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March 24, 2021
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Good morning!

Blessings on you and your family, and from all the Huckabee staff! 

Today's newsletter includes:

  • Bible Verse Of The Day
  • Biden's First News Conference is Tomorrow
  • New Instagram App for Kids
  • New Social Platform for President Trump
  • Glynn Lunney RIP
  • Shocking story about Cigna and CRT
  • More on Portland
  • DEA agent fired after attending Trump's Capitol Hill rally
  • A Reader Writes Back...
  • America The Beautiful

Sincerely,

Mike Huckabee

BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY 


 

Biden's First News Conference is Tomorrow

By Mike Huckabee

President Biden will finally hold his first news conference this Thursday. I heard a commentator suggest some of the tough questions he might face, and I nearly spewed my Cheerios over my keyboard laughing. Does anyone seriously think that the hand-picked reporters will ask any tough questions, particularly when I would bet they’ll all be screened in advance with scripted answers loaded into the TelePrompter?

If you think that’s cynical because after all, he seemed almost lucid in that George Stephanopoulos interview, maybe you didn’t notice the highly unorthodox italic footnote on ABC’s transcript: “Edited for Clarity.”

So ABC not only let him be “interviewed” by a former Clinton staffer, they helpfully cleaned up the interview before releasing it.

At the link, Andrew Malcolm of Redstate.com has more on that, along with a roundup of the many other recent instances that are sparking rising concerns about Biden’s physical and mental fitness for the most important job in the world.

Bear in mind, I have a long history of refusing to pile on to people, even political opponents, for simple misstatements and slips of the tongue. Those can happen to anyone, and are essentially meaningless. But when the slips are so frequent that the President’s staff seems terrified of letting him answer a simple question without layers of protective editing, something is starting to smell as fishy as a Wuhan wet market.



New Instagram App for Kids 

By Mike Huckabee

Facebook announced that it’s working on a version of its Instagram app for kids 13 and under, who are currently barred from using the social media app by federal privacy regulations. This is great news for anyone who was concerned that the peer pressure, cyber bullying, cancel culture threats, privacy invasion, social isolation, stalking, degradation of human decency, increased rates of depression and suicide and lack of sunshine and exercise that social media have brought to teenagers weren’t affecting younger kids.

Read more about it at the link. And if you think Instagram for Kids sounds like a good idea, then you might also be interested in another exciting new concept: Heroin for Kids.

New Social Platform for President Trump

By Mike Huckabee

We’re already seeing some free speech social media networks and apps starting to rise to compete with the censorious leftist giants of Silicon Valley, platforms like MeWe, Gab, Rumble and the recently-returned Parler.com (reminder: the Capitol rioters mostly communicated via Facebook and Instagram, not Parler.) Last week, I told you that MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell said he is creating a new social media network for free speech. And now, the big dog has barked.

Former President Trump’s spokesman announced that he is creating his own social media platform that will launch in two to three months. Just as CNN’s ratings have tanked by as much as 50 percent once they didn’t have Trump to kick around and blame for everything from bad weather to their ingrown toenails, Twitter (which banned Trump) might learn that it will hurt them far more than Trump when he takes his tens of millions of followers to a new platform that competes with them.

These other platforms have a tough row to hoe, competing as small, poorly-funded upstarts against multi-billion-dollar established giants that act like ironfisted monopolies with no fear that the current government will stop them. They might not have such luck against a former President with billions of dollars himself and a built-in following of over 75 million voters. Frankly, if the competition sends Twitter and Facebook and all their censorious, cancel-culture trolls spiraling to the same irrelevancy as MySpace, it could be the greatest contribution Trump ever makes to saving America.

Glynn Lunney RIP

By Mike Huckabee

You all know what a supporter of the space program I am, and what heroes the early NASA astronauts were to me when I was a boy. But not all the heroes got their names and pictures in the newspapers. Just as important as the astronauts were the NASA engineers who accomplished the miracle of space travel.

One of the most important was Glynn Lunney, who joined NASA in 1963; led the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs; then spent another 10 years leading spaceflight activities in private industry for Rockwell and United Space Alliance before retiring in 1995. Lunney received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for the Ground Control efforts that brought the ill-fated Apollo 13 team back home to Earth safely.

