Mike Huckabee Is Standing By That Holocaust Comment Goddammit

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This weekend, GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee showed the world exactly how tasteless he could be when he compared President Obama’s Iran deal with the Holocaust.

“This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history,” Huckabee said in an interview with Breitbart News. “It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”

Haha, okay.

Obama responded to the disturbing turn of phrase during a press conference in Ethiopia:

“[His comments are] part of just a general pattern that we’ve seen that would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad,” Obama said. “We just don’t fling out ad hominem attacks like that, because it doesn’t help inform the American people... Maybe this is just an effort to push Mr. Trump out of the headlines, but it’s not the kind of leadership that is needed for America right now.”


Despite the utter tastelessness of the comment — and massive outcry against it from basically everyone — Huckabee doubled down on Monday:

“What’s ‘ridiculous and sad’ is that President Obama does not take Iran’s repeated threats seriously,” he said in a statement. “For decades, Iranian leaders have pledged to ‘destroy,’ ‘annihilate,’ and ‘wipe Israel off the map’ with a ‘big Holocaust.’ ‘Never again’ will be the policy of my administration and I will stand with our ally Israel to prevent the terrorists in Tehran from achieving their own stated goal of another Holocaust.”

The National Jewish Democratic Council and the Anti-Defamation League and the founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center have also denounced his remarks which is basically having all the elder Jews of America bang their gavels and demand he exits the presidential race.

Okay, speaking as merely one American Jew, I can tell you Mike, we are so grateful for your concern but we would also love the gift receipt if you still have it?


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JujyMonkey: unstable genius

As someone who has relatives who survived the Holocaust and have dealt with the trauma for pretty much the rest of their lives, I’d (again) ask people not to play the Nazi card as a rhetorical device.

Also, fuck you Huckabee.