White House spokesman Sean Spicer offers fresh apology over Hitler reference

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 21, 2017

"And frankly, I used an inappropriate, insensitive reference to the Holocaust for which, frankly, there is no comparison".

"I was trying to make a point about the heinous acts that Assad had made against his own people last week using chemical weapons and gas", he told Blitzer. Appearing in an interview with veteran host Neil Cavuto, Kassam Eid, a Syrian man who survived a 2013 chemical weapons attack believed to have been carried out by Mr Assad, argued the Syrian President was worse than Hitler. But folks quickly pointed out that the Nazi regime did in fact gas millions of Jews during the Holocaust. Many were killed in gas chambers in European concentration camps.

SENIOR Democratic politician Nancy Pelosi demanded that White House press secretary Sean Spicer be sacked yesterday over his historically inaccurate, offensive and garbled comments comparing Adolf Hitler with Bashar al-Assad.

After the briefing, Spicer emailed reporters a statement that said: "In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust".

"I understand this is a holy week for the Jewish people and the Christian people and to make a gaffe and a mistake like this is inexcusable and reprehensible", he said.

Despite the apologies, Mr Spicer's remarks provoked outrage around the globe from those who claimed he showed insensitivity to victims of the Holocaust.

The video was retweeted more than a thousand times, with many Twitter users referencing Spicer's comments. Earlier in the year, the White House generated criticism by issuing a statement on worldwide Holocaust Remembrance Day that did not mention Jews. Critics in January noted the administration's statement marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which omitted any mention of Jewish victims. And the Anti-Defamation League has offered to help educate Spicer on the Holocaust. The views expressed in these articles are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Mint Press News editorial policy. They are republished from a number of sources, and are not produced by MintPress News.

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