White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer may have hoped that controversial comments that he made about the Holocaust several weeks ago had been put behind him, but at the White House correspondents' dinner in Washington Saturday night, The Daily Show's Hasan Minhaj couldn't resist one more dig.
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Neither President Donald Trump nor Spicer attended the White House correspondents' dinner.
Spicer ultimately apologized for saying Adolf Hitler didn't resort to using chemical weapons as Syria had. The apology followed an outpouring of criticism from politicians and Jewish groups, including calls for Spicer to be fired.
But Minhaj's take? "Realize Sean Spicer’s been doing PR since 1999. He has been doing this job for 18 years, and somehow after 18 years, his go-to move when you ask him a tough question is denying the Holocaust. That is insane. How many people do you know who can turn a press briefing into a full-blown Mel Gibson traffic stop? Only the Spice Man. Only the Spice Man." (see 00:11:50).
On CNN, Spicer told Wolf Blitzer: "Frankly, I mistakenly made an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which there is no comparison," adding: "For that I apologize. It was a mistake to do that."
Minhaj's reference to Gibson involved an incident a decade ago in which the actor was stopped on a California road, prompting him to engage in an anti-Semitic rant.