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Monday, May 22, 2017

Mike Huckabee is making some big headlines — and totally embracing Godwin’s Law — by graphically invoking the Holocaust in an attack on President Obama and the Iran nuclear deal.

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

After a round of online outrage from liberals, Huckabee then dug in with an illustrated tweet, using the quote to invite people to sign his campaign’s petition against the Iran deal (that is, to sign up for his email list).

On Monday, during a press conference in Ethiopia, President Obama himself responded to the former Arkansas governor’s remarks. “The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are, I think, part of just a general pattern that we’ve seen that is — would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad. We’ve had a sitting senator call John Kerry Pontius Pilate. We’ve had a sitting senator who also happens to be running for president suggest that I’m the leading state sponsor of terrorism. These are leaders in the Republican Party.”

He also suggested the possibility that this is how Republicans must now compete with a certain other candidate in their ranks:

And so when you get rhetoric like this, maybe it gets attention and 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. And I don’t think that’s what anybody — Democratic, Republican, or independent — is looking for out of their political leaders. In fact, it’s been interesting when you look at what’s happened with Mr. Trump, when he’s made some of the remarks that, for example, challenged the heroism of Mr. McCain, somebody who endured torture and conducted himself with exemplary patriotism, the Republican Party is shocked. And yet, that arises out of a culture where those kinds of outrageous attacks have become far too commonplace and get circulated nonstop through the Internet and talk radio and news outlets.

Huckabee, meanwhile, has responded in a statement of his own:

“What’s ‘ridiculous and sad’ is that President Obama does not take Iran’s repeated threats seriously. 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.”

Also, he’s now sent out a fundraising email:

And of course, Huckabee will appear today on Fox News to talk about the controversy:

Well, at least he’s getting some attention.

Photo: Gage Skitmore via Flickr

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