Press secretary Sean Spicer was under fire on Tuesday following his press briefing at the White House when he spoke about Adolf Hitler and chemical weapons all in the same statement.
Spicer was answering a question from the press corps about the relationship between Russia and Syria. He wanted to make a statement that would send a clear message as to why Russia should not be involved with Syria.
“Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons” during World War II.”
Clearly, it was a misstatement that he made unintentionally.
Spicer was essentially saying that Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons in the same way on his people as Bashar al-Assad reportedly recently did against the Syrian people.
Spicer was later given an opportunity to clarify his original statement when he was asked by another member of the press what he meant by the statement regarding Hitler not using chemical weapons.
“I think when you come to sarin gas, he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing … He brought them into the Holocaust centers, I understand that.”
After the hearing, Spicer tried to further clarify what he said by releasing the following statement:
“In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust. I was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers. Any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable.”
It appears he most likely became flustered and attempted to correct his mistake only to make matters worse. However, at no time did he “deny” that the holocaust occurred.
However, the truth didn’t matter to the left.
Democratic House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi called for Spicer to be fired:
“While Jewish families across America celebrate Passover, the chief spokesman of this White House is downplaying the horror of the Holocaust. Sean Spicer must be fired, and the President must immediately disavow his spokesman’s statements. Either he is speaking for the President, or the President should have known better than to hire him.”
The Anne Frank Center on Mutual Respect followed Pelosi’s lead and issued a statement on social media, calling for Spicer to be terminated.
Executive Director Steven Goldstein said:
“On Passover, no less, Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death. Spicer’s statement is the most evil slur upon a group of people we have ever heard from a White House press secretary.”
Twitter was also abuzz from the left with #HolocaustCenters and the call to terminate Spicer:
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) April 11, 2017
— H Lo (@HcCamps) April 12, 2017
Sean Spicer must also think slaves were enrolled in a Plantation Program for Agriculture Enrichment then too, right? #HolocaustCenters
— Simenona (@simenona) April 11, 2017
Apparently, no one else has ever misspoken.
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