June 14, 2017

We are learning more about James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, who has reportedly died of his wounds after opening fire on Congressional Republicans at a practice for a charity baseball game. His social media posts make it clear that he was a dedicated “progressive” who fed incessantly on the daily partisan venom and hateful, violent rhetoric against Republicans that the media have been churning out 24/7 at least since Election Day.

I never like to blame the actions of one person on what someone else said. You can’t revoke the First Amendment because words might be interpreted the wrong way by unstable people. But lately, the calls for violence against those of non-leftist political beliefs have become overt, unmistakable and constant, and are amplified by the 24/7 echo chamber of the Internet and partisan media outlets. And the excuses for it as "art" or "satire" are as pathetic as they are transparent. In terms of irresponsible, incendiary speech, we are now well past the point of yelling "Fire" in a crowded theater.

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To see the erosion it's causing to the souls and humanity of the people feeding on it, just look at some of the horrifically ugly reactions on Twitter and Facebook, from leftwing posters celebrating that innocent people are in the hospital from a would-be assassin’s bullets just because of political disagreements, and calling for even more violence. It’s enough to make any decent person feel sick, and it should prompt anyone who has allowed him/herself to fall victim to that level of mindless partisan hatred to take a good, long look in the mirror and ask, “How did I become like this?”

If you refuse to listen to me because I’m one of those evil Republicans, then how about listening to Bernie Sanders? He quite rightly said this after discovering one of his own supporters committed this heinous attack:

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“I am sickened by this despicable act. Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms. Real change can only come about through nonviolent action, and anything else runs counter to our most deeply held American values. I know I speak for the entire country when in saying that my hopes and prayers are that Rep. Scalise, congressional staff and the Capitol police officers that were wounded make a quick and full recovery.”

If everyone currently drinking the poisoned Kool-Aid would listen to Sen. Sanders, set it down and back away, that would represent genuine “progress” for America.

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  • David Zehren

    08/17/2017 03:28 PM

    Direct your next sermon to Donald Trump. In the 1956 election I distributed campaign materials at age 12. I have seen a lot of candidates and office holders over the years. I have struggled and I have failed to understand how in 2016 and 2017 you can be a supporter, a booster, an apologist for the one person in American politics in the last 60 years who has the least knowledge of Jesus Christ and the least inclination to follow any of the guidance, values, and beliefs of Jesus. Trump is not a good man. He is not a good human. He is an interesting organism, but so are all the insects God created. Shame on you Mike Huckabee.

  • Jeff Milligan

    06/20/2017 02:41 PM

    I pray that the liberals come under the conviction of the Holy Spirit and repent for their unGodly conduct. If our country does' wake up it will fall just like the Roman Empire because of the apostasy. I love this country and every article you put out is spot on. Keep on telling it like it is and I'll pray that it wakes this apathetic country up.

  • DeEtte Moon

    06/20/2017 01:58 PM

    After more than 20 years of violent solutions being shown in the media, I'm not surprised to see this happening in the United States. That's now what young people view as viable solutions to problems.

  • James A. Vaughn

    06/17/2017 07:12 PM


  • E J Caraway

    06/17/2017 06:49 PM

    I believe I share the sentiments of the unheard Americans that our media mainstream exasperates a deadly violence that seems to be okay to haters of Republicans and anyone who has come to terms with the current Trump presidency. I feel sad that this hatred is known to the world at large and creates a picture of America that I do not want the world to see as true. I believe God will have the last word in all of this. At the same time, how do Christians react? How do we show that this media is evil and insights evil acts? I don't understand the push to such violence and even the killing of our may know of the Huffington Post article calling to execute him... I find this horrifying. God help us.

  • William Booher

    06/17/2017 04:25 PM

    And to whom is Sanders praying to?


    06/17/2017 02:29 PM

    Democrats are steeped in toilet talk and the polls for our dear president are rising.. Few things on this planet more worthwhile than listening to a speech by our dear president...a genius.

  • Carole Mansfield

    06/17/2017 02:08 PM

    Last night I listened to a video on YouTube of Loretta Lynch. I don't remember seeing anything about it on the news, but it's entirely possible I missed it. She was talking about blood in the streets. (Link: I don't see how this wouldn't be all over every news outlet in the country. These people are in all out war stage. We need to prepare for whatever they have in store. Please, if you haven't seen it, watch the video. The MSM are in the tank and everyone should know they are not going to stop.

