- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Alan Dershowitz, a prominent Harvard Law School professor and liberal author, slammed the Democratic National Committee as hypocritical for politicizing White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s Hitler gaffe while ignoring its own problem with anti-Semitism.

Mr. Dershowitz said on “CNN Tonight” that he’s willing to give Mr. Spicer “a pass” after the press secretary initially suggested during a briefing Tuesday, which also marked Passover, that Adolf Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons during WWII.

“What happened here is the guy screwed up,” Mr. Dershowitz said, according to a clip published by Real Clear Politics. “He apologized, and he apologized from his heart, and I am prepared to give him a pass on this.

“I’ll tell you who I am not prepared to give a pass on this,” he continued, “the Democratic National Committee that has immediately decided to politicize this and send out immediate tweets saying, ‘We can’t tolerate anti-Semitism or even a whiff of anti-Semitism.’ This is the Democratic National Committee, who has as its co-chairman Keith Ellison, who didn’t recognize the fact that he was working for an anti-Semite, [Louis] Farrakhan. This is just hypocrisy, and I think we should not make politics out of this.”

Mr. Dershowitz went on to say that the Anne Frank Center, which claimed Tuesday that Mr. Spicer “engaged in Holocaust denial” and called for him to be fired, is nothing but a “minor institution” that “has no credibility within the Jewish community.”

“He’s constantly trying to get headlines by overblowing everything,” Mr. Dershowitz said, referring to the Anne Frank Center executive director, Steven Goldstein.

“It was a mistake — you don’t make analogies to Hitler — he apologized profusely and from the heart,” he said of Mr. Spicer. “Let’s put it behind us. Let’s not let the Anne Frank people take advantage of this. Let’s not let the Democrats take advantage of this. Let’s understand that it was a mistake, he apologized, and let’s move on.”

Mr. Spicer apologized for the gaffe on CNN Tuesday night, explaining that in an effort to make a point about the heinous acts of Syrian President Bashar Assad, he “mistakenly made an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which there is no comparison.”

He continued his apologies Wednesday during a discussion with Greta Van Susteren at the Newseum in D.C.

“I made a mistake, there’s no other way to say it,” Mr. Spicer said. “I got into a topic I should have and I screwed up.”

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