On Saturday, former Arizona Governor and 2016 Democratic Party Candidate Mike Huckabee made what turned out to be a very controversial comment:
This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven,” Huckabee said.One of the strongest negative responses came on Morning Joe where Mika Brzezinski gave what seemed an emotional take down of Huckabee on Monday, and doubled down on her criticism a day later.
The issue with Mika's statement is before she criticized Huckabee; she should fix the problems in her own house. Her father Zbigniew Brzezinski was Jimmy Carter's National Security Adviser. Throughout his post-White House career the elder Brzezinski has spewed hateful anti-Semitic comments, which are reminiscent of the period his daughter Mika criticized Huckabee for bringing up.
Mika Brzezinski's words on Monday's Morning Joe were described as an emotional take down of the former Governor (video of her monolog is embedded below).
If you’ve been to Auschwitz, if you’ve been to Birkenau, if you’ve been to any of these places where people were killed, and you see the piles of glasses, the piles of hair, the piles of shoes, and the piles of clothes and every bit of their humanity that had to be stripped away, handed over, as they went and then burned to their deaths, among other things, it’s really not a good comment to say. It’s a deal breaker! It should be over for him. You don’t say that. And, by the way, if you said it by mistake, that’s a sign of who you really are.On Tuesday Mika doubled-down and accused Huckabee's GOP colleagues of cowardice for not criticizing the former Arkansas governor.
“Huckabee should apologize — even though at this point it would be empty since he has doubled down — and his fellow Republicans should have the guts to do and say the right thing. and they don’t.”Ms. Brzezinski has the right to her opinion in fact there are people who I respect that believe Huckabee's statement was hyperbolic. However her statement about guts was hypocritical. Before she brought up "guts" Shouldn't Mika have the "guts to do and say the right thing" when her father former Clinton National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski spews his anti-Semitic hatred?
Some may say the elder Brzezinski is simply anti-Israel, but Zbigniew has long since crossed that line by using anti-Semitic canards. Like the time he was interviewed by Salon :
Brzezinski has both praise and criticism for the president: “He was an improvement by a very large score over his predecessor, but he could have been better.” He thinks the Obama administration “should have stuck to its guns in promoting a fair settlement” in the Middle East. A longtime foe of Israel’s partisans in the United States, he says the Obama team “fumbled by getting outmaneuvered by the Israelis.” Then he gets blunter: “Domestic politics interceded: The Israelis have a lot of influence with Congress, and in some cases they are able to buy influence.”If Brzezinski had any evidence that Israeli officials were U.S. politicians, law enforcement he should have produced it. But of course Mika's daddy wasn't really talking about Israelis. He was using polite language to say American Jews have a dual loyalty and have subverted the interests of the United States on behalf of a foreign power.
In 2008 while Zbigniew was teaching Barack Obama the foreign policy ropes, he used the same anti-Semitic canard but added that [the Jews] too readily respond to those types of anti-Semitic comments by saying they are antisemitic.
Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski says that the pro-Israel lobby in the US is too powerful, while the slur of anti-Semitism is too readily used whenever its power is called into question.There is no logic to what Brzezinski said, if that pro-Israel lobby (a nicer way to say Jews) was so powerful in this country how come they couldn't stop the U.S. start negotiating with the Palestinians? How did Jonathan Pollard stay in jail for 30 years? The slander Brzezinski uses of the powerful Jewish lobby is straight out of the anti-Semitic classic, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion."
Whether or not Huckabee's analogy was correct is not really the point here. Before Mika Brzezinski criticizes the former governor, or other Republicans for a lack of guts, she should show some guts and criticize her father for being an anti-Semite. Even if she doesn't do it publicly-- at the very least she should stop inviting him to guest "Morning Joe" where his hatred of Jews has led him to twist facts and go on anti-Israel rampages.