House Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who chairs the Democratic National Committee, slammed Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee for apparently comparing the Nazi extermination of Jews to the recent deal worked out between the U.S. and its allies with Iran. In a statement, Wasserman Schultz said that the comparison "has no place in American politics." She added, “Cavalier analogies to the Holocaust are unacceptable. Mike Huckabee must apologize to the Jewish community and to the American people for this grossly irresponsible statement."
This was in response to Huckabee, who on July 25 denounced the deal President Barack Obama worked out as being equivalent to marching Israelis "to the door of the oven," a reference to the Holocaust. "This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history," Huckabee told Breitbart News 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," Huckabee added.
Republicans, and a few Democrats, have strongly criticized the July 14 accord which is intended to stem Iran’s nuclear weaponization program in return for relieving economic sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who in March told a joint session of the U.S. Congress that the accord is a “bad deal,” also considers it a direct threat to the existentence of Israel. He has called on Congress to reject a deal it, arguing that it would only encourage the "Iranian terror machine" and provide it "a sure path to nuclear weapons."
Huckabee is among the 16 declared Republican presidential candidates. A CNN/ORC poll, released on July 26, notes that he is in 7th place overall, and enjoys the support of but 5 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters.