Jewish Democrats are very upset with Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee after he compared the nuclear deal with Iran to “marching [Israel] to the door of the oven.”
Following Huckabee’s comments, Representative for Florida and head of the Democratic National Committee Deborah Wasserman-Schultz called on him to apologize for what she called “cavalier analogies” to Nazi death camps.
“This rhetoric, while commonplace in today’s Republican presidential primary, has no place in American politics,” she said.
The National Jewish Democratic Council said in a statement, “Republicans have fallen over themselves to speak out against Donald Trump’s outrageous rhetoric on immigration and veterans. Will they now do the same and speak out against this unacceptable attack against President Obama that smears the memory of Holocaust victims … or will they stand by in silence and implicit approval?”
Huckabee’s camp was unapologetic, and highlighted the remarks in a tweet on Sunday.
“This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history," Huckabee charged during an interview on the Breitbart News Saturday radio program. "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," the former Arkansas governor stated.
"This is the most idiotic thing, this Iran deal. It should be rejected by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and by the American people. I read the whole deal. We gave away the whole store. It's got to be stopped," Huckabee said.
"As president, I will stand with Israel and keep all options on the table, including military force, to topple the terrorist Iranian regime," Huckabee, a vocal supporter of the Jewish state, vowed.
Also responding to the comments, Prof. Alan Dershowitz tried to be more optimistic when he told Breitbart News on Sunday: “There will be no ovens this time, as long as Israel has the right and might to defend its citizens from those who deny the Holocaust while calling for another one.”
Dershowitz, a liberal Democrat and supporter of President Barack Obama, has been very critical of the Iran deal, and of Obama’s position on Iran from the earliest days of his administration.
According to Breitbart, Huckabee has the highest favorability rating of all Republican candidates running for president in 2016.