White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer suggested Tuesday that Adolf Hitler didn't use chemical weapons.
Hitler killed Jews during the Holocaust using gas chambers at concentration camps.
Spicer, comparing Hitler to Syria's Bashar al-Assad, said Hitler "didn't even sink to using chemical weapons."
An April 4 chemical weapons attack in northern Syria left nearly 90 people dead, and the U.S. has blamed Assad. Turkey's health minister said Tuesday that test results confirm sarin gas was used.
Spicer later tried to clarify his statement, saying Hitler didn't use chemical weapons on his own people "in the same way" as Assad.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., was quick to issue a response to Spicer's remarks.
"Contrary to White House spokesman Sean Spicer's ignorant and offensive remarks, Hitler did use chemical weapons to systematically murder millions of Jews," she said in a statement. "It's stunning and unbelievable that this basic fact eludes the White House, and worse, that these latest comments fall within a troubling pattern of Holocaust apathy and denial by (President Donald Trump's) administration. The fact that we are having to provide this history lesson during the Jewish holiday of Passover is especially disgraceful. At the very least, Mr. Spicer should take some time off and visit the Holocaust Museum, or he's more than welcome to visit my district and hear first-hand accounts of this atrocity from any of the thousands of survivors who live in my community."
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Spicer should be fired for his comments.
Spicer later apologized during an interview on CNN.
"To drag any other comparison into this was not appropriate," Spicer said.