Evening Edition - June 13

June 13, 2019

Latest effort to attack Trump staffers by weaponizing the legal system: claim that it's a violation of the Hatch Act for a federal official to exercise her First Amendment right to say things that are demonstrably true.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/breaking-white-house-fires-back-kellyanne-attacked-trumped-outrageous-charges/

This is a no-brainer tactic for Washington Democrats since there's no downside for them in making it illegal for federal officials to be honest.  But they might want to think twice before accusing Kellyanne Conway of trying to illegally influence elections just  by pointing out what Democrats actually say, do and are.  They should remember that their last Presidential candidate was Hillary "Fusion GPS/$10 million Russian Dossier/Bleached private email server" Clinton.  Are they really sure they want to start demanding strict enforcement of laws governing federal officials?  


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Yet another update to the fast-moving Pinterest pro-abortion bias/ censorship story:

First, Twitter got into the truth-smothering act by suspending Project Veritas for reporting the story.  Now, YouTube (owned by Google) has censored the video of the Pinterest employee who blew the whistle on the company's bias.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/youtube-removes-video-pinterest-insider-exposing-pro-life-censorship-report/

Fortunately, you can still get the story at Fox News' site:

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6047650611001/#sp=show-clips

And just in case the tech titans insist on continuing to ramp up this game of "I dare you to bust us up and regulate us as public utilities," I'll remind you again that you can tell Twitter to go suck eggs and still follow me on the pro-free speech site www.Parler.com at @MikeHuckabee.

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I reported earlier that Joe Biden claimed that during the Obama/Biden Administration, “For eight years, there wasn’t one single hint of a scandal or a lie.”  Then I linked to an article listing the top 10 Obama scandals and lies.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/biden-claims-no-hint-scandal-lie-obama-administration 

Well, to be fair and balanced, here's someone who disagrees.  He also has a list of the top 10 Obama scandals and lies, and only repeats a few of the ones cited above.  Also, lest we forget, his #1 is shaping up to be the biggest political scandal in American history.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/biden-claims-there-wasnt-a-hint-of-a-scandal-during-the-obama-biden-administration-here-are-ten/

If you can think of more, feel free to add them in the comments.  We'll see if we can get it up to the top 100 scandals and lies in "the only scandal-and-lie-free Administration ever."

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(Suggested new California state song, set to the tune of “Oklahoma”)

Caaaaaaal-ifornia,

Where the inmates now can carry pot!

Where the judges rule

Like gosh-darn fools,

Till the Golden State has turned to rot!...

https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/06/12/california-prisoners-can-legally-possess-marijuana-appeals-court-rules/


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I told you yesterday about the social media site Pinterest blocking the pro-life group Live Action.  In just 24 hours, that story has taken some wild turns that could have major repercussions.

Deanna Fisher at the Victory Girls’ blog does a good job of recapping what’s happened so far, and how the censorship of conservative and pro-life voices has ramped up very quickly.

https://victorygirlsblog.com/tech-company-platforms-move-into-censorship/

As this article at RedState.com reports, Pinterest is now justifying its blocking of Live Action by claiming that it distributes harmful medical misinformation (not true: all the info on Live Action's site about abortion is written and/or reviewed by medical doctors) and pushes anti-vaccination messages (only in that they oppose harvesting fetal body parts for vaccine development, which is also the official Trump Administration policy). 

https://www.redstate.com/streiff/2019/06/12/twitter-suspends-project-veritas-revealing-pinterest-blocked-pro-life-website/

But the big news is that Twitter jumped into this rumble and temporarily suspended Project Veritas’ account for tweeting information about the attack on Live Action leaked by a Pinterest whistleblower.  That wasn’t “misinformation,” it was truth that the people behind leftist, pro-abortion social media sites don’t want you to know.  As Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe put it, “Twitter has decided that investigative journalism is in violation of their terms of service.”  Although I bet that if it was a negative story about Trump leaked by an alleged White House insider, it wouldn’t be a Twitter TOS violation, it would be a “trending” story.

Between this story and the recent firings of Google employees for the crime of being conservative while working in Silicon Valley, some tech world insiders who are fed up with quietly suffering the tyranny of their social justice warrior co-workers are standing up and speaking out.  The latest is former Pinterest engineer Eric Cochran, who appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show last night to accuse Pinterest of having a strong anti-Christian, anti-pro-life bias, and to call on current and former employees who are fed up to speak out.  Here’s the video of that interview:

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6047650611001/#sp=show-clips

I’ve written before that as a conservative with the usual aversion to government regulation of business, I’m reticent to wield federal power to bust these private corporations.  But the fact is, these companies (Google, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, etc.) have become the modern-day version of the public square.  We don’t allow the company that makes soap boxes to decide who gets to stand on them and talk.  (The Red State article above makes a similar argument.)

