Morning Edition - November 3

November 3, 2020 |

MORNING EDITION

November 3, 2020 

By Mike Huckabee

DANCIN' TRUMP IS READY FOR ANOTHER FOUR YEARS

Friends, the day is finally here, and if you could use some positive energy to get you through what might be a time of utter insanity, check out this “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” video montage of Trump dancing on the stage during recent campaign rallies. He’s got energy to spare.

There is no better tribute to Trump’s vitality, spontaneity and love of country than this feel-good video. It’s hard to believe he was in the hospital with the virus just a few weeks ago. He's having fun, seeming to feed off the energy of the huge crowds, and after all he’s been through over the past four years, it’s great to see him having such a good time –- and being so enthusiastic about giving the country another four years. I think voters will give him the chance, and if he has the Senate, his second term could be spectacular.

They thought they could make him quit and go home. They would be wrong.

POLLSTERS CAN'T MEASURE THE "HIDDEN VOTE" FOR TRUMP

We’ve talked before about those bizarre polls that show Biden up by double digits and why they’re wrong and essentially worthless. Today, Byron York at the WASHINGTON EXAMINER has a piece about one of the reasons they’re so far-off: the “hidden vote” for Trump.

With the horrific violence coming from the left –- we see it if we watch FOX NEWS but maybe not if we focus on mainstream media –- we have to think long and hard before slapping a “TRUMP 2020” bumper sticker on our cars. It depends on where we live (and how much we like our cars), but in some areas the violence has been so bad that we knew we’d just be putting a big target on ourselves by wearing a MAGA hat. Who needs a broken nose, right? Even some of us whose yard signs didn't get stolen might have decided, with a sigh, to take the safe route and pull them up to save as a memoir of this crazy year.

On the other hand, some brave souls have been keeping those signs out anyway. Monday night, Laura Ingraham interviewed David Tootle, an African-American man living in Savannah, Georgia, whose Trump flag was set on fire after the last Trump-Biden debate. He put up another, and it also was burned. (Biden signs in the neighborhood were left untouched.) He has now put up a THIRD Trump flag.

“You can’t be intimidated in this cancel culture,” he said. “...I refuse to be intimidated. I’m not gonna let them...win, so, I bought five flags; I’ve got two of ‘em hanging off my house right now, and they’re gonna stay up there tomorrow.”

He said his neighbors ask him how he, as a black man, can vote for Trump. He tells them to look at the unemployment rate, look at the Platinum Plan, Li’l Wayne, 50 Cent,” etc., and how people who at one time hated Trump are coming to his side. “It’s an easy choice to make,” he said.

He said the intimidation is “honestly sad.” But “we’ve got a choice to make,” he said, “and this President has got to win...if he doesn’t, we’re gonna see more of this. Unfortunately, ‘cancel culture’ –- they’re out there, they’re not going anywhere, and I think this is a fight, this is a battle we have to win.”

Of course, a pollster would be able to factor in the very vocal support of someone like this. But this man is likely in the minority of Trump voters, especially in traditionally Democrat neighborhoods where the intimidation factor runs high. York reported that at some of the pro-Trump rallies in Pennsylvania over the past week, “a large number” of Trump supporters said they knew someone personally who was voting to re-elect President Trump but was not publicly acknowledging this.

One thing that’s still true about the voting booth --- and, Lord, may it ever be! --- is that it’s secret. It’s just you, the ballot, and God if you’re thinking about that. Your boss, your neighbor, even your spouse is never going to know who you’re voting for. If you’re a college student, your parents, professors and school friends will never know. If you’re in the entertainment business, your all-important industry contacts and your audience will never know. It’s one of the very few things you can do that you can be sure NO ONE but you will know about. It’s just you, alone with your own thoughts.

So, how is it possible to measure the number of people who are secretly going to vote for Trump?

In anecdotal evidence, York points to a number of people in Pennsylvania who didn’t vote for Trump in 2016 but who are this time, or who didn’t vote at all in 2016 but who are voting for him now. One man in the oil and gas business hadn’t voted for 25 years but is voting this time; he sees through Biden’ political double-talk about fossil fuels and knows he would shut that business down.

The “secret” Trump (or maybe anti-Hillary) vote was certainly there in 2016; that’s why we got such a jolt on election night. One Pennsylvanian said that in 2016, “I didn’t even know my neighbors were Trump supporters until election night. You don’t tell everyone you know that you support Trump...And it’s worse now [than in 2016]. A lot of people are afraid to speak up.”

