Sean Spicer apologizes for 'inappropriate, insensitive' Holocaust comment

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 21, 2017

The freakish statement ignored the Nazi madman's use of toxic gas to exterminate millions of Jews.

His first attempt to explain compounded his display of ignorance, as he declared that Hitler "was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing".

I'm glad to see that press secretary Sean Spicer has apologized for his absurd comments comparing Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad with Adolf Hitler. "It was a mistake to do that".

The White House generated criticism at the start of the year when a statement on worldwide Holocaust Remembrance Day did not make any reference to Jews.

Steven Goldstein, head of the Anne Frank Center, described Mr Spicer's comments as an "evil slur" and said he now "lacks the integrity to serve". He added, "Obviously it was my blunder".

Mr Spicer had earlier delivered a garbled defence of his remarks in which he tried to differentiate between Hitler's actions and the gas attack on Syrian civilians last week.

He said his original comments were "inexcusable and reprehensible".

A day later he defended his attacks against the media, telling reporters: "I think sometimes you can disagree with facts".

When asked to clarify his remarks, he stumbled again by referring to concentration camps as "Holocaust centers". It was brought - the use of it, I appreciate the clarification. "That was not the intent".

He says he "was trying to draw a comparison for which there shouldn't have been one".

A few hours later, a contrite Mr Spicer appeared on U.S. television expressing regret for the comments.

Spicer shared that he had not spoken to Trump this morning, but would not comment on any possible private conversations he had with the president or other White House officials on the matter.

According to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Nazis experimented with poison gas in late 1939 with the killing of mental patients, which was termed "euthanasia".

The Nazis murdered six million Jews during World War Two.

Now is probably a good time to remember that Spicer used to dress up as the bunny for the White House's annual Egg Roll.

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