January 16, 2019

From Mike Huckabee:

Is anyone else suffering from a severe case of “outrage fatigue”? 

The 24/7/365 anti-Trump hysteria in the media has gone from baffling to annoying to downright wearying.  At least when the left had the “Russian collusion” tale, they could scream “Treason!!” all day and claim to have a somewhat legitimate foundation for their hyperbolic accusations.  But with two years passed and still no evidence of Russian collusion by anyone except the DNC and the Hillary campaign, the anti-Trump brigades have to keep coming up with new Trumpian “OUTRAGES!” to raise alarms about whilst running around like their hair is on fire.

With failing liberal media outlets finally showing profits thanks to pandering to seething Hillary voters (they should thank Trump for saving them from bankruptcy), there is a huge demand for ginned-up Trump “OUTRAGE!” clickbait stories.  Nothing is so petty that it can’t be used as fuel for the outrage machine, from Trump eating two scoops of ice cream for dessert to Melania’s choice of footwear while boarding Air Force One.  After all, when 24/7 news channels have to grind anti-Trump propaganda ‘round the clock, it burns up a lot of material.  Even if you watch only the big three networks’ (ABC, CBS and NBC) evening newscasts, you get an onslaught of it: a new study by the Media Research Center found that in 2018, those shows’ coverage of Trump was 90% negative.

(Of course, that doesn’t apply to their coverage of the government shutdown, which is caused by Democrats’ refusal to compromise with Trump and provide funding of a border wall that’s a fraction of what they’ve previously approved.  In December at least, the broadcast networks' coverage of Trump’s handling of that was 97% negative.)

But granted that the outrage machine is running on fumes, this week, the tank may have reached a new low.  Here are some of the things we’re supposed to be boiling oil and sharpening pitchforks over:

Trump made a one-letter misspelling in the word “hamburger” in a tweet, then later noticed the typo and fixed it:


Head not exploding yet?  Okay, brace yourself: Trump made a joke about the White House chefs being furloughed during the shutdown, so he ordered burgers and pizzas for the Clemson Tigers football team rather than letting his and Mike Pence’s wives make them “small salads.”  That was enough to send some CNN talking heads into an OUTRAGE meltdown over his horrifying sexism.


(A hat tip to Ed Driscoll at Instapundit for noting that one of the panelists who was most in a lather over Trump’s alleged clueless insult of a large demographic group is also the author of a book called “What’s the Matter with White People?”)

Of course, there was also the expected faux OUTRAGE over Trump serving fast food burgers and pizza instead of haute cuisine or kale and tofu.  But the football players seemed to like it (not being CNN, I don’t repeat fake news, so I’ll point out that the Clemson quarterback who allegedly praised the grub said that quote was fabricated, “however, the trip to the White House was awesome!”


Finally, to cap off this day of pointless OUTRAGE, former New York state attorney Preet Bharara (who was fired by Trump) launched a much-discussed tweet claiming that if Trump wants to withdraw from NATO, he should publicly state it “so he can be impeached, convicted and removed from office.”

Whether you support NATO or not, all rational persons should agree that anyone who thinks it’s a high crime for a President to hold a negative opinion of a particular multinational organization probably shouldn’t be a US Attorney.  But the tweet garnered plenty of “attaboy” responses, including one from someone who thought Trump should not only be impeached, but jailed and all his money seized by the government (that guy must really love NATO – wonder if he knows what the letters stand for?) Eventually, even Bharara recognized that he’d gone too far and backed away.  

And that’s just a typical Tuesday! 

I freely admit Trump sometimes says (or more likely, tweets) things that make me cringe, that are poorly expressed, unpresidential, too personal or insulting, or just a distraction from more serious matters that only hand his critics ammunition.  I think of them as unforced errors.