  • Sandra Meistrell

    06/17/2017 11:10 AM

    We need more God in this country, thank you Mike for all you do to call attention to matters that are of most importance. I was watching PBS News Hour last night and could not believe David Brooks said that" if there was a witch hunt, Trump is the witch...." It seemed to me that Judy Woodruff had a gasp, but didn't call him out on the insult. News anchors (supposedly the ones with the big picture at the table) do not have to be fair and balanced ??? So I really think this country needs sober up and and THINK!!! We teach critical thinking/basic accepted norms in our schools, but some adults do not Sad. As CS&N sang "teach your children well"

  • Wilburn McCullough

    06/17/2017 08:57 AM

    It's really sad what is happening in this country right now. Thank God we have the POTUS we have and great people like you spreading the truth about what's really going on. Stay safe out there, and may God look over all of our public servants.

  • James Aston

    06/16/2017 10:06 PM

    Why are the Republicans continually on the defensive. The control the Whitehouse, the Senate and the house. Despite having won handily in the last election they continually are on the defensive. Why doesn't the President or Attorney General or other Republican make an effort to go on the offence. Trump's tweets are not very effective.

  • Richard Peter Huemer, MD

    06/16/2017 09:58 PM

    In all my 84 years, I have never seen a political climate like our current one. It more closely resembles Orwell's dystopian view of the future. The root of all this is the Deep State, which has been around at least since the 1950s. Its power has been seriously threatened by Trump's ascendancy. It's scared of losing the big prize. It will fight to the finish. So, don't hope for peace and forbearance to break out, but instead prepare for battle. What's left of the founders' vision is at stake.

  • David L. Margraf

    06/16/2017 06:39 PM

    We abort innocent babies due to the so called progressive left. So why not murder someone when you can't get your way in the election box. Wrong is now right and right is wrong. Sounds like end times prophecy to me. Life is no longer sacred and precious. If you don't believe in God and you believe you cease to exist after physical death, do what feels good, not morally right, and the hell with everybody else!

  • Norman Andrews

    06/16/2017 03:51 PM

    My wife and I quit watching ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN & other liberal media years ago. We watch FOX and AON when we feel the need to hear how bad it it getting.

  • Roy white

    06/16/2017 10:44 AM

    Make media responsible for words that incite.

  • Jane Joplin

    06/15/2017 11:59 PM

    Thank you, Govenor Huckabee, for speaking the truth!!! What has our country sunk to (the liberal left). I think our country has a cancer growing and if we don't stop it we will pay a heavy price!!!

  • Cathy Sibley

    06/15/2017 11:53 PM

    Well said! I agree wholeheartedly!

  • Bee Gee Johnston

    06/15/2017 10:51 PM

    You are the only sane voice, in a sea of political lunatics, that I read
    Love the emails
    We hear daily from biased news media saying they report fairly, but major networks are so one sided liberal, we no longer trust nor do we watch their news
    I wonder who ever stops to consider the millions of conservative voters who voted Republican, and how they feel about their candidate being constantly belittled and ridiculed, and every word he says being twisted.
    I'm really fed up and disgusted by it all.
    Thank you for your firm stand and keep it up

  • Robin J Durham

    06/15/2017 10:38 PM

    What is happening to the Democrat party? All they spew is venom; it's like "garbage in, garbage out," particularly Nancy Pelosi!! She can't help herself; all she does is put people down (& they're Republicans, Fox News, etc.).

  • Henry&Darlene Fetters

    06/15/2017 10:37 PM

    You are right about the hideous crimes that are being used against people who don't feel the same way that they do. I truly believe that all the media are playing into this violence. Along with the open fighting of Congress and the the Rr

  • Cherise Miller

    06/15/2017 09:52 PM

    I agree with Sen. Sanders, and I fully believe that Soros, Pelosi, the Clintons, Obama, and many others will keep this hatred going for four years, at least. I also believe these people will continue to instigate the violence that we are seeing today. If it isn't Radical Islam, it will be Soros, Pelosi, the Clintons, Obama, and many others promoting the shootings, vehicle, and other violence; it is all political. As for Sanders, I think his statement is a one-time statement, and he will be back to his same old rhetoric. These people have no intention of working with anyone else but themselves. They are so full of hatred, it is pathetic. You know the old saying, "What goes around, comes around." Satan is working overtime, but the Lord will see that these people pay for what they've done. It will come back to bite them. I'm just waiting everyday to see what happens. Jesus is on his way!!!! Thank you for your insight and newsletters. I LOVE your flair for phrasing. God Bless You.