On Friday, Glynn Lunney died at 84 after a long illness. You might not know his name, but read his obituary and you’ll be amazed at the impact this man had on so many historic landmarks of the space program.

Shocking story about Cigna and CRT

By Mike Huckabee

The Washington Examiner has an exclusive on the shocking degree to which health insurance giant Cigna has allowed racist Critical Race Theory to infect its business practices.

Cigna workers told the paper that they are forced to undergo “sensitivity training” that they find to be racist and discriminatory. They aren’t just made to feel guilty of “white privilege,” but also “gender privilege,” “religious privilege” (if they’re Christians), heterosexual privilege, age privilege and on and on. There are internal complaints that it’s “disgusting and wrong.” There’s even a list of words that are banned for possibly triggering someone (I guess I’m insensitive due to my whiteness, but I can’t even imagine why “Hip Hip Hooray!” is banned at birthday parties but “Hooray! Yay!” is deemed “inclusive.”)

Cigna offers employees lessons in the “systemic racism” of the US taken right out of the debunked “1619 Project” and recommends that employees read such divisive racist books as “White Fragility” and “How to Be an Anti-Racist.” Worst of all, workers claim the company is engaging in openly discriminatory hiring practices in which minorities are hired despite a lack of qualifications while highly qualified applicants are rejected solely because they’re white. One employee complained of positions being left open for an inordinate amount of time just because the only applicants were white.

Say, isn't it against federal law to discriminate against job applicants based on their skin color?

The Examiner reports that “Cigna did not respond to multiple requests for comment.”

In a related story, here’s a list of the 8 top-rated health insurance companies, seven of which are rated the same or higher than Cigna. Just in case you might find that information useful.

More on Portland

By Mike Huckabee

This is a long but fascinating read in Reason magazine about how Portland, Oregon, went from the amusingly eccentric city depicted in “Portlandia” to the headquarters of angry, radical leftist Antifa rioters – purveyors of mindless violence over things they don’t even comprehend (for instance, they attack police because they think the cops slaughter black people, when there were only two police killings there in 2020, both white men.)

Meanwhile, state and local officials and media seem just as clueless as the radical protesters, blaming the mob violence on Trump and rightwingers, even though there are almost no rightwingers or Trump voters there and the violence has continued even after Trump left office. As one Portland resident put it, “The loudest voices are not the smartest voices, and they don't know how much of anything works, and they don't understand how to move the needle."

You might also be surprised to learn just how fed up many residents are at having their city taken over, destroyed and terrorized by a tiny group of radical morons while city officials just stand back and slash the police budget. The author even contacted one editor of a liberal paper that he thought was in the bag for the protesters and was surprised when the editor told him, “[If they] were all torn apart by bears, as in the book of II Kings, I would consider that the work of the Lord."

DEA agent fired after attending Trump's Capitol Hill rally

By Mike Huckabee

"The saddest part of this is I can’t serve my country any more.”

That was former DEA Special Agent Mark Ibrahim, speaking on Tucker Carlson’s Tuesday night show about being suspended and then fired from his job after merely attending President Trump’s January 6 rally in Washington, DC.

He never participated in anything illegal and is not alleged to have done so, and he spoke out in support of law enforcement when things started to get out of hand near the Capitol, but that apparently made no difference to his superiors.

They said his firing was over “performance issues.”

Ibrahim was one of the “garden-variety Republicans” (Tucker’s words) who attended the pro-Trump rally. He never entered the Capitol, he said, or even set foot on the steps outside. He stayed back and documented some of the action on his phone when a part of the crowd turned unruly, saying on-camera, “It’s crazy how quickly they turn on the cops. It’s not right. Everyone’s just tryin’ to do their job, man.”

Ibrahim hadn’t even been planning to go to the event, but was asked by a friend with whom he’d served in Iraq if he would “help him get there for documentation purposes.” He decided to stay, and the two of them were there as spectators. He turned the video he’d taken of the ruckus over to the FBI “so those criminals would face justice.” He said, “I tried --- I wanted --- to aid law enforcement that day as best I could, and seeing that the WFO [Washington Field Office] SWAT team was there and better suited to handle the situation than me...I decided documenting would be the way to go. I really didn’t think anything of it...And now I’m actually the subject of a criminal investigation.”

