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Mike Huckabee: 'I Have Stood at That Oven Door,' Will Not Recant

Mike Huckabee: 'I Have Stood at That Oven Door,' Will Not Recant
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By    |   Monday, 27 July 2015 08:34 PM

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Monday refused to back down from his comments comparing the Iran nuclear deal to the Holocaust, even as some of his former co-workers at Fox News Channel chided him over it.

Huckabee on Saturday told Breitbart News
that the Iran nuclear deal "will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven."

He was condemned by
Democrats, Jewish groups and by President Barack Obama, who said Huckabees comments "would be considered ridiculous if it weren't so sad."

But Huckabee, appearing as a guest Monday on Fox News Channel's panel discussion show "The Five" responded "Absolutely I do," when asked if he stands by those words amid all the criticism.

"The last time the world didn't take seriously threats that someone was going to kill massive amounts of Jews we ended up seeing 6 million Jews murdered," he said. "The Iranian government has repeatedly said it's going to be easier to take the Jews out because they're all concentrated in Israel. We won't have to go all over the world and hunt them."

Huckabee said he has visited the Auschwitz concentration camp three times.

"When I talked about the oven door, I have stood at that oven door," he said. "I know exactly what it looks like, 1.1 million people killed. For 6,000 years, Jews have been chased and hunted and killed all over this Earth, and when someone in a government says we're going to kill them, I think, by gosh, we better take that seriously."

It's the Iranians who used the word Holocaust first, Huckabee said, and refused during the negotiations to recognize Israel's right to exist."

"They refused to tone down their rhetoric and said the Holocaust did not exist and that they're going to wipe Israel off the map," he said. "When people in a government position continue to say they're going to kill you, I think somebody ought to wake up and take that seriously."

"The Five" co-host Dana Perino told Huckabee that his words might push Democrats who are on the fence, such as West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, because they are now forced into a position of defending the president.

Huckabee responded that if he gets credit for Democrats supporting the deal, "then I'm a much bigger deal than I think people thought I was."

Co-host Geraldo Rivera told Huckabee he went a step too far.

"I love you. You would be a great president. You have the temperance. You have the experience. But as a Jew … it was inappropriate. There are some places you cannot go," Rivera said. "You cannot compare the slaughter of 6 million Jews to anything other than maybe the slaughter of the Armenians or something else in history. You cannot compare it to a negotiation over a deal like this, governor."

Huckabee argued that there is a Holocaust museum in Washington and Yad Vashem in Jerusalem so people remember the Holocaust and to keep it from every being repeated. Yet the Iran deal puts the world on "the verge of repeating it again."

But the Holocaust was "an attempt by a nation to wipe out a race of people," Rivera said. "That's different. That is unique. I'm begging you to apologize and to retract that."

"I will not apologize, and I will not recant because the word Holocaust was invoked by the Iranian government. They used that very word," Huckabee said.

Co-host Eric Bolling said he wasn't offended by the comment, and he didn't think his wife, who is Jewish, was either. But, he added, Huckabee took the focus off Obama claiming that 99 percent of the world agrees with the deal.

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