Former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential aspirant Mike Huckabee compared the United States' new diplomatic deal with Iran to the Holocaust. Huckabee, who last served as a television host on Fox News, used an interview with the right-leaning Breitbart News to describe U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy as “the most feckless in American history.”
Huckabee, 59, said by trusting the Iranian government Obama “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” Huckabee was referencing the Nazi's use of gas chambers during World War II, during which the Nazi party killed millions of European Jews by forcing them to inhale poison gas.
Huckabee, who declared his presidential candidacy in May, called the Iranian deal “the most idiotic thing” and said it “should be rejected by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and by the American people,” Israel's Haaretz newspaper quoted him as saying.
The U.S. and Iran agreed this month Iran will eliminate its supply of medium-enriched uranium and reduce its number of nuclear centrifuges by two-thirds in the next 15 years, among other conditions, in exchange for the U.S. agreement to lift sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy. The deal, years in the making, has already become a political flash point and will certainly be the focus of Republican and Democratic talking points through the 2016 presidential election.
Comparing the accord to the mass genocide of more than 6 million Europeans in the 1930s and 1940s was not the first time Huckabee has decried the deal or used it as a platform for attention. The former governor also posted a Vine video of characters in “The Lion King” being killed by an atomic explosion with the tagline, “'No worries' is not a strategy for Iran. Tell Congress to kill the nuclear deal!”