Mike Huckabee, February 20, 2017

I have the utmost respect for Sen. John McCain, but some of his recent criticism of President Trump goes beyond the pale (if for no other reason, his anti-Trump remarks in Germany violated a long tradition that Americans don’t attack their President on foreign soil. Our internal political squabbles are supposed “to end at the water’s edge.”) McCain apparently sensed that he might have gone too far and backed away a bit from the implication that Trump is some sort of would-be dictator who’s trying to “suppress a free press.”

McCain’s attacks on Trump were so off-base that they even roused Sen. Rand Paul to defend Trump, which is not a sight I ever imagined I’d see. As Paul pointed out, there’s a difference between forcefully criticizing media outlets that relentlessly attack you and introducing legislation to restrict freedom of the press, which has not happened and isn’t going to. I hardly see evidence that the media fear saying anything bad about the current President. If anything, we could be seeing an expansion of media outlets, which could be part of the reason why the entrenched media are so furious at Trump. They’re outraged that he didn’t show proper deference to them and took questions from conservative news sites, bloggers and small media outlets. But he stood there for well over an hour, facing a far larger group of reporters than Obama ever did (the mainstream media’s choice for President, Hillary Clinton, would have kept them all penned behind a rope line.) The full story and video are at the link.


Mike Huckabee, February 20, 2017

Today’s phony outrage firestorm over something President Trump said is built around the accusation that he claimed there was a terrorist attack in Sweden “last night,” i.e., Friday night. Why, it’s so outrageous that Comedy Central’s John Oliver mocked it, or as that’s described among liberals who share their bubble world videos on the Internet, “John Oliver DESTROYS Trump Over False Sweden Terror Claim!”

Except there’s one small problem: Trump never said there was a terrorist attack last night in Sweden. The full transcript of his exact words is at the link. Read it for yourself. He was talking about crime and terrorism in several European nations that have allowed millions of unvetted Middle Eastern migrants to flood across their borders, Sweden being one. He did say “last night” in referencing Sweden, but didn’t elaborate on what he meant. It might have been a simple slip of the tongue, or maybe he was referring to the skyrocketing rape rate that’s led Swedish police to warn women that it’s dangerous to go out alone on any night, or he might have been referring to a TV report on that situation that he’d seen last night. But he clearly never claimed there was a terrorist attack the night before in Sweden. It’s just the type of vague garbled reference that anyone might make when speaking quickly and off-the-cuff and not reading carefully-prepared prose off of a TelePrompter.

So what is the excuse of all the people who sat down at keyboards and actually composed essays about it? They had plenty of time to check the transcript, realize their entire piece was based on a false premise, and hit the “Delete” key. But that would require breaking out of the liberal echo chamber and going back to old fashioned journalistic standards, like fact-checking and striving for objectivity, so it probably won’t happen. Say, maybe next week, John Oliver will do a monologue on how partisan bias “DESTROYS” public trust in the media. I won’t hold my breath waiting for that.