WATCH: Huckabee Doubles Down, Saying 'It Is Nevile Chamberlain All Over Again'

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Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at the Republican National Committee spring meeting luncheon Friday, May 15, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz.Credit: AP


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MIKE HUCKABEE: If we don't take seriously the threat of Iran, God help us all. It is Nevile Chamberlain all over again.

Three times I've been to Auschwitz. When I talked about the oven door, I have stood at that oven door. I know exactly what it looks like. 1.1 million people killed. For 6,000 years, Jews have been chased and hunted and killed all over this earth and when someone in a government says we're going to kill them, I think, by gosh, we better take that seriously. 

And for the president to act like there are only two options, either take his deal or have a war, we didn't get the hostages out, they didn't stop this rhetoric about wanting to wipe Israel out or death to America, I thought you're kidding. This is it? This is the best deal? Why can't we criticize it? 

GERALDO RIVERA, FOX NEWS: But governor, the point is you went a step -- I love you. You would be a great president. You have the temperance. You have the experience. 

But as a Jew -- I have to tell you with people who work in the Anti-Defamation League and relatives on both sides, it was inappropriate.

There are some places you cannot go. You cannot compare the slaughter of 6 million jews to anything other than maybe the slaughter of the Armenians or something else in history. You compare it to a negotiation over a deal like this, governor. 

There are some thing -- you have offended many people in the Jewish community, not only the organized jewish community, but the rank & file. 

It's inappropriate to compare the holocaust to anything. If you start using that as a sloppily rhetorical phrase, you're going to get in trouble. 

MIKE HUCKABEE: Why do we have the Holocaust Museum in Washington? Why do we have Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, which I have visited many times?

GERALDO: Because they are sacred. 

HUCKABEE: Why do we have it? No, no, answer my question, Geraldo.

GERALDO: To remember. To never forget. 

HUCKABEE: Why? So we never repeat it again. If we're on the verge of repeating it again with a nation that's threatening to do the very thing, how do we not bring up this language?