President Donald Trump’s Holocaust remembrance remarks appear to use similar wording to the Holocaust Museum website’s “Introduction to the Holocaust” page, reports The Hill.
A Monday press release from the White House reads: “The Holocaust was the state-sponsored systematic persecution and attempted annihilation of European Jewry by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.”
Here is the nearly identical introduction page from the museum’s website: “The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.”
The Hill adds:
Every president since the museum’s opening in 1993 has participated in the ceremony.
Trump’s keynote address comes just two weeks after White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons on his own people during World War II, forgetting that Hitler sent millions of Jews to gas chambers during the Holocaust.
“You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said in response to questions about the implications of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical attacks.
“He was not using the gas on his own people in the same way that Assad is doing,” he said.
Spicer also referred to concentration camps as “Holocaust centers” in the same disastrous press conference.
Spicer issued multiple apologies following the gaffe.