Evening Edition - August 30

August 30, 2018 |

CNN woes continue

CNN is really covering itself in glory – or something – this week, first by defiantly standing by a story debunked by its own source, and now with this almost painfully dumb defense of the violent, masked thugs of Antifa.  Don Lemon admitted that, okay, maybe they’ve occasionally resorted to violence, but look at their name: “Antifa.”  It means they’re anti-fascist.  “No organization is perfect,” he admits, but they’re fighting racist fascists, and “there’s a distinction there.”

To be clear: Antifa clashed with actual racist fascists in Charlottesville over a year ago.  Mostly, they specialize in pretending to be tough, revolutionary soldiers by donning masks to avoid any consequences for their actions, vandalizing property, cursing the police, and launching cowardly attacks on little old ladies, elderly veterans and young teenagers in MAGA caps.  Not since Italians excused Mussolini’s actions by saying, “But he made the trains run on time” has there been such a feeble excuse for inexcusable fascist behavior.     

But just when you think the stupid couldn’t get any thicker, next came CNN chief legal analyst Jeffery Toobin, to accuse President Trump of racism for criticizing Antifa.  Why?  Toobin said, “Let’s be clear also about what’s going on here, the theme here is, ‘I’m Donald Trump and I’ll protect you from the scary black people.’ Antifa is widely perceived as an African-American organization…”

What?  I thought they were widely, and correctly, perceived as a bunch of unemployed and unemployed gender studies and other useless liberal arts degree holders, tapping out threats on keyboards in their parents’ basements.  And as for their racial makeup, I think NRA TV’s Cameron Gray had the line of the week when he tweeted, “Antifa is whiter than Pat Boone making a mayonnaise sandwich with Wonder bread in a Minnesota snowstorm.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/watch-cnns-don-lemon-defends-antifa-attempts-rationalize-groups-violence/

 

"Racist dog whistles"

Personally, I have to confess that I don’t get this current leftist trend of labeling everyone whose views differ even slightly from far-left orthodoxy as a bigot/racist/hater/fascist, etc.  You can’t just be a Christian who believes in the Biblical definition of marriage, no, you “hate gay people!” You can’t believe that government health care would be a ruinous boondoggle that would destroy freedom, quality, choice and the budget; no, you're a hater who wants sick people to DIE!  I see the word “racist” thrown at people like rice at a wedding reception, which devalues what is actually one of the worst accusations you can make against someone.


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I’m sometimes asked how I can defend President Trump (I don’t always, but I do when I think his accusers are off-base or just being hysterical, as they often are).  After all, everyone knows he’s a horrible racist!  I keep asking for evidence of that, and mostly what I get are either outright lies, misquotations, unverified claims from suspect partisan sources, or wildly twisted versions of stories I know the truth about.  

Today, we have a new example of rushing to ascribe racism to an ambiguous comment: no sooner had the gubernatorial nominees been selected in Florida than a big “you’re racist" controversy broke out.  Republican Ron DeSantis warned that things are going great in Florida and “The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state.” He claims that was meant as in “throwing a monkey wrench into the machinery” and had no racist intent whatsoever. 

But the Democrats leaped on it, claiming the word “monkey” is a “racist dog whistle” because Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum is black.  I’ve noted before how it seems that the people who constantly use the term “dog whistle” seem to be the only ones who can hear those whistles, which might be a clue that you’re the dog.  Or in this case, if you hear the word “monkey” and your first thought is that it’s a coded reference to black people, then maybe you need to check your own racism.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/29/ron-desantis-clarifies-after-taking-heat-for-warning-florida-voters-not-to-monkey-this-up.html

In general, I don’t subscribe to the current fashion of assuming that anyone I disagree with politically is a horrible excuse for a human being, representing all that is evil and vile.  I figure they don’t agree with me, but if we had a calm, civil discussion, maybe I could change their minds.  I guess that’s why most of them are so averse to calm, civil discussions.

Some may claim I have a “Pollyannaish” outlook, always assuming the best of others, at least until they prove me wrong.  That’s considered an insult, I guess; defined as meaning overly cheerful or optimistic. But I think people who mean it that way don’t know what they’re talking about.  It’s a reference to “Pollyanna,” a classic children’s book made into a famous Disney film with Hayley Mills.  Pollyanna showed some mean, judgmental people who’d leapt to wrong conclusions the error of their ways by quoting the wisdom passed to her by her father: "When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will."