  • KC

    06/15/2017 07:39 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee,
    I am glad that you brought up the fire in the crowded theatre analogy in remarking on the shooting at the ball field yesterday.
    Today, on the comments on a known conservative forum a poster said nothing he could say, under the protection of free speech could physically incite anyone to violence...that his words did not move their arms or their legs or their heart (my paraphrase). At first, that does seem to be a true statement.
    Then I thought of the fire in the theater and realize what he said is NOT truth. If someone in a crowded theatre yells FIRE, there certainly will be a "violent" reaction. If there really is a fire, perhaps the violence which occurs is unintended in trying to give the warning, but it is a result nevertheless.
    That seems to be happening today. Perhaps some of the remarks people of a political mindset make are not made with violent intentions, but nevertheless, that can be the result, and it certainly was the result yesterday.
    Words are very, very powerful. They cannot be thrown about least without potentially dire consequences - like the consequences of yesterday.
    If we, as a nation are not very, very careful, we will soon find that we have crossed the Rubicon.

  • Samuel Smith

    06/15/2017 06:45 PM

    When we pushed God of our schools and government we open the door for the devil to move in. Jesus said that you can not serve to masters at the same time, and a house divided can not stand. One of the names given to the devil is destroy. With out God we get plagues, with God We prosperity. The devil would love to bring this country down to all but stop the spread of Christianity . Keep in mind Ephesians 6:12.

  • Lois N Parker

    06/15/2017 06:35 PM

    I'm glad someone is making it known that liberals are capable of feeling and expressing decent attitudes toward those who disagree.

  • Corky Rowe

    06/15/2017 06:28 PM

    Mike, you're correct as far as you went, but you stopped short of the actual prize. These "nut jobs" aren't going to stop just because we want them to, or because it would be the right thing to do, I'm afraid it's going to come to the point, just as it has with the ISIS people. The only way to stop them is to kill them before they kill us, because that's what they intend to do. You're right about not being able to stop the hateful rhetoric, especially from the left. The 1st amendment will stand firm, regardless of what is said about it, and it should.

  • Corky Rowe

    06/15/2017 06:26 PM

    Mike, you're correct as far as you went, but you stopped short of the actual prize. These "nut jobs" aren't going to stop just because we want them to, or because it would be the right thing to do, I'm afraid it's going to come to the point, just as it has with the ISIS people. The only way to stop them is to kill them before they kill us, because that's what they intend to do. You're right about not being able to stop the hateful rhetoric, especially from the left. The 2nd amendment will stand firm, regardless of what is said about it, and it should.

  • James Nicol

    06/15/2017 06:24 PM

    Don't overlook the role that those "behind the scenes" puppeteers are playing in this tragic play. It is George Soros, the Clinton Mafia, the Obamanation, the "Democrat*" politicians who preach hate and revenge because they lost an election, the immoral Hollywood radical Progressive Socialist-Communists, the internet and tech billionaires trying to assuage the fact that they didn't earn the $$$ they suddenly have and the pseudo-intellectuals masquerading as University and College Professors.

    *Democrat: a historic term describing a member of the Democratic Party. That Party has been co-opted by a cabal intent on destroying the United States and its American values led by the Clinton Mafia, George Soros and Bernie Sanders. They want to destroy the US Constitution and establish a Progressive Socialist government not unlike the Nationalist Socialist Party of Germany. This is NOT the Democratic Party of John F. Kennedy or that my Mom & Dad knew in the 50s and 60s.

    The New Progressive Socialist Democratic (NPSD) Party revealed its true intent when it voted to eliminate "GOD" from the Obama Campaign platform of principles and ideas. It has instead adopted Saul Alinsky as its "god" and his "Rules for Radicals" as its bible. It has adopted the 1920-1930 “Brown Shirt” & Islamic tactics of intimidation and violence to silence dissent and protest. It is assisted and supported by a wide spread media conspiracy that is encouraging its followers and “useful idiots” to RESIST a lawfully elected POTUS and even overtly and subtly promoting violent protests and actions against its declared ENEMY the POTUS, Republican and Conservative politicians, and conservative, God-Loving Americans.

    The NPSD Party is dividing American groups against each other knowing that a “House Divided Can Not Stand”: a Constitutional Republic of semi-sovereign States vs a “Benevolent” Dictatorship, Blacks vs Whites, LGBTs vs Natural Heterosexuals, liberals vs conservative, Christians vs Atheists, Criminals vs Lawful citizens, Employed vs unwilling to work, Sharia Law advocates vs Constitutionalists, 2nd Amendment Rights vs Govt Police State, Illegal Invader Immigrants vs Legal Americans, Muslims vs everyone, and Man-made Climate Warming Faithful vs true scientists who value facts and unbiased/un-adulterated data.

