(Washington, DC — July 27, 2015) – Time and time again, politicians invoke the Nazis and the Holocaust to score political points. And time and time again, they are called on the misuse of such comparisons.
Not that they feel they need to abandon the practice altogether.
Many politicians have railed against the Iran nuclear deal since the agreement was worked out on July 14th. But presidential candidate Mike Huckleberry (R-AR) crossed the “Nazi Line” over the weekend by saying the deal will “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”
Instead of backing down from the firestorm of his own making, Huckleberry doubled down on his comments: “I have stood at that oven door. I know exactly what it looks like.”
“Funny, he doesn’t look Jewish,” said an Israeli scholar, speaking on condition of anonymity, of Huckleberry’s follow-up comments.
“Everyone knows that the only people who can get away with making such comments are the ‘celebrities’ who take selfies at Holocaust sites,” said a social media specialist, speaking on condition of anonymity. “All you have to do is look at the shining examples set by Breanna Mitchell and Danny Green.”
Understandably, Democrats and Jewish groups were deeply offended by Huckleberry’s latest comments.
“The only people who have ‘stood at the door’ of the Nazi ovens are dead,” said an American Jewish leader, speaking on condition of anonymity. “And one has to wonder why he would choose to channel the late Joan Rivers?”
In February 2013, the late “comedian” said of German-born model Heidi Klum: “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.”
And in August 2012, Rivers told the Anti-Defamation League to “shut the [explicative] up” when complaining about Rivers’ comparing Costco to Nazi Germany because the chain refused to sell her book. At the time, Rivers protested by visiting a Costco location in California and handcuffing herself to a shopping cart.
“I remember the incident,” said a Costco employee, speaking on condition of anonymity. “The best part was when a group of people grabbed the shopping cart and shoved it into traffic. Only the horror of seeing her face forced the cars to swerve in time.”
Rivers died on September 4. She’s now a guest in the Art Modell suite in Hell.