If I don’t comment on every one of them, it’s not because I condone them.  It’s just I have “outrage fatigue.”  What’s the point in commenting on every unfortunate Trump tweet when I know the media is going to erupt like Mt. Vesuvius no matter what he says or does?  They’ve become like the boy who cried wolf – into a TV camera, 24 hours a day for two years and counting.  If Americans have started to assume their hysteria is baseless and simply ignore it, it’s because that’s what they’ve taught us to do.   

The most appropriate response to all this phony OUTRAGE is laughter, and Will Lloyd at the Spectator US supplies us with some, via his imagined conversation between a liberal elitist Millennial snowflake couple quivering in horror over Trump putting hot mustard packs for the Big Macs into the Eleanor Roosevelt silver servewear.



OOPS! Dept:  Here’s a pointer for liberal pundits who love to play the race card at every opportunity.  When a radio host asserts that his success is due to hard work, qualifications and experience rather than his skin color, before you accuse him of refusing to acknowledge his unfair white privilege, make sure you’re not talking to a black radio host.



Not yet confirmed, but it appears that the stench of anti-Semitism from the leaders of the Women’s March has gotten so pungent, they’ve even lost the sponsorship of the Democratic National Committee.


Our Insane World, Cont’d: Sheriff’s deputies were called to Oberlin High School in Louisiana after a student came under suspicion of making a terrorist threat.  The student’s house was searched for weapons, but none were found, nor was any evidence of plans to do harm. The “threat” was based on the fact that while taking a math test, the student drew the square root symbol, and several students noticed and commented on the fact that it’s shaped sort of like a pistol.

And yet, all the warning signals put out by real school shooters get completely ignored.  Something doesn’t add up.


I don’t know why we even need a President when we have so many federal judges who are willing and eager to do the job.  Today’s example is an Obama-appointed judge in New York who ruled that the Trump Administration can’t add the question, “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” to the 2020 Census.   

Considering the many intrusive questions asked by the Census, one would think that was a pretty basic piece of information. The judge also admitted that the question isn’t “racist.”  And it’s hardly unprecedented or unconstitutional: it used to be on all Census forms until 1950, when it was dropped because there were so few non-citizens in the US (hardly the case now), and it stayed on the long form until 2010.  No, the judge ruled that the question couldn’t be asked because Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross didn’t go about reaching that decision in the right way.  Again, something that I wasn’t aware was part of the oversight power of federal judges.

This is yet another time-wasting and partisan attempt by the judicial branch to constrain the legitimate Constitutional powers of the executive, and let’s hope the Supreme Court rules it so quickly.  Meanwhile, here are five reasons why the people who oppose putting this question on the Census form didn’t go about reaching that decision in the right way.


And From Staff writer Laura Ainsworth:

It’s official:  leftists have no sense of humor.  I can see why stand-up comedians increasingly turn down bookings on college campuses –- and why so many colleges no longer try to book them in the first place.  There’s hardly anything that comics are even allowed to talk about.  Every joke has to be dissected to decide which ones can be laughed at.  Here’s the latest example:


A panel of commentators at CNN went nuts over President Trump’s wisecrack about Melania making some “quick little salads” for a championship-winning football team visiting the White House.  Because of the partial government shutdown, Trump had had some food ordered in, and his choice was mass quantities of fast food from McDonalds and Wendy’s, which I'd assume is a great menu for football players.  It would be pretty fun for the players to eat Big Macs at the White House, and this is something they’d enjoy much more than little salads.  But to the comedy-overseers at CNN, the remark was taken as incredibly sexist.


Listen, you pea-brains at CNN, I am a woman who writes comedy material for a living, and Trump gets an A+ in my book for that remark.  It doesn’t strike me as sexist at all.  I imagine Melania really is someone who favors “little salads,” and the truth of that is part of what makes it funny.  What if Obama had made the same remark about Michelle, who was known for touting the benefits of eating the healthy greens from her garden?  No one would have called him sexist.  The football players would have just enjoyed their fries and shakes, happy that Michelle wasn't making them eat beets.


