Evening Edition - April 30

April 30, 2020 |

LOOKING BACK AT THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF 2020

When the coronavirus first mugged the world (with China’s government acting as accomplice to the crime), we knew almost nothing about it, even whether it could be transmitted from human to human. That was back in January (although it could have been spreading even earlier – see, we keep finding out new stuff all the time!) We’ve now been dealing with it for four months, and we’ve learned a lot since then, and not just about the virus itself. We’ve also learned a lot about our political and media classes, and frankly, they haven’t distinguished themselves as being much better than the virus.

We can now look back over the first four months of 2020 with 20/20 hindsight and see things clearly that were difficult for most people to grasp in the heat of the moment. For instance, we were told repeatedly that President Trump was poorly prepared, in denial, that every decision he made was ill-informed, too late and wrong-wrong-wrong, even that he is personally responsible for over 50,000 Americans dying of the disease (with experts now predicting a US death toll of over 70,000.) We’ve heard his critics claim repeatedly that if only they’d been in charge, the right decisions would have been made, “science” would have ruled the day, and they would have done everything right and much sooner.

Okay, it’s nearly May, so let’s look back and assess if any of that is true. First of all, the “experts” now predicting 70,000 deaths started out by predicting 2.2 million deaths, so what exactly are they “experts” in? Plus, while I don’t want to downplay the extraordinary danger of this particular disease, the death toll of the flu in 2017-’18 was about 80,000.

Trump banned travel from China in late January, a move that likely saved countless lives. His critics at the time accused him of racism and xenophobia. As recently as late February, prominent Democrats such as Nancy Pelosi and Bill DeBlasio were urging people to ignore the scare stories and turn out for big public events. They later accused Trump of not acting soon enough to ban travel or take the threat seriously. Trump even warned about it in his State of the Union speech that Nancy Pelosi made a big show of tearing up.

They also claim that Trump should have shut down the economy sooner. Yet while he was setting up his virus task force, they were completely obsessed with trying to impeach him. Even the WHO, whom they defend because Trump called them out for parroting Chinese lies, tried to downplay the danger early on. What do you think they would’ve said about Trump if he’d used executive orders to shut down the economy then?

They’ve also made a national hero out of Dr. Anthony Fauci (see last week’s “SNL” sketch where he was played by Brad Pitt and depicted as the rational savior protecting us from the dangerous idiot man-child Trump.) But Trump has taken Fauci’s advice on almost every issue, and despite fake news rumors, never fired him. If Fauci is always right, and Trump has done what he recommended, then how can Trump have always been wrong?

This relentless drumbeat of “Trump wrong! Trump wrong!” has apparently convinced some people, since a new NPR/Marist poll of “adults” claims that Americans believe Joe Biden could handle the virus better than Trump by 15 points. Yes, Joe “That travel ban is xenophobic/What day is it again?” Biden. I can’t help wondering if this was actually a poll of adults committed to mental institutions.

We now know a lot more about the virus, but at a time when we should be making decisions based on those facts, we’re still getting a steady diet of panic, politics and partisan narratives that the media cling to like an Iowa tourist clutches her purse in Times Square. Making Trump look wrong about everything is still Job 1, even if it requires ignoring basic math.

Sen. Ted Cruz has released a video looking back to remind us of who was really taking this threat seriously and who was downplaying it.

With four months of hard-won knowledge behind us, Americans are assessing the facts on their own, and they’ve started demanding that we move past the panic and lockdowns and get on with life. But some politicians are imposing even more absurd rules. They seem to want to prolong the misery of their own constituents, preferably until after the election.

Some Democratic Governors are even banning people from going to beaches and parks and forcing them to stay indoors, even as new research suggests that lack of Vitamin D (which you get from exposure to the sun) increases your chances of dying from the coronavirus.

Will these people win in November by not only “denying science” but rewriting history? Or are voters already spending their virus relief checks on tar and feathers? I would remind them of the words of a great Democrat from back when there were Democrats who put country ahead of party. As Daniel Patrick Moynihan put it, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”

For more on this subject, I recommend Kurt Schichter’s latest column at Townhall.com. In his usual hilariously brutal fashion, Schlichter lists a series of tough but fair and necessary questions that our media class would be asking Democrats if they were actually journalists instead of unpaid DNC PR agents.

