- The Washington Times - Monday, October 8, 2018

Former NASA astronaut and Navy veteran Scott Kelly apologized Sunday after facing backlash for a tweet praising Winston Churchill.

“One of the greatest leaders of modern times, Sir Winston Churchill said, ‘in victory, magnanimity.’ I guess those days are over,” Mr. Kelly, a veteran of four space flights, tweeted to his 5.76 million followers Sunday afternoon.

The tweet received some backlash, with users blaming Churchill for the Bengal famine of 1943 and comparing the late British prime minister to the genocidal dictator he helped defeat, Adolf Hitler.

Seven hours later, Mr. Kelly apologized for the quote, saying he would work on educating himself on Churchill’s purported misdeeds.

The backlash against the latter tweet was much more fierce, with only 567 retweets and a whopping 5,900 replies as of Monday morning.

Churchill led the U.K. effort in the Allied defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945. Mr. Kelly toured the Auschwitz concentration camp just last month.

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