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Barbra Streisand Blasts Sean Spicer For Hitler Comments

| by Michael Howard

Barbra Streisand, along with a number of other celebrities, have taken to social media to slam White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer for his assertion that Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons during World War II.

During his daily briefing to the press corps on April 11, Spicer attempted to contrast Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with the infamous Nazi dictator, stating that the latter "didn't even sink to using chemical weapons." Assad is alleged to have repeatedly used chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war.

Spicer's comments provoked immediate outrage, with critics pointing out that he appeared to have forgotten about Hitler's use of gas chambers to kill millions of Jews during the war.

Responding to Spicer's gaffe, actress Barbra Streisand joined the chorus of voices calling for him to be fired.

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"Sean Spicer should be fired for saying Hitler did not use chemical weapons on 'his own people,'" Streisand wrote on Twitter on April 11, according to Fox News. "You mean 6 million Jews don't count?"

Israeli singer and actress Alona Tal sent out a similar tweet, writing: "Hey [Sean Spicer] just resign already you ignorant fool."

Other celebrities lampooned Spicer for his use of the term "Holocaust Center," calling him "stupid" and "dumb."

Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted: "Kids to Sean Spicer: 'Daddy! Daddy! Can we go to the Holocaust Center?! I want to go on one of the rides! Will they have cotton candy?!'"

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"[Sean Spicer] it takes a special kind of stupid to publicly claim Adolf Hitler didn't use chemical weapons and by-golly you ARE that special!" Canadian actor Jordan Gavaris wrote.

Pastry chef and TV personality Duff Goldman called Spicer a "dumbass," while novelist Steven King tweeted that "if donuts were awarded for dumb, Sean Spicer would have his own Krispy Kreme franchise."

Hours after the press conference, Spicer apologized for his comments, describing them as "inappropriate and insensitive."

"Today I was trying to describe the attack that Assad made on his own people using chemical weapons," he told Fox News. "Frankly, I mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, to which there is frankly no comparison."

The next day, Spicer apologized again during an interview with MSNBC's Greta Van Susteren at Washington D.C.'s Newseum on April 12.

"It’s painful to myself to know I did something like that," he said, according to Politico. "[I] got into a topic I shouldn't have, and I screwed up."

"I hope people understand we all make mistakes," he continued. "I hope I showed I understand that."

He said his comments were "reprehensible" -- especially given that he made them during Passover -- and that he had "let the president down."

Sources: Fox News, Politico / Photo Credit: lifescript/Flickr

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