Scaramucci Apologizes for Poll Asking How Many Jews Were Killed in Holocaust

The former White House staffer says 'The Scaramucci Post' poll was published while he was abroad: 'It will never happen again'

Then-White house Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci blows a kiss to reporters after addressing the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, July 21, 2017.
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Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci  apologized on Tuesday for a poll posted on the Twitter account of "The Scaramucci Post" asking people how many Jews they thought were killed in the Holocaust.

The poll drew hundreds of enraged answers and was deleted less than an hour after being published. Following the outrage, Scaramucci said he had not been aware of the poll's publication and Lance Laifer, a friend of Scaramucci who appeared to be behind the account, apologized for the poll.

Later on Tuesday, Scaramucci published a more elaborate apology on his Twitter account, explaining that, unbeknownced to him, a staffer had posted the poll "to promote Holocaust education and awareness in the wake of an offensive Halloween constume depicting Anne Frank."

He went on to say that he was "pained imagining that my post led anyone to believe I am giving comfort to Holocaust deniers. Nothing can be further from the truth. I have publicly criticized the white supremacy movement and understand that the Holocaust was one of the most abhorrent moments in world history."

While the former White House staffer doesn't directly manage "The Scaramucci Post," he did speak at an event launching the proejct in New York last month. The Twitter account of "The Scaramucci Post" has 24,000 followers.

"If anyone was offended by this act, you have both my sincere personal apology and commitment that it will never happen again," he wrote.