On Monday night's episode of The Kelly File on FOX News Channel, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee—a former FOX News host himself who stepped away to run as a 2016 Republican presidential candidate—had some harsh words for fellow GOPers who have distanced themselves from Donald Trump in recent days.
"Here's a little secret, Megyn. A lot of these bed-wetting, hand-wringing Republicans—they're not afraid Donald Trump is going to lose: They're scared to death that Donald Trump is going to win," he said. "And if he wins, he's going to mess up the neat little package of fun they have, because they all play to the donor class, and Donald Trump is coming to make big changes in the way that these institutions go."
Kelly, who has routinely used her program to attack the Republican presidential nominee, attempted to defend the GOP defectors, saying, "It's not like nothing happened this past weekend." Huckabee acknowledged the 2005 "hot mic" audio, but continued his attack.
"That's right, it's not a surprise that he's crude, that he's vulgar. We all knew that. We knew he wasn't a Sunday School teacher. I think everybody gets that. And, nobody's endorsing what he said. My gosh, even his own family isn't endorsing it. He isn't endorsing it. He ran from it, apologized for it. I'm waiting on Hillary Clinton to apologize for lying to Congress, lying to the American people, destroying evidence, getting all of her people off with immunity deals, making a deal with Iran, selling out to the corporate shills, and basically just getting over in her speeches. That ought to be the talk of the town, and it isn't."
Kelly then acknowledged that Trump had "turned to Hillary Clinton and let her have it" during Sunday night's debate, saying she didn't think even the GOP "elites" understood how "invigorating" that had to be for rank-and-file Republicans. She said, "we've never actually seen anybody look right at her" and say the kinds of issues-oriented attacks that Trump unleashed in the debate.
"The one thing you have to say about Trump," Huckabee replied, "is he is fearless. This is a guy that is comfortable enough in his views, whether you like them or not, that he's going to take it straight to the other person—to their face—he's not two-faced, he's not a phony."
This, in turn led to a not-so-solid analogy involving the 1975 film "Jaws."
"Look, I've said this about him. He's like Captain Quint," Huckabee said, referencing the film's "salty dog" shark hunter. "He's vulgar, he's salty, he might even get drunk ... But hold on here, he's the guy who's going to 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. Now, Hillary is the shark. She's going to eat your boat. She's going to have open borders. Immigration out the kazoo ... And so the choice is, do you vote for Captain Quint, who's going to save your family, or do you vote for the shark. That's the choice you get to make."
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