Finally, the line of the day, from an anonymous wag on Facebook: The White House Press Corps are a group of people with faces filled with Botox who pretend to be shocked and appalled at the idea of injecting a dangerous substance into your body.

MLB SEASON UPDATE COURTESY OF DR. FAUCI

Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke out to correct the media misrepresentation of him being pessimistic about Major League Baseball games being able to come back this year. Fauci said he’s actually hopeful that at least part of the season will be salvaged. He said of the media outlets that twisted his words, "I think they read half my interview."

Memo to the media: Dr. Fauci is the guy you’re supposed to respect because you set him up as the Anti-Trump. You’re only supposed to make up fake news about the real Trump. Well, you’re not supposed to, but you do. Say, could we possibly end that game permanently?

UPDATE

Mesa, Arizona, police denied media reports that the death of a man who consumed a fish tank cleaner with the ingredient chloroquine phosphate is being investigated as a homicide. A spokesman said, “This investigation is not being treated as a homicide. The death of Gary Lenius has not been ruled a homicide at this time.” Not exactly a firm denial, but I’ll pass it along and say, “Stay tuned.” By the way: Sorry, CNN, but even if they were investigating it as a homicide, it’s not because they think the death can be pinned on President Trump.

THE BLUE STATE DEFINITION OF "PUBLIC SAFETY"

Threaten citizens with jail for surfing on empty beaches, walking in parks or attending drive-in church services, but let dangerous criminals out of jail because they might catch the coronavirus in there. How dangerous? How about the Green River Killer, suspected of 71 murders, convicted of 49 and sentenced to over 500 years in prison? He came within one vote of being released by the Washington State Supreme Court.

Okay, Washington: California will see your Green River Killer and raise you seven high-risk sex offenders.

And let’s not forget: to stop the spread of the virus, we must also shut down the gun stores so law-abiding citizens can’t defend themselves from all the violent criminals who are being released. Well, it wouldn’t matter anyway: people would be arrested before they could get to the gun store just for leaving their houses. In really liberal states, dangerous criminals are the only people who aren’t confined indefinitely.

TED NUGENT ON "HUCKABEE"

The Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) will need Ted Nugent’s amplifiers to whistle past the graveyard loudly enough to drown out the rising questions about this fast-spreading Joe Biden scandal.

Speaking of Ted Nugent, if you missed his appearance recently on “Huckabee” on TBN, you have to see this miracle of modern satellite technology: a scorching live rendition of “Cat Scratch Fever” with Ted playing lead guitar in Texas, the Music City Connection band members in their individual homes in Nashville, and me on bass in Florida. Watch until the end to hear Ted give one of the funniest comments I’ve ever heard.

WORKING FROM HOME

Many of us are having trouble adjusting to working from home, but it can be especially tough when your job entails broadcasting live to the world. There are things people might see in your home that they wouldn’t see in the studio. Like a “Good Morning America” reporter who got a little too into the spirit of working at home and tried doing his report in his undershorts, assuming it wouldn’t show…

…Or the Spanish news anchor who was supposedly dating a reality star when a half-naked female colleague walked behind him during a live broadcast from his home. (Warning: blurry screenshot of the incident at the link.) I don’t think anyone will buy the “It’s Casual Friday” excuse.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Video of the Day: I know it’s really hard, but if you don’t want to earn the nickname “Sleepy,” try to stay awake while Hillary Clinton is talking.

FAREWELL TO HOLLYWOOD'S SECRET SINGING STAR

By “Huckabee” writer/pop culture historian Pat Reeder 

I’m sad to have to report that India Adams died Saturday at 93 after a short illness. She was, ironically, an “unsung star” who did the actual singing during Hollywood’s Golden Age of musicals. She was part of a group of singers who really did what Debbie Reynolds did in “Singin’ In The Rain”: recording songs that musically-challenged stars lip-synched to (and I bet you thought that was a recent invention!)

India was most famous for singing for Cyd Charisse and Joan Crawford. In fact, one song she cut, “Two-Faced Woman,” was lip-synched by both stars: Charisse did it in “The Band Wagon” but it was cut from the finished film and reused in “Torch Song,” where Crawford mimed to it in an infamous blackface number.

