Pensacola radio host Andrew McKay’s comments about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump are spreading across social media this evening. McKay, who hosts NewsRadio 1620’s morning show, made the comments live on MSNBC this afternoon.
The news network has spent the past several days at the Casino Beach Bar on Pensacola Beach ahead of Florida’s March 15 presidential primary election.
“We live in an area that styles itself as being very Christian, lots of churches, evangelical voters, Baptists, Catholics. This whole area is dominated by religion,” McKay said. “And I think they have to all ask themselves the question, do they want a candidate who gets up there and says that a former presidential candidate for their party got down on his knees and offered to blow him?”
McKay’s comments came after 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney gave a speech earlier today excoriating Trump, calling the businessman a “phony” and a “fraud.” Hours later, Trump fired back at a rally in Portland, Maine, calling Romney a “failed candidate.”
“[Romney] was begging for my endorsement,” Trump said. “I could have said, ‘Mitt, drop to your knees.’ He would have dropped to his knees.”
McKay’s comments have been picked up by The Raw Story, as well as the British paper Daily Mail and liberal blog Crooks and Liars. More than 1,000 people have reacted to McKay’s comments on the Raw Story Facebook page, and another 600 have shared the story.
While many on social media are reacting to McKay’s comments with humor, not everyone is laughing. “It’s embarrassing for all of us,” said one of McKay’s co-workers at NewsRadio 1620, who asked not to be identified by name.
Reached Thursday evening, McKay said that he wished he’d been more artful. “Sometimes you say things in the moment that you wish you had said differently,” McKay said. “As a father I regret not using words that were more family-friendly.”