Since his offensive Holocaust analogy over the weekend, GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has been called upon by several prominent members of the media, including Geraldo Rivera and Mika Brzezinski, to apologize for those remarks, but to no avail.
“Huckabee should apologize — even though at this point it would be empty since he has doubled down,” said Brzezinski on Tuesday’s edition of Morning Joe. “And his fellow Republicans should have the guts to do and say the right thing, and they don’t.”
“I don’t agree with everything he has to say, but I love that he’s a man of deep religious convictions — or so I thought,” Brzezinski continued. “Quite frankly, I do not see that Mike Huckabee in these comments. I see some sort of candidate desperate to get on the debate stage, and doing anything, anything, to make that happen.”
Despite condemnation from both Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to the U.S., and Jonathan A. Greenblatt, spokesman for the Anti-Defamation League, Huckabee chose to triple down on his comments Tuesday morning on The Today Show — making the unsubstantiated claim that “the response from Jewish people have been overwhelming positive.”
Employing the old “I have Jewish friends” defense, Huckabee pointed out that at an event he attended Monday night, he “was probably one of four gentiles in the entire event, people were overwhelmingly supportive.”
During his interview with the 2016 hopeful, Matt Lauer asked Huckabee whether their was any truth to these comments simply being a ploy “to be heard over the roar of Donald Trump.”
“No, there’s not and I’ll tell you why,” responded Huckabee. “If I was gonna make noise about this, don’t you think I’d have a better forum than a weekend satellite radio show that I didn’t think that many people would be listening to?”
“You say it there, you end up here…” Lauer astutely replied.
“Because you invited me,” said Huckabee.
“Sure, because of the comments,” retorted Lauer.
Watch interview, courtesy of NBC News.
Watch Mika call for Huckabee’s apology, courtesy of MSNBC.