The “shutdown” notwithstanding, I seriously doubt that the First and Second Ladies would have actually toiled in the White House kitchen making kale-and-kiwi-fruit plates for the football players, just as Michelle didn’t really spend hot summer afternoons spreading manure over her cabbage and broccoli.  (It’s the people at CNN who are busy spreading manure, but I digress.)  If it’s hard to picture Melania making the little salads, the image becomes even funnier.  Perhaps it would be reminiscent of the TV show “Green Acres,” with Eva Gabor trying to cook an egg while wearing an evening gown and four-inch heels.


One of the panelists asked why Mike Pence couldn’t have been the one to make the salads.  Actually, that would have been funny, too.  Both versions are funny --- in different ways, as they conjure up different images.  Sometimes one wonders what duties the Vice President actually has, day to day.  Maybe it’s making little salads, who knows?


Anyway, leftists have no sense of humor.  There are just too many places they won’t allow their minds (or yours) to go, in order to stop themselves from committing thoughtcrime.  Don’t ever seat me next to one at a dinner party, unless you want that person to get up in a huff and leave before the “little salad” is served.




Which brings me to Gillette.  Some nimrod decided that the way to get men to buy their shaving products (or at least to talk about Gillette) was to get on board the “toxic masculinity” train, trash men for being male and admonish them to be “the best a man can be.”  I’ve read commentary from a few people who actually like this ad, and also from many people who do not.  I most emphatically do not.


Being someone who does have a sense of humor, I decided it might be fun to offer my opinion while incorporating some ridiculous puns based on shaving.  First, here’s the ad, along with some information about it:


Now, my opinion:  Though it’s trying hard to be CUTTING-EDGE, this is a terrible ad.  I BRISTLE at this heavy-handed lecture about how bad men are –- generously allowing that “some” of them aren’t bad, but “not enough” of them.  I get into a LATHER when I see men taking it on the CHIN yet again, just for being male.  I get IRRITATED when I see men painted with such a broad BRUSH.  In fact, I could FOAM at the mouth.  Most of them deserve credit for dealing with BUMPS in the road and for being there in the NICK of time when you need help –-  also for keeping a stiff UPPER LIP when that is appropriate.  Many should be commended for doing a good job of GROOMING their sons (and daughters as well) for adulthood.  Men, stay SHARP, and don’t let them brainwash or intimidate you –- be the man who goes AGAINST THE GRAIN.  You’ve developed a THICK SKIN, but I’m sure most of you could use some positive STROKES right now.  You deserve them.     


Okay, enough with the puns.  (You’re welcome.)  It also occurred to me how offensive it would be for a company to do a similar commercial aimed at women and their personal shortcomings.  As in, “toxic femininity.”  Can you even imagine what that might be like, and the reaction it might get?  If it were the counterpart of the Gillette ad, it would use images of women in forced, stereotypical gender roles, too --- maybe instead of showing two boys fighting on the playground or an executive touching a female colleague, it would show a group of popular little girls bullying an unpopular girl or a professional woman getting seductive with a married male co-worker.  “ this the best a woman can be?”


Gillette, your ad doesn’t cut it.



