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Friday, October 28, 2016

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.

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  • Dominick Vila

    The only thing missing from Huckabee’s diarrhea of the mouth is an alternative to the failed policies of the past, a proposal on how to stabilize the Persian Gulf and, by default, the entire Middle East, and a demonstration of the statesmanship and professionalism that we should all expect from our leaders. Statements like Huckabee help discredit the United States at a global level, and highlight the immaturity and ignorance of those running for the Office of the Presidency.

    • Paul Bass

      Gee I can’t imagine anyone using “Statesman or Professional” to describe Huckabee!

    • Leftout

      Should we be equally indignant about Iran happily shouting, ” Death to America” . Right after the agreement was announced . All amusing. Huckabee was using a colorful metaphore, for grave consequence of taking a decision, Neville Chamberlain ism, Heroshima, sanctuary cities……

      • Dominick Vila

        Extremists in Iran chant Death to America the same way warmongers in the USA propose bombing Iran to the Stone Age. Neville Chamberlain did not force a foe to agree to terms that allow the USA and other countries to dictate what it can do within its borders, and agree to allow access to UN inspectors to verify compliance. Not sure what Hiroshima and sanctuary cities have to do with the Iranian nuclear agreement.

        • idamag

          Don’t forget the Americans who are arming themselves to overthrow the government.

      • stcroixcarp

        There were also spontaneous demonstrations by the Iranian people, joyful at the prospect of freedom from a nuclear build-up. These are the people of Iran that we need to address because they are the opposition to the repressive regime. Iran, formerly Persia, has a civilization that goes back thousands of years. Iranians value civilization, the arts, music and literature. The rule of the clergy is slowly weakening and we need to stop threatening to blow them off the face of the earth!

        • Leftout

          I agree, most Persians are great people , great culture and history , it is most unfortunate that we can not enjoy their history as well as other Middle East sites at this time . The ruling group should chill out a bit and allow the populace to enjoy .

  • charleo1

    So, in other words. I’ll go at Iran like we went at Hitler. To prevent something we didn’t know was happening until the invasion was launched, and the war with Germany was nearly over. Look, I love the U.S.A. it’s my Country. But if, after Iraq, the economy nearly tanking, wages down, roads, and bridges crumbling, and on, and on. And it’s citizens still insist on continuing to listen to, and elect these ignorant goobers. Well, we will have exactly no one to blame for where we find ourselves, 5 or 10 years down the road. The comment by the way, is the all too usual embarrassing outrage from the political right. And warrants an apology to the victims, the families of the victims, and the entire Jewish Community for the rantings of a cash starved idiot trying to be noticed in our new money fueled Oligarchy. So, to our friends forever, the Jewish People: Please try and not take Rev. What’s his Name’s comment too personally, as we’re going thru a bit of hard time right now. Thanks for understanding.

  • idamag

    If this is an example of a Christian, who wants to be one? Remember the story of a land of people, who were successful farmers and cattle raisers? They lived in the land of milk and honey. They were being born. Some were dying. They were getting married and from all accounts were happy people. Let’s imagine they were like the little farm community of Cecil, Wisconsin. God says to his raggle taggle wanderers, that he is giving them that community. So they go down into the land of milk and honey and murder everyone in it.So, let’s hope God doesn’t give your community to the descendents of those raggle taggle wanderers who think God is giving them the entire Mideast.

  • Carolyn1520

    Huckabee has a history of pandering to Israel. This time it really backfired on him and didn’t endear him to potential Jewish voters in this country. I hesitate to say his country, because it’s not clear it is. I guess he feels the need to be as much of an A-hole as Trump in a different way. It seems negative attention is better than none at all.

    • Paul Bass

      Bad breath is better than no breath at all.

      • latebloomingrandma

        That seems to be the Repubs unspoken motto as they all race to the bottom.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Huckabee proves he is nothing more than a tent revivalist huckster. First of all, the Iran Treaty was brokered by the entire P51 countries. So..ask yourselves why the GOP and men like Huckster are so hot to go to war with Iran?

    Think about this. All of the decades of Iran sanctions allowed US Big Oil to work solely with OPEC and broker the most obscene profits. Add Iran, who is No. 2 in world oil supply and US Big Oil takes a huge hit in profits.

    Especially, since in 2014, OPEC refused US Big Oil’s request to reduce production and oil prices. Double whammy for the Big Oil GOP states and they know it.

    So you bet they will use Israel as the pawn in their game to go to war in Iran. And, let’s be honest, Netanyahu carried out the taking of Palestinian land by eminent domain and bulldozed homes in the West Bank to make way for construction of Israeli housing. That’s democracy?

    Of course, Netanyahu wouldn’t mind accessing a little more land for its ever growing population…that’s what it did when it decimated Lebanon 3 times in the past. The land mass of Israel can ONLY grow through what Netanyahu called “the spoils of war.”

  • The lucky one

    The GOP clowns are like the character McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Each wants to show that he is the “bull goose loony”.

  • Grannysmovin

    The Holocaust was so horrific exact numbers never will be known, but an
    estimated eleven million people died between 1933 and 1945 as a direct result
    of the Holocaust.

    The constant use of the words Nazi, Hilter, Holocaust etc as sound bites for politicians is out of control. Every time they use these words as a bullet points they diminish and disrespect those who lost their lives and families in the Holocaust.

    It is time for Politicians to stop trying to be the one to spew the most hateful, intolerant and bigoted sound bites and start discussing policies, problems and solutions.

    • neeceoooo

      You’re right, he makes it sound like a walk in the park and not a horrific page is history.

    • idamag

      Absolutely, they are insulting the victims of the holocaust with their over-the-top rhetoric. Tell me, with proof, how someone like huckabee makes this a better world.

  • docb

    Huckee the hack preacher is just looking for $$$ and attention..He is a deplorable and vile waste of human flesh!

  • oldtack

    Huckabee is what he is and is not. He is a manipulative huckster using Religion to achieve recognition and wealth. He IS NOT a Christian called by GOD to preach GOD’s
    word to the unsaved ones .In truth – he is an abomination in the eyes of the Creator.

    • stcroixcarp

      I can’t speak for the creator, but Huckabee is an abomination in my eyes.

      • oldtack

        He’s just another False Prophet .

  • DOC

    So here we go again Jack leg preacher running his mouth

  • latebloomingrandma

    And of course, Huckleberry has the perfect outlet to double down on his rhetoric–Fox News. He was, as expected, fawned over by fellow huckster Hannity.