It strikes me that we now have giant social media platforms and entire 24-hour news channels devoted to that very principle.  Only they don’t see it as a warning, they see it as a prime directive.

 

 

 Orientation

The incoming freshmen at the College of New Jersey’s orientation week were treated to a mandatory speech by a leftist writer who told them that rugged individualism is a myth, Fox News hosts are backward and bigoted, white people are mentally weak and are racists even if they think they aren’t, and America was never really that great.

Well, the students were told this event would orient them to what the next four years of college would be like, and it definitely did. 

PS – I am officially outraged and offended that they used the outdated, racist term “orient.” 

https://www.thecollegefix.com/at-campus-orientation-speaker-bashes-fox-news-rugged-individualism-says-america-not-that-great/

 

 Confidence and optimism are rising

A new survey conducted by Harris Polls found that blue collar workers are increasingly optimistic about their futures.  Fifty-five percent said they're better off today than five years ago; and 51% say the country is headed in the right direction, a 12-point jump from one year ago.  Eight-five percent say their lives are going in the right direction, 69% percent the same is true of their local communities, and 58% say their states are on the right track.  Most startling (and heartening) of all, 80% of blue collar workers are optimistic about the future (one-third are “very optimistic”), and 88% are optimistic that their children will have better lives than they do.  Just one year ago, a Pew survey put that number at a depressing 37%. 

It’s odd: I was assured by the “smartest” people that Donald Trump was lying to the rubes when he said he wanted to help forgotten blue collar workers.  I was told that he only wanted to enrich his billionaire buddies, and was cynically pandering by claiming that factory and energy jobs would return when those had left the USA for good and were never coming back.

Journalists frustrated that blue collar workers don’t seem as upset as they are about invisible Russian collusion or the preening lawyers of aggrieved porn stars should consider that maybe those workers aren’t “uninformed” or “misled” or "disengaged." They just have their priorities straight.  

https://freebeacon.com/issues/blue-collar-workers-increasingly-optimistic-under-trump/



Leftist madness 

Do I sense another Chick-Fil-A Day on the horizon?  Some California Democrats, who routinely demonstrate their tolerance for diversity by trying to silence and destroy anyone who holds a different opinion, discovered that the In-N-Out burger chain donated $25,000 to the California Republican Party.  Well, they didn’t exactly “discover” it: a journalist found the records and performed the same function as a medieval peasant yelling, “She’s a witch!!”  And the chairman of the California Democratic Party, Eric Bauman, performed the role of the judge who declares, “BURN HER!” by calling for a boycott of delicious In-N-Out burgers. 

It’s not clear what the political philosophy of In-N-Out corporate is, although the late founder was a Republican and an Evangelical, and his daughter, the current President, is a devout Christian (explaining the Biblical quotes on the burger wrappers.)  Maybe they don’t like the open hostility of the far-left California Democrats to people of faith.  Or maybe they just don’t like the economic policies of the state’s liberal leadership, who don’t do much to help any businesses except moving van companies. That seems fairly likely, considering they’ve also donated to PACs that support moderate Democrats. 

But whatever the chain’s motivation may be, it is enlightening to hear that Eric Bauman, chairman of the self-proclaimed guardians of tolerance and diversity in the most “progressive” of states, is urging Democrats to drive the chain into bankruptcy and cause all their employees to lose their jobs simply because they contributed a piddling amount (considering their cash flow) to insure that other voices are heard besides Eric Bauman’s and those lucky enough to share the only thoughts and opinions he thinks should be allowed.    

I don’t know about you, but I’m suddenly feeling really hungry for a Double-Double Cheeseburger Animal-Style.

http://fortune.com/2018/08/30/in-n-out-burger-republican-donation/


CNN feuds with the President

Last night, CNN and President Trump got into an epic Twitter battle, one which put CNN in the unenviable position of insisting it “does not lie” and “stands by its story,” even when the story has already fallen to pieces in public.  Their source, Lanny Davis (who claimed Michael Cohen said President Trump knew in advance about the meeting with a Russian supplier of alleged dirt on Hillary), has retracted it, admitting he got it wrong. 

CNN seems to be mistaking defending free speech with refusing to admit when you screwed up.  Even the New York Times has a “Corrections” page.  It’s worth reading the linked story to see all the WWE-style back-and-forth, but sorry, CNN.  Your self-righteous refusal to come down off a hill made of shifting sand isn’t giving journalists a good name.  It reminds me of the old Firesign Theater line: “You can believe me, because I never lie...and I’m always right!”

