GOP lawmaker: Sean Spicer ‘needs to go’
A Republican lawmaker has joined in on calls from Democratic lawmakers urging White House press secretary Sean Spicer to resign.
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) explained his stance Wednesday during a town hall event with constituents. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) previously called for Spicer to step down after he mistakenly claimed from the White House briefing room podium that Adolf Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.” Spicer later apologized for the comment, calling it a “mistake.”
“There’s no other way to say it. I got into a topic that I shouldn’t have, and I screwed up. On a professional level it’s disappointing because I think I’ve let the president down, and so on both a personal level and professional level that would definitely go down as not a very good day in my history,” Spicer said, pleading for “forgiveness” for the gaffe.
But Spicer’s apology wasn’t enough for Pelosi, who called for Spicer to be “fired” and for President Donald Trump to “disavow” the statement.
“While Jewish families across America celebrate Passover, the chief spokesman of this White House is downplaying the horror of the Holocaust… Either he [Spicer] is speaking for the President, or the President should have known better than to hire him,” Pelosi said in a statement.
Cicilline, who is Jewish, echoed Pelosi’s call, labeling Spicer’s comments both “ignorant” and “despicable.”
“Donald Trump’s White House does not get the benefit of the doubt when it comes to anti-Semitism,” Cicilline said, according to WPRO-AM. “Enough is enough. After today’s comments, Sean Spicer should not work in the White House. It’s time for some real accountability in this White House. And it should start with Sean Spicer’s resignation.”
Rep. Coffman of Colorado became the first Republican on Capitol Hill to join these calls.