    God Help American find its way back to Sanity!

  • Corky Rowe

    06/15/2017 06:21 PM

    Mike, you're correct as far as you went, but you stopped short of the actual prize. These "nut jobs" aren't going to stop just because we want them to, or because it would be the right thing to do, I'm afraid it's going to come to the point, just as it has with the ISIS people. The only way to stop them is to kill them before they kill us, because that's what they intend to do. You're right about not being able to stop the hateful rhetoric, especially from the left. The lst amendment will stand firm, regardless of what is said about it, and it should.

  • Moses Tracy

    06/15/2017 05:38 PM

    I agree with you Governor Huckabee as I normally always do. Keep up the super great work! May God protect you and your loved ones, and, may God love, guide, and encourage you and your loved ones always!

    In CHRIST, moses


    06/15/2017 05:12 PM

    AMEN! Thank you for your editorials, many of which I've copied and reposted online. You make very timely and rational points which I and many others appreciate.
    Thank You!

  • Diana Wrght

    06/15/2017 05:02 PM

    Thank you for your email!

  • Linda Pippin

    06/15/2017 04:58 PM

    Thank you so much for you insiteful and truthful reports... you are someone I have always trusted and respected.
    Knowing you are a man of God elevates you, I just wish this mixed up nation had recognized your wonderful attributes in the election.... but satan is always working and blinding people.... I pray for you and I pray for our nation...

  • Adele Bennett

    06/15/2017 04:52 PM

    Amen! I agree with you 100% however we as believers know what will happen in the end times. Matthew 24 tells it all and we are seeing it unfold before our own eyes.
    "And the love of the great body of people will grow cold because of the multiplied lawlessness and iniquity."
    Matthew 24:12 amplified version

  • Carra Taylor

    06/15/2017 04:51 PM

    Thank you for using your gift of TRUTH

  • Joanne Schmidt

    06/15/2017 04:42 PM

    I have little hope that the media will mend its ways and stop attacking Trump and the GOP in the most hateful ways possible. Even today, the Houston Chronicle--my hometown paper--was filled with nothing but attacks on Trump and the GOP. Editorial cartoons portraying Trump as a traitor to the U.S. are a daily occurrence, no doubt sending nuts like yesterday's shooter off the deep end.

  • Steve Denoo

    06/15/2017 04:40 PM

    It is not their fault.
    The left has daily spewed hatred, violence and threats because Donald Trump was voted in against the Socialist Progressive ideals of Hillary Clinton. But it is not their fault that their weak minded followers do what they encourage them to do.
    Just imagine what the American people voted for.
    Secure borders.
    Jobs. Where we actually earn money and pay taxes, and buy what we want not what we are told is good for us.
    Lowering Taxes.
    Energy Independence.
    Strong Military.
    Less Washington control over our lives.
    Health Care paid for by ourselves, instead of the government.
    Support of Israel.
    A return to control of our own country not letting the UN and foreign failed governments tell us what is good for us.
    Return to Moral Christian values at the expense of Islamic lies.
    Can you imagine?
    No wonder the Left is so upset, the American people did not believe their lies, and after the Billions of dollars they spent trying to manipulate the election.
    It has to be the major reason that they think the Russians did it.
    The American people could not have rejected their policies after they tried so hard to sell them.

  • Anamaria A. Thomas

    06/15/2017 04:22 PM

    The inicial news about these shooting was that it could have been a massacre. I wonder if it was planned that way! The shooter did not seem to be that crazy to me! I wonder how much he was paid or offered in kind. It would have been a good opportunity to kill many Republican Congressmen to make the GOP lose majority. Of course, eventually another election would be needed, but in the meantime, it would have paralyzed governing and Trump's agenda for a long time.

  • Allegra Kitchens

    06/15/2017 04:12 PM

    You are 100% correct. Unfortunately, the media has not slowed down on inciting the left-wing nuts to violence. They have three reasons for doing so. The first is that they are making the news to report. The second is that they are as unhinged in their thinking as those they are inciting, and like them they want all conservatives dead. The third, and maybe less obvious to those who don't believe in God, is that the devil is working over time in these non-Christian people in an attempt to destroy Christians, conservatives, and the United States of America.

  • David G Dwinell

    06/15/2017 03:55 PM

    Curtailing the second amendment is the only response to yesterday's violence, of the progressive leftist. The progressive ilk and Hillary especially, can't be responsible for what they say or do, and the Media sells this message as that of the Democrat.
    In every way thinkable, the violence yesterday is the responibility of American Media, for giving outlet for the Hollywood elitist, Kathy Griffin, and all those who actualy think their comments will lead to impeachment.

