Following Sean Spicer’s disastrous comments regarding Syria’s use of chemical weapons, and how Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany apparently didn’t “sink” to depraved depths of President Bashar al-Assad, some called for the embattled press secretary’s immediate dismissal. Chief among them was the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, an independent U.S. branch of a worldwide network of organizations donning Frank’s name, which works chiefly to “[address] civil and human rights across America.”
Not long after Spicer’s initial remarks and an equally botched followup went viral, the group’s Twitter account released an official statement asking President Donald Trump to fire his press secretary for what they perceive as antisemitism.
“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,” read Executive Director Steve Goldstein’s reaction. “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.”
Regarding Spicer’s awkward phrasing, what he initially said was this: “You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.” When understandably confused White House reporters subsequently asked the press secretary about his statement, he noted “[Hitler] was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing” because the former “brought them into the Holocaust Center, I understand.”