My co-author George Gimarc and I have an entire chapter on these “secret singers” in our upcoming update of our book “Hollywood Hi-Fi.” Marni Nixon was the most famous, but as Adams said, she came along later, while the earlier ventriloquist singers had to “swear on a stack of Bibles” to keep it a secret. These secret stars included Betty Wand, Annette Warren and Jo Anne Greer. There were also male proto-Milli Vanillis, such as Bill Lee, who actually sang “Edelweiss” for Christopher Plummer” in “The Sound of Music.”

Adams did cut some records under her own name (you can listen to her album “Comfort Me With Apples” here: https://youtu.be/DCTbG2TH5OA) and later put together a successful nightclub show with Warren and Wand called “Hollywood’s Secret Singing Stars.”

Her family is very gratified that she’s finally being honored with extensive obituaries in Hollywood and mainstream media outlets, but it would have been nice if she’d gotten the credit for her work when she was actually doing it. Still, better late than never. Rest in peace.

Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (KJV)

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  • jack macdonald

    05/03/2020 01:11 PM

    If the Durham investigation doesn't succeed in jailing the queen bee and the rest of her criminal enterprise it will be another DC farce. Hillary has been corrupting the DC scene since she served in the Nixon inquiry and was fired for lying. She the proceeded to be 1st lady of Arkansas and we all know how she and Bill corrupted that state. Not satisfied with that, they took their act to DC. The Medicis of Italy had nothing on these two. Her legacy is replete with such adventures as her landing under fire in Afghanistan and Benghazi. How many chance should one sleazy person get? In addition to Hillary, her girlfriend confidant, Obama, Valerie Jarett, McCabe, Comey, Strouzk, Page, Brennan, Clapper, Rosentein, Mueller, and the rest of these traitors should be jailed. I think Frey also had to know and may well be an accomplice. Rotten bunch all assembled by Obama and Soros. Obama doesn't have the brains to do this by himself. If Durham doesn't indict that whole bunch of scumbags the American public will have lost faith in the justice system in this former Democracy/Republic and we will be history.

  • Patricia de la Tejera

    05/01/2020 04:02 PM

    There was a report a few weeks ago from a female Secret Service officer who disliked drawing protective duty for Biden because he liked to swim naked. Any truth to that ?

  • Renata Melone

    05/01/2020 03:33 PM

    I enjoy your daily releasese - they are forthright and honest! Also enjoy your TV show. Unfortunately I don't always get to watch it. As far as what is going on with the virus - I truly believe that China needs to be held accountable; I appreciate President Trump turning the releases over to each Governor - however, some of the Governors are acting like the Gestapo! Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if no one had sounded the panic button on the virus and let everyone get treated for a new flu instead of a virus!! Doctors never know what to do for a virus anyway, especially those they can't even determine! God is still in charge and everyone needs to get God back in their lives and I would venture to say, problems would begin to get solved!

  • Joyce Birch

    05/01/2020 01:44 PM

    Great newsletter as usual. You cover all basis of the news with great observation relay it in an understandable brakedown, & love your humor. Not only are we dealing with this COVID-19 pandemic, we have to deal with another disease which is located in Washington, DC., far left Democrats!!!!
    We have to vote RED come November! Prayers to all & stay safe!

  • Ciff Smith

    05/01/2020 12:42 PM

    Keep up the good work, Governor Huckabee!

  • jerry clemens

    05/01/2020 12:42 PM

    I enjoyed reading this one as much as any I have read. Keep them coming. Will share on my FB page.

  • Virginia A Sherk

    05/01/2020 11:51 AM

    All the incorrect info from the media is so Godless. They are definitely not on the side of good. It makes all of us who know how evil they are, to pray more for Pres. Trump and VP Pence. To keep them strong and in the faith. God does not fail, ever.

  • Dot Whitley

    05/01/2020 11:47 AM

    Life would be a lot more simple if we could remember, or actually believe that God is sovereign, and is in charge of everything. We christian conservatives should pray more for forgiveness of our sins, and plead for mercy, because God alone can deliver us from this awful evil. Nothing can harm us that He doesn't allow, so the answer is in His power, and not in the blind, wicked, and stupid liberal's power. How we need to turn from our sins, and plead for mercy concerning our country. We are in a serious mess.

