Right-Wing Media Defend Mike Huckabee's "Door Of The Oven" Comment Comparing Iran Deal To Holocaust

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Conservative media defended Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's recent claim -- that President Obama's negotiated agreement with Iran over its nuclear program will take Israelis "to the door of the oven" -- by praising the Holocaust comparison as "absolutely true" and "an accurate description."

Mike Huckabee Claims Iran Deal Will Take Israelis To "The Door Of The Oven"

Mike Huckabee: Obama's Iran Deal "Will Take The Israelis And March Them To The Door Of The Oven." In an interview with the radio show Breitbart News Saturday, presidential candidate and former Fox News host Mike Huckabee slammed President Obama's deal to limit Iran's nuclear capacity, claiming (emphasis added):

This president's foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. 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. [Breitbart.com, 7/25/15]

Conservative Media Rush To Huckabee's Defense

CNN's S.E. Cupp: Mike Huckabee's Statement Was "100 Percent An Accurate Statement." CNN conservative political commentator S.E. Cupp agreed with Huckabee's statement, saying his comment was "100 percent an accurate statement" and is "absolutely true." [CNN, CNN Newsroom With Carol Costello7/27/15]

Sean Hannity: "I May Not Have Used" Huckabee's Analogy, But We Could See A "Modern Day Holocaust." On his radio show, Sean Hannity said that while he "may not have used [Huckabee's] analogy," he agreed that "the reality is we can see in our lifetime a modern day Holocaust" due to the Iran deal. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Sean Hannity Show, 7/27/15]

Washington Examiner Editor: "Huckabee Is Right ... Iran Deal Would Enable A Second Holocaust." In an opinion piece headlined, "Huckabee is right: Obama's Iran deal would enable a second Holocaust," Washington Examiner managing editor Philip Klein defended Huckabee and agreed with his comment, writing:

[I]t may sound outrageous to invoke the Holocaust to describe the deal negotiated by a U.S. president. But the Iran deal is outrageous. All Huckabee did was offer an accurate description of the reality that Israelis now face thanks to Obama. [The Washington Examiner7/27/15]

Breitbart: Liberal Media "Exploiting" Huckabee's Comments To Defend Obama's "Failed" Iran Deal. Breitbart.com's Warner Todd Huston claimed "left media" were "exploiting" Huckabee's Holocaust comparison to defend Obama's "failing" Iran deal:

Governor Mike Huckabee appeared on Breitbart News on Saturday and gave one quote that Huffington Post seemed to think was the most important news of the day on Sunday, likely because the lefty online newser thinks it can be exploited to help Obama's failing Iran nuke deal.

All day on Sunday, despite what was going on in the rest of the world, Huffington Post featured Breitbart's Mike Huckabee interview as the left media continues its search of any Republican "gaffe" to highlight in order to help push Obama's disastrous Iran deal over the finish line. [Breitbart.com, 7/26/15]

American Spectator Blog: If Iran Gets A Nuclear Weapon Because Of This Deal, Then "I'm Afraid Mike Huckabee Is Absolutely Right." The American Spectator's Aaron Goldstein wrote at the Spectacle Blog:

If Iran acquires a nuclear weapon it will use it against Israel. Therefore3 [sic] it is in Israel's best interest that Iran doesn't build one. But if Israel sees fit to ensure its survival and the Obama Administration interferes on Iran's behalf and Iran eventually builds and uses a nuclear weapon against Israel then I'm afraid Mike Huckabee is absolutely right. [The American Spectator, The Spectacle Blog, 7/26/15]

Fox News' Special Report Panelists Agree With Huckabee: Iran Destroying Israel "Is A Real Possibility." On the July 27 edition of Special Report with Bret Baier, Fox News contributors Charles Krauthammer and George Will defended Huckabee's point, while saying he should not have said Obama will "march" Israelis "to the door of the oven." Krauthammer said of the Holocaust analogy, "This is a reality. The Iranians are obsessed with the Holocaust," and said that Israel's annihilation "is a real possibility." Will said "Huckabee is right that rhetoric should be taken seriously," citing threats from Adolf Hitler against Jewish people. [Fox News, Special Report with Bret Baier7/27/15]

Wash. Post Columnist Marc Thiessen: Huckabee "Is Right." On the July 27 edition of The Kelly File, Fox News contributor and Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen said although he "wouldn't have chosen the words" Huckabee did, "he is right. It is a fact that if Iran gets a nuclear weapon it will have the capability to literally annihilate the state of Israel." [Fox News, The Kelly File, 7/27/15]

Laura Ingraham Praises Huckabee For Learning From Trump: "Don't Back Down Just Because Some Of The Elites" Say You've Gone Too Far. On the July 28 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, guest and right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham praised Huckabee for not backing down in response to criticism of his comments, saying he "learned from [Donald] Trump":

INGRAHAM: I think he's learned from Trump, don't back down just because some of the elites are saying, 'Oh, you went too other far.' Look, I think Mike Huckabee, everyone knows him. He's a wonderful person that was a good governor of Arkansas, he's a strong conservative, a social conservative. And he's a bit of populist on a lot of these trade and immigration issues. And maybe some people wouldn't have worded it the way he worded it. I'm not a candidate. They're always walking in a mine field here. But I think it's interesting who has come out to criticize Huckabee -- the president and Jeb Bush. That's interesting, isn't it? Why shoot at Huckabee here? I don't think that comment is going to lose him any Republican supporters who believe that there's an existential threat to Israel with this Iran deal. I think most Republicans believe that. [Fox News, Fox & Friends7/28/15]

Fox's Martha MacCallum Justifies Huckabee's Comments: They "Bring People Around" To See The Threat "For What It Is." During the July 28 edition of America's Newsroom, host Martha MacCallum attempted to justify Huckabee's comments, saying "a lot of people just question why is it offensive to you know, call this motivation out for what it is? And in doing so, maybe you get a lot of attention and maybe you bring people around to seeing this for what it is." [Fox News, America's Newsroom7/28/15]

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