Of course, they were a comedy group, so they meant it as a joke.  And they didn’t follow it with, “This…is CNN!”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/29/cnn-fires-back-at-trump-stands-by-controversial-story-cnn-does-not-lie.html

 

 Finding safe space at Facebook

While the big social media giants are insisting they are completely innocent of leftwing bias with the same adamant certitude of a naked emperor showing off his invisible ermine cape, some disgruntled conservative Facebook employees are pointing out the obvious: these Silicon Valley socialist billionaires are naked!  Or at least, nakedly political.    

It all started with a post by Facebook senior engineer Brian Amerige, who dared state the obvious: “We Have A Problem With Political Diversity.”  He said Facebook employees who disagree with the prevailing office political “monoculture” are afraid to say so for fear of reprisals, bullying or losing their jobs.  He offered a long list of examples you can see at the link, including tearing down posters welcoming Trump supporters, making it a firing offense to say that “all lives matter,” attacking non-leftist colleagues as bigots and accusing them of having “offensive ideas,” and demanding HR investigations of anyone who criticizes Islam’s human rights record. 

Since Amerige posted his manifesto, about 100 other employees have joined him in a group called “FB’ers for Political Diversity.”  They say the purpose is to create “a space where you can talk about these issues without fear of the mob” and to be a place to “talk about how we can fix this.”

Now, if you thought that the people they were rebelling against saw that and were struck with a bolt of self-realization – that they looked in the mirror and thought, “What have I become?  How did my opposition to narrow-minded, intolerant, censorious bigots become so inflamed that I didn’t realize I had turned into exactly what I hated?” – well, then you don’t know the modern left very well.  Instead of pausing to consider whether someone with a different point of view might be justified in holding it, they immediately acted like a mob and began attacking the FBer’s For Political Diversity, calling them bigots and claiming their posts were offensive to minorities.

Hey, Facebook leftists, let me clarify something for you.  When there are thousands of you who are all alike, and you’re attacking 100 people who are different, then THEY are the “minority,” and you’re the enemies of diversity.   

With these sites becoming the new version of public utilities, this kind of bias against conservatives or Christians is not going to stand much longer.  The tech titans had better realize that just because they supply the pipes, that doesn’t mean they get to decide who does and doesn’t receive water. I can see this ending in one of three ways:  Mediation (they work with their critics to fix the problem); litigation (they get sued for unfair business practices and violations of Constitutional rights); or regulation.  They really don’t want that last one, and usually, I don’t either.  But if you insist on acting like a corrupt monopoly, don’t be surprised when the government treats you like one.

https://www.westernjournal.com/facebook-employees-turn-tech-giant-call-tolerance-right/

 

 "Black Elevation"

As long as we’re talking about Facebook, here’s a story from a couple of weeks ago that somehow got overlooked.  Amid all the stories about social media sites and search engines allegedly suppressing conservative voices and shutting off conservative media outlets as “fake news” or “hate groups,” one of the most successful Facebook political organizing sites was exposed as a fake page fomenting hate.

This site, which Facebook took down last month, sought to sow discord among Americans and incite racial division.  It had tens of thousands of visitors, and one video it posted got 2.5 million views.  Facebook wouldn’t reveal who was really behind it, but it is likely tied to a Russian organization that tried to influence the 2016 election.  Is this starting to sound like a CNN tape loop?

Well, wait, there’s a twist: this allegedly Russian-backed fake site was a leftist site called “Black Elevation.”  It claimed to oppose racism and promote progressive ideas, but did so by organizing “Remember Michael Brown” anti-police rallies and a pro “Medicare 4 All” rally in Chicago with the covert intention of dividing Americans.  The idealistic social justice warriors who followed the site and took marching orders from it seemed stunned that they had fallen for an allegedly Russian-backed hoax that was actually designed to rip America apart.  Yes, ask not who was colluding with Russians, for the colluders were thee. 

The good news is that if they want to find leftwing sites that organize protests against intolerance that are actually meant to promote intolerance, they’ll probably still be able to find plenty of real ones.   

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/14/technology/facebook-disinformation-black-elevation.html

 

Strangest Video of the Day:

This gives new meaning to the phrase, “flying fish.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/utah-restocks-lakes-airplane-fish/

 

 

Rigged I tell you!

Here’s how not to convince people that Google is rigged against Trump:

Trump on Tuesday:  “Google is rigged!”

