There’s a lot that’s unprecedented about the Donald Trump candidacy, not the least of which is the potentially radioactive nature of an endorsement.
Look at how many Republicans pulled their previously pledged support following the leak of the Access Hollywood tape. And then, of course, was Sen. Ted Cruz’s late endorsement of the GOP candidate, coming as it did after he was met with boos for his sly non-endorsement during his speech at the Republican National Convention.
And then there’s another one-time rival for the nomination, Mike Huckabee. He’s supporting Trump, seeing that Hillary Clinton in his eyes would be worse for the country. On Tuesday, he delivered one of the strangest analogies of the campaign season, arguing that staying home and not voting would be like handing the keys to a drunk teen.
Not voting is giving Hillary an unchecked vote. Reckless as letting 16 yr old boy have A corvette and case of Coors. Somebody gets hurt.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) October 25, 2016
Chevrolet and Molson Coors likely aren’t going to panic over that one and send their social media departments into action. But is it a convincing argument?
@GovMikeHuckabee Huckabee the drama queen. Hyperbole much?
— Royals2015Chiefs? (@RoyalfaninTexas) October 25, 2016
@GovMikeHuckabee listening to you I need a case of Coors.
— Thomas OBrien (@obtom62) October 25, 2016
@GovMikeHuckabee Well I'm all for the corvette and the Coors. If its for a 16 yo make sure it's a 1976 Corvette and O'Douls. Everyone wins
— Darth Oy Vader (@DarthOyVader) October 25, 2016
@GovMikeHuckabee what about Pabst?
— Blaise T. Raville (@blaise_real) October 25, 2016
@GovMikeHuckabee at least there is some fun with the second scenario – Hillary is all misery
— RazorPhinBoys (@cowphin) October 25, 2016
— Royal Priest (@MLCHZDK) October 25, 2016
@GovMikeHuckabee I'd take some 16 yr olds over Trump
— Josh Autry (@joshautry) October 25, 2016
@GovMikeHuckabee is one of the few who isn't giving our country to Hillary on a silver platter because of hubris.
— Fuller McCallister (@IHeartSully) October 25, 2016
@GovMikeHuckabee The entire country loses if Clinton wins this election. I don't see it happening without fraud, but we MUST GET OUT TO VOTE
— Bruce Hall (@brucehallsports) October 25, 2016
@GovMikeHuckabee OK, I'll vote then. But not for Trump.
— Randy Levin (@RandyRI) October 25, 2016
@GovMikeHuckabee so, when you don't score in basketball, the other team automatically gets those points? That's some stupid logic.
— Ben Ellard (@HoneyBadger5719) October 26, 2016
— Choose Correctly (@2000risen) October 25, 2016
@GovMikeHuckabee isn't it more like giving a cinnamon roll to a diabetic telling them it's a cure? Someone gets hurt.
— harperThomas (@mahaffinlbc) October 25, 2016
Whoa, let’s stick with the Corvette and the beer for now. And one cinnamon roll.
If Tuesday’s tweet seemed like a way to endorse Trump without actually endorsing Trump, rest assured that Huckabee does indeed have someone in mind for those tempted to stay home.
HIllary is like a Samsung 7 phone–you never know when she will blow up and set something on fire. Like our country. Vote @realDonaldTrump
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) October 22, 2016