Later, when he returned to his home office in Los Angeles, he had his badge and gun taken away and was escorted off the premises to his apartment, “like a criminal,” he said. After a two-month suspension, he was fired.

Tucker, after calling this part of an “ideological purge” that is out of control within the federal government, asked Ibrahim if the action they took against him was even legal. “Don’t we have civil service laws that protect career federal employees from being fired for their political beliefs? I thought we did.”

"I...hope we do, too,” Ibrahim said, seemingly at a loss for how to respond.

He said his brother, an FBI special agent, was there as well. At least so far, “no adverse action” has been taken against the brother.

"They got it wrong,” Ibrahim said. “Me and my brother both served in the Army. I followed him into federal law enforcement. My sister is a Navy veteran. My mom was in the Pentagon on 9/11. And I’m the son of two immigrants who left oppressive regimes...My mom instilled a debt that we owe this country for the liberties and freedoms, that they’re not free.”

So, how much freedom do we have, really? And how is Ibrahim responding? Can he get his job back?

He’s decided to take legal action against the DEA. He said his friends set up a “GiveSendGo” account to help him raise money for legal fees and living expenses. (We looked for this under his name late Tuesday and didn’t find it; perhaps they’ve met their goal.)

"Better men have suffered worse for the preservation of our Union,” he said. “I just didn’t see it coming from my own country, let alone my own agency.”

He explained that since he’d been taking orders since he was 18, he’d thought he would just accept this, but that his friends encouraged him to fight –- not just on his own behalf, but for everyone who’s been wrongfully persecuted for their political views. He encourages others who have faced similar persecution to do the same.

"I pray that our country heals,” he said. “I pray that we stop marginalizing and dehumanizing one another.”

As should we all. At the same time, it’s good that he’s not sitting back and taking it --- good for him, and good for the country. There have been far too many “cancelations” over political beliefs, and when we see it happening within the government, it’s particularly chilling. I’m always reminded of what then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was quoted as saying about firing the (nonpartisan) White House Travel Office Staff: “We need those people out, and we need our people in.”

The Capitol Hill breach gave Democrats convenient cover to falsely label Trump supporters “domestic terrorists,” confront them with razor wire, and purge them from their midst. For example, the U.S. Army official appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to lead the investigation of “the security infrastructure, interagency processes and command and control” on Capitol Hill during the riot, retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, criticized the Capitol Hill police for being 30-40 percent “Trumpsters” and assumed those officers had let “their buddies” into the Capitol Building. Here’s a refresher.

We’ve seen enough examples of this attitude to conclude that it permeates the military and the federal bureaucracy under Biden, with plentiful Obama holdovers now augmented by former Obama staffers, in a happy homecoming.

And now, they essentially fire a career employee for supporting President Trump.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. Don’t expect the Democrats, while they hold Congress and the Senate, to add “political beliefs” to this list, because they won’t, but it needs to happen. It should be illegal to punish or fire someone for attending a political rally, or supporting a particular candidate (as long as they’re not electioneering at work), or tweeting something about a candidate or issue. “Cancel culture” has shown us that in today’s society, every American needs this protection.

Likewise, there are hate crime laws at both federal and state levels that criminalize acts motivated by bias against the victim’s identity within particular groups. (I should note that Arkansas is one of three states that don't have their own separate hate crime laws.) These groups typically include race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability. We saw too many law-abiding people get beaten to within an inch of their lives during last year's "summer of love" for daring to wear a MAGA hat. Victims were even blamed for wearing clothing that “triggered” violent responses.

Of course, the violent assault of anyone should be aggressively prosecuted, whether or not the victim belongs to a particular group. The charge: “aggravated assault.” But as long as we’re keeping lists of victimized groups, and it seems we need to, “political belief” remains a glaring omission. We wish Mr. Ibrahim well in his lawsuit.

