Anti-Defamation League Offers To Educate Sean Spicer On Holocaust

Apr 14, 2017, 10:36
Anti-Defamation League Offers To Educate Sean Spicer On Holocaust

Spicer apologized today for his comments during Tuesday's White House press briefing where he attempted to compare Assad's actions with those of Hitler. "I think that's what clearly - that's what I think Spicer was talking about". "That was not the intent".

Spicer offered an apology Tuesday, telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer that he was "trying to make a point about the heinous acts" committed by Assad and he "mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive comment about the Holocaust, and there is no comparison". "I got into a topic that I shouldn't of and I screwed up". "We know you are very busy, but we believe a few hours learning this history will help you understand where you went wrong and prevent you from making these mistakes in the future".

"On a professional level it's disappointing because I think I've let the president down", Spicer said in a conversation at the Newseum. "Of all weeks, this compounds that kind of mistake".

Spicer was widely criticized for saying Hitler "didn't even sink to using chemical weapons". "There's no comparing atrocities", he added, seemingly remorseful and embarrassed.

Indeed, Assad is a brutal dictator whose regime has committed genocidal war crimes on Syrians, but Hitler's use of gas chambers to commit genocide against millions of Jews, including "his own people", German Jews, was obviously an abuse of chemical weapons as well.

"I think when you have a spokesman or a press secretary that himself becomes the story more than once and deflects from what that job is about in terms of representing the White House - I think it is time for him to go", Coffman said. "This is my mistake, my bad that I needed to fix".

As his comments spread across social media, calls for his resignation quickly came from multiple Jewish groups and Democratic congressmen.

Reaction to Spicer's initial comment continued Wednesday, with Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial inviting him to visit its website.

After the briefing, Spicer, once again tried to clarify, "in no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust". Later in the day, Spicer said he had let down Trump with his "inexcusable and reprehensible".

The White House press secretary also addressed reported the feud between the president's top aides, Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner, who is also his son-in-law.