Morning Edition - May 24

May 24, 2020 |

MORNING EDITION

May 24, 2020 

By Mike Huckabee

 

BACK IN BUSINESS (MY SHOW MONOLOGUE)

Welcome to the show, and this week, we are back in a limited way in our beautiful Huckabee Theater in Hendersonville TN, just outside of Nashville. We won’t have our studio audience for a while, and we’re taking extraordinary measures to keep our distance from each other both to set a good example and because we don’t want any stinking virus!

I was so glad barber shops finally opened. I hadn’t gone that long without a haircut since I was in college and my hair was on my shoulders. I honestly wish I could still grow it like that now. Come to think of it, there are a lot of things I wish I could do now that I could do when I was 20.

The response to the coronavirus has revealed some deep differences in our country. In some states, governors, county executives and mayors have acted with a heavy hand in restricting the lives and livelihoods of citizens. Sometimes it just didn’t make sense. In Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam, the governor who once wore blackface and did Michael Jackson impersonations, thought it was okay to keep the liquor stores open, but not the churches. He believed that abortion clinics should be open, but not elective surgery to have a hip replacement or even a dentist visit to get a tooth filled. Governor Whitmer of Michigan thought going into a supermarket was okay, but not sitting in a fishing boat in the middle of a deserted lake. You could buy a hammer or saw, but couldn’t get your lawn mowed. How those policies made anyone safe is beyond me. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was heaped with praise by the media for his long-winded daily press briefings that were televised to the other 49 states that really weren’t that interested, yet his decision to place Covid-19 patients in nursing homes led to a tragically high death rate in those nursing homes. FL Governor Ron DeSantis, who oversees a population larger than NY and with far more older citizens (many of whom had escaped New York’s high taxes, horrible traffic, high costs, and bad weather) was vilified by the media for not caring, but yet the COVID death rate in FL is about 10% that of New York. He took a very different approach in allowing local governments to drive what stayed open and what was closed and was excoriated for it by the press goons, but sure looks like he was right and they look like FAKE NEWS!

I’m trying to get used to wearing a mask. I hadn’t worn one since I was a kid out trick or treating. I tried to knock on a few doors to get candy, but people thought I was a psycho. When people try to shake my hand, I just tell them we’re playing chase and I don’t want to be “it.” And a lot of restaurants are doing take-out where they just set it out on a table for you to come pick up. I’ve found that I can just go up, grab a bag, and take off. It’s always a big surprise what those people ordered whose food I grabbed. And counselors are finding their caseloads have tripled because so many people are feeling down about discovering that the government didn’t consider their job essential. That’s okay. A lot of the people in the government apparently aren’t that essential, like Congress, because Nancy Pelosi told them to stay home until August. Of course they still get paid. And I haven’t been on a plane in over 11 weeks. If I do fly, I’ll have to wear a mask the whole time. Now I’m confused. I have to virtually be subjected to a strip search for security, but I now have to wear a face-covering like a member of Antifa or Al-Qaida?

We’ll weather this, but life may never be the same. One thing you can count on—we’re going to bring you a great new show every week, no matter what it takes to make it happen. And when you watch our show, we don’t make you wear a mask. You don’t even have to wash your hands when you handle the remote on your TV. That’s living dangerously!

FIVE TIPS

Since many of us will have to observe Memorial Day in our own backyards, here are five tips to improve your backyard grilling.

I’ll add a sixth: Do not allow your grill to be desecrated by anything vegan in the shape of meat.

THE FIGHT OVER HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie spoke out Thursday in an attempt to extinguish the hair-on-fire reactions of the media to news that President Trump is taking Hydroxychloroquine to ward off the coronavirus. Many of the reporters cited a recent, highly-publicized study linking the drug to higher rates of virus deaths in VA hospitals.

Wilkie said this is a safe drug that’s been around for 65 years, we know its side effects, and he and everyone who’s been in the military since the Eisenhower era have taken it. VA hospitals give out 42,000 doses a day. He also noted that contrary to news reports, that was not a VA study, it just used VA data. It wasn’t peer-reviewed; it was just gone over by three ophthalmologists. And it didn’t take into account co-morbidities (other life-threatening conditions the patients could have died of.)

