With insult generating dickhead Donald Trump soaking up all of the media’s attention by picking schoolyard fights, saying racist things and acting like a thin-skinned little baby 24 hours a day, other GOP candidates for the White House have been left wondering what they need to do to get some of that much-needed spotlight to jolt their primary campaigns. Some have decided to get into verbal battles with Trump and see if that helps, a la Rick Perry and Lindsey Graham. Others have tried to create viral videos to generate interest, such as Rand Paul taking a chainsaw and torch to tax code while wearing a ‘Detroit Republican’ t-shirt.
Then you have the case of former Arkansas Governor and current culture warrior Mike Huckabee. On Saturday, he did a softball interview with far-right media outlet Breitbart. Besides using it to sell his campaign, Huckabee also decided to slam President Obama and the recent deal he made with Iran over nuclear arms. Considering that one of the ways you have to appeal to the Republican base is to denigrate Obama at every turn, the Huckster made sure to use Godwin’s Law when discussing deal and how it will affect Israel.
“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.”
The interview started making waves Sunday as it was reported on by numerous publications and sites. By Sunday afternoon, Huckabee and Israelis were both among Twitter’s top ten trends. Most of the people tweeting about Huck were quite critical of his comments. Some really took him to task for what he said.
Huckabee hyperbole: “[Obama] will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven”. If you aren’t offended, you aren’t paying attn.
— Chris Savage (@Eclectablog) July 26, 2015
— Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) July 26, 2015
trump attacks mccain war record msm: NOOOO THE PRECIOUS huckabee calls obama hitler msm: YAWN whats for brunch? — Oliver Willis (@owillis) July 26, 2015
— clydetheslyde (@clydetheslyde) July 26, 2015
“Obama is marching Israelis to the door of the oven.” –Mike Huckabee “Those who prey upon fears are always desperate for power.” –Gandhi
— James Gill (@techsavvywriter) July 26, 2015
I didn’t think a Sunday could b ruined, but Mike Huckabee: “Obama Marching Israelis To ‘Door Of The Oven’.” ? Have you no shame sir? — Muriel B (@QuiltingMuriel) July 26, 2015
In the end, while these were definitely and without questions disgustingly awful comments made to instill both fear and rage within the right-wing base, it seems doubtful that they will hurt Huckabee one bit. Washington Post writer Jerry Markon sent this tweet out on Sunday afternoon letting us now how the other GOP candidates have reacted to Hucks’s remarks.
Dead silence so far from other Republican presidential candidates about Mike Huckabee comments on Iran deal/Israelis/oven. I’ve tried most.
— Jerry Markon (@JerryMarkon) July 26, 2015
A quick scan of all the other GOP candidates’ Twitter accounts, as well as those of the RNC and Reince Priebus, show that none of them had anything to say about Huckabee or his comments. Not one of them saying, “Hey, how ’bout not making Nazi references, K?”
Likely, they were all thinking, “Damn, why didn’t I think of that?!?!” It is going to be a LONG election season. So very, very, VERY long.
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