Mike Huckabee says the media was wrong when it reported that Jewish organizations were upset with by his comments invoking the Holocaust to criticize President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran.
The former Arkansas governor received widespread criticism after saying in June that the Obama administration's nuclear deal "will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven."
Notably, The Anti-Defamation League, which monitors anti-semitic language, condemned his comments. The National Jewish Democratic Council called his remarks "may be the most inexcusable we've encountered in recent memory."
But Huckabee told Washington Watch with Tony Perkins on Wednesday that Jewish organizations were not upset by his comments.
"It's interesting, when I made some comments a few weeks ago, really talking about how horrible this is and used a reference to the Holocaust -- which is quite appropriate since we're talking about targeting Jews -- it was reported by the media, Tony, that Jewish organizations we're upset with me," stated Huckabee. "Well let me assure you, that's just not the case."
Huckabee cited the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), which said it agreed with Huckabee, to prove his point. Huckabee said the Friend of Likud also agreed with his remark, though BuzzFeed News could not verify this.
Huckabee also repeated a line he's often made in defending the remarks, saying that Holocaust survivors thanked him for making the comments.
"This notion -- just because the president chose to attack me personally while he was in Ethiopia only to me, made it very clear, that I must have been right directly over the target," concluded Huckabee.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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