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Savransky writes: "The Anne Frank Center is calling for White House press secretary Sean Spicer to be fired after his Tuesday comments claiming Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons during World War II."

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. (photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. (photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)


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The Anne Frank Center Wants Spicer Fired for Holocaust Remarks

By Rebecca Savransky, The Hill

12 April 17

 

he Anne Frank Center is calling for White House press secretary Sean Spicer to be fired after his Tuesday comments claiming Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons during World War II.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the center's executive director blasted Spicer, saying the White House spokesman "lacks the integrity" to serve in his post.

"On Passover no less, Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death," Steven Goldstein said in a statement.

"Spicer's statement is the most evil slur upon a group of people we have ever heard from a White House press secretary."

He added: "President Trump must fire him at once."

During Tuesday's press briefing, Spicer referenced Hitler while talking about Syrian President Bashar Assad and the recent chemical strike in Syria that prompted a military response from the U.S.

"You had someone as despicable as Hitler, who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons," Spicer said.

Hitler is known to have used cyanide gas in mass murders of Jews.

Later in the briefing, Spicer was asked to clarify his comments.

“When it comes to sarin gas, [Hitler] was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing,” Spicer said during his follow-up.

“I understand your point. Thank you. I appreciate that. He brought them into the Holocaust centers, I understand that. I was saying in the way that Assad used them where he went into town, dropped them into the middle of town. I appreciate the clarification. That was not the intent.”

Following the briefing, Spicer released a further statement saying he wasn't trying to "lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust."

"However, I was trying to draw a contrast of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on innocent people," he said in the statement.

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+4 # Citizen Mike 2017-04-12 10:17
Nah, this is just the ignorance of a guy who is incompetent and probably never met a live Jew in his life. Leave him there to keep doing damage to the Trump administration. We do not want him replaced with someone who is actually competent and articulate.
 
 
+1 # lfeuille 2017-04-12 20:42
I agree that we should leave him there with his foot in his mouth to keep the pressure on the administration, but I think this is more than just simple ignorance. Not to realize that German Jews WERE Hitler's own people shows that he and the rest of the administration really do think that some people don't count.
 
 
+10 # Moxa 2017-04-12 12:22
Spicer is simply saying it is not as bad to round up people because they are Jewish (or Gypsy or homosexual) and take them in trains to concentration camps, starve them until they either die or become like walking skeletons and then gas them in the showers, than it is to drop gas on people in the streets. It's a no-brainer.

Apart from the pure idiocy of his argument, the hypocrisy of our self-righteous reaction to the slaughter of innocent children would be laughable if it weren't tragic. Think of the napalm, the cluster bombs, the depleted uranium, the drone strikes, the atomic bombs with which we have killed innumerable innocent children all over the world. There is a reason why the global community considers the U.S. the single biggest threat to world peace.

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+3 # Kootenay Coyote 2017-04-12 15:01
“However, I was trying to draw a contrast of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on innocent people," [Spicer] said.

You mean like Nixon & Agent Orange in Viet Nam?
 
 
+1 # tomtom 2017-04-12 17:34
Well said, Mona. The choice of making excuses for extremely outrageous acts against humanity, the media, all political parties, the president and all legislative branches should have the history of the Holocaust re-introduced into the American education system. Unfortunately, none of them see that our bombing of innocent civilians is no different than Russia's or Syria's bombing of innocent civilians.
 
 
+2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-04-12 18:52
Maybe if the Anne Frank center wanted to rid the world of genocide, it would get active in defense of Palestinians. Gaza has been called by many people the world's largest concentration camp. There is no doubt in any thinking person's mind that Israel is committed to the ethnic cleansing of historical Palestine.

Instead of fighting "evil slurs," why not fight real evil? The same sort of evil that drove Hitler continues to exist in may places around the world. The Anne Frank Center might be an important leading voice in mobilizing against these regimes.

Spicer is a talking head. Really he's not worth talking about.
 

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