Twitter won’t remember this as Mike Huckabee’s finest hour.
The ex-governor of Arkansas shared his thoughts on former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill after seeing “Darkest Hour” on Tuesday, and, well, he left the theater thinking about how awesome President Trump is.
“Churchill was hated by his own party, opposition party, and press. Feared by King as reckless, and despised for his bluntness,” tweeted Huckabee. “But unlike Neville Chamberlain, he didn’t retreat. We had a Chamberlain for 8 years; in [President Trump] we have a Churchill.”
Churchill was hated by his own party, opposition party, and press. Feared by King as reckless, and despised for his bluntness. But unlike Neville Chamberlain, he didn't retreat. We had a Chamberlain for 8 yrs; in @realDonaldTrump we have a Churchill.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) December 26, 2017
Yes, that would be a comparison between historic ninny Neville Chamberlain — the guy that gave in to Hitler’s expansionist demands and bragged about bringing “peace in our time” before the bloodiest war in history — and the guy who presided over the death of Osama Bin Laden.
Twitter didn’t let Huckabee’s tweet go silently into the night. Actress Betty Buckley said it was “absurd” and an “absolute crock of s–t!”
What an absolute crock of shit! This is so absurd. You KNOW this is bullshit. You horrible, lying miscreants just make this crap up & make these pronouncements for your moronic base! You are all depraved & sickening. https://t.co/5nDiZuOok5
— Betty Buckley (@BettyBuckley) December 27, 2017
Author Danny Wallace weighed in with “ALL OF BRITAIN IN UNISON: Trump is no Churchill.”
ALL OF BRITAIN IN UNISON: Trump is no Churchill.
— Danny Wallace (@dannywallace) December 26, 2017
Former McCain advisor Steve Schmidt said the comparison between Trump and Churchill made Huckabee a “history ignoramus for the ages. What a clown.”
Comparing Donald Trump to Winston Churchill establishes Mike Huckabee as a history ignoramus for the ages. What a clown.
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) December 26, 2017
GOP strategist Rick Wilson chimed in, too, saying Huckabee’s tweet was the “crown jewel” of bad analogies.
There are a thousand reasons to hold you in contempt, but this analogy was the crown jewel
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) December 27, 2017
Brit writer Jack Schofield didn’t hold back, saying “Churchill fought [against] Nazis; [President Trump] supports Nazis.”
Please stop lying.
1) Churchill fought agaiinst Nazis; @realDonaldTrump supports Nazis.
2) Chruchill told the truth; @realDonaldTrump is a pathological liar.
Trump is actually America's Mussolini, only Trump is much more stupid and incompetent. pic.twitter.com/ufzZfFAFro
— Jack Schofield (@jackschofield) December 26, 2017
And Independent political columnist Tom Peck couldn’t help but share a blurb from Churchill’s 1953 Nobel Prize, praising the ex-PM “for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for the brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.” It’s almost “as if they’re the same person,” said Peck, cheekily.
I mean it's almost as if they're the same person pic.twitter.com/V3FXw5FQB4
— Tom Peck (@tompeck) December 27, 2017
After the blowback, Huckabee could consider what a modern-day Churchill might say: if you’re going through Twitter hell, keep going.