N.D. congressman: Spicer comments 'not without some validity'

Spicer says he let Trump down with comments comparing Assad and Hitler

He said the comment, made Tuesday at the White House briefing, was personally and professionally disappointing, and he asked for "folks' forgiveness". Later on Tuesday, he apologized for his handling of the topic, which came on the Jewish holiday of Passover and as Christians prepare to celebrate Easter. To know when you screw up that you possibly offended a lot of people. I should have not tried to make a comparison.

It was Spicer's second apology in as many days, following an initial mea culpa Tuesday during an interview with CNN.

SENIOR Democratic politician Nancy Pelosi demanded that White House press secretary Sean Spicer be sacked yesterday over his historically inaccurate, offensive and garbled comments comparing Adolf Hitler with Bashar al-Assad. "You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons".

At the time, Spicer defended that statement by saying it had been written in part by a Jewish staff member whose family members had survived the Holocaust.

Zeeland Congressman Bill Huizenga says he feels Spicer was not trying to use the comment lightly as an example, but trying to underscore the atrocities in Syria.

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On Wednesday, speaking at a forum at the Newseum, Spicer called the incident "my mistake" and "my bad".

Reporters at the daily briefing immediately realized Spicer's blunder. The attack in northern Syria left almost 90 people dead.

"I was obviously trying to make a point about the heinous acts that Assad made against his own people last week using chemical weapons and gas", he said in an effort to control the damage done by his remarks, which drew strong reactions from political leaders, the Jew community and human rights bodies.

A day later he defended his attacks against the media, telling reporters: "I think sometimes you can disagree with facts".

"The problem with Sean Spicer and this administration is, they don't have the DNA of compassion and they don't have the DNA of the knowledge of history and I come from a people who lost 6,000 people a day gassed in Auschwitz - any sixth-grader knows what Sean Spicer should know", he added.

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