That last part is especially interesting, since we covered that study the morning after it was released. While major news outlets were trumpeting the false headline that’s since become “common knowledge” – “ Hydroxychloroquine not effective and linked to higher death rates” – this newsletter debunked that on day one. All it took was something that I guess was beyond the capabilities of current “professional journalists”: reading the actual study.

As I pointed out then, the authors admitted that the drug was mostly given to patients who were already severely ill (proponents only claim it’s effective as part of a cocktail of drugs given during early stages of the disease), so they expected usage to correlate to higher mortality numbers. Claiming this study proves Hydroxychloroquine increases the death rate would be like serving lemon Jello to everyone in a terminal cancer ward, then claiming that lemon Jello causes cancer deaths. I know the Democrats fancy themselves the “party of science,” so I’m surprised they’ve never heard the phrase, “Correlation does not equal causation.” Or the Internet term, “Read the (BLEEP!) manual!”

I’m not a doctor, so I don’t make any claims for the effectiveness of this drug, although I do defend everyone’s right to take any legal drug that patients and their doctors agree might help, without politicians and partisan media getting involved. As one pundit noted, liberals think abortion is just between a woman and her doctor, but to take Hydroxychloroquine, you need the approval of Congressional Democrats and the air staff of CNN.

By the way, speaking of the air staff of CNN, kudos to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany for pointing out that while CNN’s Chris Cuomo is blasting President Trump for taking Hydroxychloroquine, when Cuomo had the coronavirus, one of the drugs he took was quinine, an earlier, less-safe version of the same drug that was removed from the market by the FDA in 2006 because it did have serious side effects, including death.

And I don’t mean to drag people’s families into this, but I’d really suggest talking to your doctor before following Chris Cuomo’s wife’s coronavirus cure, which included bathing in Clorox. I can only imagine what her husband would say about Trump if he suggested trying that!

INTERESTING HISTORY

This article gives a lengthy and interesting history of the efforts to ensure that the UN protects the right to life of unborn children around the world.

What sparked its writing was the news that the US is calling on the UN to remove abortion provisions from its global coronavirus emergency plan. Why that should ever have been included is as much a mystery as why a blue state governor would keep abortion clinics open while telling people that vaccinations, tooth fillings, chemotherapy or biopsies are “non-essential” medical services. If you’re trying to convince us that you’re only exercising extra-constitutional powers because it’s necessary to save human lives, then don’t use them to kill pre-born babies.

Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)

Why art thou cast down, O my soul?

and why art thou disquieted within me?

hope thou in God:

for I shall yet praise him,

who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Psalm 42:11 (KJV)

 



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  • Linda Lucero

    05/27/2020 10:02 PM

    Betty Jones spoke about the book: First Hour.. not sure about the name. I'm interested in getting the book for my husband but not sure where I can purchase or even the exact name of the Book.
    This book helped George Jones, it can help other men as well. Please email me where I can purchase this book. I look forward to you show every weekend. Thank you.

  • Chris Holcomb

    05/26/2020 11:23 PM

    Hello, my father (USAF Ret'd) does not have a computer, and called me after the airing of your May 24 evening program. There was a free book offer made during that program and my dad ask if I could assist. He thought the book was "One Hour with God". Is there a way I can request a copy of that book for him? Thank you!

  • Robin Rebhan

    05/26/2020 09:04 AM

    If you miss Mike's show on any weekend you can watch it on the TBN app on your iPhone or iPad.
    Or your Android device. Also it's online at TBN too!
    Funny thing is I fine the sound and picture quality much better on my iPad and iPhone than on cable TV
    If you don't have the tech savy to do this. "That's what grand kids or the kid next door are for".
    And they work cheap...fresh baked brownies or cookies work pretty good.

  • Jerry Korba

    05/25/2020 09:30 AM

    People should be aware of the wealthy US citizen with ties to China and the Communist Party. The CCP puts corporations and people in a compromised position using money as the incentive and a chance at creating for the huge population in China and around the world. Watch Bill Gates connected to the CCP what his wealth will do incorporate China"s influence here in the US. Be careful and watch what he is peddling using our government mouth pieces to promote whatever will make him more money. Gates is a Globalist for hire without much love for anything the exception of course is money. Mike keep Gates in your sight line along with that Fauci.