Just hours later, the top news story on Google News:  “Trump slams Google search as ‘rigged’ — but it’s not” – CNN

https://www.westernjournal.com/look-top-google-news-story-hours-trump-called-rigged/

By the way, I searched for “Trump” and “rigged” on Thursday morning, and that CNN story was still the top story returned.  The rest of the first-page stories included a few that were a bit more balanced from USA Today and ABC, but none from any conservative news sites.  But it did include these headlines: “How the Electoral College Rigged the Election for Trump” – Rolling Stone (Nov. 2016) and “Rigged: How Voter Suppression Threw Wisconsin to Trump” – Mother Jones (Dec. 2017.) 

I know when I’m searching for the latest fair, balanced, nonpartisan “news” stories, two-year-old hit pieces from Rolling Stone and Mother Jones are certainly among the first things I’d expect to come up.  I guess if Trump were older, Google would be showing me stories from the Daily Worker from 1958. 

 

 

Candace Owens update

This story illustrates why so many on the left have the long knives out for Candace Owens: because she confronts them with things they can’t refute.  Like this long-ago quote from Barack Obama on immigration that sounds exactly like the sort of comment they have outrage seizures over when it comes from President Trump.

https://www.westernjournal.com/candace-owens-digs-old-obama-quote-immigration-goes-viral/

Incidentally, if you are a fan of Candace Owens, then be sure to watch “Huckabee” this weekend on TBN, when she will be one of my guests.

 

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  • Gloria Morley

    09/01/2018 11:03 PM

    Good evening Mr. Huckabee, I don't know if you will be commenting on all the hoop-la still going on just before Mr. McCain's passing and now after. I don't know anything about the hatred that Mr. McCain had toward president Trump nor do I want to know. But it amazes me that someone who is on their deathbed took the time to show his hatred still towards his fellow man, on his deathbed, no less. When grampas should be saying goodbye to their grandchildren and children and wive saying goodbye to their loved one. To take ANY time away from that, to have the last word, so to speak, to show whoever how deep his hatred went. My heart grieved the other day when I read of the hatred Mr. McCain had towards President Trump. Don't they have a clue that if you go to meet your maker with hate in your heart, that you will be sorely judged for that? That's hating ANYONE, not just our President.
    Now, Mr. McCain's daughter took the time to remind people how her Dad and her family felt/feel about President Trump, at her Dad's funeral no doubt. I can't believe it.
    There is no way in this world that I would give away a loved one's last precious moments allowing someone's hate for another person to rob me of those last seconds out alone to give said hatred any ground to take hold after my loved one passed.
    What Mr. McCain left in his hate-filled letter to me dishonored his "heroism" that so many people celebrate. He was a man that did great things at a time when he needed to, just that.
    Thank you for listening,
    The Daughter of a WWII Marine.. He wasn't my hero.....He was my Dad and that makes me pretty damn proud.

  • Beatrice AND Richard Long

    08/31/2018 04:46 PM

    We really enjoy your show as well as your appearances on other shows. God bless you.

  • Betty Jo Simone

    08/31/2018 02:34 PM

    I love your evening reports. I can expect them to be truthful and interesting. It sums up all the tidbits I hear on TV. I look forward to them.

  • Michael Galloway

    08/31/2018 12:43 PM

    Mr. Huckabee- I feel your article titled " Racist Dog Whistles" is right on target. I do believe that Republican Ron DeSantis really did mean " throwing a monkey wrench" into it. I have made or used the word monkey or monkey wrench at times and no one hearing that thought that I was a racist !!! But of course the Democrats and mainstream media would make sure that was the big news of the day and they sure did. Get use to it, because this won't be the first time in the primary ahead of the mid-term that Dems and the mainstream media will be interpreting language or words to be "racist" ! If I remember right Sean Hannity of FOX News has a list of either 19 or 20 tactics of the Democrats in their continued agenda of using any or all of those tactics to attack Republican candidates or supporter of the GOP. And we all know that the Dems will stoop to any level and use this convenient tactic towards a candidate or person, in that they are a racist !!!

    Wake up America because the Democrats have an agenda to take control and change our country, no matter how smooth or good they sound in what they say !!! No excuse to not vote against an agenda if you love this country and don't want to see it destroyed by those more than willing to do so!