There’s currently a debate in Republican circles about whether it’s a betrayal of conservative principles to call for government regulation to reign in the blatant leftwing bias of the tech giants.  But I fear that those on the right who oppose any regulation don’t understand that they are dealing with people who have amassed great power over the public flow of information, and if left unchecked, they’ll make sure it's impossible even to discuss “conservative principles.”

To show that even the staunchest conservative has had enough of the Silicon Valley socialist censors and is ready to trust-bust them with a sledge hammer, here is Kurt Schlichter’s latest article on that very subject.  It’s filled with his usual entertainingly blunt turns of phrase, plus a clear explanation for why action against Big Tech companies is no more a betrayal of conservative principles than was forcing racist store owners to serve blacks and Jews.  Best of all, since he is an attorney, he lays out a plan for how to go about restoring free speech to the Internet without having to create a massive government regulatory bureaucracy.  It would only take a few simple law changes, enforced by the threat of lawsuits.  

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2019/06/13/conservative-principles-do-not-require-us-to-roll-over-for-big-tech-n2547979

Finally, with Twitter deciding that simply reporting news that's inconvenient to the left is a violation of their policies, this might be a great time to remind you that I'm also now on www.Parler.com at @MikeHuckabee. It's the new Twitter-like site that protects free speech, and you can sign up for free and follow me there, too.  Or maybe I should say, it's the NEXT Twitter-like site.  

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Memo to all media figures, celebrities, etc., who jump on everything President Trump says to try to twist it to make him sound dumb: If you’re going to act like smug know-it-alls, at least try to know something about the thing you’re attacking Trump over.  You might end up looking pretty foolish when people realize that Trump knew what he was talking about and you didn’t.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/trump-gets-made-fun-tractor-comment-something-farmers-needed-years/

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  • Dale Tuley

    06/15/2019 04:34 AM

    I love getting the email commentary every day, and read it as soon as possible (usually after I get home from work or the daily errands, etc.
    I have noticed one change in the newsletter ov er the last couple of months that I think you may want to change back.

    I have noticed that the Daily Verse references have been using abbreviations for the book name. As a committed conservative evangelical Christian, I have no problems with that, and use the abbreviations a lot in my own personal notetaking. As a person who ministers to non-believers on a regular basis, I come across many who have no clue that Gen., Phil, Gal., and Rev. (and others) refer to specific Books of The Bible, and not to people's names. I am certain that not all of your readers would self-identify as Christian in any sense of the word, except as a cultural ID.

    I believe that it would be a better thing to return to using the full reference for the Daily Verse, so that those who are not as familiar with the Bible as you and I would not make the mistake of trying to look up the book of Gal, or Phil and be frustrated in trying to find a non-existent verse.

  • James Durand

    06/14/2019 07:28 PM

    Thank you so much for taking the time to put this commentary together. I appreciate your extensive political knowledge and conservative pro-Christian perspective. My comment is that we are well into the two year term when Democrats will control the house. They said that they were willing to work with Trump and pass legislation the country needs but they were also going to do oversight (they can walk and chew gum at the same time). But I see absolutely no legislative agenda or accomplishments, and despite the critical need for action on things like health care, and immigration reform, I see no prospect for action in the remainder of the term. Its more than frustrating. My hope, and prayer, is that when Trump is re-elected (please Lord) he will bring the house back into republican control while keeping the senate. But of course when we had both chambers and the presidency, the republicans blew the chance they had despite their emphatic promises to do repeal and replace, and immigration reform. But maybe if we get both the house and the senate and the presidency again the republicans will actually work together to get some things done.

  • April Maggart

    06/14/2019 05:13 PM

    I thoroughly enjoyed your commentary tonite. I hope to read a whole lot more of them. Going to miss your lovely daughter in Washington Mike. I would love to see her run for Governor or Senator or even Representative of Arkansas. She would make a great one!!! Any of them!! America needs her type, caring and not taking bull from anyone, in office!!

