Former Arkansas Governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee came under fire on Saturday for tweeting a picture of MS-13 gang members with the caption, 'Nancy Pelosi introduces her campaign committee to take back the house'.
Huckabee was called 'racist piece of trash' over the post, while another commentator tweeted: 'The punchline of this "joke" from the Republican former governor of Arkansas is that Latinos are bad and scary and also Democrats.'
The post, which showed the five tattooed Hispanic men making gang signals, comes as a heated debate over immigration rages in the US, sparked by the Trump administration's controversial 'zero tolerance' policy which saw migrant children split from their parents.
Mike Huckabee's tweet, sent on Saturday, showed five tattooed Hispanic men making gang signals and had the caption 'Nancy Pelosi introduces her campaign committee to take back the house'
Huckabee was called 'racist piece of trash' over the post, with another commentator tweeting: 'The punchline of this 'joke' from the Republican former governor of Arkansas is that Latinos are bad and scary and also Democrats'
Tim O'Brien wrote: 'Mike Huckabee, a Christian minister who believes in the power of love and forgiveness, would never exploit racism and tensions over immigration for political purposes.'
Television anchor Soledad O'Brien tweeted: 'Governor Huckabee, still a bigot.'
Meanwhile, Adam Davidson, a staff writer for the New Yorker, claimed the post drew worrying historical parallels.
'I know we're cautioned to go easy on the Nazi parallels, but this is too clear an example,' he wrote.
'This is no different from a Nazi-era cartoon of criminal Jews. Huckabee should be ostracized and ashamed.'
MS-13 is an international criminal gang formed in Los Angeles made up mainly of people from Central America.
It has become a flash point for Americans concerned about illegal migrants coming into the U.S.
President Trump has repeatedly called the group 'animals' and led an event at the White House on Friday which featured many relatives of their victims.
Others called Huckabee a 'bigot' while New Yorker staff writer Adam Davidson claimed the post had 'Nazi' parallels