Another Trump supporter in Pennsylvania said, “There are people who are fearful of losing their jobs if they support Trump.” And I'll bet he wasn't even in the media.

York cites numerous people who said they “knew someone” who was “too fearful, or intimidated, or just too private” to tell other people they’re supporting Trump. Some have close friends or family who haven’t voted their entire lives but are now quietly voting for him.

Some of the “secret” Trumps supporters are in upper-middle class neighborhoods and don’t want to deal with the “social aspects” of being pro-Trump. They must not want to be perceived as smelly Walmart people. Others reside in traditional Democrat strongholds.

Some are even elected Democrat officials or members of unions that support Democrats. They don’t like the direction their party is taking, but they don’t DARE say they’re voting for Trump.

York points out that even people who live in Republican-leaning neighborhoods and have Trump signs in their yards might be hesitant to confide their vote to some anonymous pollster calling them at home. Why tell? It’s not as if you HAVE to, and it might cause you problems. You sure don’t want to be thought of as a white supremacist or something.

Some pollsters don’t believe in the phenomenon of the “shy” Trump voter, which might explain why they were so far off in 2016 and probably will be again. We know this is real, but how can they possibly quantify it? By definition, it’s going to be imprecise. And with the growth of anti-Trump sentiment over the past four years, it’s arguably worse now.

Not only do most pollsters lack a methodology for dealing with such factors as the “shy” Trump voter, but they're generally in the business of creating a desired result, which might or might not be accurate. After all, they’re hired to conduct polls for people who want not just to REFLECT the news, but to AFFECT the news. The Trump campaign, of course, conducts its own internal polls, and those results probably have a lot to do with the energy and joy Trump has been radiating during this weekend's campaign rallies.

Without being able to measure the quiet, “shy” support for Trump, even the polls we get to see are looking encouraging as we come to Election Day. I would hope that no matter what the polls say –- especially after 2016 –- any Trump supporter would crawl through broken glass and walk through fire to vote for him today. If, of course, you haven’t already.


TIME TO VOTE FOR THE AMERICA WE LOVE

If you are reading this on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 (the most consequential Election Day of our lifetimes), then I assume you have already voted or you’re reading it on your cell phone while waiting in line to vote. If not, then get moving. I’ll still be here when you get back.

As for the rest of us, let us all pray that the Silent Majority will once again make themselves heard loud and clear, and that the America we all know and love, the land of freedom and opportunity for all, where the people are the masters of the government and not the other way around, that shining city on a hill and one nation under God, will be protected, preserved and renewed.

In case it’s not yet clear that the current Democratic ticket no longer reflects those ideals, Joe Biden’s running mate (or is that the other way around?) Kamala Harris just gave us a lesson in what life would be like under her…uh, Biden. It’s straight out of Karl Marx.

At the link, watch Harris explain her idea of the difference between “equality” and “equity,” and how it’s not good enough that everyone should have equal opportunities to succeed, but that we insure equity of outcomes: “Equitable treatment means we all end up at the same place.”

FYI: According to Fortune magazine, Kamala Harris’ estimated net worth is $6.3 million. The median net worth of Americans in her age bracket is $187,300. She can lecture me about equity of outcomes when she gives away $6.1 million of her own money to people with less than her.

THE FIRST VOTES HAVE BEEN COUNTED

The first votes of the election have already been counted. They’re from two tiny New Hampshire towns that vote at midnight for the publicity. Joe Biden won a unanimous landslide in Dixville Notch by taking all five votes. If that scares Republicans to rush to the polls and vote for Trump, then I won’t argue.

I should add, though, that in nearby Millsville, Trump crushed Biden 16-5, so he’s currently in the lead by 16-10, or more than 3-2 (FYI: the other little town that normally votes at midnight, Hart’s Location, canceled this year due to the coronavirus.)

Also, Dixville Notch isn’t much of a trend indicator. They voted for Mike Bloomberg in the Democratic Primary, and for Hillary over Trump in 2016 by 2-1 (or to be precise, by 4 to 2, with 1 vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson.) I’m guessing that the voting population is down to five because the two Trump supporters got sick of their cows being graffitied with Antifa slogans and moved to Millsville.


ICYMI: IMPORTANT IN-PERSON VOTING TIP

If you’re going to vote in person tomorrow, be warned that at least 21 states have restrictions relating to political messages on apparel at the polls, with 15 prohibiting it. That means if you show up at the polls wearing a Trump hat, T-shirt, etc. (or a Biden face mask), you won’t be allowed in until you take it off. In some Northern states, voting shirtless might be pretty uncomfortable, and you don’t want to lose your place in line while you go home and change, so save the politically-oriented clothing for the victory party afterward.


