The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect is calling for the firing of Sean Spicer after he made controversial statements about Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust.
“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, Executive director of the center, 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. Sean Spicer now lacks the integrity to serve as White House press secretary, and President Trump must fire him at once.”
During a briefing on Tuesday (April 11), Spicer likened Syria President Bashar Assad to Adolf Hitler and minimized Hitler’s role in the Jewish Holocaust.
“We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II. You had a … someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink … to using chemical weapons,” Trump’s spokesman told reporters. “You have to, if you’re Russia, ask yourself, is this a country and a regime you want to align yourself with?”
When Spicer was asked to clarify his remarks, he further explained that Hitler didn’t use chemical warfare on innocent people as Assad did last week.
“I think when you come to sarin gas… he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing,” he said. “He brought them into the Holocaust center, I understand that. But I was saying that in the way that Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them down into innocent — into the middle of towns.”
Feeling the backlash over his statements, Spicer released a statement that read: “In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust. I was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers. Any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable.”
There have been reports circulating that President Donald Trump regrets “it every day” that he hired Spicer.
A source told CNN that Trump only chose Spicer as press secretary because White House chief of staff Reince Priebus vouched for him.
Watch Spicer’s latest comments below: