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MORNING EDITION

June 8, 2020 

By Mike Huckabee

 

LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER BLACK MARK FOR FBI DIRECTOR CHRIS WRAY

Sen. Lindsay Graham didn’t specifically mention Christopher Wray in his Sunday interview with FOX NEWS’ Maria Bartiromo, but I couldn’t help thinking about Wray while listening to what Graham had to say.

To set the scene, Graham was on the show to talk about the questioning of Rod Rosenstein last week by the Senate Judiciary Committee, in which Rosenstein claimed not to have been aware that the Steele “dossier” was discredited by Steele’s own sub-source. Rosenstein said that McCabe had not been “fully candid” with him. (McCabe fired back a statement refuting the notion that he had “misled” Rosenstein, going so far as to say that “Mr. Rosenstein approved of and suggested ways to enhance our investigation of the President.” Perhaps this is a veiled reference to the story about Rosenstein talking about wearing a wire.)

Anyway, as you know, Rosenstein said he didn’t know the underlying documentation had been altered to hide the fact that Carter Page had worked for the FBI; that, of course, is a criminal act. He also claimed not to have known that the “dossier” was repeatedly disavowed, over a three-day interrogation in January 2017, by Steele’s Russian sub-source.

This appears to be some serious CYA on the part of Rosenstein, who signed the final renewal of the Carter Page FISA warrant in August of 2017. As the senator rightly pointed out, “...If anyone signs this warrant application knowing that the Russian sub-source disavowed the reliability of the Steele ‘dossier’ and that the Department of State lawyer altered email –- if they knew that, they would be going to jail themselves.”

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REPUBLICANS ANNOUNCE THEY AREN'T VOTING FOR TRUMP

George W. Bush, Colin Powell and (what a surprise) Mitt Romney announced that they will not vote to reelect President Trump. Do they think things are going so swimmingly in the Democrat-run cities and states right now that we need them back in charge of the federal government, too? Maybe they could defund the military, like they’re doing the police departments during a people of massive civil unrest?

As you might imagine, I have my own opinion on this, and I shared it with Fox & Friends on Sunday. Here’s the video, in case you missed it

FEEL-GOOD STORY

We need a feel-good story right now, and here’s a great one. In Buffalo, New York, 18-year-old Antonio Gwynn Jr. was so upset by the trashing of his neighborhood by protesters that he grabbed a broom and some trash bags and went to work at 2 a.m., cleaning it up. He worked for 10 straight hours. By the time volunteers arrived to clean up, they found that Antonio had just about finished the job all by himself.

When word spread of what Antonio had done, local businessman Matt Block was so impressed, he saw that Antonio was looking for car-buying advice on his Facebook page, so Block gave him his prized 2004 red Mustang convertible. He didn’t realize how it would affect Antonio, who was stunned into silence because his late mother used to drive a red Mustang.

As word spread, another local businessman kicked in a year of free auto insurance, saying, “I just felt compelled to help him out. We just need to get together our whole city and show people how there’s so many good people here." And Medaille College in Buffalo offered Antonio a scholarship to study business.

Finally, I guess I should mention this: Antonio is black, and Matt is white. But that really should be the least important part of this story.

CORRECTION

We reported last week about a second, independent autopsy on George Floyd by freelance medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden, who contradicted the official autopsy findings and claimed Floyd died by asphyxiation. All media outlets repeated this widely, so we didn't question it. But there have since been objections to the claim that Baden conducted a second autopsy. He watched a video of the autopsy and drew his opinions from that, but did not personally examine the body. Duly noted. We like to get our facts straight so you won't mistake us for CNN.

76 YEARS AGO

Saturday, June 6, was the 76th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, the mass invasion of France that spelled the beginning of the end of Hitler’s reign of terror in Europe in World War II. More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft joined in support against entrenched Nazi positions on the coastal cliffs. More than 160,000 Allied soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy. 9,000 were killed or wounded that day, but their courage and sacrifice enabled over 100,000 more troops to start the long, bloody pushback of the Nazis and liberate Europe. It was the biggest military operation in history, and amazingly, it was all pulled together in secret without anyone leaking the plans and warning the enemy, something it’s virtually impossible to imagine these days.

