President Obama denounced Mike Huckabee's comparison of the Iran nuclear deal to the Holocaust at a press conference in Ethiopia on Sunday. Huckabee said in doing the deal, Obama would "take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven."
Obama also called out Sen. Tom Cotton for comparing Secretary John Kerry to Pontius Pilate and Sen. Cruz's suggestion that Obama is "endorsing" the leading state sponsor of terorrism.
"The comments of Mr. Huckabee are just part of a general pattern that would be considered ridiculous if it weren't so sad," said the president. "These are leaders in the Republican Party."
OBAMA: And, if part of what historically has made America great, particularly when it comes to foreign policy, is there has been a recognition that these issues are too serious. Issues of war and peace are of such grave concern and consequence, we don't play fast and loose this way. We have robust debates, we look at the facts and agreements, but we just don't fling out ad hominem attacks like that, becuase it doesn't help inform the American people...
And so when you get rhetoric like this, maybe it gets attention, maybe this is just an effort to push Mr. Trump out of the headlines, but it is not the kind of leadership that is needed for America right now...
In fact it has been interesting, when you look at what happened with Mr. Trump, he has made some of the remarks that for example challenged the heroism of Mr. McCain.
Somobody who endured torture and conducted himself with exaemplary patriotism. The Republican party is shocked, and yet that arises out of a culture where those kinds of outrageous attacks have become far too commonplace... and the point is, we are creating a culture that is no conducive to good policy or good politics. The American people deserve better. Cetainly presidential debates deserve better.
In eighteen months I'm turning over the keys, I want to make sure I'm turning them over to someone who is serious.