White house Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci (R)), flanked by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, blows a kiss to reporters after addressing the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, July 21, 2017. .
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WASHINGTON -- A website promoted by and named after a former White House aide, Anthony Scaramucci, posted a Twitter poll on Tuesday questioning the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust.
The account, called the Scaramucci Post, asked followers whether less than 1 million, between 1-2 million, between 2-3 million or more than 5 million had been murdered by Nazi Germany.
Anthony Scaramucci is not directly responsible for posting on the site, but teased its initial launch, and in an interview with local New York radio earlier this month took ownership over the venture.
"The center lane is wide open," Scaramucci said. "What The Scaramucci Post is going to represent is a center lane."
CNN's Jake Tapper cited sources close to Scaramucci, nicknamed "the Mooch," claiming he was "furious" over the post and planned to take disciplinary action against those responsible for it.
Scaramucci occupied his White House role, as communications director, for a mere ten days before US President Donald Trump fired him. He says he is still an advocate for the president's agenda.
The man behind the postings, under the name Lance Laifer on social media, said he had run the poll and deleted it after an uproar ensued.
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"I apologize if anyone was offended by the Holocaust poll," he wrote, claiming he had not cleared it with Scaramucci before posting. "The intent of the poll was to highlight ignorance of the basic facts of the Holocaust. I take full responsibility for it."
The account has several other posts regarding the Holocaust, including questions over whether a Halloween costume of Anne Frank is appropriate.
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