Morning Edition - August 5

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MORNING EDITION

August 5, 2020 

By Mike Huckabee

TUESDAY'S ELECTIONS

Tuesday, primary elections were held in Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Arizona and Washington. Among the most important results: in Kansas, moderate Rep. Roger Marshall defeated Secretary of State Kris Kobach for the GOP nomination for the Senate seat being vacated by Pat Roberts. Marshall had heavy backing from the Party establishment who feared that Kobach was too conservative to hold the seat, after he lost the Governor’s race in 2018.

In Missouri, in a stunning upset, Cori Bush defeated longtime Rep. William Lacy Clay in the Democratic primary in the Ferguson area. Bush is a formerly homeless nurse with no elective experience who is mostly known as a protest leader and fervent supporter of Black Lives Matter and Bernie Sanders. She was the first candidate backed by the far-left group Justice Democrats that got AOC into Congress. Her supporters declared that with her primary win, which makes her a virtual shoo-in in that heavily Democrat district, “The Squad” is now growing, which is very bad news for America.

Speaking of “The Squad,” Squad member and notorious anti-Semite Rashida Tlaib is comfortably ahead of her establishment challenger Brenda Jones, but the vote count is expected to go on until late Wednesday.

And speaking of very bad decisions by the voters, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, most recently known for immediately releasing rioters while prosecuting people who exercise their Second Amendment right to protect themselves (even if it means tampering with evidence) easily defeated her primary challenger. I guess St. Louis voters enjoy lawlessness and going unprotected from criminals because quite a few of them just voted for a lot more of it.

A BETTER WAY TO RESPOND TO THE MEDIA

Many Trump supporters are frustrated that the President seemed unprepared for some of the tough questions about the US coronavirus response in his Axios interview with Jonathan Swan. So he might want to take a cue from Matt Margolis at PJ Media, who has some advice for him on how to explain it in clearer terms.

Margolis points out that in comparing the US negatively to Germany and South Korea in terms of deaths per million, Swan cherry-picked two nations but left out a lot of others. In fact, the US is not #1 in deaths per million, but tenth.

Also, the US isn’t a small, homogenous nation with one all-powerful central government; it’s a collection of 50 states that the federal government can only offer aid and advice to as they make their own local decisions, and with Constitutional rights for individuals that must be accommodated (even if they are trampled in some blue states.) Because of that, many of the COVID-19 deaths have been in a small handful of Northeastern blue states. If you lifted New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and DC out and lumped them together as if they were a nation, they would lead the world in deaths per 100,000, while the entire remaining states together would come in 18th.

Liberal media outlets would like us to believe that Trump is somehow responsible for the bad decisions made by local Democratic officials, like forcing nursing homes to take in COVID-19 patients. Trump didn’t run the New York State or City response to the virus, but he did insure that the predicted deadly shortages of ventilators and hospital rooms (remember that scare story?) never materialized.

If Swan wants to know who was in charge of the response in New York, maybe he should interview New York City’s Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot. Wait, I’m sorry: she’s now the former Health Commissioner. She just resigned and blasted Mayor DeBlasio on her way out the door. She wrote, “I leave my post today with deep disappointment that during the most critical public health crisis in our lifetime, that the health department’s incomparable disease control expertise was not used to the degree it could have been.” There had been longstanding conflicts between her and DeBlasio, who said he needs team players: “It had been clear in recent days that it was time for a change. We need an atmosphere of unity. We need an atmosphere of common purpose.” (Can you imagine the media's reaction if Dr. Fauci had resigned and blasted Trump, and he replied that he needed team players?)

Please note that I’m not even going to comment on which side is right here. I may think that DeBlasio has done a terrible job, but that doesn’t mean that he should have done whatever Dr. Barbot said. Way back in April, when there were reports of dust-ups between Trump and Fauci, I said I wouldn’t be surprised, since they both have different jobs. Fauci has only the health issue to deal with, and if he thinks we could prevent even only COVID-19 death by shutting down the economy for two years, he might think it’s worth it. But Trump is more like a general overseeing a battlefield: he has to consider all the ramifications and unintended consequences; he can’t focus solely on one platoon if it’s going to cost him the war in the long run.

We have pandemics all the time (remember swine flu in 2009?), but we can’t shut down the world for a year or more until we develop a vaccine for all of them. Maybe DeBlasio thought he was protecting both New York’s health and its economy. He simply failed on both counts.

CONSEQUENCES ARE BACK

All the underemployed liberal arts majors who wanted to play “social justice warrior” might start rethinking that decision after hearing this news: The FBI has opened more than 300 domestic terrorist investigations since the rioting began following George Floyd’s death. That doesn’t include investigations of violent crime and civil rights violations. Consequences are back.