  • may west

    05/24/2020 10:41 PM

    I watched your show tonight and have the wrong code for the free book First Hour George Jones wife was going to give away.. I can't find the show on the computer now... I live in southside Va.. We don't have service that well all the time.
    I would appreciate your help for the code for book which will make a great Fathers Day gift...
    Thanks. God Bless You and your family and staff... I enjoy your shows... Stay safe...

  • Pauline Snyder

    05/24/2020 10:03 PM

    One more comment on Hydroxychloroquine/Pres Trump controversy-
    FOLLOW THE MONEY! If Hydroxychloroquine has been used for decades in India and Africa as a preventative or to treat mild cases of malaria, (as has been reported for 2 months now) it has to be a cheap drug. If hydroxychloroquine (plus azithromycin and zinc) were to be an effective early stage treatment or preventative for Covid 19 illness WHO WOULD MAKE MONEY? (NO ONE!) Where as if a new "rushed to the market" drug or vaccine is touted as the only successful intervention, individuals and corporations that invest in pharmaceuticals will make tons of money. It is not about finding an effective treatment for the masses but about making a financial "killing" off of Covid 19 suffers for investors. Meanwhile, President Trump is taking the same treatment that the ordinary, common man (person) takes. ONCE AGAIN HE WALKS WITH AND FIGHTS FOR THE OVERLOOKED COMMON PERSON. I am a nurse who has worked in long term care for 30 years and have seen the pharmaceutical industry value politics and profits over the health needs of people many times over the years.

  • Lois Louise Robeson

    05/24/2020 07:37 PM

    Governor, last night when Jimmy Fortune sang his song, the sound was so low that we could not catch the words or hear it well at all. And my hearing is good. I was wondering if it would be put on a video that we could see and hear, on Face Book.

  • Linda Wolfe

    05/24/2020 06:46 PM

    The Donkeys are showing their hind parts .

  • Joanne Schmidt

    05/24/2020 05:42 PM

    Neal Cavuto on Fox really lost it when President Trump announced he'd been taking hydroxychloroquine for a week and a half. Cavuto acted as if the President admitted swallowing poison. He needs to read your newsletter, Governor, so he can get a grip.

  • Larry Gaer

    05/24/2020 05:07 PM

    Perhaps the ophthalmologists who conducted the VA HCQ study need their eyes examined.

  • Firewagon

    05/24/2020 04:53 PM

    "Wearing a mask" LOL! I'm well over my fighting weight from bak-in-tha-day. That may be why I tend to be a sweat hog doing about anything, like standing up. I went to my three months Dr.'s appointment, and they had signs plastered all over the front entrance doors about the need to wear a mask inside, and if you didn't have one, you could purchase one for $2 at the counter. I had my own, so my visit was at least FEE free.

    I signed in, and the receptionist sticks her hand through the hole in the glass, wanting to take my temp. I was already dripping drops of sweat from being in that cotton mask. She tried, valiantly, and tried to get a reading she 'thought' was correct. By this time, I was expecting all those waiting in that room to 'run' for the exits, 'cause this guy has gotta be some kind of sick! They tried different temp taking tools, shot my carotid artery, nothing seemed to work right. I'm thinking they need to call whoever 'mops the floors' to mop up my sweat. They finally GIVE UP, all the readings were low. I'm finally in a room, waiting for my Doc. The nurse comes in, shoots my temp again, 94 point something or other, she decides to check her own, 98.4. Takes mine again, 96.2, I think I am heating up because my 'patience' is about done, but that last reading was accepted I began to think, what part of 'sweating' is not understood to be a 'cooling' thing? Hey, what's not to like, got outta there with the knowledge that I still had a heartbeat and my blood pressure wasn't blowing the lid off!!