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  • Michael Galloway

    01/20/2019 07:43 PM

    Governor: As always enjoyed your show on Saturday night on TBN. My wife and I commented, "would it not be nice if your show could actually be on prime time so so many more might hear truths and facts", but we know that is probably never going to happen!! So proud of your daughter Sarah, she does such a great job and don't know how she puts up with most of the mainstream media and their obvious Hate Trump agenda!!!
    I have several questions. Looking at the "big picture" of the federal budget at $313 billion, of course the $5.7 for the "wall" is such a low percent. But what I'd like to know is that months ago we heard that countries like Honduras, Guetamala, and maybe even Mexico would have their foreign aid stopped for their part in the caravans or mass illegal invasion that ended up at our border. Did those countries get their foreign aid cancelled? What about all the other countries, particularly those who dislike us or even hate us, did their foreign aid get cancelled? It is beyond my way of thinking, if the President truly wants to Make America Great Again (and I believe he does, but with little support from other Republicans and of course nothing by opposition from the Democrats) then why are we sending billions upon billions of dollars to other countries? It is absurd !!! Are any of these countries sending us money?!!!!!! And when it comes to the sanctuary states and cities in this country, is there ever going to be severe consequences like the federal government withdrawing all federal funding from these places that absolutely should not be allowed in the United States of America.
    I get so disgusted of so many issues just being "swept under the rug". I get so disgusted with the Republicans not backing our President and not standing up to the Democrats games, obstruction, lies and deceit. It is way overdo for the Republicans to start taking a stand for the people who elected this President and many of them. It is time for the to stop having the spines of eels. Conservative America is already sick and tired of the Democrats and their agenda, but also sick and tired of Republicans putting up with the Democrats obstruction, lies and liberal agenda, working against America and Americans. Republicans need to start speaking up and taking action against the despicable political party of the Democrats and Democrat-Socialist !!!!!!!

  • jack macdonald

    01/18/2019 04:16 PM

    I need a favor Mike. I wonder if you could use your position of influence to find out which legislators voted to create the "hush fund" and who has used it. We need names and they need to be published for their constituents. I have written to my representatives, but receive only silence. If we want to drain the swamp, this kind of action is sorely required. These people have no business serving in govt. and have demonstrated that their oaths of office mean nothing. I noticed that other people have commented on this same issue. Please do what you can if you can. jack

  • Ben Jones

    01/18/2019 07:59 AM

    I watched the Gillette commercial. Let's face it while all people are sinners, this ad shows what those men who have never received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior act like. Only the Holy Spirit that resides within the born again Christian can take those toxic attitudes and change them into a man after God's own heart.

  • Jack macdonald

    01/17/2019 09:42 PM

    I could not have expressed my thoughts any better than Amelia Little did in her contribution.

  • Gary Stilwell

    01/17/2019 08:29 PM

    I was recently gifted a book by Mr. Charles Krauthammer--"Things That Matter" This tome explains why we are where we are in America. This is a must read, if you want to know. You must read this book! Put aside all your conventions, current bents, and media inputs for just an hour or two--read the book with an open mind and evaluate it's tenets. I fully believe you will come away with a different view of our world, and America's place in it.

  • Pauline Snyder

    01/17/2019 05:40 PM

    Love Laura Ainsworth's humor and insight!

  • Amelia Little

    01/17/2019 02:50 PM

    Love your sense of humor. I thought the little salad joke was worth an LOL, and I'm a woman. (When I was in college, the only food my fellow students would allow me to be in charge of was veggies and salad--until they saw the way I cut the carrots!!!) I don't know what company I would want to be run out of business for an ad, but I do think one about "toxic femininity" would be a hoot!!! I can see the screams for boycott now--but, heck, I might buy the products even if I never had before.

    I read today that the democrats are up to their old tricks. Re-open the government and THEN we'll discuss border security. It didn't say they would discuss a wall or other barrier in the version I read. Anyway, if the Republicans fall for their Lucy/Charlie Brown/football trick AGAIN, I'll be extremely po'd. How many times in the past have the democrats done this very thing--you give us this, and later, we'll give you that. Funny how either later never comes, or democrats conveniently forget their promises. How can anyone take them seriously about their wanting to discuss border security (with or without a wall/barrier) when they won't even attend any meetings about it? I'm guessing they realize that people would be pointing out how many of them (pelosi, schumer, hilary, slick willie, obama for starters) were FOR a wall--and I think it was dick durbin who, in 2006 complained there wasn't enough money being budgeted for same. Play the videos of them FOR THE WALL over and over and over. Make sure people who normally only watch/listen to/read msm see them, also.

  • Robert Dimlich

    01/17/2019 02:46 PM

    Not only are the liberals becoming more stupid, it is downright wickedness.

