Who Chooses to Run a Twitter Poll About the Holocaust Death Toll?

Posted October 18, 2017

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci is in a new kind of hot water after his mysterious "Scaramucci Post" tweeted a poll asking how many Jews perished in the Nazi Holocaust.

Scaramucci served in his role in the White House communications director for just 10 days before leaving in late July. Options included less than 1 million, between 1 to 2 million, between 2-3 million and more than 5 million.

The former Trump aide kicked off his ambiguous project with partner Lance Leifer, who like Scaramucci is a hedge fund manager.

Laifer also received publicity in 2007 when he made it his mission to raise as much money as possible for malaria research.

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And it was Leifer who took the blame for posting the Holocaust exercise. "I apologize if anyone was offended by the Holocaust poll", he wrote. I take responsibility for it and have put systems in place to ensure something like this can not and will not happen again.

Despite these lofty goals, the account's feed mostly consists of emojis, Twitter surveys - asking followers about everything from "How are you?" to whether the US should instigate a nuclear war - and retweets of other outlet's stories asking followers for "thoughts?" on articles.

In a subsequent tweet, the Scaramucci Post said that the point of the poll was to highlight "ignorance of the basic facts of the Holocaust", and so they are claiming it was meant to be a quiz to see how many Twitter followers knew that the correct answer is six million.

Leifer said he is engaged in trying 'to synthesize social media management with business plans'.

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Scaramucci also noted that when he discovered the poll was sent out, he immediately asked that it be taken down and realizes that the "buck stops" with him.

The Scaramucci Post tweeted a poll asking, "How many Jews were killed in the Holocaust?"

"This is @lancelaifer and I apologize if anyone was offended by the Holocaust poll".

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