Mike Huckabee’s “Oven Door” Comments Condemned by Jewish Groups

It is not just President Obama and the Democratic National Committee condemning Mike Huckabee’s claim Saturday that President Obama is marching Israelis to “door of the oven.” It is also the Anti-Defamation League and the National Jewish Democratic Council.

Obama, commenting from Ethiopia, said that “We have robust debates, we look at the facts. We just don’t fling out ad hominem attacks like that because it doesn’t help inform the American people.”

Of course, that is exactly what Republicans do.

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz had this to say:

From questioning President Obama’s religion to questioning whether or not President Obama loves America to asserting President Obama isn’t an American, we thought we had seen everything from the Republican Party and its presidential candidates.

But now, the most liked Republican presidential primary candidate Mike Huckabee said that President Obama is marching Israelis to “the door of the oven.” This rhetoric, while commonplace in today’s Republican presidential primary, has no place in American politics. 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.

The NJDC had words just as strong for the Republican candidate, attacking his “callous disregard” of Holocaust victims:

Far, far too often, this organization has found itself forced to denounce poiticans for invoking the Holocaust in inappropriate and offensive ways. These comments by Gov. Mike Huckabee, however, may be the most inexcusable we’ve encountered in recent memory.


In our eyes, it is almost pointless to demand Gov. Huckabee apologize for his remarks, although he certainly should. This was not a random, off-the-cuff remark, and the Jewish community deserves better than to hear a false apology that we doubt will stop the former Governor from offending again in the future. What we do demand is that Gov. Huckabee’s fellow Republican presidential candidates denounce his offensive statement at once. Republicans have fallen over themselves to speak out against Donald Trump’s outrageous rhetoric on immigration and veterans. Will they now do the same and speak out against this unacceptable attack against President Obama that smears the memory of Holocaust victims, as they did when Trump attacked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)? Or will they stand by in silence and implicit approval? We call on every candidate to condemn Gov. Huckabee’s disgusting statement and to show where they truly stand.

The ADL’s national director Jonathan A. Greenblatt was equally blunt:

Whatever one’s views of the nuclear agreement with Iran – and we have been critical of it, noting that there are serious unanswered questions that need to be addressed – comments such as those by Mike Huckabee suggesting the president is leading Israel to another Holocaust are completely out of line and unacceptable.

Greenblatt added that,

To hear Mr. Huckabee invoke the Holocaust when America is Israel’s greatest ally and when Israel is a strong nation capable of defending itself is disheartening. The great tragedy of the Holocaust saw the Jews of Europe without allies and without power at the worst possible moment.

Barak Ravid, of Tel Aviv’s conservative Haaretz, tweeted,

Mike Huckabee thinks his rhetoric will be welcomed by Jews. It is not. It is just another example of Republican extremism run amok, of a complete, Palinesque disregard for facts or feelings.

Huckabee should be ashamed, and he owes President Obama, the American people, and particularly Jews all over the world, an apology.

Nobody will receive one, of course, because for the GOP and Religious Right, Mike Huckabee has just become the victim.

Image from Mike Huckabee via Twitter

61 Replies to “Mike Huckabee’s “Oven Door” Comments Condemned by Jewish Groups”

  1. …well Flucked-up-bee…if ya really wanna be a martyr, meet me outside the city gates…right by that big pile of rocks…closer…CLOSER…

  2. The man has a big mouth and does nothing but spew hate speechs.

    So said what has happened to this country where politicans just spew out hate.

  3. This will only help him among republican base voters because they are awful people

    I just hope the American people are paying attention

  4. What a feckless piece of shyte Huckabee is. He should be summmarily disqualified from running for any office.

  5. Huckster is insulting the leaders of the 5 other countries who signed off along with the US on this deal. I wonder what those leaders think of US politicians? Despicable group, the entire band of clowns are. No wonder other countries think the US is the biggest obstacle to world peace. Idiots like Trump, Huckleberry, Cruz, Rubio. Stupid people.

  6. Yes bebe’, it seems that ol’ Mikey is a victim of the fumes from those baking cinnamon rolls ala’ the Oracle of Delphi! I had no idea that cinnamon fumes could act like a psychotropic drug!…all these years I’ve been wasting it by snorting off of a mirror…DAMN! Perhaps it’s not cinnamon in those rolls!…perhaps it’s Melange that spice of legend from Arakeen or better known as Dune….Mmmmmm.Shai Hulud!

