Huckabee: Obama Marching Israelis to 'Door of Oven'

POTUS candidate under fire for attack on Iran nuclear deal
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2015 6:49 AM CDT
Huckabee: Obama Marching Israelis to 'Door of Oven'
In this file photo from Thursday, GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks at a campaign event in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

It's no surprise that presidential candidate Mike Huckabee isn't happy with the recent Iran nuclear deal, but the rhetoric he used to make his point has prompted a call from the Democratic National Committee for an apology, the BBC reports. In an interview with Breitbart on Saturday, the ex-Arkansas governor called President Obama's foreign policy "the most feckless in American history" and said the commander in chief was "naive" to think we should place our trust in Iran. But it's what he said next that ired the DNC: Huckabee said that by striking the Iran deal, which he calls the "most idiotic thing," Obama "will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven." He continued: "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."

In a statement, DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Huckabee's comments had "no place in American politics" and that "cavalier analogies to the Holocaust are unacceptable," per CNN. "Mike Huckabee must apologize to the Jewish community and to the American people for this grossly irresponsible statement," she added. But Huckabee doubled down on Twitter with a graphic of his controversial quote, accompanied by the message: "Tell Congress to do their constitutional duty & reject the Obama-Kerry #IranDeal." He also included a link to his website, where he demanded Congress not take summer vacation until it kills the "horrific, humiliating handout to Iran that threatens Israel, emboldens terrorists, and will trigger a nuclear arms race across the Middle East." His campaign rep simply noted to CNN that "the comment speaks for itself." (The word "feckless" is getting thrown around a lot among presidential hopefuls.)

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