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  • Sherry Merritt

    03/24/2021 08:09 PM

    If Arkansans don't contact their state legislators, Arkansas may soon have the WORST Hate Crimes law. Joyce Elliott, Leslie Rutledge and Jim Hendren are among the names behind this sham. One of the classes they wish to create and protect is "ancestry". My ancestry includes Irish grandparents and I am offended by "Irish need not apply" signs. Yes, they are still around.

  • Joyce Kanlan

    03/24/2021 07:40 PM

    IF you know your real History, marginalizing people, setting them apart as evil, or whatever bologna you’re using to cause them to be looked down on, that it’s ok, to fire them, toss them in prison etc., is more than “chilling”. We ARE repeating a horrible time in history where a certain group of people were separated, treated horribly until our U.S. Military FOUGHT & WON freeing the survivors. KNOW our HISTORY or be doomed to repeat it. God Help Us! 2Chronicles7:14

  • Joyce Kanlan

    03/24/2021 07:28 PM

    Portland& the blind,deaf&dumb. Here is an excellent example of pure ignorance. Torch,destroy,dismantle,loot,riot&Murder....for what again???Uh, the democrats rented&supplied bricks to Antifa,BLM & other democrat run (down) rat, roach infested democrat cities, states. FOR WHAT? Democrats agenda IS former Obama’s,BIDEN’S hope&change transformation, changing ????From the inside out! You’re watching it in real time!(Spiritual Warfare). God IS still in Control, He still sits on the Throne and He still answers Prayer!????????Pray without ceasing for our One Nation Under God!????????

  • Joyce Kanlan

    03/24/2021 07:21 PM

    Cigna. Here is a great example of huh? What is going on? Here it is, blatant, in our faces reverse discrimination and WHAT is being done about STOPPING it? Racism is wrong, humans aren’t perfect, ignorance is rampant at times BUT it’s ALL LEARNED bad thinking, bad behavior fixable with real, honest training. I know because when I was active duty, for a decade I facilitated a class on that. Leadership by example, parents, grandparents,people involved in their lives like coaches etc. All hands on deck but also, we must return to God, His teachings, treat others as you want to be treated, lay your life down for a friend, joy,peace,love,tolerance,patience & forgiveness for starters! ????, pray without ceasing for our One Nation Under God!????????

  • Joyce Kanlan

    03/24/2021 07:08 PM

    President Trump. America ????! God IS still in Control, He still sits on the Throne and He still answers Prayer!????????. Keep the Faith! Pray without ceasing for our former President Trump and our One Nation Under God!! 2Chronicles 7:14!

  • Joyce Kanlan

    03/24/2021 07:03 PM

    APP for kids. Speaking for myself, I intend on once the little ones wake up, feed them breakfast, we are going to go for a walk to the park. Take a snack, swing, slide & maybe kick a ball. Walk back. Hopefully they’ll be tired& nap, get up for lunch & then go out back to play basketball or catch, or kick ball, outside! Get it? I don’t want them stuck on TV or a computer! Parents! Get involved with your kids; don’t give them over to a machine as a babysitter.??

  • Jerry

    03/24/2021 07:01 PM

    I am trying to get help for a viewer in my house to ween it off mid morning Fox News programs and the mid afternoon programs its is good to try and hear two sides but how does one converse with one when facts meet fiction it becomes a Shitff show. Waste of time. Speaking a waste of time Biden has funds to house, feed, educate, transport, healthcare, and hotel fees for people we don't know where they came from and we have our own people living like and acting like jungle animals. We have mental health issues in this country that are not being addressed guns cars disease airplanes fires all kill people. Murder to me is a mental illness issue the Government has money for failed pension plans corrupt run states and lavish benefits for government members however not a dime for Mental Health issues no facilities to treat the mental health patients or house them. Illegitimate people invading our country collect that fund. I understand that if Facilities were built half of the Congress and all of our white house members would be housed in the Mental Institution for a long stay or just turn the White House into an insane asylum and skip the transfer. By the way what doctor is treating Biden and Harris a change of medication is in order take the laughing gas away from the hyena Harris she is making a fool of herself just like the wacky tobacco she smokes.