  • Joanie Stephens

    06/15/2017 03:11 PM

    I voted for Trump, but kudos to Bernie Sanders for making that statement yesterday! I hope and pray that more government officials and American citizens will back away from the poisoned Kool-Aid (as you said) before it destroys them and others.

  • Carole Mansfield

    06/15/2017 02:33 PM

    We need to start with our schools and colleges, where they are indoctrinating our kids. How do we do that when so many are liberal?

  • Donald Nolte

    06/15/2017 02:26 PM

    As a former resident of Vermont, I can testify to what a loud-mouthed scoundrel Mr. Sanders is. He is morally bankrupt. However, he has told one truth: He identifies himself as a Socialist. Yet he basks in the warmth of the wealthy elite, fooling the Vermont voters into thinking he has any solution to our country's problems.

  • Queen Beatrice Poku

    06/15/2017 02:17 PM

    Dear Brother Huckabee, greetings and blessings to you, your family and your staff. Thank you for your message today. Our loving Father God has chosen you as one of the voices for the public. Bennie Sanders is not one of them. It took him six months to speak out after witnessing this atrocious act of a hater yesterday? He doesn't know the love of our Master Jesus!
    Our God has started to shake the things that need to be shaken for His glory. Until then, the wicked ones will not listen to anyone. Jesus Christ is our physician. I believe He is working on Congress Steve's body now for His glory. Amen! Through our prayers he will live. That says the Lord: "I will punish the world for their evil, And the wicked for their iniquity" (Isaiah 13:11). People have no reverential fear of God. They speak the words of Satan and act on them. God has warned us all. "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit of it" (Proverbs 18:21). Our President and you and
    most of the Republicans are doing our loving Father God's agenda because He has chosen this President that is why the Democrats are behaving the way they do. It's demonic forces. But the good news is no law, no being, no power, no force, no might, no rank is higher than the authority of God. He is the Supreme Commander of everything on earth, in the universe and beyond. And remember and understand that we are not fighting against flesh and blood but against the forces of the darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places. America belongs to Jesus and the world belongs to Jesus. It does not belong to Satan and his demons of this world. I hopped Bennie Sanders had spoken earlier. Six months ago and not now. He has no reverential fear of God. I pray for him for our God to draw him and the rest of his Democratic Party for His glory. Amen! And thank you for allowing me to share God's Word. My love to you all and prayers.
    Rev. Queen Beatrice! RQB!

  • Mike Skinner

    06/15/2017 02:01 PM

    The real issue here is that the Russia BS is a cover for the previous administration surveilling Trump and his administration. Is there any investigation going on right now into this? If so, who is doing it? If not, this should be the main topic for you, me , Hannity, and the rest of the conservatives nationwide. If there is not, how do we get this front and center.

  • Don Oden

    06/15/2017 01:50 PM


  • Kathy Darlene Gray

    06/15/2017 01:27 PM

    First off, as a believer in our Lord Jesus Christ we have to remember we live in the city of man it will not be until that day we enter the kingdom of almighty God will evil no longer exist. Satan is the ruler of this Earth and he is having his way because his days are numbered. He has blinded people and sadly they are incompatible with those who choose to live by the truth of the word and to live in the light.

  • Roxy Fisher

    06/15/2017 01:26 PM

    I voted for Trump, but I totally agree with Sanders on this. Even though I don't agree with his policies, at least he's showing he can be an adult in this. Unfortunately, the left is too far gone. And in a way it's our own fault. For many years we enabled them by not saying anything or sticking up for our ideals. Now they believe they can control our lives by simply using violence. It's their way or no way. It's a sham, but something has to break. The Lord just has to make it better for us.

  • Rev Thomas Gilbert

    06/15/2017 01:25 PM

    Mike you are so on in your news letters. I grew up a dem. but didn't vote that way but with the dem's. the way they have gone did change. I met you through the American renewal project for pastors. I beleive with what you are doing with your news that maybe some will wake up. What this congress needs to do is STOP THIS FIGHTING and start doing what THE PEOPLE THEM THERE FOR.

  • Beverly Matthews

    06/15/2017 01:22 PM

    Thank you for your voice of reason. Progressives to me are very plainly Communists who fabricate lies and then do not back down. Tell them long enough, loud enough & often enough & people will believe them!
    God bless you! Would have loved to have you as President, but do praise God for Pres Trump & know he needs our prayers and support!

  • Olan P Tratchel

    06/15/2017 01:20 PM

    You nailed it!