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Spicer apologizes for saying Hitler didn’t use gas to murder his people during HolocaustAfter he claimed that Adolf Hitler did not use gas against his own people, more and more people are calling for White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s dismissal: “Sean Spicer now lacks the integrity to serve as White House press secretary and President Trump must fire him at once.” Meanwhile, Spicer apologized: “It was a mistake to do that.”
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In light of the media storm surrounding Sean Spicer’s controversial remarks regarding Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust, the White House press secretary issued an apology on Tuesday evening. “It was a mistake,” he stated. However, some are still demanding that U.S. President Donald Trump fire Spicer.
“I was obviously trying to make a point about the heinous acts that Assad had made against his own people last week, using chemical weapons and gas,” Spicer explained during an interview with CNN. “Frankly, I mistakenly made an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which there is no comparison. And for that, I apologize. It was a mistake to do that.”
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During a press conference yesterday, Spicer said: “Even someone as despicable as Hitler didn't sink to the level of using chemical weapons.” When a reporter asked Spicer to clarify his statement, Spicer said: “I think when you come to sarin gas, there was no – he [Hitler] was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing.”
Another reporter then tried to question Spicer again about his statement and Spicer cut him off and sparked even more confusion in the room when he referred to concentration camps as “Holocaust centers:” “There was not -- he brought them into the Holocaust center, I understand that.”
“Sean Spicer now lacks the integrity to serve as White House press secretary and President Trump must fire him at once,” said Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, in a statement.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is also demanding that Trump fire Spicer. “While Jewish families across America celebrate Passover, the chief spokesman of this White House is downplaying the horror of the Holocaust,” Pelosi said in a statement. “Sean Spicer must be fired and the President must immediately disavow his spokesman's statements.”
Chelsea Clinton tweeted: "I hope @PressSec takes time to visit @HolocaustMuseum. It's a few blocks away."
In Israel, politicians also responded to Spicer’s remarks. Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) took to Twitter: “Spicer’s remark about Hitler not using chemical weapons against his people is serious and outrageous. There’s a moral obligation that precedes policy. We need to demand that he apologizes or resigns.”
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