  • Jerry Korba

    06/14/2019 04:48 PM

    What would be a great Fathers day gift? How does American Life with OUT a Democratic Socialist on the grounds in the air or anywhere on our American Country? What would Life be like with LEGAL Immigrants (less tax burden) Secure Borders to keep out Terrorists (safer cities) Healthcare and Insurance people can use and afford, great idea! Larger 401s more money to live like we should, more money to give to charity nice idea! Jobs for all that want one (OH we have that) thanks Donald. No Bernie Sanders Obama Pelosi Nadler Schiff Cummings Booker Harris Blumenthal Omar and that loon from Michigan and the rest of those nitwits on the left; rebuild our Interior thats just a starter maybe the 4th of July we can get rid of some more crappy ideas brought to us by the the mentally Insane Left did I go to far maybe not far enough. God took seven days to build the universe. Maybe he can take back the misfits from the Left and let us have a wonderful world again. Our Christians are under attack..

  • Joe Kunkle

    06/14/2019 04:13 PM

    Like her father, Sarah is a national treasure!  Hating her for her loyal and patriotic service to this country is a very telling thing.  The same crowd who hate her are calling Christians "haters" for taking a stand for their convictions about biblical views of right and wrong!

    Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20 NKJV

    Thank you, Sarah, for dedicating two years of your life to keeping the record straight, sacrificing so much to uphold the truth in the face such cruel, lying hatred against both you and our President.  Millions of Americans, loyal to God and country, those of us who know the real score, love and admire you greatly!  You can claim Matthew 5:10-12!

  • Clare Grady

    06/14/2019 04:13 PM

    I am so sorry to hear that Sarah is leaving. I can't imagine how they are going to find someone to replace her. I do wish her well and hope she will enjoy her time with her family. Thank you for your reports. I read everyone of them.

  • Lexie Barker

    06/14/2019 02:32 PM

    Huck,
    Sorry but I will no longer click on your links because when you click on "skip ad" it will not allow you to skip the ad. I find this most annoying and as much as I want to watch the videos at the specified link, it just isn't worth having to listen to an additional 20+ seconds of the ad. Haven't you had other complaints about this?

    Lexie

  • Li Yu Chang

    06/14/2019 01:12 PM

    The Demon crats orchestrated the whole Russian hoax to regain the Congress, and it worked. When it is proven that they created the false narrative, they will lose control of Congress, so a whole lot of press with megaphones and drama for nothing.

  • Linda Graham

    06/14/2019 12:09 PM

    Please give Sarah a big hug and a HUGE thank you for a job well done; best press secretary ever; tell her to enjoy her time now with her family and don't read the headlines. I know you are so proud, having such an incredible daughter who did such an incredible job under horrible circumstances.

  • LeeM

    06/14/2019 10:59 AM

    As with many comments about Sarah, she was just too nice and had too much personal integrity to get down into the mud to play dirty politics. That leads me into the continuation of what I asked the other day...after reading the Haytch act, logically I can only think of a few politicians that has not viciously violated that law. Everything from hateful suggestions to "get in others face" attack them and their family's, to what to me sounds like deliberate obstruction of justice. I ask you what do you think this means..." I know that ______ is guilty, and I have proof." To me that is an empirical statement of fact as in stating "they have proof." However, is that person who made that statement not guilty of obstruction of justice IF they have not provided the proper authorities the "alleged proof" in that empirical statement so that alleged proof can be properly investigated, and proper legal recourse action ensue based upon that proper investigation. Hearing the same empirical accusation over and over again by that person or group does not make it factually so, and does not presenting that empirical statement that alleged proof of alleged wrongdoing is proven false that the perpetrators of those empirical miss-allegations would they not be personally sue-able for slander (possibly liable), and defamation of character/reputation? Like I said, "I can only think of few politicians that are in office today that has not viciously violated the Hatch Act...especially those that used their positions to incite aggressive acts against others.

  • Angela Lopez

    06/14/2019 10:11 AM

    Greetings! Just joined Parker but did not find you! Thanks for your commentary; I am so glad to hear reasonable voices and good information. Carry on!

  • amos kalicharan

    06/14/2019 10:01 AM

    I do not understand how com these Internet Platforms are private businesses and could do as they like and baker Phillip cannot do the same

  • Sharon Austen

    06/14/2019 09:36 AM

    www.parler.com says my email is not valid and won't let me sign up. Help.

  • Howard Boggs

    06/14/2019 08:16 AM

    Here's an idea: how about everyone cancelling their Twitter & Facebook accounts and refusing to use Google as a search engine? My life is considerably less complicated by not having to listen to the hateful ravings of people who don't even know me. And there is life after Google. Or is that hate speech?

