WASHINGTON, DC- The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) today demanded that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) stop invoking the Holocaust to push his political agenda. NJDC Executive Director Aaron Keyak said:
“Former Governor Mike Huckabee is a serial offender when it comes to invoking the Holocaust to push his agenda. Huckabee chose to use the memory of the Holocaust to protest a woman’s right to choose—doing so after telling the audience about his recent trip to a Holocaust memorial in Israel. As NJDC has told him before, invoking the Holocaust in this manner is never acceptable. Period. He should apologize immediately and finally stop using such insensitive rhetoric to push his political agenda.”
The Des Moines Register reported:
During a 30-minute speech, Huckabee said he just got back Tuesday from Israel, one of 20-some trips he has made there since he was 17. One of his favorite places to take people is to a little cemetery across from Mount Zion in Jerusalem.
It houses the grave of Oskar Schindler, a Nazi German businessman who saved about 1,200 Jews by employing them in his factories.
Huckabee compared the Holocaust to abortion—the killing of humans who represent an inconvenience.
Abortion has killed about 55 million since 1973 in “this incredible holocaust of our own in America,” he said.
Huckabee has a well-established record of invoking the Holocaust to make political points, and has even done so on the weekend of Holocaust Remembrance Day.
In June 2010, The New Yorker reported that Huckabee credits the “horror” from “the holocaust of legalized abortion” as his reason for entering politics.
Huckabee has also associated with an anti-choice group that overtly compares a woman’s right to choose to the Holocaust.
Huckabee is a leading figure among the ranks of other Republicans listed here who have shamefully invoked the Holocaust to score political points.