  7. How come there are ZERO ZIP NADA NOTHING KEINE crazy statements being made by Liberals.

    The Reichwing is pathologically disgusting and border on being metaphysically evil.

  8. It isn’t really said, but truth be told, as much as they pretend otherwise, evangelicals like Huckabee don’t like Jews either.

  9. It’s the difference between caring and uncaring. The Repubs prove each and every day that they are the party of the uncaring.

  10. Once I checked with professor Google,
    (huckabee nazis) it became apparent
    that the Huckster’s hung up on Hitler.
    He used nazi comparisons when he
    ranted over RINOs last year and again
    this year with regards to same sex
    marriage. What is inexcusable is that
    he has been to Auschwitz and stood
    there at those oven doors. How could
    he trivialize what happened to those
    people? Utterly despicable.

  11. Because he is evil. That’s why he says things like this. He doesn’t care who he hurts, as long as he maligns our President.

  12. That Time Mike Huckabee’s Loser Son Allegedly Tortured a Dog to Death
    Erin Gloria Ryan

    According to a Newsweek piece about the incident, rather than forcing his sociopathic chip off the old block to face legal ramifications for killing a dog because the spirit moved him, a law enforcement official who worked on the case says then-Governor Huckabee intervened with attempts to investigate the dog’s death.

    Mike Huckabee covers up for his cruel, animal abuser son & pedophile friend Josh Duggar. He spews filth & his actions show him to be a “Christian” hypocrite coward with no morals.

  13. Huckabee’s uncle sugar & aunt libido or whatever the fuc he said was so brain dead. I don’t get embarrassed easy but I cringed watching him say that. It’s the only way for him to get noticed. He thinks he can be Trump & say a bunch of stupid shit. But he’s worse & more hypocritical because he claims to be an oh so holy “christian”.

    So glad Israel has come down on his putrid “oven door” comment. He wants to be Trump but comes off as even more idiotic & revolting.

  14. Mike Huckabee is fundraising off the evangelical dolts. That’s all this is about. He knows he doesn’t have a chance in hell to be president.

  15. Wait a minute. Is Huckabee one of the 18 simpletons running for President in the GOP field? Too many morons to remember. After awhile they all look & sound the same.

  16. Huckabee is another one of the IRRATIONAL Republican wannabe Presidents who continuously spew asinine comments out into the public domain and expect us (Democrats and Independents and Non-affiliated Americans) to applaud their stooopid jabs at Obama and his Administration. Huckabee is a huckster pandering for the Israeli approval, the Jewish-American vote and the anti-Obama vote with his down in the gutter name calling, plus using the Holocaust as a prop and fear mongering malaprop.
    To me he is a disgusting bottom feeder. Has no place in the primary, look at his polls….near or at the bottom, bottom. No wonder.

  17. Huckabee is as southern racist that is the only reason for these stupid remarks because back in the day he had this to say

    “Whereas there can be no rational dealings with al Qaeda, Iran is a nation-state seeking regional clout and playing the game of power politics we understand and can skillfully pursue. We cannot live with al Qaeda, but we might be able to live with a contained Iran. Iran will not acquire nuclear weapons on my watch. But before I look parents in the eye to explain why I put their son’s or daughter’s life at risk, I want to do everything possible to avoid conflict

    America’s Priorities in the War on Terror

    Islamists, Iraq, Iran, and Pakistan

  18. This text is from The NJDC:

    —-“Far, far too often, this organization has found itself forced to denounce poiticans for invoking the Holocaust in inappropriate and offensive ways. These comments by Gov. Mike Huckabee, however, may be the most inexcusable we’ve encountered in recent memory.
    In our eyes, it is almost pointless to demand Gov. Huckabee apologize for his remarks, although he certainly should. This was not a random, off-the-cuff remark, and the Jewish community deserves better than to hear a false apology.”——

    Bravo! Right on!
    Put that Evangelical Preacher Huckster in his place with those comments.
    Huckabee: SCHMUCK OF THE WEEK.

  19. Consider the source- Conservative Christians are just in lust with the notion that Armageddon will start in Israel and millions will die in big gobs of pain and suffering.

    It’s enough to give any psychopath a hard-on.

    Chuckles and his merry men were denied the opportunity to bring it about.

    Conservative Christians are having a major sad over a thwarted attempt at making others die needlessly.

