Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) in a tweet Tuesday compared President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE to former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
Huckabee said he had just seen the film “The Darkest Hour,” which dramatizes Churchill's experiences as prime minister during World War II, calling it a reminder of “what real leadership looks like.”
“Churchill was hated by his own party, opposition party, and press. Feared by King as reckless, and despised for his bluntness,” Huckabee tweeted. “But unlike Neville Chamberlain, he didn't retreat. We had a Chamberlain for 8 yrs; in @realDonaldTrump we have a Churchill.”
Ducks took day off today but if you can get to a theater go see The Darkest Hour about Churchill. Reminds as to what real leadership looks like.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) December 26, 2017
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
Huckabee was apparently comparing former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaA simple fix can bring revolutionary change to health spending US and UK see eye to eye on ending illegal wildlife trade Top nuclear policy appointee removed from Pentagon post: report MORE to Neville Chamberlain, Churchill's predecessor, who has historically been criticized for agreeing to surrender Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany.
Trump has shown his admiration for Churchill in the past. He returned a bust of the British leader to the Oval Office during his first day as president and hosted lawmakers for a screening of “The Darkest Hour” earlier this month.
Social media users quickly mocked Huckabee for making the comparison.
It's a bad idea to learn your history at the movies. https://t.co/C88bcmFGhU— David Frum (@davidfrum) December 26, 2017
To make the analogy perfect, though, you'd have to imagine that Churchill was Hitler's preferred candidate for prime minister in 1940 https://t.co/C88bcmFGhU— David Frum (@davidfrum) December 26, 2017
Churchill fought for freedom against tyrants. Trump gives comfort to authoritarians. Your fanboyism is absurd. https://t.co/qZxiIgTp4R— Michael Freeman (@michaelpfreeman) December 26, 2017
So glad we have a strong leader who will not back down in the face of our greatest enemies, *checks notes* the American people. https://t.co/mH2SKMypGN— Alexandra Erin's a brick and she's drowning slowly (@alexandraerin) December 26, 2017
While in the British Army (where he actively sought to serve in war zones), Churchill gave skin from his own chest to help graft an injured officer's wound.— Victoria Aveyard (@VictoriaAveyard) December 26, 2017
Trump faked bone spurs. https://t.co/gpTkOV4T4h
This...is so hilarious no response would do it justice. Yes, Huck, Trump is Churchill. Also, your daughter Sarah is Indira Gandhi. https://t.co/YWAMSrsrR2— Cliff Schecter (@cliffschecter) December 26, 2017
Literally every clause of this tweet contains a factual inaccuracy https://t.co/zqgLNiJXbP— Jon Stone (@joncstone) December 26, 2017
"We will fight them on the beaches, bone spurs permitting....." https://t.co/rMJiAHcxpl— Peter Smith (@Redpeter99) December 26, 2017