    Dot Whitley

  • Bob Ernst

    05/01/2020 10:57 AM

    Concerning your "First 4 months of 2020"...and the politicians wonder why we, the people, are getting upset! We've been insulted, lied to, talked down to, and had our great President dragged through all sorts of invented muck. Darned right I'm upset!!

  • Peggy Davis

    05/01/2020 08:55 AM

    I always look forward to reading your articles and find you are always on point. Keep it coming!

  • Jerry Korba

    05/01/2020 08:16 AM

    Why did the Obama Administration allow taxpayer dollars finance the Wuhan Labs, Fauci led the funding and helped in getting the financing for China Labs. We have Labs in the United States that need 5, 6,or 7 million dollars to support its efforts to find cures and preventive serums to protect Americans, need to be adhered to first. Why the Obama sent money around the world only to have other countries come back to harm us with our own resources is something that should be investigated. Our President is trying to shut down these Anti American funded organizations and America needs to back him, that should be paramount; the WHO needs to be cut off also. We need to stop Anti American funding to Organizations that harm us. President Trump get your pen out and stop this spending the result will be 2 fold we keep our money here and the harm to clean the mess up other countries harm us with their actions, we save our resources.

  • James David Pittman

    05/01/2020 08:06 AM

    I live in Folsom La. In the news it is stated that there are now 1 million cases if Coronavirus in the America and there have been 63,000 deaths. If that be the case where are the other 937,000 people that have it. Are they in hospitals are at home. Where are they who can account for them.
    I am a Southern Baptist but a Bapticostal. If I can go to a supermarket to make groceries why can’t I attend church. Sounds like my civil liberties are being infringed upon.
    I wear mask and gloves when we go places that are not our stomping grounds to make sure we comply with our Governors policy in handling of this situation. It says in The Word about honoring those who are in Authority.
    I think our President is doing a very good job in handling this situation. I SUPPORT and STAND BEHIND OUR PRESIDENT. There are a bunch of people in the Govt and Main stream media walking around with the Disease which is as deadly as the Coronavirus called the PLANK EYE. People need to get cured of that also.
    I think GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS Is doing a FIRST CLASS JOB in handling this situation in Louisiana and is working with President Trump. I think they both want to get us back to the norm but a little fun shy of which I would be too. But they are making headway. I support their decision.
    I Lift Up our President Trump and VP Pence and Cabinet and Staff the Senator’s and Representatives to make the right decision. I pray for Gov John Bel Edwards and Senators and Representatives
    I like your news Mike Huckabee and Fox News also. I love all of you and y’all can’t do anything about it.

  • Mona Kramer

    05/01/2020 07:48 AM

    Open up Florida!!! - We have Sunshine "Sunshine State!", we have vitamin D from the sun, we have fresh air (everyday). It is ridiculous to single out certain businesses that have been willing to obey the Virus mandates, but are closed anyway. I am more worried about the country going away financially (Chine and Russian would love that), than the virus.

  • Wallace Rowan

    05/01/2020 06:51 AM

    Dear Mike,

    It just goes to show that any vacuous idiot can become an "expert" when the MSM places a microphone and camera in front of him, as long as he spews what aligns with their malignant narrative and agenda.

    Please keep up the good work showing us the truth and what's really going on because we're never going to get it from the MSM.

    Thanks,
    Wallace Rowan

  • carol kisilewicz

    05/01/2020 06:26 AM

    I fear what is being done behind our backs by those who want to take us down, every time the media keep trump doing something bad in their eyes, they do not miss the opportunity to get things done and passed without the public even being aware of it... they are really "not at home doing nothing"....... beware the running mate for Beiden if he should win he would not be president long,,,,, and the vise would be the next president........

  • Anni L Anderson

    05/01/2020 05:07 AM

    Hello Mr Huckabee! As a recent subscriber, I am truly enjoying these daily updates. I do have a question for you however.
    Is our good President as devoted to God as he portrays? It blesses our hearts to see him crediting God for our great country. But, is he a faith based man of God behind closed doors to the public?
    And please, from my mouth to God's ears, can SOMEONE clue President Trump that it is clear to us non-kool-aid drinking AMERICANS that Fauci is a Democratic puppet and PLEASE quit listening to him? We certainly do not.
    Thank you for 'listening' and thank you for being a truth speaker even when it's hardest. God bless you Sir!