As the architect of D-Day, Gen. Dwight David Eisenhower, said, "I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!" And that they achieved, no matter the cost.

I held off writing about D-Day until today because I wanted to see whether the commemorations would be able to go forward, with France ravaged and shut down by the pandemic and so few surviving elderly veterans able to leave their homes. I’m glad to be able to say that while there couldn’t be the huge memorials that marked last year’s 75th anniversary, the grateful people of France made it clear that they have not forgotten that sacrifice for their freedom.

95-year-old US Army veteran Charles Shay, who stormed Omaha Beach as a 19-year-old medic, now lives near the beach and was the only veteran able to be standing there at dawn. But he wasn’t alone. A few dozen locals and tourists, some in period attire, gathered to honor and remember those heroes. The theme from “Saving Private Ryan” was played. Later in the day, French fighter jets staged a flyover. And even before dawn, local fisherman Ivan Thierry was standing on the beach, holding up an American flag.

He said, “There is not nobody here. Even if we are only a dozen, we are here to commemorate.”

But even if the elderly heroes of D-Day couldn’t make it back to France, they were not forgotten at home. Around America, they were honored by their neighbors. For instance, in Niles, Michigan, the local VFW presented them with certificates of honor and Michigan challenge coins, and the Western Michigan Gold Star Mothers gave them American flag quilts.

And in Billerica, Massachusetts, the family of John DiClemente, a veteran of both D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge, told him they were taking him to a veterans’ event. It was actually a vehicle parade in his honor by local police and firefighters.

There were many such commemorations around the nation, small but heartfelt. Whether we hold giant commemorations or just local observances, the important thing is that we never lose our gratitude for the sacrifice of these true American heroes, and that as that Greatest Generation passes into history, that we teach future generations what they did and to be thankful for them. We’re currently getting a very harsh lesson in what happens when we entrust that important job to people who hate and blame America for all the world’s ills, and who refuse to teach its real history. It’s time for parents to take that job back.

BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY (KJV)

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil."

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (KJV)

 



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  • Suzanne Ryan

    06/10/2020 11:20 AM

    A Republican voting for a Democrat is pettiness and down right criminal.
    George Bush needs to move to California. I am embarrassed as a Texan!

  • Dick Algire

    06/09/2020 06:30 AM

    George Bush and Colin Powell are, or have been, members of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mitch Romney I am not sure if he has ever been a part of this organization whose goal is ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT of which these elitists are the ruling class. They these people would not vote for Trump should come as no surprise it is just the CFR 'circling the wagons' against a man who is an outsider.

  • Carmine Fea

    06/09/2020 06:00 AM

    Dear Governor Huckabee: I appreciate your opinion about G. Bush and M. Romney saying they will not vote for President Trump. It is important you continue to express it. This voter will not give Bush and Romney a pass for not supporting Trump, the republican candidate, at this critical time when a strong republican president is our only hope for the survival of our country, our constitution, the rule of law, life as we know it, and the promise of America for all people. I voted for and supported both Bush and Romney because they were republicans and represented what the founders envisioned this country to be despite that I had disagreement with both. At this time, of all times when the consequences of the election mean so much for America, Bush and Romney should reconsider their direct, or essential, support for an obviously low down, radical, dishonest, criminal, mob ruled, country destroying democratic party now led by Joe Biden, and vote for Trump who has demonstrated with action his republican/conservative, love of country genuineness.

  • Carol Hopper

    06/08/2020 08:42 PM

    I had already decided Colin Powell and Mitt Romney are in politics for their own egos. I was saddened to hear President Bush was not voting Republican especially after we have seen all the democrats have done against our current President. We went way down on my list of men I respect.

  • Sarah Menne

    06/08/2020 04:10 PM

    I was not surprised that Colin Powell and Mitt Romney will not vote for President Trump. They are well-known fake Republicans, especially Romney. However, it saddens me that George W. Bush would join this dishonorable group. At one time I held former Pres. Bush in high regard, but not anymore. The story of young 18-year-old Antonio Gwynn who so unselfishly did cleanup of his neighborhood was a wonderfully uplifting story. I was so pleased to read he was gifted with the 2004 red Mustang convertible by Matt Block. Antonio and Matt represent the true heart of America, praise God!