  • Marcie Nicholson

    01/17/2019 11:19 AM

    Regarding Toxic males. During the 60’s when the true feminist movement started our goals were more about
    equal treatment in workplace, getting credit cards and equal opportunities. But much later women decided they wanted to be independent and more like men. Drink,cuss,sex and join in anything male. We taught males to think of us as “ one of the guys” so they have now we hate it. Some of the women in the places I’ve worked are far more offensive then the males. They dress for work like they’re going to a bar, they talk about their sex life, swear,using the “F” work like an adjective and join in or tell the dirty jokes, scream and yell like “fish wife’s”.Women are no longer ladies and for the most part get what they asked for to be one of the guys.

  • Glenda Philippe

    01/17/2019 10:12 AM

    Thank you for the chuckle. Could this be why we got rid of our TV which we did so we don't have to worry about getting what the news people call news? Why we don't take a newspaper but prefer to find useful and accurate news on the Internet. Finale comment: Build the Wall!!!

  • Debora Ostberg

    01/17/2019 09:53 AM

    I agree with Sen Graham, open the government for 4 weeks and make progress on building the wAll. Another caravan is forming now. I’m so tired of the media blaming everything on President Trump.

  • Daniel Burke

    01/17/2019 09:26 AM

    What are your thoughts about the Pelosi stunt to cancel SOTU? I urge President Trump to give the speech on January 29th as planned and he can give it from the Oval Office or in a large Stadium overflowing with his supporters. What say you?

  • Mary harris

    01/17/2019 09:12 AM

    Thanks, Mike for your Evening Edition. Today's comments are so refreshing and so full of common sense.
    Common sense is about as scarse as hen's teeth.
    Good to know about what is going on at CNN as I do not allow that ridiculous station to be aired in my house.
    God's Blessings to you and your family.

  • Jerry Holland

    01/17/2019 09:11 AM

    I'm still waiting for the list of Congressmen who used the sexual abuse slush fund to pay off their victims. Why is this no longer in the news?

  • Audrey Skarness

    01/17/2019 08:43 AM

    Better to watch Ice Age movies or kiddie cartoons on TV than read or watch the "news" of the day.

  • Francesca Coppola

    01/17/2019 08:29 AM

    To POTUS, Donald J. Trump: Don't listen to anything Nancy Pelosi says -- she wants to create an image of herself through her own devised-thick-skull-wall, that SHE and not YOU are the President! Anytime you go along with what she nagging and nauseously tells you what to do and what not to do - she is ascertaining HER authority (which is nil). We live in a senior demographic area - and seniors are ALL for you. Nancy is beyond senior - she is ready for the nursing home. She doesn't think right, she doesn't talk right and she IS the WALL that we need to get around to make America Great Again. You are doing fine, Mr. President - the polls are wrong - America loves you and needs you! Don't listen to her - she doesn't want you to speak because it will hurt her image and socialistic agenda.

  • Edith rose chambers

    01/17/2019 07:50 AM

    Governor we as a nation and we as a people are seeing that some people cannot handle seeing someone like a top flight businessman make in politics and stay faithful and focused while being hated. That's some president we have


    01/17/2019 07:28 AM

    I am glad you can laugh at this constant outrage from a bunch of loons but frankly my fatigue has brought me to the point of being daily LIVID.

