Presidential candidate Donald Trump may be getting the lion's share of the attention for his comments on immigrants and prisoners of war, but former Arkansas governor and fellow contender Mike Huckabee just demonstrated that other Republicans are capable of matching Trump's over-the-top rhetoric.
In an interview with Alexander Marlow, editor-in-chief of conservative site Breitbart, broadcast on the news network's Sirius XM radio station, Huckabee criticized ongoing negotiations between the United States and Iran over the latter's nuclear program by saying President Obama "will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven."
"This president's foreign policy is the most feckless in American history," Huckabee told Marlow on Saturday. "It is 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. This is the most idiotic thing, this Iran deal. 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 subsequent post to Twitter, Huckabee's communications director defended the candidate's claim that a diplomatic deal with Iran could result in an apocalyptic nuclear attack on Israeli soil and made an even more direct Holocaust comparison:
The suggestion that the apocalypse is nigh is nothing new to Iranian nuclear politics. For example, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu infamously brought a cartoon bomb to the United Nations to argue that an Iranian nuclear bomb could be mere months or weeks away in 2012. But Huckabee is probably the first prominent presidential candidate this election cycle to directly compare the White House's position on the issue to the Nazis' Final Solution.
Huckabee is currently polling around fifth place in the ongoing Republican primary battle, according to polling averages by Real Clear Politics.
h/t Huffington Post