  • Martha Shuping

    05/24/2020 04:38 PM

    Regarding the report based on VA data, there were no matched controls, and it was merely a retrospective look back at selected cases; the people who received HCQ were already too near death, many very old and with many additional health problems. It proved nothing. A VA spokesperson said the VA has had good results using HCQ with veterans in the young adult and middle-aged range though not the most elderly. But now there is a new retrospective study of 96,000 cases purporting to show harmful effects of HCQ. A careful look at the original study by Mehra et al. in Lancet indicates that every patient in the study was hugely overdosed. When the FDA approved HCQ in 1955, FDA said to give 200 or 400 mg/day for lupus or rheumatoid arthritis but the average doses used on all those 96,000 at several different hospitals was between 596 mg average at one hospital up to 790 mg average at another hospital (and doses in between). Remember, since we're talking "average" doses, some people got more and some got less, but with the 790 mg group, it appears that some got up to 1200 mg per day. The FDA approved product label says that a consequence of overdose can be respiratory or cardiac arrest. The label also urged caution with elderly because 1) very few elderly were included in the original clinical trials and 2) the drug is excreted by kidneys which often don't work as well in elderly. So, they overdosed everyone and then, as predicted in product label, a consequence of overdose on HCQ is indeed cardiac issues and death in some. Some of the pts in the Lancet study also were given HCQ despite history of heart rhythm problems, though HCQ, yes, can cause or aggravate heart rhythm problems; the study does not give any info about how people's cardiac function was monitored or managed, and there is no info as to whether they checked anyone's kidney function. The other thing that is worth knowing is, when you take a tablet of HCQ, it stays in your system, and takes 22 days before half of it is excreted (22 day half-life). So, day after day, while patients were overdosed, their levels of HCQ would continue to increase since each dose stays around for weeks and piles on. It would level off eventually except the overdose might kill them first. Blood levels of HCQ apparently were not monitored despite excessive doses. Some doctors on reading the study have commented that the "control" group appeared to have less severe illness compared to the group that received HCQ. Thus, even though the Lancet study with all these patients gives a superficial impression of "proving" harm from HCQ, it tells us only that if you overdose very sick patients on HCQ, some of them may die, especially if they already had heart disease to start with. Other studies have used normal doses of HCQ in the range of 200-400 mg per day and these have shown benefit. HCQ is certainly not the only treatment that works - there are other treatments that have been helping- but studies that involve overdosing people do not produce useful information. Another recent study showed excellent results with HCQ using dose of 200 mg twice day which is a normal dose instead of an overdose (see https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32418114/ ). Again, I am not recommending that everyone should use HCQ which should be a decision between physician and patient considering available options for treatment, and individual risk vs benefit. BUT - some of the research on HCQ is very deceptive, poorly designed, and needs to be read very carefully.

  • Lisa Ford

    05/24/2020 04:20 PM

    Why is it that all these rich people take forever to get through the court system? If a regular person, a lot lower income, would have been through the system and rotting behind bars & our names forgotten. I hate the privelage they have. I am waiting to see when demon dems are not above the law. And the news media, with the demon dems are keeping people like myself wondering about going out for necessary bloodwork & scans that I need. They get a sound bite & they can't let it go. But I am glad to see people stepping out on them. I can't get used to the stupid mask either. Have a hard time breathing & that makes it worse. If we behaved like the House, we'd be fired & definitely not paid & a not so good job review. November we need to fire demon dems. I've had enough of the wasting our money & if someone did the math of the wasted money, more money would have be available to help We The People, instead of printing fake money, that will cost us later. But I'm sure the demon dems have it all figured out how they personally will not pay a dime towards it. They a thieves, ask Jimmy Carter about stealing from Social Security.

  • Corey Bailey

    05/24/2020 02:40 PM

    I read my wife the article about abortion in UN virus emergency plan - her comment was, “So you can’t get a haircut, but you can get an abortion?” (With sarcasm and shaking her head)

    Have to agree!

  • Robin Rebhan

    05/24/2020 02:35 PM

    I'm currently reading a book " Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, an American Slave ".
    Very graphic descriptions of the horrible treatment of slaves.
    What I noticed is some aspects of slavery compares to progressive/socialism. In order to maintain them, both require, power, control, domination, and ultimately force. And denying the natural rights of the subjects to freedom.
    I loved it in history where at the end of the civil war, a delegation of former slaves met before President Lincoln. Lincoln said there are many hard feeling to overcome. Would you like to start your own country in South America, we will help you if you like. The former slaves came back a few days later with an answer " we are not going nowhere ". And Lincoln replied " well why not? ". The delegations reply was " We aren't going anywhere, because we're Americans." What a great answer! I love it!
    This Memorial Day, we remember those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Since our founding many American lives have been lost in the cause of so great a freedom we enjoy. We have lost many lives of Americas most precious treasures, but, all in all, the loss was well spent. Let us not squander our freedom!

