Sean Spicer Says Hitler Didn't Use 'Chemical Weapons,' Gets Slammed
There is, perhaps, no one in America who's worse at his or her job than White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
On Tuesday, he accidentally denied the Holocaust happened.
I realize this is a confusing and loaded statement out of context, so allow me to explain.
Spicer was discussing the recent chemical attack that occurred in Syria, which the US and others allege was perpetrated by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The chemical attack killed dozens of civilians, including children, and it resulted in President Donald Trump approving a military strike against an airbase held by the Syrian government.
While discussing the situation in Syria, Spicer essentially argued Adolf Hitler was not as bad as Assad.
You almost have to try to be this stupid.
We didn't use chemical weapons in WWII. We had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons.
If your palm just went straight to your forehead with blitzkrieg-like speed, you're not alone.
It's generally agreed Assad is a terrible person.
It's also generally agreed comparing leaders to Hitler, no matter how terrible they might be, is a horrible idea as it risks trivializing the Holocaust.
Spicer is apparently unaware Hitler gassed millions of people, including six million Jews, in death camps during World War II.
Hitler used hydrogen cyanide known as Zyklon B -- a chemical weapon -- at Nazi death camps to murder six million Jews and others during the Holocaust.
In an attempt to clarify his completely incoherent and historically inaccurate statement, Spicer added,
When you come to sarin gas, he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing.
Someone please inform Spicer the Nazis killed between 160,000 and 180,000 German Jews during the Holocaust.
So, yes, Hitler did use gas on "his own people."
Just because they were Jewish, doesn't mean they were any less German, even if Hitler didn't agree.
Also, by the way, the grandparents of Jared Kushner, the senior adviser to the president who is also currently celebrating Passover, were Holocaust survivors.
It would be interesting to hear what Kushner might have to say about Spicer's remarks.
Spicer made things significantly worse when he referred to concentration camps as "Holocaust centers."
The White House press secretary apparently missed that part of world history class.
When discussing places that were used in an attempt to wipe an entire people off the face of the Earth, it's probably best to avoid making them sound like day spas.
The Anne Frank Center, a Holocaust education center, called for Sean Spicer's immediate dismissal.
While Spicer's absurdity is certainly entertaining at times and offers "Saturday Night Live" a plethora of material, it's getting to a point where his appearances are beyond embarrassing for him -- they're shameful for the entire White House.