Since GOP presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee spoke out against the Iran deal on Breitbart News Saturday with Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow, the mainstream media and political establishment have gone on attack mode – calling for Huckabee to apologize for his characterization of the negotiation.
Huckabee won’t apologize and instead has doubled down on his remarks, providing evidence to support his criticism of the Iran deal.
However, the attacks from the mainstream media and the political establishment have ended up backfiring because Huckabee has surged in popularity since he made his remarks just five days ago.
Huckabee’s Senior Communications Adviser Hogan Gidley exclusively told Breitbart News there has been almost a 100 percent increase in his campaign website traffic on Monday as compared to the previous Monday, prior to Huckabee’s criticism and remarks on the Iran deal.
Additionally, the day after Huckabee’s appearance on Breitbart News Saturday, Huckabee’s Facebook page reached more than seven million followers.
The growing number of public supporters signing Huckabee’s public letter to Congress, which calls for lawmakers to kill the Iran deal before leaving for summer recess, also demonstrates voters are supportive of Huckabee’s strong support of Israel.
His letter has reached close to 100,000 signatures.
Huckabee’s statement on Saturday also came at a time when Congress is reviewing the Obama Administration’s deal with Iran.
“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,” Huckabee said on Breitbart News Saturday.
The remark referencing the Holocaust caused President Obama, the Democratic National Committee, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and fellow GOP candidate Gov. Jeb Bush to criticize Huckabee for indicating the Iran deal threatens the lives of Israelis.
Huckabee responded by arguing that Clinton came out of hiding to attack him when she has no room for criticizing foreign policy after her Benghazi and private email server scandals during her time as Secretary of State.
Huckabee responded to Clinton directly in a public statement:
Hillary Clinton came out of hiding today to attack my comments on Iran, calling them unacceptable, but what’s truly unacceptable is a mushroom cloud over Israel. How many times will Iran’s leaders call for Israel’s annihilation before Hillary wakes up to this existential threat? How many murdered Israelis will it take for Hillary to express as much outrage at Iran as she did at my defense of Israel? The policy of my administration will be “never again” and when the phone rings at 3 A.M. I won’t tell the American people “what difference does it make?” I will stand with Israel against Iranian evil.