On the somber 75th anniversary of D-Day, leaders from all over the world gathered on Thursday to commemorate the invasion that saw allied forces begin to liberate France from Nazi control, beginning with storming the beaches of Normandy.
Despite the scores of soldiers who died during the invasion, and the complex history that's happened since, Republican Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee couldn't help but make a snide comment about German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Must have been an "awkward" moment for Angela Merkel to sit in ceremony as the Allies commemorated D-Day that broke… https://t.co/bUNdR02l6k— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@Gov. Mike Huckabee) 1559772191.0
Huckabee was implying that, because Nazi Germany was one of the Allies' prime enemies during World War II, she must have felt out of place or still have some degree of allegiance to a regime defeated almost a century ago.
Not the case.
In fact, Germany went through a thorough denazification process—an initiative implemented by the Allies to undo the hold that Nazi propaganda had taken on the minds of German and Austrian citizens. This included showing them photographs and giving tours of the horrors brought by Nazi concentration camps, reminding them what complacency can lead to.
People weren't here for Huckabee's misrepresentation, including a former German ambassador.
@GovMikeHuckabee Governor: with all due respect, from a former German ambassador in Washington: Germans were told b… https://t.co/HtPJl2cKg5— Wolfgang Ischinger (@Wolfgang Ischinger) 1559827800.0
@GovMikeHuckabee Sorry, but honestly....Talk about just not getting it. Jeez.— Tim Bale (@Tim Bale) 1559808408.0
@GovMikeHuckabee well since she’s definitely not, and never was a Nazi and the war was 75years ago, and she’s honor… https://t.co/qvVClyHbO5— alyssa mastromonaco (@alyssa mastromonaco) 1559815731.0
@GovMikeHuckabee I think your comment is disrespecful and portrays a total lack of understanding of modern Germany… https://t.co/lyxTU6L1LY— Alexander Stubb (@Alexander Stubb) 1559816573.0
@GovMikeHuckabee Or, it shows how far we have come. Once our enemy, now one of our strongest allies. Chancellor Mer… https://t.co/OQItGUGK4T— Anna (@Anna) 1559780824.0
@GovMikeHuckabee No. In Germany we say: war? Never again! And we‘re thankful for the ultimate sacrfice the allied troops gave.— Antonio Corsi (@Antonio Corsi) 1559774480.0
Not to mention, his implication came with a degree of hypocrisy, given Huckabee's wholehearted support for President Donald Trump.
@GovMikeHuckabee Merkel is less of a Nazi than the person sitting two seats to her right, my guy— Yes, You're Racist (@Yes, You're Racist) 1559827485.0
@GovMikeHuckabee Sorry. Why is that awkward? The only person in the picture that gives safe haven to white supremac… https://t.co/zuDEE7IMiJ— Mueller, She Wrote Podcast (@Mueller, She Wrote Podcast) 1559817111.0
@GovMikeHuckabee You were the governor of a slave state. Awkward?— JRehling (@JRehling) 1559779372.0
He really Hucked this up.