  • Jerry Korba

    01/17/2019 01:13 AM

    I have not watched the 3 major TV stations in a long time I check the fox business channel and am starting to tire of Fox and Friends. They show clips of the late nite CBS show where this simple guy interviews people that are more simple than he is. My guess is they are trying to make him look smart. What a waste of time he is. The point I am trying to make again is to watch some history channels, tune into diners drive ins and dives, watch the western channel stay away from anything that has to do with Democrats/communist and anti American TV. By the way that covers a lot of TV stations. Check in with Huck every day he will let ya know what's happening. The more U listen to Pelosi schumer and the rest of that socialist group the worse you will feel. If you try to watch Tucker Carlson he brings on these brainwashed zombies and they end up yelling with each other at that time I say bye bye. If you want me to watch your show put a on and off button on your guest mike ask a question if he or she will not answer or starts a rant that doesn't answer the question cut his or her mike and ask another question. If the guest refuses to answer the question get some one U can have a discussion with that can possibly find a solution or even offer an idea to fix a problem If the questions are reality based and they will not have a realistic answer it all comes down to Trump did this or did that or its immoral or its racist or u have become a bigot again after listening to that garbage a guy is ready to go thru the 12 steps. (AA) Just to become sane again. Replace the evening news with a movie an older movie try and get away from the Dems/ Socialist/communist mob influence they are trying to steal America. Ignore them stay Conservative continue to be strong and courageous stay American. Bye bye Cnn NBC ABC CBS NYT WP and the rest of the Anti American programs. MAGA

  • Bo Stinson

    01/16/2019 11:42 PM

    If we dont stop the caravans comming to the US and secure the border. They will be the future Daca illegal Aliens for the future. We need comprehensive border security reform.

  • Carl Smith

    01/16/2019 11:04 PM

    I'm past OVERLOAD from the once useful media that is now just the Socialist Wing of the DNC. AS to the question about Citizenship on the Census -It WAS on there until 2010? Rocket Science is not involved here Obama took the oath to 'Fundamentally Change America' and the question was removed--DUH! My biggest concern is Chief Justice's Roberts NON POLITICAL JUDGES ! Is that stupid grin shutting off the circulation to his Cerebral Cortex? Someone out there answer HOW do we bring Suit against these ONE MAN/WOMAN Dictators? It was my impression a Judge was to sit in Judgement TO matters Properly Presented for consideration -----NOT JUST DETERMINE -----That I don't think this is right so I'll will EXTEND my Authority to just OVERULE the POTUS. This MUST be Stopped and I don't care Who the POTUS is.

  • Catherine Jones

    01/16/2019 10:41 PM

    No matter what our President Trump does could get any positive feedback from the media or the liberals! These people don’t have a ounce of decency in their pee brains! Beyond disgusting!

  • Vernon R Freeck

    01/16/2019 10:29 PM

    I served on a NATO base in Iceland and was very proud of serving there. At the time I found it very necessary. In today's Military I don't know if it is necessary, but the training and time to help protect North America was a great experience.
    Again thank you for your commentaries about this nation and the world confusion. God bless you and your staff

  • Rob

    01/16/2019 10:25 PM

    Enjoy your daily articles, guv'ner, but wish you would call the media out for what they are, a sniveling bunch of juveniles, like a bunch of junior high girls making catty insults to plain Jane. And, while you're at it, call out the rogue judges (obviously Obama judges, Justice Roberts) for what they are, legislating pretenders from the bench. We definitely do need to take our country back, as it is appearing more and more that it may be too late.
    Thanks for your time to read this.


    01/16/2019 10:23 PM

    I hope you watch Hannity or have a staff member watch. A big bomb was exploded tonight with the entire Russian collusion thing. Seems Bruce Orr told the FBI and DOJ that the Steele dossier was fake and that Hillary paid for it and was all Russian lies. Wow, guess he spilled the beans in a testimony he was giving. Hannity had Laura Trump on and I hope she goes back to tell the President all about the new findings and I would also hope William Barr will completely clean house once he is confirmed. Start at the top and work down, prosecute them all.
    The other scary item on Hannity and Laura Ingraham's show was how the left is gone crazy and in love with socialism so much it shook my boots. I hope Americans wake up and pay attention to Argentina and Sweden and other socialistic countries where it doesn't work. But they all want to take our property and $$$$$, so wrong, what about their money and property, no they want mine! More scary!
    And lastly the amount of crazy liberals and dumbocrats entering into the 2020 Presidential field will simply confuse the American voters, but the all want the same thing, Socialism!
    Take care,
    Carmen Price