Barbra Streisand, Debra Messing and More Call for Sean Spicer to Be Fired After Hitler Gaffe

Sean Spicer's White House briefing
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer answers reporters’ questions during the daily news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, on April 10. Chip Somodevilla/Getty

White House press secretary Sean Spicer has had a rocky first few months as U.S. President Donald Trump's mouthpiece, but his biggest gaffe came Tuesday when he implied that Hitler did not use chemical weapons during the Holocaust.

During Tuesday's press briefing, Spicer addressed Trump's strike action in Syria, in response to a chemical attack allegedly orchestrated by Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad's government.

"We didn't use chemical weapons in World War II," said Spicer. "You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons."

Except Hitler did use chemical weapons to gas millions of Jews. Spicer later apologized for the remark, which, he said, was a case of his words coming out the wrong way.

But there was no way to contain the growing debacle, which spread across Twitter almost immediately and drew responses from politicians, both left and right-leaning, as well as leading organizations and public figures.

The Anne Frank Center called for Spicer to be fired in an open letter to President Trump. That sentiment was echoed by legendary singer and actor Barbra Streisand.

Sean Spicer should be fired for saying Hitler did not use chemical weapons on "his own people.” You mean 6 million Jews don’t count?

— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) April 11, 2017

Will & Grace star Debra Messing encouraged people to join the cause by using the hashtag #FireSpicer:

STATEMENT from Anne Frank Center re: Spicer denying gas use in Holocaust. #FireSpicer. Please use this hashtag.

— Debra Messing✍🏻 (@DebraMessing) April 11, 2017

Other celebrities including Ewan McGregor and Kirstie Alley also reacted to the press secretary's remarks:

Spokesperson for the president of the US must understand the unprecedented atrocity of the Holocaust. His ignorance-unacceptable #FireSpicer

— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) April 12, 2017

On Passover none the less. I can't even get over the idiocy of this man. Pure lunacy and ignorance. #firespicer

— Laurie Holden (@Laurie_Holden) April 11, 2017

When I was ten years old I saw actual footage of Jews led into the gas chambers and their bodies removed. Spicer you need to resign & repent

— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) April 11, 2017

Mr Spicer. You need to Fuck off now.

— Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan) April 12, 2017