Near universal outrage accompanied Mike Huckabee's comment yesterday that the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by President Obama would "take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven."
"As a Jew," Geraldo Rivera begs Mike Huckabee to apologize for the Holocaust reference while criticizing the Iran deal. "I love you," Geraldo says. "But as a Jew -- I have to tell you... it was inappropriate."
Huckabee is not cowed by Geraldo's J-card, saying ,"three times I've been to Auschwitz. When I talked about the oven door, I have stood at that oven door. I know exactly what it looks like."
"Why do we have the Holocaust Museum in Washington?" he asks. "So we never repeat it again. If we're on the verge of repeating it again with a nation that's threatening to do the very thing, how do we not bring up this language?"
MIKE HUCKABEE: If we don't take seriously the threat of Iran, God help us all. It is Nevile Chamberlain all over again.
Three times I've been to Auschwitz. When I talked about the oven door, I have stood at that oven door. 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.
And for the president to act like there are only two options, either take his deal or have a war, we didn't get the hostages out, they didn't stop this rhetoric about wanting to wipe Israel out or death to America, I thought you're kidding. This is it? This is the best deal? Why can't we criticize it?
GERALDO RIVERA, FOX NEWS: But governor, the point is you went a step -- I love you. You would be a great president. You have the temperance. You have the experience.
But as a Jew -- I have to tell you with people who work in the Anti-Defamation League and relatives on both sides, it was inappropriate.
There are some places you cannot go. 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 compare it to a negotiation over a deal like this, governor.
There are some thing -- you have offended many people in the Jewish community, not only the organized jewish community, but the rank & file.
It's inappropriate to compare the holocaust to anything. If you start using that as a sloppily rhetorical phrase, you're going to get in trouble.
MIKE HUCKABEE: Why do we have the Holocaust Museum in Washington? Why do we have Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, which I have visited many times?
GERALDO: Because they are sacred.
HUCKABEE: Why do we have it? No, no, answer my question, Geraldo.
GERALDO: To remember. To never forget.
HUCKABEE: Why? So we never repeat it again. If we're on the verge of repeating it again with a nation that's threatening to do the very thing, how do we not bring up this language?