[Mike] Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate who now hosts a conservative TV talk show, told those in the [“Celebrate Life”] crowd of about 250 that “they’re the heart and hope not only of the Republican Party but I believe of the United States of America.”
The Republican Party of Iowa sponsored the event. Huckabee said it was the first program he knows of held by a state party “specifically to emphasize and to celebrate our commitment to the dignity, the worth and the intrinsic value of every single human being.”
“I salute this party and its leaders for having the courage, and let’s just be blunt, having the courage to take a stand that may or may not be popular at all levels of our party,” he said.
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.
In 2007 Huckabee made the same offensive false equivalency, for which the Anti-Defamation League called him out. *
Then in a 2011 speech to the NRA he compared the debt ceiling to the holocaust, which the ADL again objected to. *
Obviously, he doesn't care what the ADL thinks.
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