GOP congressman says Spicer 'needs to go' after Hitler comments

  • GOP congressman says Spicer 'needs to go' after Hitler comments

GOP congressman says Spicer 'needs to go' after Hitler comments

Spicer started his afternoon by comparing Adolf Hitler with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying even Hitler hadn't used chemical weapons.

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.

Spicer has since apologized for forgetting or ignoring that Hitler used poison gas to kill Jews and other minorities during World War Two. "It was a mistake".

Speaking to CNN, Spicer said his comments were a "mistake".

Reaction to Spicer's initial comment continued Wednesday, with Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial inviting him to visit its website.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California said in a statement that Spicer was "downplaying the horror of the Holocaust" and should be fired. Sen.

"Should they continue to use gas, especially against children and babies... all options remain on the table", he said.

"I'm Jewish, and I didn't take offense at what he said because he was just trying to compare a small thing with a big thing", said Rosemary Stephenson, museum visitor. He received applause when he made the Spicer comments, but was booed and jeered when he tried to explain what Spicer was trying to say.

"When you come to Syrian gas, he was not using it on his own people", said Spicer.

Katz later told Israeli radio that he accepted Spicer's apology.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Wednesday offered a fresh apology for minimizing the atrocities of Adolf Hitler in his comments on Syria, amid a wave of indignation at home and overseas.

"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", said Executive Director of center Steven Goldstein in a staement.

In January, Jewish groups and others criticized the White House for omitting any mention of Hitler's Jewish victims in a statement marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day.