  • Robin Rebhan

    06/08/2020 02:55 PM

    "76 YEARS AGO" My Father Fred Rebhan Pvt U.S. Army Combat engineer hit Omaha Beach, the first wave ahead of my Father 100% dead. My Father in the second wave only 25% made it alive off the beach. And of that 25% surviving Normandy only 25% of them made it to Berlin.
    When my Father made it off the beach he and his buddy came across a home shattered by bullets, shrapnel, and bomb blasts. The home owner was outside his home waving an American Flag. My Father said " My gosh you could have been killed! ". The home owner's reply was " Yes! But we would have died free!".
    My Father was also at the Battle of the Bulge, made it to Berlin. And stayed two years after the war for reconstruction of Germany.
    The fight for freedom was best said by the French Admiral with the French Navy returning from England with the Allied invasion of Normandy. " In order to drive the enemy from out of our nation we must fire upon our home land. But this is the price of freedom!! VIVA LA FRANCE!! ".
    As a side note: My Father second generation U.S. Army, My Mother U.S.Army surgical tech, My Sister U.S. Air Force I was in the Army. My Father in-law U.S. Navy ( Pearl Harbor Survivor ), Mother In-law United States Coast Guard ( Pearl Harbor ). My son fourth generation U.S. Army And looks like my Grandson will be fifth generation Army.
    Mike Huckabee! On behalf of my family past and present. Thank you for honoring those who fought and died for freedom at Normandy!

  • Angelo & Sharon Viggiano

    06/08/2020 02:48 PM

    Good Morning Mike Huckabee...
    We are thoroughly enjoying every issue of your newsletters and read both "Morning and Evening" issues. Yes, we agree that making a big deal out of those "Rinos...Powell, Romney, Bush" not voting for President Trump. Who cares and what did they offer our country???? Nothing!!!! They need to grow up! As though their votes are important! Your "Feel-Good Story" is heart-warming...we thoroughly enjoyed reading it and feel that it should be published for all to read...you have a real talent in writing a good story...you are very talented in the way you present things. Thanks so much for your wonderful newsletters!!! May God continue to bless you!
    Angelo & Sharon Viggiano

  • Floyd A Unger

    06/08/2020 02:17 PM

    Our thanks and appreciation to Antonio and Matt and all the others.

  • Sharon Smith

    06/08/2020 01:28 PM

    Thank you for the feel good story about Antonio. It brought tears to my eyes immediately. I don't care what color anyone is, we are made by God as male or female, black or white, yellow, etc. and we need to be proud of what God made us and never apologize for our color. God wanted us to be whatever color or sex He made us and He has a purpose for that. Let's never forgot that God has a plan for all of us.

  • jo Denny

    06/08/2020 01:19 PM

    I listened to your piece on some Republicans not supporting President Trump. One added comment from Tom Cotton was that he said big deal in the last 16 years Colin Powell hasn't voted for the GOP anyway. Tom Cotton is a courageous man who stands up for what he believes.

    Thanks for what you do.
    Jo

  • Stephen Russell

    06/08/2020 12:02 PM

    Defund police outcomes: delete if sent already:
    o Urban core war zones & wasteland
    o More crime
    o Everyone armed
    o Dems lose 2A arguments.,
    o Armed country side
    o revive Old West pre law & order.
    o Towns become forts in rural areas.
    o Cities vacant.
    o revive Escape from NY for super prison for nation? (if govts unite for such project)
    1981 movie.
    o Media models: Mad Max, Omega Man, Terminator
    o divide from Urban & rural visible
    o roving gangs.
    o No services?

  • celia

    06/08/2020 12:01 PM

    Thank you, Mr. Huckby for standing strong in the midst of the devil himself. God bless you. I am a Christian and have been my whole life, right now I am really struggling with the concept. I do appreciate the story's focus today shining light and hope through the darkness of evil.

  • LORI ANN REGO

    06/08/2020 11:57 AM

    THANK YOU FOR HAVING THE VERSE OF THE DAY. I DO ENJOY THEM

  • Stephen Russell

    06/08/2020 11:27 AM

    Honoring D Day:
    2 bad President didnt go to beaches due to riot & pandemic & other events since 1-17 to see beaches like Reagen & Bush 41 43 did