep. 8.)

In it, Aunt Bea decides to run for city council, not knowing that Andy has already endorsed county clerk Howard Sprague for the seat. She accuses Andy of being a sexist and doesn’t believe his pleas that he just thinks Howard is better qualified for the position. After making his life miserable for a while, she goes to a debate with Howard. When people ask about issues of local importance, like whether to build a new bridge or sewer system, she has the same answer:

If the people want a bridge (or sewer system or whatever), then they shall have a bridge! The people’s will shall always be supreme and lead us through the dark night of politics (or something like that.) Naturally, it gets a lot of applause.

Then Howard keeps explaining, with facts and figures, why those projects would be wastes of taxpayer money and how the same thing could be accomplished much cheaper.

Eventually, Aunt Bea stands up and urges everyone to vote for Howard because he’s obviously the most qualified and she doesn’t know why anyone would vote for her.

If only last night’s debate had gone like that, with Uncle Joe in the role of Aunt Bea.

BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY (KJV)

 



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  • Teresa Edwards

    10/04/2020 09:25 AM

    I am saddened to hear of the deaths of two of my favorite entertainers, Helen Reddy and Mac Davis. I was blessed to see Mac in a small concert venue in Goodwell, Oklahoma in the ‘70’s. He was an amazing talent. He spoke of his ex-wife and how she left him for Glen Campbell. I never liked Glen after that. LOL.

  • Judy Reeves

    10/04/2020 08:52 AM

    85 MILES PARADE! OF CARS on I-20 for TRUMP! Thomson, Ga - West.
    GOV BRIAN KEMP came to Thomson - led PARADE for TRUMP! Bless you Mike!

  • George Moe

    10/03/2020 07:24 PM

    How do I get your new letter ???????

  • Maggie Morgan

    10/02/2020 02:28 PM

    In the face of the seemingly awful news last night that both the President and the First Lady have tested positive for the China Virus and that, at the very least, he'll be unable to "hit the campaign trail" for 14 days ... I'd like to see all his upcoming rallies held as scheduled ... and his children ... Don, Jr., Eric and Ivanka hold the rallies in his place, with piped in video appearances from him.

    But I'm not by any means assured that the Republican Party has either the smarts or the courage to do anything except run for the hills right now ... That bunch of gutless wonders needs to be dragged by a forceful leader, kicking and screaming, into leadership! They love their offices and the perks of being called "Senator" or "Congressman" and having the greatest retirement and healthcare plans in the world ... and the biggest perk of all: Being able to blame "the other guy" for whatever goes wrong because the GOP doesn't hold power! But leadership? Whoaaaaaa ....

  • Mark Seibert

    10/02/2020 12:13 AM

    Great Newsletter. What the proud boys said is right, the Democrats are Communists who want to take away our founding documents. When Barak Obama said, and now Kamala Harris is saying, "We want to fundamentally transform America," we know what they mean. They want to destroy our founding documents. The want to take away our democracy and our freedoms and become dictators over America. We see our First Amendment Rights disrespected, as Democrats demonize any Christian who wants to be in church and anyone who disagrees with them. They want to take away our 2nd Amendment rights to defend ourselves against a run away government, which is what the Democrats are pushing for. They want to take away our Fifth Amendment rights to due process. And insteaed they want to spread lies and fear and anger and hate and divide this nation's people against themselves, which is a Communist trick used to take over nations. And clearly they want to do away with the 10th Amendment which guarantees a limited Federal Government. Instead the Democrats want all power over the people. We need to start calling the Democrats what they are: They are lying Communists who want to fundamentally destroy our founding documents which, along with (and what is most important is) our faith in the God of the Bible, is what made America Great. Make America Great Again. Put prayer and the Bible back in schools. Stand up for our constitution. Love and respect our fellow Americans again, rather than giving in to lies and fear and hate and violence.

  • Janet Geissler

    10/01/2020 11:34 PM

    I think we have a relative of yours attending our church and living in the area. Do you have a cousin named Jack?

  • linda L hart

    10/01/2020 10:11 PM

    President Trump should debate cardboard cut outs of Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris next time. Have a written list of their plans for our country standing next to them. The President can use the 90 minutes to counter their plans with his plans. Just the facts, please. No jokes, no name calling, just the plans.

  • Steven John Grimm

    10/01/2020 10:00 PM

    Mr. Huckabee,
    What’s up with Chris Wallace and John Roberts? I’m wondering why Fox puts up with both of them leaning to the left politically?
    Have a blessed day my brother...

  • Viviana

    10/01/2020 06:37 PM

    I just saw a video that showed Biden wired! lol That answers my question how he was able to do unexpectedly so well for being in the basement lol check it out! On Alice Down the Rabbit Hole on Youtube , if that was Trump it would be all over the internet and newspapers!

  • Catherine Bonham Jacocks

    10/01/2020 06:01 PM

    79 year old Retired educator on limited income. Have made several small donations during last several months. Because I have not made large donations I have received insulting emails & texts under names of Trump’s sons. Have now received one that says I am confirmed Biden supporter! Are these messages really from Trump campaigners. I have campaigned for years in Louisiana for Republican Party candidates & switched several Dem politicians. This type of disrespectful campaigning is insulting and disrespectful.