That news was revealed Tuesday during the opening of a Senate hearing titled, "The Right of the People Peaceably to Assemble: Protecting Speech by Stopping Anarchist Violence.” It’s chaired by Sen. Ted Cruz, who said these violent rioters’ actions "are profoundly racist. The rioters...destroy minority communities, minority businesses and minority lives across this country. This shouldn't be complicated: peaceful protests must be protected. Riots must be stopped."

Cruz kicked off the hearings with some shocking video of what’s been allowed to rage on over the past couple of months in major American cities. You can see it here, if you dare:

Democratic Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono declared that the hearings should be called, "The right of the people peaceably to assemble without being beaten up by unidentifiable federal agents." That’s repeating a piece of fake news that the federal agents sent to Portland were not identified. In fact, they had their agency and number on their uniforms, they just didn’t have their names because those “peaceful protesters” were hunting down their families online and threatening them.

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley also claimed that protesters in Portland were “holding flowers, dancing, chanting" and calling for equal justice when federal agents emerged and attacked them with “military-grade tear gas" and other tools. Sen. Merkley has a bright future as a screenwriter if they ever reboot the “Billy Jack” franchise, but that doesn’t sound like the video we’ve seen actually coming out of Portland. As Sen. Lindsay Graham pointed out, if the feds hadn’t intervened, those peaceful flower children would have burned down the federal courthouse.

Throughout the hearing, Democrats attempted to blame the violence on overreaction by law enforcement and white nationalist groups posing as far-left radicals. The hearing ended with some political theater as Hirono dramatically walked out, accusing Cruz of refusing to listen and saying, “How many times have I had to say that we all should be denouncing violent extremists of every stripe?”

Cruz asked if that included Antifa. After she stormed out, he noted that “throughout her remarks she still did not say a negative word about Antifa nor has any Democrat here." I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for that.

ANOTHER MUSICIAN TICKS OFF HIS REAL FANS

Neil Young just joined the seemingly endless list of rich leftist musicians complaining about their music being played by Republicans, only he’s taken the step of actually suing the Trump campaign for playing some of his songs at their events. The story is here:

Having had personal experience with this nonsense, I’ll just point out the obvious: if a venue pays for an ASCAP performance license, it is allowed to play any ASCAP licensed song it wants without having to get permission. If you want to dictate who’s allowed to play your music, then you should’ve kept it in your bedroom and not signed that evil, capitalist ASCAP contract.

Some artists are now pushing for a separate license for political events so that they can bar politicians they dislike from using their music, but as yet, that doesn’t exist. Since many of these artists are boomer icons such as Young or the Rolling Stones, I would strongly suggest that they think twice before alienating older, non-coastal Republicans. Those are not only their biggest fans, but just about the only people who still buy CDs instead of illegally downloading music files for free. They’re making the same mistake as a lot of corporations and sports leagues these days: ticking off their real fans while sucking up to people who don't patronize their product anyway.

WEIRD FAKE NEWS WEDNESDAY

Since 2016, there’s been a Twitter account allegedly run by an anonymous Arizona State University anthropology professor who claimed to be gay and Native American and to have fled Alabama because of the South’s “oppression of queer folk.” The widely-cited account promoted leftwing social justice issues. Recently, the writer claimed to have contracted COVID-19 because she’d been forced to come in and teach. She accused ASU of forcing her to continue giving 200-person lectures and to have cut her salary by 15% while she was hospitalized. And then came the announcement that she had died.

It was all very sad and tragic and infuriating…until the announcement came that every word of it was a big, fat lie. ASU has been closed since March and didn’t cut anyone’s salary. Also, the professor never really existed. Tuesday, one of the account’s Twitter contacts, BethAnn McLaughlin, admitted to making up the entire hoax. In a statement through her lawyer, she said, “I take full responsibility for my involvement in creating the @sciencing_bi Twitter account. My actions are inexcusable. I apologize without reservation to all the people I hurt.”

On the plus side, this does impart a very valuable lesson: Twitter is an open fire hydrant of sewage. Be very careful about which Twitter accounts you trust. There’s mine, and…well, after that, you’re on your own.

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  • Michael L. Sanders, Sr.

