Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee refused to apologize for his comments criticizing President Obama’s nuclear weapons deal with Iran by comparing it to the Holocaust.
“He [President Obama] would take the Israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven,” he said in a recent interview about the plan.
Huckabee added he has received nothing but positive feedback from the group of people he supposedly has offended.
“The response from Jewish people have been overwhelming positive,” he said, adding that he has even heard from Holocaust survivors and their children. He noted that at an event he attended Monday night, “I was probably one of four gentiles in the entire event — it was a Jewish event. People were overwhelmingly supportive.”
I am shocked but not surprised that politician cynically abuse the imagery of Auschwitz to advance their political ambitions. I am also worried about political discourse in America in general and hope that Jewish leaders will be loud and clear in their condemnation of such unacceptable political speech which only serves to incite contempt and hatred for democratically elected political leaders.Instead of providing positive feedback we should stand up in protest.