    Anni Anderson in the sad land of Kate Brown's Oregon

  • Jerry

    04/30/2020 10:53 PM

    I questioned Wray’s loyalty to whom
    last week wondering why he would not help with documents about the Russia farce it seems he has connections to mueller’s lead attorney wiseman maybe time for Wray to come in front of the DOJ

  • Jerry korba

    04/30/2020 10:41 PM

    As I sit here in the upper Midwest it’s 930pm a beautiful evening reading your letter watched tucker and Hannity my thoughts are shameful the scum of the Obama mob truly saddens me tears in heaven is playing now I feel tears in the Midwest so many scumbags in control of our cities and states a revolt is on its way I feel people are starting to stir the politicians feel it also they are letting the crooks out to make room for decent people to be jailed now liberals may understand why the socialists want the citizens weapons and not allow stores open that sell them hope it is starting to come together for ya America we are one election away from all of this.

  • Donald Endicott

    04/30/2020 10:20 PM

    Very informative today, as always . Thank you for detailing the actual truth about the actions of President Trump and the Virus staff. I do not watch a lot of TV (never the main stream media). Just hear about on Fox sometimes. I have heard some say 2020 is most important election of our lifetime. I kind of think 2016 was nearly as important because I think we be in total chaos if Hillary had won. ( The first time I voted was for Alf Landon in 1936-of course it did not count- I was in first grade at school voting on a sample ballot. We record your program onTBN so can watch it and be sure something does not interrupt it.

  • Terry Nanninga

    04/30/2020 10:12 PM

    If NPR polled their listeners I could see that it might have come out that way.

  • David Midkiff

    04/30/2020 09:59 PM

    I enjoy your news letters. It's one of the few sources that can be trusted, mixed with a little humor. Thanks Govenor Mike.

  • Carol Layne

    04/30/2020 08:31 PM

    It's hard to believe our country has such criminal
    Agents in FBI, I pray general Flynn gets his complete satisfaction and make them cough up his money. His wife said just now on Fox news she was taken for her own money, Retribution needs to start Now.

  • Lynn Batt

    04/30/2020 08:25 PM

    I want Comey, Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Struck,Page, Brennan, Lynch, Yates, McCabe, Rosenstein nd ALL the creeps that bankrupt Flynn, in prison for a long time and they should have to reimburse all his legal fees, buy him a house and make him whole again for all he’s endured.

    Cuomo Is a TOTAL IDIOT for ordering $69M of ventilators that never arrived and never will. Where’s the refund? I’m soooooo tired of my tax dollars WASTED every day.

  • Henry Zwick

    04/30/2020 08:09 PM

    Looking back at last 4 months was very hard to understand. You have written articles far better than this. I have enjoyed many of your articulate articles in the past.

  • Kay DeWitt

    04/30/2020 07:57 PM

    Before I write anything, I want to give my Lord praise for fulfilling His promise that His grace is sufficient for ANYTHING we have to endure because it is only His grace that enables me to keep drinking in this insanity that goes on in our "divided nation under political hatred!"

    Of ALL the statements that bore witness TO this insanity, the one that caught me off guard was the one where you stated: "This relentless drumbeat of “Trump wrong! Trump wrong!” has apparently convinced some people, since a new NPR/Marist poll of “adults” claims that Americans believe Joe Biden could handle the virus better than Trump by 15 points.".... I ASK....HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE SINCE, LATELY, THERE ARE TIMES WHEN JOE BIDEN DOESN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT DAY IT IS?

    DURING A TIME WHEN AMERICANS ARE SUFFERING......either from having been infected BY the coronavirus....having to go through the grief of losing a loved one who died of the virus....or, like Dr. Narna Breen, who committed suicide because she had been so devastated by the death, and suffering, of coronavirus victims she had to care for....THE DEMOCRATS LACK OF SUPPORT OF THEIR PRESIDENT.. WHO IS DOING EVERYTHING HE KNOWS TO DO TO TRY AND ALLEVIATE THIS SUFFERING IS SCANDALOUS....AND THIS FACT CANNOT BE IGNORED!!!