    08/06/2020 08:21 AM

    My wife and I spent 18 months in Germany in 2015-16. We have seen socialism up close and personal. Socialized medicine is not the panacea it is being hyped up to be. We had a medical doctor friend, who was a member of our church and whenever we went to his office his receptionist had been directed to conduct us right in to his examination room without waiting. The waiting room wa always packed with waiting patients. I noticed that they all looked at us with questioning eyes as we were given priority over them. Doctors can write prescriptions but are not allowed to give treatment in their offices. They have to refer you to the hospital for any treatment. My wife needed a medical procedure so she was given a referral to the hospital. When we arrived, (this was in Dresden, by the way). the nurse at the desk told my wife that she was to return in one month to be given an appointment to see the doctor. My wife, who is native German, exclaimed, "I could be dead by then!" The nurse was unsympathetic until she happened to notice the checked box at the top of the referral that indicated she was a private patient. Oh! she replied in a completely different tone. You are at the wrong place. You need to go to such and such a place on the next floor down.

    When we arrived at that location we were greeted in a very friendly and courteous manner and within five minutes she was conducted in to see the doctor, a specialist. He was very friendly and told about his son, who was studying in America and then gave her an appointment to come back the next day for the procedure. The next day we were received courteously and she was taken right in and prepped. The doctor was prompt and performed the procedure quickly and efficiently and gave her a clean bill of health. I think our cost was around 400 Euros. That same procedure in the US is over a thousand dollars.

    I love Germany and I love the German people but I would not want to live there for the rest of my life. There are too many things about socialism that irk me constantly. If we get it here it will be a real wake up call for the American people.

  • Ron CIccone

    08/06/2020 08:17 AM

    Mike, with all this Covid regulation, checkpoints at state borders, etc. I could not help remember the Radio Free Europe commercials from my youth. We are about the same age. Do you remember this one?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiJLkauGpV4

  • Linda Olds

    08/06/2020 03:10 AM

    'You can't fix stupid' pretty much describes this newsletter.
    There are the people voting for and electing people who will try to ruin our country.
    There are also the people who believed the Twitter account lies that said how racist and generally intolerant the people from the south are, and how ASU mistreats people. (Will there be any consequences for the person who did this???)
    These same gullible people believe that President Trump, unlike his political opponents, lies all the time and is corrupt.
    They must have forgotten that Congress has been spectacularly unpopular for years because many of the politicians are corrupt, and they think lying is part of their job description.
    Trump is innocence itself in comparison.

  • Jerry Korba

    08/06/2020 12:38 AM

    This may not make your comment listing I think Fauci had something to do with the development and the manufacturing of the Wuhan Virus. He donated a lot of money to the Wuhan Lab and this virus may have been the insurance plan the Left bought when Trump had the country running on all cylinders. I still think Fauci is part of the Deep State and WHO and not a friend of the country just a guy using the system to self serve.

  • Mike Carey

    08/05/2020 08:05 PM

    So... Trump is asking for a (pre-early voting in September) debate with Sleepy Joe in August. Joey refuses to appear.... Let’s have Trump take a page out of Clint Eastwood’s page and hold a special Debate with Trump and an empty chair (or better still a Bed for Biden). Just play Biden Clips and have Trump respond........... Maybe they can buy airtime from NBC to air it. LOL

  • Jerry Korba

    08/05/2020 07:30 PM

    Liked the video about the Rinos. The DNC put on a show about finding a President thats all it was a show> It put up a bunch of Senators congressmen and Billionaires to act like nitwits unelectable for their policies. They were never going to win the nomination they needed Joe Biden. Joe does not know whats going on in Portland Nadler told him the violence is a myth and Joe says ok. The DNC needed a half witted candidate that they could store in his basement away from reality not that he could recognize it the DNC and its leaders will let Joe when and what to say, an open debate would expose him even more than the wooden puppet he already is. Joe is past being a lunatic he is ready for permanent residency in his basement and may his son and family members FaceTime him the bunch are toxic together and one raid while together may land them all in jail. Not a very nice picture however Joe and his greedy friends painted it.

  • Linda Elliott

    08/05/2020 06:57 PM

    Thanks Gov. You are a breath of fresh air which can be trusted. I feel like I get the real news after reading your commentaries.
    Keep up the good work.

  • Paul Kern

    08/05/2020 05:33 PM

    I tried switching to Parler like you had suggested before.
    Only directions on setting it up were to pay for it. I had understood it to be free and more honest. Senior citizens like me aren't awash with a lot extra.
    It looks like I still have to filter out a lot. Even some conservative writers are as extreme as the leftists.
    Very frustrating Mike.
    Have been a Christian for a few decades and learned early to filter all as many are caught up in real conspiracy stuff.
    I have to go directly to the writer's web sites.

