White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s shockingly ignorant claim during a Tuesday press conference that “Hitler didn’t even sink to the level of using chemical weapons” during World War II drew swift condemnation from a number of Jewish groups, as did his clumsy follow-up attempts to clarify what he meant. The Anne Frank Center, for instance, accused Spicer of “Holocaust denial” and called on President Trump to fire him immediately.
The Anti-Defamation League, however, has decided to take a slightly different tack: offering to hold one of its Holocaust education classes for Spicer and others in the White House.
In a letter to Spicer on Thursday, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt wrote, “While you have apologized, this week’s incident as well as others (notably, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement omitting Jews and your vociferous defense of it), have exposed a serious gap in your knowledge of the Holocaust, its impact, and the lessons we can learn from it.”
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