Huckabee: Jews' Response to Holocaust Comment 'Overwhelmingly Positive'

He'd said President Obama's Iran nuclear deal was akin to marching Israelis “to the door of the oven.”

Republican presidential hopeful and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee fields questions at The Family Leadership Summit at Stephens Auditorium on July 18, 2015 in Ames, Iowa.

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Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Tuesday doubled down on his comments likening the Iran nuclear deal to the Holocaust, saying the response from Jewish people he has spoken to has been “overwhelmingly supportive.”

“The response from Jewish people has been overwhelmingly positive, the response from Holocaust survivors, from the children of Holocaust survivors,” the former Arkansas governor said, appearing on NBC's Today Show. “I was last night in an event. I was probably one of four gentiles in the entire event—it was a Jewish event. People were overwhelmingly supportive.”

In a story published Saturday by Breitbart News, Huckabee was quoted as saying, “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.” The remark drew rebukes from the Anti-Defamation League and politicians ranging from President Barack Obama to rival Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

On Tuesday, Huckabee said he would use the same phrasing if he were president because he has “been to Auschwitz three times” and has “stood at that very place.”

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