  • Lawrence Foster

    08/05/2020 02:44 PM

    Regarding the sewers like twitter, instagram and You-tube, all of which seem to flow from the cesspool of facebook, would anyone who matters miss them if they disappeared for a few days? I recall when I was in Vietnam we always had 'neighbors' who would sneak in during the night, and put an illegal tap on our power generators, so they did not have to pay for the local power. Once every other month or so, someone would quietly go around to every legal user, and warn them to disconnect everything at a specific time. At that time, the generators would be switched from producing 220 Volt power to 440 volt power. There would be a flash of light, then darkness filled by cursing in Vietnamese. Power would then be switched back to 220, and for a few weeks we would have reliable power. Just wondering if that would work on the social media sites?

  • Victor Pomel

    08/05/2020 02:30 PM

    In regard to the fake Twitter account this is so wrong. Will be glad when Trump wins again, coved is gone and we can get back to saving our nation. Thanks for standing in the gap and working for the truth.

  • Sharon Faulkner

    08/05/2020 02:20 PM

    Vain and Vulgar.
    Strange -- isn't that what the Establishment said about Abraham Lincoln?

  • Linda Wolfe

    08/05/2020 01:46 PM

    Hello out there ! If you want to stop the riots & destruction, go to the source of the MONEY !
    Ever thought about FREEZING THE GEORGE SOROS OWNED ASSETS IN AMERICA ?
    It is common knowledge that he is paying the rioter & for their bricks, bottles & what ever else they are using for the DESTRUCTION OF THIS GREAT LAND.
    FOLLOW THE MONEY !

  • Joan Saltz

    08/05/2020 01:04 PM

    Count EVERY BALLOT!!!
    Those who lost to the far left loons in primary elections, should insist on counting EVERY BALLOT!!!
    Also, those who lost their primary elections should demand that those who "won" be investigated for voter fraud and campaign donations.
    They should not go quietly...
    Stand and FIGHT!

  • Floyd A Unger

    08/05/2020 12:48 PM

    Thank you

  • Sharon Faulkner

    08/05/2020 12:38 PM

    I am afraid that if the Blue Reich manages to warp this Election that Trump will go down as
    our Greatest President
    our last Heroic President
    and
    the last Elected President.

  • Firewagon

    08/05/2020 12:34 PM

    LOL! "Twitter is an open fire hydrant of sewage. Be very careful about which Twitter accounts you trust. There’s mine, and…well, after that, you’re on your own."

    I don't do Twitter, Mike. Those anti-conservative bastions of illiteracy, Twitter, yanked me over something I can't even remember but to get me back they want more 'personal information' of which I intend NOT to provide! I do very limited Faceybooky and Instagram, primarily only with those I follow and KNOW!

    So don't take it personally, Mike, that I have NEVER responded to anything you might have offered in that Twitter realm, I simply am NOT in it. I do have a Parlar acct, but that part of the "social networking" crowd doesn't seem to have gained much of a footing as yet.

  • James Schaffner

    08/05/2020 12:22 PM

    It’s time to take stock of the freedoms we’ve lost in the last 6 months in “the land of the free”. Not just the big ones like: freedom of assembly, freedom of worship, freedom to speak. But also, the little ones like: being able to go outside, earn a living through a small business, sending kids to school, participate in sports.

    I’ve started my own list to remind me of how many of my freedoms have been lost. I wonder how many more your excellent staff could list for those that haven’t thought to take stock yet.

  • Sharon Faulkner

    08/05/2020 12:22 PM

    Trump is being honest about the Coronavirus which most Americans are sick of.
    This whole thing is a farce.
    Period.
    And the reason the Rinos and Never Trumpers want to get rid of Trump is he is a populist and a patriot like the orginial Republicans who never were Conservatives.

  • Stephen Russell

    08/05/2020 12:15 PM

    Wuhan virus/riots out come:

    How much time to rebuild?
    Whats cost for rebuild
    How to redo cities Urban centers?
    Revamp cities.
    New industries to arise.
    Econ costs since 3-17 to date (minus riots)
    Econ costs since May 30 for riots to date
    If divided we cant Build or in small sections or Red states.
    & eliminate Blue cities that aided riots
    unless local core want revamp?
    Whats the Long Range View: say 30 years?

  • Bob Horn

    08/05/2020 11:55 AM

    Imagine. The pandemic is over. Schools reopen! You stand at the bus stop with your ten year old daughter. The bus arrives, driven by Joe Biden! First worry, can he drive safely? Second concern, can he find the school? Third problem, will he keep his hands off the little girl? And they want him to be President!