Ernie Boch: Voting is like choosing which girl ‘you have to go home with’ at 2 a.m.

“If you’re single, you understand this,’’ the car dealership owner said on CNN.

Ernie Boch Jr. hosted Donald Trump at his home in August.
Ernie Boch Jr. hosted Donald Trump at his home in August. –John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe

Ernie Boch Jr., the local car dealership magnate and an early supporter of Donald Trump’s candidacy, used an uncomfortable analogy to promote his fellow billionaire on Thursday morning.

“It’s 2 o’clock in the morning and there’s a few girls at the bar. You have to go home with one of ’em,’’ Boch said on CNN. “So you have to pick who you’re with, and I think Mr. Trump is the best qualified.’’

CNN host Chris Cuomo, taken aback, questioned what he meant.

“Hold on a second. Ernie,’’ he said. “Your analogy for what makes you the right guy when you get the bad call at 2 o’clock in the morning is what you need to do in the bar when you have women there, and you have to decide which one? That’s how your head works?’’


Boch said Cuomo was “misunderstanding’’ him.

“If you’re single, you understand this. It’s the end of the night, you want to go home with somebody. The bar is about to close. You have to pick somebody. You have to pick somebody,’’ he said. “You have to stand behind somebody. If you line up all of the candidates with their positives and negatives, I think Mr. Trump is the man.’’

“So you’re saying he’s the least worst decision that you could make if you were in the final moments of having to make one? That’s what you’re saying?’’ Cuomo said.

“I’m not saying that. I want people to understand that you have to pick somebody. You have to. A lot of people are saying, ‘I don’t like anybody. I’m not voting.’ You can’t do that. You have to vote. You have to pick somebody,’’ Boch said.

Boch proceeded to say that he thought Trump was “going to kill it’’ in New Hampshire, where early polls show him with a significant lead.

As proof, he cited a recent incident in which a police officer spotted him driving and told him to pull him over.


“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.’ That’s the passion around here that we have for Mr. Trump,’’ Boch said. “And he let me go.’’

Boch hosted Trump at his Norwood mansion in late August for a campaign rally featuring hat-shaped cakes, former New England Patriots, and plenty of protesters. He attempted to pay the campaign for the $86,936.80 cost of the event, which is $84,236.80 more than legally allowed.

The conversation begins at 3:07 of the video below.

Scenes from Trump’s rally at Ernie Boch Jr.’s home

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