  • Joyce Kanlan

    03/24/2021 06:58 PM

    Biden’s news conference. Lincoln said it best when he said WE ARE the MASTERS of the constitution & congress! We the People! Democrats are trampling our Constitution & what is being done about it besides constant outrage from Republican Conservative Christian government officials & Patriots? WHY isn’t, or WHY can’t our Republican government officials actually STOP this madness? Seriously, WHY? Between the 4 constant years of democrats harassment, inciting violence etc.against our President Trump & Trump supporters you’d think SOMEONE could actually DO something to STOP the democrat dictatorship!

  • Paul Kern

    03/24/2021 06:57 PM

    I live across the river from Portland. Long ago the Marxists took control and were allowed to indocrinate all the way up to the colleges.
    The rioters are the spiritual descendants of the communists who started the civil war in the 1960's.
    It us now a 3rd world burned out ghetto ran by the asylum inmates. All of western Oregon is like this.
    The more insane you are the more applause one gets
    You can not go in Portland now unless you are armed
    So sad but not a surprise. The area was settled by Confederate racists who set their stamp on it.
    Portland is now a hotbed of racists of every ethnicity and deep divisions have come out in the open with the new president's stamp of approval.
    They will never be content.

  • Kathleen M Fitzpatrick

    03/24/2021 06:30 PM

    Unbelievable that United Health Care is in the Top Ten's list of medical insurance (prefer that to calling it "health care" insurance)! One of my sisters has had horrible service from them! Every year she has had to find a new PPC, this year she picked the one she wanted close to home, they assigned her a diabetic specialist 3 cities away (she has NEVER been diabetic). It took three months to get that straightened out via HOURS and HOURS on the phone waiting, being redirected, getting "customer service" reps with strong foreign accents who cannot understand the problem! THEN, THEN, wait for it, they sent her the wrong card to use. It simply should NOT take 5 months to get a ridiculous problem fixed. They do not deserve to be in the top ten of any list except worst customer service, worst everything, they just offer cheap insurance plans and prey on Medicare recipients.

  • Tom Proffitt

    03/24/2021 05:26 PM

    Did you hear Harris say "we can all chew gum and walk..." referring to herself, Biden and crew during their televised conference today?
    I disagree with her.

  • Janice Roberts

    03/24/2021 03:57 PM

    I missed Tucker Carlson’s show when the DEA agent was interviewed. It infuriates me that this young man was terminated because he exercised his right to attend a Trump rally! If you find the page for funding his defense please include it in your newsletter. I, for one, would be happy to o donate! When I think of all the cock eyed bureaucrats living off the government I get even madder!

  • Rick Locke

    03/24/2021 03:50 PM

    I'm hiding my books. McCarthyism seems to have migrated from that Republican McCarthy from Wisconsin to the majority of the left. Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 51 was written in 1953 in response to the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason and it really smacks of today's Cancel Culture. I guess what goes around... uh goes around the other way.

  • Ellen Hoffman

    03/24/2021 03:44 PM

    This reminds me of the old argument that a woman can wear anything she likes - "no means no!"
    Only this time it's on opposite sides and common sense need not prevail. After all, wearing a red MAGA hat must be as tempting as a low cut blouse and short skirt! LOL So sad.

  • roger mumbower

    03/24/2021 03:13 PM

    If they would have persecuted the earlier rioters, (Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, etc) like they are
    persecuting the Capital Hill problem, We would not be having all the protesters, if they knew they would be arrested and charged with a crime. I Love America, in spite of the left, democrates, socialist have to say. But the politicians scare the hell out of me. Both sides.