  20. 2016 Republican Voting Check List:

    We hate Muslims – Jews – Blacks – Hispanics – LBGT’s – the poor – the Government – healthcare – Science – Education – Women are a “Lesser Cut Of Meat” – the environment – social security – Medicare – veterans – Americans – We have NO new ideas – We offer the same shit that has never worked but it’s different year.

    Yep, we’re ready.

    Did all of them go to the school of PURE HATRED, IGNORANCE and how to be INSENSENTIVE toward EVERYONE???

  21. —–Fascism (Hitler). Fascism is all about power, fear, rich ruling, military, police, and the strong beating the weak. Mussolini said that Fascism is the marriage between corporation and state.

    Conservatives Big on Fear, Brain Study Finds

    Conservatism as a Mental Illness
    Republican polls have recently exhibited 10 telltale signs of mental illness:
    Denial, Delusion, Hallucination, Disordered Thinking, Anger, Anti-social Behavior, Sexual Preoccupation, Grandiosity, General Oddness, Paranoia

  22. Whoever ordained him a pastor, needs to be slapped, clearly he fooled them, he is no pastor of Christianity.

  23. The vitriolity, idiocy, ignorant stupidity and “chutzpah” displayed by the REPUB tribe of losers, one of which believes he will become the “leader of the free world” as President of my country, has attained its zenith with the brainless, provocative nonsense spewed by Mr. Husk abet and his “oven doors” thesis. So far, since none of them has stepped forward to repudiate what our “friend” Huckabee has said, obviously they probably agree with him (in their own subtle ways). In this case, silence is very loud. In this election cycle, the REPUBS have broken every rule of civil and decent communication to the public. They all are an insult to our (my) country and I am outraged that they continue on with their ravings and rantings and over-the-top insults! They all are a disgrace and indicate just how far down the humanity scale they have slid!

  24. Gina, when did the total come to 18? Who, when did I miss this? the last count I heard was 16, if it is really 18 one more and they have become the Duggars of politics.

  25. His ‘sound bite’ backfired because his intentions did not come out of the godly place I’m sure he often preaches about. Instead of showing true compassion for Israel and his own country he was hoping to score political points. If he really wants to help solve such serious problems, he should start by offering solutions instead on calling the President names. Time and again President Obama shows more class than the GOP.

  26. How many nukes does Israel have? How many nukes does Iran have?

    Revealed: how Israel offered to sell South Africa nuclear weapons : Exclusive: Secret apartheid-era papers give first official evidence of Israeli nuclear weapons http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/may/23/israel-south-africa-nuclear-weapons So how many blacks did Israel directly try to bake?

    Take your likud bullshit and shove it up your war mongering ass. BTW have you served in the IDF?

  27. Spoken by a fool that would rather have our young people die for Capitalist in a war that is not winnable for America. Huckabee hasn’t a brain to look past his fundamentalist nose to realize that a war with Iran means a war with Russia and China, both who has interest in Iran. Bomb one oil well in Iran and Americans will pay dearly with their lives.

  28. I just can’t see a person with his mindset being the leader of the free world, commander in Chief, President of the Unites States of America (United we stand divided we fall). That dude is one crass, patronizing buffoon. He joins Trump, Perry (“Pack your guns when you go to the movies”)and all the rest of the pitifull set of Republican candidates. It is not beyond them to have said the same things in that manner. They ALL are guaranteed to put their foot in their mouths at some point, or continue to spew vile baseless talk.

  29. Puckabee could’ve said it in a NON- INSULTING way.
    But then again they love to use the FACIST Nazis as their prop, since they’re the same as them.

    How about we throw the chrisians to the lions like the ancient romans did?
    The world would be much better off without them.

  30. It is absurd to suppose the use of a nuclear weapon would benefit any county that used it in its neighborhood; what Israel fears, since it HAS HAD nuclear weapons for years, is detente in the region where up until now it has dominance. Israel has not made friends with its neighbors; too bad. America is sick and tired of being the “bodyguard” to a kid who goes around the playground kicking his little friends in the shins.

  31. Yes we know. Just about every Muslim on the planet would give their eyeteeth for a chance to nuke Israel.

    But what both you and Chuckles wilfully ignores: This deal will go a long ways towards the prevention of Iran getting a nuke.

    Fight your own gods-damned wars.