  • Dan L

    05/24/2020 02:08 PM

    Hello Mike,
    A beautiful newsletter as always! Thank you for taking the time to write it and make it available to us.
    I submit the Chinese Communist Party knew precisely what this virus would do to elderly people with "co-morbidities" and that it would have little to no effect on the rest of us. That has been proven out in the data, despite leftist best efforts to use every death as a CCP virus death - to create and hype the crisis and keep it alive.
    I submit the CCP worked in coordination with the World Health Organization and other global socialists (including those in our country like Schumer, Pelosi, and their gangs of corrupt Anti American criminals,and deep state operatives of the obama admin) with one major effect to be gained: tear down the USA's economy (and other western economies) in an effort to undermine our great President. Being the first USA President to massively push back against their plans to dominate the world (instead of giving them our power and treasure), the CCP sees his policies to tear down their corrupt political and economic systems as an existential threat. That is precisely why they unleashed the virus - it wasn't an accident.

    This whole created crisis is about world power, who has it, who doesn't. The question which each American must ask themselves is do we want to be citizens with a Constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom, liberty, self determination, pursuit of happiness and a government of, by, and for the people, or do we want to be the dominated subjects of a group of elitist socialist thugs like Biden, Cuomo, Witmer, Newsome? In this fake pandemic, they have clearly shown they will wield power like the Chinese Communist Party has always wielded power in murdering millions of their own citizens and ruling every aspect of the lives of those who have so far evaded their tyrannical government's treachery.

  • Michael Lewis

    05/24/2020 01:44 PM

    I think we all know that, if Hydroxychloroquine were truly dangerous, all the anti-Trump media and liberal leaders (as you like to say, I'm repeating myself) would be sitting around like vultures, thrilled that he was taking it. But Hydroxychloroquine will completely undermine the vaccination agenda and the excuse that we'll need to all be vaccinated before we can open back up. The effectiveness of Hcq also up-ends a lot of other plans that are in place to try and take American down, control the elections and overthrow Trump. When we head in a certain direction and all the liberals start screaming "NO" in unison, then you can rest assured that this is a probably a really good way to go.

  • Angelo & Sharon Viggiano

    05/24/2020 12:56 PM

    Hi Mike Huckabee...
    My husband and I enjoy so much your wonderful and informational newsletter and we read every issue. Thank you so much for your insight and valuable information! We have always watched you on TV and we also share so much of your information with many of our friends. May God richly bless you and keep you going for many years. We also love your daughter and the wonderful job she did!

  • Floyd A Unger

    05/24/2020 12:50 PM

    I shalt not desecrate my grill.....instead ??

  • Jerry korba

    05/24/2020 12:43 PM

    I wonder what are the large cities doing keeping people in high density area confined? Is it to let them infect each other by not letting them get out if thats the idea the cause of death may be considered homicide by the public officials keeping people crowded in small places similar to what Cuomo did with the elderly in NY sending people back to small compacted pens and locked in. Is Genocide the final goal of these public officials? Does the nursing homes need new residents because money was running out with the long term residence? in LA were the residents becoming so costly or a big anchor on the welfare system? These are morbid questions I know I feel that the Left has taken on the CCP style of governing and enacting it to their policies also. A person needs to find out why Newsom is acting in this manner. You may think Biden's You Aint Black statement is stupid and condescending which i believe is just the tip of the iceberg; I think the Left is a morbid class similar to Satin and the CCP itself.

  • Mary Calhoun

    05/24/2020 12:22 PM

    I took hydrochloroquine for over twenty years for lupus. No problems. Lupus and arthritis sufferers take it today, every day, to control flares and pain. It is not dangerous!

  • Helen Sustachek

    05/24/2020 12:22 PM

    Thank you so much, Gov Mike. I especially enjoyed the part on HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE. You are always telling us the truth. Thanks.