Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s gaffe in siding with the Jewish community and denouncing the Iran deal has failed tremendously. In an interview with Breitbart News, the former governor called the agreement “idiotic” and said President Barack Obama will eventually “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”
Obama likened Huckabee’s statements to the general ridiculousness of the Republican Party and immediately slammed back at Huckabee’s offensive assertion identifying the “comments of Mr. Huckabee [as] just part of a general pattern we’ve seen that would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad,” the president said during a press conference in Ethiopia.
Huckabee, who has been struggling in the polls, believes that explosive statements will garner more attention and votes — especially from the Jewish community.
However, Huckabee’s plan backfired as Jewish groups reacted harshly to his boundary-pushing remarks.
The National Jewish Democratic Council said his comments “may be the most inexcusable we’ve encountered in recent memory.”
“Far, far too often, this organization has found itself forced to denounce politicians for invoking the Holocaust in inappropriate and offensive ways,” the organization said in a statement, calling for members of the Republican Party to denounce Huckabee’s statements.
Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has called on Huckabee to "apologize to the Jewish community and to the American people for this grossly irresponsible statement.”
Yet other Jewish organizations continued to condemn Huckabee’s word choice, but agreed with the message.
“His remark about marching the Israelis to the door of the oven was a poor choice of words but reflects his understanding that Iran has threatened to annihilate Israel and this deal could give them the means to carry out that threat,” American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise executive director, Mitchell Bard, told MSNBC.
Huckabee’s comments are part of a long chain of warmongering from Israeli and Jewish leaders and Republicans alike in reaction to the Iran deal. But as Republicans hope to gain Jewish votes and American Israel Public Affairs Committe (AIPAC) is spending over $40 million to nullify the deal, their efforts are likely to be crushed with the revelation that Americans overwhelmingly support the deal with 56 percent in favor and 37 percent opposing it. Yet that isn’t stopping the rush of egregious outbursts as Huckabee hangs onto his offensive statement and fired back at Obama:
“What’s ‘ridiculous and sad’ is that President Obama does not take Iran’s repeated threats seriously,” he said in a written statement. “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.”