Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Holocaust for dummies - like Sean Spicer

Holocaust for dummies - like Sean Spicer

A Republican congressman on Wednesday called for the resignation of the White House press secretary after comparing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Adolph Hitler during his daily breifing.

Coffman, a moderate representing a swing district in and around Aurora, was asked at a town hall about Spicer's remarks this week that even Hitler didn't "sink to using chemical weapons" during the Holocaust.

The comments drew sharp criticism on social media and elsewhere for overlooking the fact that the Nazis killed millions of Jews and others in gas chambers. Spicer initially attempted a series of clarifications Tuesday, saying he was referring to "the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers".

"On a professional level it's disappointing because I think I've let the president down", Spicer said in a conversation at the Newseum.

Howard Stern is a longtime friend of President Donald Trump - but he's certainly no friend of Sean Spicer. "I guess not", Stern said.

He apologized for those comments nearly immediately and said the comparison was especially "inappropriate" during the Jewish holiday of Passover.

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"By coming to the defense of Sean Spicer and calling his comments valid, Rep. Kevin Cramer is complicit in this administration's record of Holocaust denial", Irwin said. "To make a gaffe like this is inexcusable and reprehensible".

Many have asked for Spicer to be removed from office, a decision that is up to the president.

Spicer's comments came on the first day of Passover, drawing swift and stinging reaction from members of the Jewish community, many of whom called on the president to fire him.

Do you agree with Howard Stern - should Sean Spicer be fired? "I think that's a healthy way for the president to get guidance and ultimately make decisions". The attack in northern Syria left almost 90 people dead, and Turkey's health minister said test show sarin gas was used.

"There's no comparing atrocities", he said during an interview at an event at a museum in Washington.

Though Cramer separately told Forum Communications columnist Rob Port on his radio show that the press secretary's comments were "dumb", he also said Spicer should not resign.

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