IGNORE THE POLLS

It’s been almost amusing to watch all the pollsters scrambling to “adjust” their “Biden +13” predictions to “Toss-up” less than 24 hours before the polls close. May I ask the simple, obvious question: If they’ve been that far off for that long, then what good are they? To answer my own question: They’re not good for a darn thing other than to give the media something to endlessly, pointlessly jawbone about.

People wanted to hear about the economy, jobs, restoring law and order, and protecting First and Second Amendment rights. Instead, the talking heads fixated for months on handicapping the horserace like touts scouring the Racing Form for any signs of who might win, from the moisture on the track to the horses' astrological signs. Now it’s Election Day, and what did all of those countless hours of jabbering about the polls mean? NOTHING. They were a giant waste of time and energy because the only poll that matters is the one taken today.

Ever since I got into the media in 2009, I have spent some part of every election season warning people to ignore polls. I gave the same warning to fellow commentators, to no avail (they also laughed and ignored me when I predicted Trump’s win in 2016.) Most polls released for public consumption are useless, and the ones taken weeks or months in advance are less than useless. On the eve of Election Day, they suddenly change to reflect “last minute movements” that usually aren’t movements at all, they’re just solid Republican support that was deliberately undercounted until the pollsters were forced to change it at the last minute to try to salvage some credibility.

Frank Luntz said if the predictions of a sure Biden win are wrong, the polling industry is “done.” It was “done” in 2016, and he’s just now noticing?


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  • Janice Decker

    11/08/2020 11:34 AM

    Why are there not federal election regulations in place that mandate equal representation of both parties when ballots are being counted?
    And speaking of ballots, why can't mail-in ballots be banned? Either file a legitimate absentee ballot or go to the polls in person on election day!

  • Allen Goodwin

    11/04/2020 08:20 AM

    Will you be having another trip to the Holy Land? When?

  • Claudia Cuddy

    11/03/2020 10:04 PM

    Thank you for being a voice of reason in this crazy time. I love to hear your viewpoints and perspectives. (I would have loved to have you as president.) I really appreciate your frankness and honest support of President Trump.

  • Firewagon

    11/03/2020 05:21 PM

    "....what did all of those countless hours of jabbering about the polls mean?" I would opine that 'what did all those countless hours of jabbering about this election mean?' It was as if NOTHING outside of America's presidential election was worth noting in the universe, this one or that alternate universe the Democrats run in!

    Sad to say, all the posturing about the election might have been necessary because there are people that 'claim' they are undecided up until they are actually pulling the lever at the polls, and just one of them may have been educated enough to know the difference between 'Capitalism and Socialism?' On the other hand, the 'few' people that pay attention could have cast their vote LAST DECEMBER! If I hear one more time how "The American People Are NOT Stupid" somebody may need to call the EMTs to resuscitate me by defying my wish to NOT be resuscitated! The discouraging fact is that the 'American Electorate' has been and may still be quite 'STUPID,'

  • David Dunlap

    11/03/2020 03:37 PM

    If President Trump does as well in the 2nd term as he did in the first, then I would be all in favor of a Roosevelt THIRD TERM!!!

  • Vaslav Nijinsky

    11/03/2020 03:17 PM

    Polls = "Gaslighting", aka "The Big Lie". Who has, most probably, swallowed the Kool-Aid, or to the real point, even more than has already been consumed? Think TDS. Heh-heh. ;-))

  • Lupe Beltran

    11/03/2020 02:16 PM

    Please let your readers know that in my small community of Silver Lakes, CA I went to early voting on Saturday. The poll workers handed out sharpie markers to use. I voted and the markers bled through the ballot, which would make them invalid. The ballot itself says to use a black or blue ball point pen, so why are they handing out markers? I returned my ballot, along with others, and they marked those bled-through ballots as invalid. They gave us new ballots and pens. I thought it was remedied, a friend of mine voted the next day and they were handing out pens. Today, election day, they are handing out the markers again. Friends posted how the markers bled through their ballots. I hope they were given new ballots also! But one friend said he was so angry that he was going to buy packs of pens and hand them out at our local polling place. Is this happening all over California? I wouldn't be surprised. Please, please, please tell everyone who is voting today to take their own pen and mask.

  • Sharon Smith

    11/03/2020 02:02 PM

    Thank you for posting the dancing Trump! Made my whole day! Praying that Trump wins. Thank you for always giving us the truth.

