Billionaire businessman Ernie Boch Jr., President and CEO of Subaru New England, told CNN on Thursday that he supported Donald Trump because picking a presidential candidate was like having to pick a girl to take home before the bar closes.
After Trump accused Sen. Ted Cruz of stealing his Iowa caucus win, CNN host Chris Cuomo asked Boch to defend the accusations.
“Mr. Trump is stirring the pot, which he is really, really good at, throwing his opponent off kilter,” Boch said. “And he’ll probably say even more outrageous things.”
Cuomo wondered what gave Boch confidence that Trump could make difficult decisions like whether or not to bomb another country.
Boch argued that Trump could make those decisions “as well as anybody else.”
“You’ve got to think of it like this, it’s 2 a.m. and there’s a few girls at the bar, you have to go home with one of them,” Boch opined. “So, you have to pick who you are with. And I think that Mr. Trump is the best qualified.”
The answer stunned Cuomo.
“Hold on a second, Ernie,” the CNN host replied. “Your analogy for what makes you the right guy when you get the bad call at 2 a.m. is what you need to do in the bar when you have women there and you have to decide which one? Is that how your head works?”
“You’re misunderstanding!” Boch insisted. “If you’re single you understand this. You know, it’s the end of the night, you want to go home with somebody. You know, the bar is about to close. You have to pick somebody!”
Boch ended the interview with a story about how his support for Trump got him out of a traffic ticket.
“I had just rolled out of bed, and I had no license with me, nothing,” he recalled. “So I pulled over and the cop said, ‘I love what you’re doing with Donald Trump. That’s the type of guy we need. Mr. Trump is the man.’ And that’s the passion we have around here for Mr. Trump.”
“And he let me go.”
Watch the video below from CNN’s New Day, broadcast Feb. 4, 2016.