Anti-Defamation League offers to teach Spicer about the Holocaust

In an open letter, the group says they can do a training at his convenience.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
CREDIT: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

The premier U.S. organization dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism has offered to clear up any lingering confusion White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer might have over what occurred during the Holocaust.

Earlier this week, Spicer said during a White House press briefing that Adolf Hitler never used chemical weapons against “his own people.” When stunned reporters pointed out that Hitler’s regime slaughtered Jews en masse using lethal gas, Spicer amended his remarks to acknowledge Nazi Germany’s use of “Holocaust centers” — a strange, apparently novel euphemism for the death camps.

In an open letter to Sean Spicer, the Anti-Defamation League offered to conduct a Holocaust education training “at your convenience for you, your staff, and anyone at the White House who may need to learn more about the Holocaust.”

As the letter notes, this week is not the first time Spicer and the White House have engaged in a soft form of Holocaust denialism. The Trump administration also issued a January statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day that inexplicably elided any reference to the Holocaust’s principle victims, Jews.

It’s unclear at this time whether Spicer intends to take the ADL up on its offer.