Mike Huckabee’s Hillary Clinton Jaws analogy seemed right on the money for the point he was trying to make until Megyn Kelly reminded him of how the movie actually went.
The former Arkansas governor appeared on Megyn Kelly’s show on Fox News, The Kelly File, to discuss the division within the republican party. He spoke out specifically about Donald Trump.
“He’s like Captain Quint in the original movie Jaws. He’s vulgar, he’s salty, he might even get drunk… But hold on here: he’s the guy who’s gonna save your butt and save your family. And so, at the end of the day, when he kills the shark, you’re happy about it.”
He continued the analogy by moving onto Hillary Clinton.
“Now, Hillary is the shark. She’s going to eat your boat, she’s gonna have open borders, immigration out the kazoo, and so the choice is, do you vote for Captain Quint, who’s gonna save your family, or do you vote for the shark? That’s the choice you get to make.”
Megyn paused for a moment and said this about Mike Huckabee’s Hillary Clinton Jaws analogy.
“Now, governor, I hate to be the one to tell you this,” Kelly said. “Captain Quint got eaten by the shark.”
Mike Huckabee quickly defended the analogy laughing and saying, “But he died saving the other people!”
Kelly replied, without missing a beat, “But he died! Went down in flames and the shark won out between the two of them.”
But Huckabee’s Hillary Clinton Jaws analogy won’t be defeated so easily in Mike’s eyes.
“The shark didn’t win! The shark got blown up! Look, any analogy can fall apart, Megyn,” Huckabee said, laughing. “Work with me on this! Come on, work with me!”
You can see the exchange below.
And they wonder why Hollywood hates them pic.twitter.com/7YJxixbzVf
— JORDAN OKUN (@Jzokun) October 11, 2016
Huckabee, of course, set this analogy up in defense of Donald Trump, but perhaps he forgot how the Jaws plot actually went. Even when the analogy was falling apart, he stuck to it and found a way to defend it throughout the segment.
The Guardian reported that Richard Dreyfuss, who played the oceanographer on Jaws, was quick to respond with a simple tweet.
Quint did not kill Jaws. https://t.co/jSSRmGE9hD
— Richard Dreyfuss (@RichardDreyfuss) October 11, 2016
Mike Huckabee has been in Donald Trump’s corner since dropping out of the race himself. CNN reported in May that Huckabee said he was “all in” for Trump.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) May 4, 2016
Huckabee has said that he doesn’t agree with some of Trump’s policies, but the GOP should get off of their ‘Never Trump’ stance and back the party’s candidate.
The tweet above links to the following statement on Mike Huckabee’s website.
“Ted Cruz ended his campaign and it’s time to end the strife in the party. That can start today with our unifying around the people’s choice, Donald Trump. I went into the race knowing Hillary better than the other 16 candidates. I left still knowing her better, but also knowing the other GOP candidates. I’m convinced that Donald Trump is our best hope of turning the tide of the insider political nonsense that has left people seething and being able to defeat Hillary.”
Huckabee appeared on Hannity the night before posting this on his website in which he talked about Cruz giving up his campaign.
Since Huckabee has backed Trump for months, it shouldn’t be surprising that he went on The Kelly File and tried to piece together a strong analogy in favor of Trump. Unfortunately, Huckabee’s Hillary Clinton Jaws reference fell apart a bit.
Hillary Clinton supporters could say this analogy is a clear win for Clinton – she eats (defeats) Trump, just like Jaws ate Captain Quint.
Yes, the analogy fell apart a bit, but the message was spot-on at first.
In her speech for the National Multi-Housing Council in 2013, Clinton used a rough analogy herself.
“Politics is like sausage being made,” Clinton said. “It is unsavory, and it has always been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be.”
Can this analogy be applied to Trump himself? He’s a little rough around the edges, but Trump supporters believe that the country will end up right where it needs to be.
Mike Huckabee’s Hillary Clinton Jaws analogy did end up missing the target at the end, but it still points out some important considerations.
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