Mike Huckabee’s comments comparing the Iran nuclear deal with the Holocaust are part of a general pattern that “would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad,” President Barack Obama said Monday, but the former Arkansas governor and 2016 GOP presidential candidate is showing no signs of backing down.
“I mean, we’ve had a sitting senator call John Kerry Pontius Pilate,” said Obama, referring to Sen. Tom Cotton’s comments that Kerry had “washed his hands” on the deal. “We had a sitting senator who also happens to be running for president suggesting that I’m the leading state sponsor of terrorism. These are leaders in the Republican Party.”
Issues of war and peace “are of such grave concern and consequence that we don’t play fast and loose that way,” said Obama.
On Sunday, Huckabee told Breitbart News that Obama’s foreign policy is “the most feckless in American history” and “so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”
And when CNN asked Huckabee spokeswoman Alice Stewart to elaborate on the “door of the oven,” she replied that the comment “speaks for itself.”
Huckabee doubled down on his comments in a statement to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program Monday that was in response to the station’s airing of Obama’s criticism.
In the statement, Huckabee did not apologize, but rather said that he wishes Obama would “say that it’s ridiculous to make a nuclear deal with the government that holds Americans hostage, sponsors terror, funds attacks on Israel, and who openly and repeatedly promised to destroy both Israel and the United States.
“That is ridiculous and dangerous,” Huckabee said.
His campaign also drew ire by posting late Sunday a meme with his “ovens” statement on Twitter:
The campaign went on to post more tweets quoting Iranian statements that have been made against Israel.
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