  • Judy Radley

    03/24/2021 03:02 PM

    I think it is high time that private organizations are formed to compete with the FBI, DEA, CIA, Homeland Security, and fed. ruled law enforcement, all those org. that are under federal govt. control, need to have competitive organizations that will do a far better and more legal way to serve justice for all than what we have experienced over the past several years. Free Enterprise is still legal in the U.S.A. and there are many intelligent, courageous, law-abiding men and women, yes, truly men and women no trans...anything, that can serve in these organizations. Maybe many who are fed up with the FBI, CIA, DEA, et al, that want to leave those places, don't have any place to go that will fully use their excellent experience and moral beliefs, will be able to start up their own good and lawful companies for protecting American citizens, like all the Hollywood elites have for their own private protection. Let's have it expanded for all Americans, not just the Hollywood elites. They would do a far better job protecting us than the fed. govt. now will do. No special giveaways to minorities, only those who prove they are good, regardless of race, sex, stature, etc., the smartest ones who get the answers right, and pass the same standards as everyone else who applies. NO SPECIAL TREATMENT NOR DIVERSITY TRAINING NOR CRT, ETC. Only those who truly respect the law and want to protect our freedoms and not allow socialistic rule to takeover. Only those who want to work hard, can do the job, and don't need any special arrangements, because not every situation that is being rioted, has 'special arrangements', it's called life and survival of the fittest, not, oh, we feel bad for you so we will take it easier on you. That is NOT real life. No affirmative action special circumstances either, as you must be able to do perform the job, or you can't do the job. We are not a country of sissy's, we are a country of courageous people, men and women, who will fight, actually fight and protect fiercely for what they believe in, and will have the strength to endure that our rights are maintained that are God given and followed up by the U.S. Constitution. The current admin. may think they have a pass on their dictatorship, for now, but....that will soon be obsolete as the red states and local govt. that are Conservative, will continue to do things that the fed. govt. can't touch. And the 'blue rule' which is really an oxymoron, will just continue to flounder and worry about their own backsides, while the rest of the country will see that the Conservative rule makes much more sense and shows more progress in a good way, than what the 'progressives' think they can do. It is truly like a tale of two cities, as the 'red' cities show improvement and good progress, and the 'blue' cities continue to fail over and over again, and will fall into the deep blue abyss, like an abscess that won't heal.

  • Harley Thompson

    03/24/2021 02:58 PM

    Your articles are informative and I like your sense of irony in your commentaries. You are incisive but not mean-spirited. I also watch your podcasts and like how you inform and entertain at the same time. May the Lord bless you, your work and all future endeavors.

  • Tom Corn

    03/24/2021 02:13 PM

    Maybe when Trump settles on a single platform for his use and 73 Million conservatives follow him there all the trolls won't have anyone to attack on Twitter and Facebook and will leave them.

  • Charlotte Koppal

    03/24/2021 02:11 PM

     Perhaps “Hip Hip Hooray!” offends those who are Squares and not actually Hip.

  • Ordie Wilkinson

    03/24/2021 01:27 PM

    Tell DEA Special Agent Mark Ibrahim, come to Texas!!! I know he can find good work here and still serve the Conservative Legal Citizens here in the great state if Texas!!!!

  • Jerry

    03/24/2021 01:25 PM

    Why does anyone watch the MSM outlets? If one watches a WH press conference you either get false information or a non answer by a person that is put in front of a camera to insult the audience with fictitious Blaa Blaa is nothing more than a waste of time. This Administration is already a corroded mess incapable of doing former American valued business.

  • Roberta Marye

    03/24/2021 01:25 PM

    Be careful about pushing for political beliefs being included in anti discrimination policies in government. It’s too broad. I believe we should discriminate against letting certain ideologies infiltrate our government. We all know it’s already gone too far.

  • Pam Williams

    03/24/2021 01:07 PM

    Glynn Lunney was a genius and an unsung hero who loved America! His generation of NASA heroes paved the way for the ease of our lives with modern technology. What he did is incredible! RIP HERO!!

  • Floyd A Unger

    03/24/2021 01:03 PM

    Thank you

  • Anne Turner

    03/24/2021 12:57 PM

    I would like to convey my sympathy to Mr. Ibrahim. I suspect that there may be more to this than meets the eye. His name suggests that that he has Middle Eastern origins. The DEA could have been looking for an excuse. If he has a good work record, then I suggest he add racial discrimination if this is the case. The only way non-crazies, I.e. lefties, will not prevail is to retaliate, law suits, books, interviews, letters to the editor, speaking engagements, etc. the news must get out. I don’t know how many times I have told a fact to a liberal friend, and they have said they never heard that. These things are straight out if the writings of Mao, Marx, Hitler, and every despot who could write. Then there is the Obama BFF Alinsky. Try reading the best selling Book of all: hint, it starts with B.