LI rabbi: Sean Spicer's Hitler gaffe 'beyond reprehensible'
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's gaffe during a press corps briefing Tuesday struck a nerve with Jewish people across the nation, despite his multiple apologies.
"We didn't use chemical weapons in World War II," said Spicer, who was defending President Donald Trump's missile strike against a Syrian airbase. "You know, you had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons."
Prominent Long Island Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum, from Temple Israel of Lawrence, called Spicer's comments "beyond reprehensible."
"The 1.5 million children that were gassed and burned in concentration camps, they don't count?" asked Rosenbaum.
Historian Tracy Garrison Feinberg, of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, says statements regarding the Holocaust should be well-thought out.
"I think anytime we try to make a very quick connection to Adolf Hitler, we are treading some dangerous ground," she said.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been accused by American officials of a suspected chemical attack on his own people, killing dozens of civilians - many of them children.