White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer came under fire on Tuesday for comparing Assad’s use of chemical weapons to Hitler, after which his clarifications just dug a deeper hole.
During his daily press briefing, Spicer stated that even Hitler didn’t gas his people like Assad did. “We did not use chemical weapons in World War II. You had someone as despicable as Hitler who did not even sink to using chemical weapons”
“We did not use chemical weapons in World War II. You had someone as despicable as Hitler who did not even sink to using chemical weapons”
Later clarifying, he stated he meant that Hitler didn’t drop gas on population centers, not that the Nazis didn’t use Zyklon B to kill Jews in gas chambers.
“When it comes to sarin gas, [Hitler] was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing.”
Spicer also lit up social media when he said that Hitler “brought [Jews] into the Holocaust centers” instead of concentration camps.
All around, it was a huge foot-in-your-mouth briefing for the Press Secretary, who just could not find his way out of the word salad he created.
Wolf Blitzer interviewed him on Tuesday evening, and Spicer took the chance to apologize, stating “I mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which frankly there is no comparison.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called for Spicer’s firing following the incident, along with the Anne Frank Center’s Executive Director Steven Goldstein, who stated it was “the most evil slur upon a group of people we have ever heard from a White House press secretary.”
Some are calling Spicer a “Holocaust denier” after the incident. Maybe it’s just something less sinister, more simple: Maybe he’s just not that good thinking on his feet, nor at his job.
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