At a news conference in Africa, President Obama responded to some of the more outrageous recent remarks of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee, the latter of whom pumped attention to his flagging campaign by likening the Iranian nuclear deal with the Holocaust. From Talking Points Memo:
During a news conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Obama was asked to respond to a remark that Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, made over the weekend comparing a landmark nuclear deal with Iran to the Holocaust. Huckabee said that in sealing the deal, the President “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”
Obama said Huckabee’s remark was “part of just a general pattern that we’ve seen that would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad.”
He then suggested Huckabee may have made the comment in an effort to steal headlines away from real estate mogul Donald Trump, who’s dominated the news in recent weeks for his disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants and Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) war record, according to CBS News.
“The Republican Party is shocked and yet that arises out of a culture where those kind of outrageous attacks have become far too commonplace and yet circulated nonstop through the Internet and talk radio and news outlets,” Obama added.
This, of course, is precisely the briar patch into which Huckabee keeps trying to be tossed by his over-the-top rhetoric. It can only help him the madhouse that is the Republican primary. He’ll triangulate back to the model should — perish the thought — he win the nomination.
By the way: New polling shows a majority of voters want the Iran deal to move forward, but that’s a blend of all voters. Republicans oppose.
UPDATE: As I figured, Obama’s criticism was a dream come true for the Huckster.
UPDATE II: Whoops. Somebody went to the wayback machine and found extended Mike Huckabee remarks in 2008 IN FAVOR OF diplomatic engagement with Iran.