  • Linda Olds

    11/03/2020 01:43 PM

    I admire David Tootle's courage and tenacity. We need people like him. I think there are a lot of Trump supporters who will vote without displaying any signs, flags, etc.
    It took an hour to vote, and there were people in line in their 80s and 90s; I know at least one who's 100.
    I hope Trump voters understand that he needs a Republican Senate and House, too.

  • Charles Fikes

    11/03/2020 01:20 PM

    Great video of and for Trump. Thanks for your tribute to voting by secret ballot. I am in a rental house so don't put out yard signs. I have several friends who are also voting for Trump and Republicans here in WA state.

  • Anne Turner

    11/03/2020 01:08 PM

    Some final thoughts before I head to the polling place. I’m old fashioned, I like to vote on the day.

    Things I have gleaned from this these past four years:

    Most of the media and tech industry have not developed consciences. What kind of parents did they have?

    Many Americans, I.e. Democrats, put of do good zeal, are not educated, even with PHDs. They are lead by pure emotion, including hatred that is clouding good judgement. They make decisions based on being popular, herd mentality. They are spoiled and have come to expect that there will be no hardships. They look down on dark skinned people, finding them lacking in intelligence and ability.

    The President:
    Talks too much and says things he should not be saying.
    Is, or was, a womanizer, but I suspect Melania runs a taut ship.
    Can be crude, and sometimes mean.
    Does NOT foment violence.
    Has an amazing ability to stand up under obscene Pressure.
    Is a total failure at white supremacy. Jobs, wages, prison reform, colleges
    Understands business and how a successful economy works.
    Saw, and sees, the DC machine.
    Honors the Constitution.
    Loves his country.
    Understands the mindset of other cultures, knows when to flatter and when to be tough. Puts money where his mouth is.
    Is NOT a warmonger.
    Has no doubt been investigated so much he is probably not corrupt, but uses the law to his advantage.
    Is not afraid.
    Has a huge ego.
    IS JOYFUL. Believes in the future.
    Keeps his charity quiet, like most conservatives.
    Believes people can run their own lives if left alone.
    Respects the military, first responders.
    Is not responsible for the Covid infections or deaths.
    Is not responsible for every bad thing that happens on earth.
    Is not perfect by a means, but there was only One.

    The President is by no means the meanest in DC. The Dems beat him on that many times over , racist, clown, orange man, tearing up speech, wishing he died from Covid. Have you ever heard him wishing Pelosi or AOC death?

  • Floyd Unger

    11/03/2020 12:46 PM

    Thank you. Yup I voted early absentee.......Trump of course as I did in 2016.

  • Laurie Keiski

    11/03/2020 11:26 AM

    Just maybe the polls are wrong because many like me don’t answer calls from unknown numbers. My phone doesn’t even ring if not a known number.

  • Jim

    11/03/2020 11:17 AM

    I love the Lord, I love you Mike anad I LOVE Donald J. Trump. MAGA/KAG2020

  • Jerry

    11/03/2020 10:22 AM

    This election is America what do you want to be? Socialist or capitalism people that want to have a ring drilled thru their nose and led around by a rope will become slaves of Harris and the leftist people that want to move about without restrictions and want to live best life one could live will vote for trump and capitalism America vs anti America

  • Wayne Denowh

    11/03/2020 10:07 AM

    Your bible verse for the day is right on for this election. We need to remember that GOD is in charge. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of GOD in Christ Jesus concerning YOU.

  • Sara Pfost

    11/03/2020 10:05 AM

    Hey governor, do you know why I didn’t answer any of the posters when they called me? Because I WAS going to vote for President Trump, I think he’s doing a great job, but I didn’t want to tell them I was - because I didn’t want them to know just how much they’d need to cheat to catch up!

  • Stephen Russell

    11/03/2020 09:36 AM

    Presidents 2nd Term needs:
    o CUT Deep into Deep State
    o Purge FBI,CIA NSA, DOJ leadership.
    o Prosecute for Russian hoax, Hunter etc.,
    o Make BLM terrorist organz
    o Cut DC bureaucracy alone
    o End Congress to lobbying roundentry door system
    o Privitize AmTrack, Post office, OPM, EEOC
    o Scrap: Depts Commerce, Labor, Education, NPR, NIH, PBS.
    & cut down US debt

  • Cheryl Lindsey

    11/03/2020 09:23 AM

    If Joe Biden wins, he will be the poster child for someone who receives something for doing absolutely nothing.