Scaramucci gives $25K to Wiesenthal Center after Holocaust gaffe

Anthony Scaramucci, former communications director for Donald Trump, pledges donation after Twiter post asks how many Jews died in WW2.


Anthony Scaramucci
Anthony Scaramucci

Anthony Scaramucci, the financier who briefly helmed President Donald Trump’s communications department, pledged $25,000 to the Simon Wiesenthal Center after an account in his name posted a survey asking people how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust.

“On behalf of the @ScaramucciPost we will be making a $25,000 donation to The Simon Wiesenthal Center,” Scaramucci said Tuesday afternoon on his personal Twitter account. “Hopefully I spelled that right,” the tweet said, ending with a grinning emoji.

On behalf of the @ScaramucciPost we will be making a $25,000 donation to The Simon Wiesenthal Center. Hopefully I spelled that right. ????

— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) October 17, 2017

Earlier Tuesday, the Scaramucci Post account had posted a tweet asking: “How many Jews were killed in the Holocaust?” and offering multiple choices: “Less than one million, between 1-2 million, between 2-3 million, more than 5 million.” The historical figure, 6 million, was not offered.

The tweet was up for an hour and was then removed by Lance Laifer, who apologized for it and whom Scaramucci later said was his partner.

In another tweet on his personal account, Scaramucci apologized and said the offending tweet’s intent was to raise awareness about ignorance of the Holocaust, in the wake of news that a company was marketing Halloween costumes meant to represent Holocaust diarist Anne Frank. The company withdrew the costume after complaints.

“Six million Jews and millions of others lost their lives,” Scaramucci said in his apology. “If we are ever to move forward we must acknowledge this event, vow to learn from it, teach it to the next generations and promise to never forget.”

Scaramucci served for ten days in July as the White House communications director. He forced out some of Trump’s top advisers before being forced out himself.