Sean Spicer Lights Up 'Pathetic' Critics of Donald Trump's Holocaust Statement

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In the original, brief three-paragraph statement, Trump claimed to be remembering and honoring the "victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust" and to be "deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent".

Among those who criticised it was Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the Anti Defamation League, who said Holocaust Memorial Day was created to reflect on the "singular tragedy" of the annihilation of the Jewish people.

In his 2015 statement, Obama said: 'Today, with heavy hearts, we remember the six million Jews and the millions of other victims of Nazi brutality who were murdered during the Holocaust'.

A Russian-Jewish immigrant descended from Holocaust survivors penned President Trump's controversial statement for the event's International Remembrance Day, according to a new report. Other innocent people were also murdered, including Sinti and Roma, Jehovah's Witnesses, Polish non-Jews, homosexuals, political enemies and the mentally and physically disabled, bringing the totality of killings by the Nazis and their collaborators to over 11 million.

Hier chalked the Holocaust controversy up to a "rookie mistake" and said he did not think the administration acted with any malice, noting that Trump's daughter, Ivanka, converted to Judaism to marry top Trump aide Jared Kushner, an Orthodox Jew. "If we could wipe it off of the history books, we would".

"This is what Holocaust denial is", Kaine said. "It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror", Trump said.

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It started with an official statement on Friday that looked like a careless error: the White House recognized Holocaust Remembrance Day, but made no reference to the Holocaust's Jewish victims.

But in a Sunday appearance on Meet the Press, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus doubled down on what Chuck Todd described as "whitewashing Jews from that statement". Priebus added that he does not regret the administration's statement.

As scholars and educators in the field of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, we urge President Trump to revisit his statement from 27 January and correct his mistake.

Following the press secretary's briefing, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum issued a statement of its own, acknowledging the facts the White House's statement omitted.

"As The Florida Holocaust Museum enters its 25th year, we are just as strongly resolved to teach about the ramifications of prejudice, racism and stereotyping".