White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer strongly defended President Trump's criticism over omitting the killing of 6 million Jews or anti-Semitism in a statement released on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Kaine said, "The Trump administration is poised to do frightful danger to our country, our values, our people and our reputation".
During an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press", Priebus acknowledged the reality of the Holocaust but maintained that he had no regrets about the president's statement.
'White House statement on Holocaust Memorial Day misses that it was six million Jews who perished, not just "innocent people",' Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League said.
"I remember we issued a statement at Christmastime calling Christ the king and many reporters that are in this room and otherwise started wondering if we were referring to the king as the President-elect", Spicer said, his voice rising in volume.
Kaine went on to note that former Presidents Obama and Bush always discussed Jews when talking about the Holocaust.
Jewish critics have said that omitting Jews from Holocaust commemoration statements, wittingly or not, plays into the agenda of groups that seek to diminish the Nazi genocide of the Jews. "This is what Holocaust denial is", he said.
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The Republican Jewish Coalition, which is heavily funded by casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, said that the fact that the White House statement made no mention of the suffering of the Jewish people during the Holocaust was "an unfortunate omission".
However, he stressed that he did not regret the statement.
The statement was slammed by critics who accused the administration of denying the Holocaust by leaving out specific reference to Judaism which it is most known for hunting. Second, that America's greatest sin again the Jews was not what happened during the war, when Americans died fighting the Germans, but before the war, when the U.S. would not admit Jewish refugees, and even sent back an entire ship to the Germans.
"It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, and heroes of the Holocaust", the presidential statement read. But it was a lot of innocent people.
SEN. TIM KAINE (D-VA): Who would help the United States if they knew we would abandon them when they're trying to come here? "Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world". This mess was complicated over the weekend when obvious anagram and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus went on the electric teevee machine and dug everyone an even deeper hole, leaving Spicer holding a not altogether well-constructed bag.