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Wasserman Schultz Slams Huckabee for Holocaust Reference, Made One In 2013

Congresswoman and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) criticized GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee for his comments that President Obama trusting Iran “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven” on Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Wolf.”

Wasserman-Schultz said, “It is outrageous and unacceptable for any presidential candidate, any politician, to make cavalier references to — and analogies to the Holocaust, no matter how people feel about the Iran deal, no matter where anyone comes out on it, they are entitled to their opinion. They should dissect it. We should debate it. be to make the suggestion, A, that there is some comparison to the six million Jews that lost their lives, and millions of other non-Jews in the gas chambers, to preventing Iran in a deal from achieving a nuclear weapon is an outrageous, unacceptable analogy, and Mike Huckabee owes the Jewish community and the American people an apology.”

She later added, “as far as the analogies to the Holocaust, what I also find outrageous, is that not a single Republican presidential candidate running has called out Mike Huckabee’s comments as unacceptable or outrageous. This is a par for the course, consistent pattern where they’re willing to make extreme comments — you know, Huckabee obviously, is not gaining much traction in the primary, and is trying to get some attention, bringing the Holocaust into a very serious discussion, that requires our attention and our careful deliberation is unacceptable, insulting, deeply hurtful for the Jewish community and, like I said, he owes the Jewish community and the American people an apology, and I also would call on all 15 other candidate — Republican candidates for president to repudiate what Mike Huckabee said because it’s outrageous.”

On September 2, 2013, in an interview on CNN, Wasserman-Schultz made a reference to the Holocaust to justify a strike against Syria, saying, “I feel confident that we will have a majority of the House of Representatives and the Senate who will understand, and authorize the president to engage in a limited, targeted strike that ensures that our national security interests are protected, but also that we respond to atrocities, and exercise the moral leadership that the United States has always led with. And for me as a mother, to see that searing image of babies lined up, murdered by their own government, innocent children. I mean, as a Jew, Wolf, I have to tell you, as a member of Congress who represents one of the largest Holocaust survivor populations in the country, to me, the concept of never again, has to mean something. And the United States, morally, cannot turn the other cheek. Too many leaders of ours have regretted that decision.”

(Video of 2013 interview via: Real Clear Politics)

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