Spicer apol­o­gizes for his Hitler com­ment — again

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White House press sec­re­tary Sean Spicer said Wed­nes­day that his at­tempt to com­pare the Holo­caust and Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad’s use of chem­i­cal weapons was “in­ex­cus­able and rep­re­hen­si­ble” and was made all the worse by this be­ing a holy week for Chris­tians and Jews.

He said the com­ment, made Tues­day at the White House brief­ing, was per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally dis­ap­point­ing, and he asked for “folks’ for­give­ness.”

“To make a gaffe and a mis­take like this is in­ex­cus­able and rep­re­hen­si­ble,” Spicer said dur­ing a pre­vi­ously sched­uled ap­pear­ance at a fo­rum on the pres­i­dency and the press spon­sored by the New­seum. Chris­tians are pre­par­ing for Easter on Sun­day, and Jews are cel­e­brat­ing Passover.

“It re­ally is painful to my­self to know that I did some­thing like that,” Spicer said. “That ob­vi­ously was not my in­ten­tion. To know when you screw up that you pos­si­bly of­fended a lot of peo­ple … I would ask ob­vi­ously for folks’ for­give­ness to un­der­stand that I should not have 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.

In the CNN in­ter­view, Spicer said his com­ments did not re­flect Trump’s views but “were a dis­trac­tion from him and frankly were mis­stated, in­sen­si­tive and wrong.” He added, “Ob­vi­ously it was my blun­der.” Spicer re­it­er­ated that sen­ti­ment at Wed­nes­day’s fo­rum.

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