Sean Spicer apologises amid uproar over Holocaust remark
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 18:52
Less than 24 hours earlier, Spicer compared Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad's chemical weapons attack on his own citizens to Adolf Hitler's actions.
"We didn't even use chemical weapons in World War II", Spicer Tuesday during a briefing with reporters.
"I always thought he was an odd pick", McCain said.
"Sean Spicer must be fired, and the President must immediately disavow his spokesman's statements", Pelosi said in a statement.
Spicer said that he knew Hitler had used gas chambers during the holocaust and clarified that he should "stayed focused" on Syria and Assad's brutality.
After these comments brought on much expected backlash, Spicer went on CNN to apologize.
"I mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which, frankly, there is no comparison", Spicer said in an interview with CNN host Wolf Blitzer. "It was a mistake to do that". "They fall for these things because they think it's really hot stuff and the public just can't wait to stick it to Sean Spicer, who 99 percent of the people wouldn't have the foggiest idea who he is and it distracts from other things".
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer revealed his lack of knowledge about the Holocaust.
When asked whom he was directing his apology to, Spicer said, "anyone offended by the comments". German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said contemporary comparisons with Nazi atrocities were generally ill-advised. Eighty-seven people, including children, were killed in last week's chemical weapons attack in Syria. Critics in January noted the administration's statement marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which omitted any mention of Jewish victims.
Many have asked for Spicer to be removed from office, a decision that is up to the president.
"It's a very holy week for Jewish and Christian people...to make a gaffe and a mistake like this is inexcusable and reprehensible", he continued.
In the U.S., Democrats and Jewish organizations condemned the comments.
"But if I'm President Trump, I'm like, well Jesus Christ, we're a laughingstock", Stern said. Spicer apologized on Tuesday for his remarks, which drew sharp condemnation.
Until Monday the administration had maintained that last week's airstrikes were in response to the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons against its own citizens.