  • Lupe Beltran

    10/01/2020 04:39 PM

    Chris Wallace is the person who brought up Charlottesville and the debunked lie. A montage of President Trump stating he does not support any racists, starting with his entire statement from Charlottesville needs to be sent to Wallace and played for the mainstream media at the Whitehouse Press briefing. I am truly disgusted with Chris Wallace's bias and interrupting President Trump when he had points to make. President Trump brought up topics about Hunter and Russia Hoax because he knew Wallace would never bring those up. It was not pretty, but why didn't Wallace press Biden to answer if he would stack the Supreme Court if Judge Barrett gets confirmed as the newest Supreme Court Justice? Wallace stated he would moderate, but not be heard. He was definitely there to debate President Trump, along with Lying Joe.

  • Sue Palik

    10/01/2020 03:55 PM

    Just listening to Wallace on Fox trying to defend himself, he takes no responsibility. Disgusted! Others are talking about this too so, I guess I'm not the only one who sees through Slick Mikey Wallace who has been elevated to God of interviews on Fox! He is NOT! He's a lefty who has nothing negative to say about Biden, UNLESS, he is serving it with Milk Toast! It is all Trump Trump Trump...It's all Trump's fault! Wallace was made a fool of himself. He let live the lies about Charlottesville, never "seriously" challenged Biden on his lack of answering questions about his supreme court list and a host of other issues that were "skirted" over. Wallace cut off Trump numerous times from any rebuttal or to make a point WALLACE didn't want "the people" to hear! Makes me more a supporter of Donald J. Trump! Wallace's bias has been so obvious in the past 4 years, he can not claim neutrality anymore. It is out of the "bag" by his own actions and words just where he stands! Attacks on Trump by Fox news talking heads and White House Reporter is going to backfire on them AND Fox Network! This was a debate with Wallace and Trump...not Biden...The polls are wrong...many don't want to say who they are voting for...just like before...I doubt this will get posted! but I'll have my say anyhow and I know there are many who feel like I do. If L. Graham and T. Scott think for one minute Trump is a racists, then they have lost my support and I'll ask for my campaign contribution to be returned! Give me a break! do they actually BELIEVE Trump supports White Supremacists after all the President has done for every color on this planet?!

  • Steve

    10/01/2020 03:52 PM

    The democratic party as a whole is a far left, fringe radical group. Biden said he is the democratìc party, it is his platform with no one else influencing him. Therefore he is a far left, fringe radical candidate.

  • Cheryl Henderson

    10/01/2020 03:51 PM

    Maybe I don't listen very well about certain things like who picks the question asker for debates, but it's ironic how Chris Wallace is just like Lester Holt was. Hating President Trump was one thing they both had in common. Definitely not letting Trump say what he wanted to say. Very wrong

  • Floyd A Unger

    10/01/2020 03:29 PM

    Thank you...a couple things. Good for Lin Wood. And....conservative media has been complaining for a long time (decades?) that Republicans won’t fight. Well one did in the first debate. What’s the reason for the complaints now?

  • Pat J Green

    10/01/2020 03:13 PM

    Did not watch the debate, proud of that . So just a small comment on things I have read about Biden repeating media lies about what President Trump's has said or not said about white supremacists. He should not be repeating rumors and gossip, but he is in a campaign and I guess that is part of it. But Chris Wallace is not. As a knowledged news pearon he should have called Biden on that. That could be were President Trump's is coming from in speaking up all the time

  • Jerry Korba

    10/01/2020 02:58 PM

    Biden like Obama can buy and sell me a thousand times these people have become filthy rich without ever knowing what a blister or sun burn ever felt like. They have a lot of money. They are not idiots the job they have is to acquire as much capital $$$ as possible. The next agenda is to divide the country with the races hating each other and making sure White Owners of social media are being cared for to spew the philosophy that Racism is everywhere making sure what the schools didn't teach is put out to the uninformed. The next agenda if it could would to have the citizens running around in loin cloths and spears stealing goods and food from merchants trying to do good. Oh wait they have accomplished that; biden and obama should get the Humanitarian award for those feats sponsored by Big Tech and Social Media. We should be grateful they can make a movie thru Netflex return to the Planet of the lied to Americans 2008-2016.

  • Donna Caspari

    10/01/2020 01:46 PM

    Just wanted you to know, Mike, that I so enjoy reading your newsletters. They are actually one of my main news sources, since I don't watch the lamestream media. Keep up the good work! Loved the Andy Griffith Show segment! So timely!

  • Laura Mccament

    10/01/2020 01:40 PM

    PROUD BOYS - Thank you for trying to get to the truth about them. I have no idea of what they stand for, other than they are willing to take a stand against the rioters in Portland!!!! Love love love that!! I live in Southern Oregon and don't want the rioting to spread down here. I hope they are "good" and not what the left media is suggesting about them. When Gov. Brown heard they were in town, she then got alarmed at the possible violence. Makes me so mad that she didn't care up until then. I watched for reports of said violence but I don't think anything has happened. When I hear the name Proud Boys for some reason it warms my heart and makes me smile. As I said I just hope they are supporting the RIGHT cause, in an appropriate manor. I say thank you Proud Boys!!!