  32. Kudos to the NJDC for noticing that if it had demanded an apology from Huckabee, it would have been another non-apology apology. I wish them luck in getting the others in the GOP/TP clown car to condemn Huckabee for these vile comments. I don’t think it’s going to happen voluntarily. It took Pataki sending each of them a personal letter to get them to speak against Trump’s anti-Mexican rhetoric. None of them will receive a JFK Profile in Courage Award.

  33. …even in the ’80s on the anniversary of the attack on the USS Liberty, we solemnly held a toast “To the Liberty!!!” followed by someone playing a recording of “Taps”…
    …it’s a ceremony I’ll never forget…

  34. Of course this war the rethugs want will be won pretty quickly because Huckleberry has two big strapping sons to send, they are so brave they can kill lost dogs. Walker has sons, and I feel sure some of the others have – except Miss Lindsay of course.

  35. I just wish when republicans invite bibi to speak at anytime a Democrat would stand up and demand an apology and reparations for this act of war

  36. I am sure the leaders of the other countries feel as we do, we have a bunch of idiots in this country pretending to be experts, I cannot imagine what the Europeans
    must think, especially Germany. Huckleberry is an awful man who went to look at the camps as a tourist -which makes him an expert! Other counties are not freaking out over this deal they look at it as a good deal, why are we suffering idiots?

  37. The ZOA agrees with Governor Huckabee that this Iran deal could lead to a Holocaust-like massacre of the Jews. In such circumstances, when the Jewish state is threatened with nuclear annihilation, a Holocaust analogy such as Governor Huckabee used is acceptable and not out of place.
    Indeed, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu observed earlier this year during an address at Yad Vashem that, “Democracies cannot turn their eyes away from the dictatorships of the world that seek to spread their influence… ahead of World War II, the world attempted to appease the Nazis. They wanted quiet at any price, and the terrible price did come… Just as the Nazis aspired to crush civilization and to establish a ‘master race’ as ruler of the world while annihilating the Jewish people, so too does Iran strive to gain control over the region and then spread further, with the explicit intent of obliterating the Jewish state.”

  38. What Iran may or may not WANT to isn’t what Huck was saying. He was claiming that this agreement will enable their DOING it, which is not only despicable, it’s ridiculous.

    Israel is the one with nukes, not Iran.

  39. Mr. Huckabee, I’ve never heard a true Christian talk the way you have. I’ll only pray that one day you’ll be forgiven.

  40. Rebecca, I love coming to this site because it’s inhabited by sane, intelligent and thoughtful people.

    And then comes YOU — the turd in the punchbowl. I hope your comment is a ‘one-off’ statement, because I’d hate to think that you’re as ignorant as it suggests.

  41. Mike D:

    I think Mahatma Ghandi was thinking of Christians like Huckabee when he said this:

    —-“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”——

    ― Mahatma Gandhi

  42. djchefron:

    He’s either LYING, or overstating the number of Jewish “Friends” he has/had and spoke to. Politicians like Huckabee you’ve got to take what they claim “with a grain of salt”. Know what I mean? He is the master Bull Shi##er judging from his past BS pronouncements where he has been debunked and statements walked back for being way over the top. Typical Evangelican fire and brimstone preaching huckster. Exagerates the doomsday comings of the world. Fear mongering a-holes. My opinion.

  43. That’s the thing about anecdotal evidence P-51; according to mine anecdotal evidence I’m a suave man who can talk the panties off of every good looking young lady I come into contact with.

    The empirical evidence suggests that I’m a Dirty Old man with delusions of grandeur!

    Hmmmm, now that I think about it, it appears that I and Chuckles are more alike than I thought.

  44. It was the 47 Letter to Iran,that started this hate mongering. Netanahue should apologize to Pres. Obama, for trying to bring down our country.We should do to him what he is doing to Pres. Obama.I’m more concernred about Netanahue than the new Iranian Pres. Irans Religious leaders are just like our Christian religious right..full of hate.I listened and watch the Iran Deal conference with the Congress, hate “spewed” from the mouths of the Republicans. Rude and insulting to our Sec of State John Kerry.They haven’t even read the whole deal, otherwise they wouldn’t be asking the same question continuosly one after another. I’m waiting for my Sen. to speak she’s up for election, and my congressman is as well.She has her own skeletons in her closet with the FRM PONZI scheme and her “deleted” emails, which is again being investigated.

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