Today, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made several attempts to downplay the horrors of the Holocaust. Spicer began by saying Hitler did not use chemical weapons and then tried to case concentration camps in a positive light, calling them “Holocaust centers.” As every senior official in any government around the world should know, of course, Hitler killed millions with gas. This behavior is part of a demonstrated pattern from the Trump Whitehouse. Trump began his campaign in controversy over tweeting out a white supremacist, anti-semitic, graphic. Additionally, Steven Bannon and other key players in the Trump orbit have expressed white nationalist views. Lastly, the president took weeks to denounce a wave of antisemitic hate-crimes that followed his victory.
Spicer has since apologized, but major advocacy organizations, including the Anne Frank Center have called for his resignation or insist he be fired. This is of course the only appropriate response. Nobody accidentally refers to concentration camps as Holocaust centers. It was an intentional choice aimed at revising the severity of the Holocaust, sending a dog whistle to the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who support Trump in droves.