Just two days after polling followers on the number of Jews killed during the Holocaust, a Twitter account associated with former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci returned Friday with a new question. In a tweet posted to its official account, The Scaramucci Post asked, "How many Jews were alive in 1939?" The question, which was reportedly tweeted by Scaramucci's social media director Lance Laifer, was met with heavy criticism from some Twitter users.
"Before we move on we will spend the next half hour digging on one question: How many Jews were alive worldwide in 1939?" Laifer wrote in the first of a series of tweets published to the @ScaramucciPost account. "#DidYouKnow that in 1939, the core Jewish population reached its historical peak of 17 million," a followup tweet read. "#DidYouKnow that more than 35% of the core Jewish population was killed in the Holocaust? We are extremely worried about the disinformation campaign about the genocidal tragedy, the Shoah, which took the lives of 6,000,000 Jews."
Some on Twitter initially reacted to the @ScaramucciPost's return to tweeting about the Holocaust with criticism. "There is something truly wrong with you guys to even flirt with this," Twitter user Roland Scahill wrote in a tweet.
Even the Anti-Defamation League got in on criticism, tweeting, "let's leave the Holocaust education to the experts" in reply to @ScaramucciPost.
Earlier in the week, the @ScaramucciPost Twitter account had polled its followers on the question: How many Jews were killed in the Holocaust? The poll was pulled within 90 minutes after a slew of Twitter users accused of account — and those running it — of being a Holocaust denier. An apology was posted by both Scaramucci and Laifer, who claimed the poll was simply meant to be trivia.
In a statement circulated Tuesday, Scaramucci said he was out of the country when the poll was posted without his knowledge. "I was not aware of his actions and as soon as I found out, I had it removed immediately," Scaramucci said in reference to Laifer's poll regarding the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust.
In his statement, Scaramucci apologized and took full responsibility for the poll but pushed back against criticism he was enabling Holocaust deniers. "I have publicly criticized the white supremacy movement and understand that the Holocaust was one of the most abhorrent moments in world history," Scaramucci said. He went on to say Laifer posted the poll "in an effort to promote Holocaust education and awareness in the wake of an offensive Halloween costume depicting Anne Frank." He later said he had no plans to fire Laifer.
On Friday, Laifer, using the @ScaramucciPost account, said, "The purpose of the poll was to let people know that the memory of this tragedy is fading." In a separate tweet he added that they'd apologized "because we felt did not give enough context to the poll."
Laifer also announced Friday that they had decided to put the poll back up "because if it helps educate even just one person it will have been a worthwhile endeavor for us."
Still, some Twitter users appeared to continue to be outraged over the @ScaramucciPost account's tweets as the day wore on Friday. "What the f**k gives them this super authority to provide 'holocaust education' – I think the university profs are doing a fine job, thanks," Twitter user @ChrispyPaul wrote in a tweet.
However, Laifer's return to tweeting about the Holocaust using the @ScaramucciPost account appears to have been pre-approved by his partner, Scaramucci. According to CNN's Oliver Darcy, Scaramucci's agent said the former White House communications director was "a participant" in the series of Holocaust-focused tweets that were published Friday by the @ScaramucciPost. "I think we are trying to make a point," Darcy reported the agent had said.