  • Robert Bruce Holstein

    06/14/2019 08:14 AM

    All that needs to be done is for the Administration to create a group that can process complaints about censorship. This group would function like EEO offices that investigate complaints. The group could be called FREE SPEECH for Americans Office. They could be staffed with lawyers and investigators to track down violaltions of the CONSTITUTION FIRST AMENDMENT!

  • Faye Bussey

    06/14/2019 07:23 AM

    best wishes to Sarah, on whatever she does, I know her time with her family is utmost importance to her. She has done such an outstanding job,and we all thank her..

  • Sherry Glascock aka Sharon Glascock

    06/14/2019 06:51 AM

    I will miss your Daughter so much, but I am happy for her in what ever she has plans for and I am with President Trump if she wants to run for Governor of our State of Arkansas she definitely will have my Husband and my votes. She is one great Lady. Oh and to top it off she is one smart gal. But what ever she wants to do I wish her well and Thank Her for all the Help for our President.

  • JC Holland

    06/14/2019 06:42 AM

    All these democrat scandals are nothing but useless talk until Barr actually charges somebody.
    We the people are tired of waiting. The facts have been laid out for over 2 years. Do something already!!!

  • Donna Brendle-Parrish

    06/14/2019 05:16 AM

    Is the social media site Parker accessible through your Site (didn't see)? Or thru going to our Google Play?? - saw it on Google Play, some having issues...but Parler says is increasing Servers since sooooo many coming on board and sooooo many leaving FB and Twitter: while others have had Captcha problems - and it crashs - tho Parler says is fixing.
    Thanks in advance for assisting with these questions/concerns.
    Have a blessed weekend!
    P.S. Sorry to hear of your daughter Sarah resigning from White House in 2 weeks....she was a goooood voice for our 45th! Blessings to her in her next adventures!
    Sister Donna Brendle-Parrish
    ????????

  • Janet C Pelosi

    06/14/2019 02:58 AM

    I always enjoy your newsletters but when I heard that Sarah was resigning as press secretary I was disappointed. She was incredible in that position an amazing considering she had three little kids at home. She's an amazing woman and I know whatever she chooses to do next will be what's best for her and her family. One thing I've always wanted to ask is why she always wears beads. Are they a family heirloom? Or something special from her husband? I've never seen her without them. Love your commentaries don't always feel like commenting. God bless this country and God bless President Trump.

  • Rebecca Holstine

    06/14/2019 01:44 AM

    Governor, I sure am going to miss your daughter. She was one strong woman, beautiful, intelligent and classy. What a great roll model for young girls of today. If they modeled their self after Sarah, they couldn't go wrong. It will take some mighty big feet to fill her shoes.

  • Amelia Little

    06/14/2019 12:59 AM

    I was sad to hear at the top of the local news at 4pm today that Sarah Sanders will be leaving her post at the end of the month. She was so darn good at her job!! I couldn't tell you the names of Press Secretaries other than Sean Spicer, but I do know she is the calmest and coolest of all I have ever heard, which had to be hard with all the garbage she had to put up with. I do say, her being a mother was probably one of the most needed traits--to be able to stand firm against the idiocy and tantrums of some of the reporters (and I use that term loosely relating to some of them!) at press conferences. She will be missed. But I am sure she and her family will enjoy getting to spend more time together. Wish her good luck for me!!!!

  • Ann Bruce Pineda

    06/13/2019 11:58 PM

    Nobody can take Sarah's place but I'm glad she's putting her family first now. The Democrats are much too cutthroat. Whatever she decides to do, she can count on my help in translating her messages and yours into Spanish. There are many conservatives in Latin America. Just see the pro-life marches in Mexico and Argentina this week. I'll be traveling two weeks and probably won't see your newsletters until July. Blessings to you and your family; many thanks for your service.

  • Robert F. Dimlich

    06/13/2019 10:21 PM

    Let God be true, but every man a liar. I grieves my heart to see how America has changed over the years. You used ot be able to take a man at his word. That is no mere the truth. it has come to the point where I can n o longer trust people. It seems like every one is trying to take advantage of you.

  • Joseph Childs

    06/13/2019 10:20 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee, that you so much for the informative and most interesting evening additions. You cover it all. thank you, sir, and please keep up the great work.
    May God Bless you and your family.
    God Bless America
    Respectfully, Joseph Childs