  • CARMEN PRICE

    08/31/2018 12:23 PM

    Governor,
    Regarding In & Out Burger, what the fake news media neglected to tell was that the also donated same to the Dumbocrats!
    However no one will boycott these burgers over a political donation, trust me, in fact I would bet if you were to go to an
    In & Out Burger and ask customers, not one would even know about it............
    Hugs
    Carmen Price

  • Beverly Nolan

    08/31/2018 11:44 AM

    So now a college makes listening to the vitriol of the not so "Wise" guy mandatory? If we were able to have a list of the government funded institutions on our income tax form that we could check the box to choose where our tax money goes to, how many of these institutions of "higher learning" would go broke?

  • GERALD CUTMORE

    08/31/2018 08:03 AM

    My little niece is 3 yrs old, she sings "No more monkeys jumping on the bed", I hope she wakes up before she offends the whole nursery school class.

  • Anita Mae Barker

    08/31/2018 04:14 AM

    And, good day to you. Any idea when the swamp gets drained?

  • Gwen Kimball

    08/30/2018 10:10 PM

    Where have I been all this time? I get your mail but didn't know about this! Love your humor, AND the things you stand for! Keep going! I'm a 97+ y.o. , but my head and my sense of humor are still in tact. Thank God for people like you!!!! Gwen

  • Melissa Mohs

    08/30/2018 10:06 PM

    Love the Sarcastic humor you bring to every story! Great read. Keep up the good work.

  • Jeannie MacAdams

    08/30/2018 09:06 PM

    THANK YOU for "keeping it real!" I have a dear friend of >40 years who's convinced that Trump is evil incarnate and she can spout all of the vitriol that the "lamestream" spouts. Does she know real stuff? Nada. I have an idea that I don't know "real stuff" either, but at least I'm better informed because of Mike Huckabee's newsletters. THANK YOU, Governor!

  • Jo Gonzalez

    08/30/2018 08:51 PM

    A breath of fresh air, combined with some wit & Southern Charm, you relieve tension, and are such a delight to read every afternoon, best thing on Net. Thanks, Mike.

  • Bartbara Hall

    08/30/2018 08:48 PM

    RE; Is Trump a racist ?? I grew up in Palm Beach County ( Jupiter ) Florida. I can remember driving along Palm Beach's Ocean , and looking at the magnificent mansions along that " Real Estate ". Gee , I had no idea a future President would have one of those homes ( as well as my hero , Rush Limbaugh ! ) I am now almost 84 , and more recently learned that area ( as well as our very secluded Jupiter Island ) was , way back when , " Restricted "... We wouldn't have even known what that meant at the time.
    Anyway , I understand that "Mr". Donald Trump refused to complete the purchase of his home there until he visited the " Powers that be"
    City Council ??? and insisted they remove such a thing as " Restricted "( Against Blacks and Jewish ?? ) .
    Does that sound racist to you. !
    My parents built the first supermarket ( Al's ) in Jupiter ,when Dad returned from USN, WW 2. I accompanied him on a couple deliveries to homes on Jupiter Island , received at the kit door by white maid. ! Heard Old John Foster Dulles had home there...But here's the thing ,and the long past " restrictions....... Tiger Woods now owns one of the most unbelievable " spreads " there... That is where he has his $$$$$$$ home !
    Enough !
    P.S. If certain people want to imagine themselves as a "Monkey " in DeSantis's remarks ,then they may go ahead an do that.. Whatever " Floats their boats " ! I certainly never thought that when using the verb !!So much of the MSM purely lied when re-telling the story !
    Would not quote him accurately !

  • linda oleary

    08/30/2018 08:32 PM

    Bless you for telling us the TRUTH.

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    08/30/2018 08:10 PM

    Governor Mike,

    When I was a kid, after one party to an argument had said all they could say, the final shot was usually "Your mothr wears combat boots". Now, when many mothers proudly wear combat boots, the equivalent argument-closer is You're a (Bigot-Homophobe-Islamaphobe-Racist). And you are right - calling people racists has lost all impact (except among the basement dwelling sissy-boys of Antifa). Maybe the Al Sharpton's of the world have done us all a favor, blunting the name-calling until it is meaningless.

  • Phyllis Leatherman

    08/30/2018 07:30 PM

    Love reading everything you write. You amaze me ! Keep on keeping on !! I am not a robot - don't know why this won't go through.

  • Stephen Russell

    08/30/2018 07:29 PM

    Hope other chains do as In & Out did for GOP, Id be so awesome.
    Drive the Leftists Looney Tunes