Letter: Huckabee ‘toxic rhetoric’ on nukes deal offensive
Published 6:23 am, Saturday, August 8, 2015
Many in the Jewish community are incensed, and rightly so, by the overt pandering, fear mongering and toxic rhetoric of Republican presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee.
Some may consider Dick Cheney to be "The Voice of Evil,” but he can't hold a candle to Huckabee and his latest inflammatory malignant political discourse. Not for the first time, he has poisoned the political debate and wandered into the arena of vile reprehensible rhetoric. This time he reached an all-time low with his disturbing analogy to criticize the Iran nuclear deal, by evoking the monumentally offensive imagery of the Jewish people being led to extermination in Nazi concentration camps, when he accused President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry of leading Jews to the oven door. In essence, saying that they could be responsible for a second Holocaust.
Not only is Huckabee's remark disgusting, and the sort of thing that makes your skin crawl, but it is absurd. Unlike the Jews of Central and Eastern Europe during the early 20th Century, Israel is perfectly capable of defending itself with one of the best armies in the world. And they have nuclear weapons. And the U.S. is their ally. "Never again" means "never again!"
This is not the first time Huckabee has wandered into bizarro land. In March of 2011, he claimed that President Obama grew up in Kenya, and attended a madrassa school. In fact, President Obama grew up in Hawaii, attended Catholic school and never set foot in Kenya until he was 26. When confronted with the truth, Huckabee did not back down, much in the same way as he has now tripled down on his assertion that Obama and Kerry are leading Israel into another genocide.
What conservative writer, George Will, said of Huckabee back in 2011, still holds true: "... sensible Americans, who pay scant attention to American politics at this point in the electoral cycle, must nevertheless be detecting vibrations of weirdness emanating from people associated with the (Republican) party."