White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has told a press conference that Hitler never used chemical weapons against his own people. When challenged, he argued the Nazi dictator didn’t use gas in the “same way” as President Assad of Syria – and only in the “Holocaust Center”.
The comments of the White House Press Secretary
Addressing the White House press corps, Spicer attempted to claim Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is worse than Hitler. He claimed that even the leader of the Third Reich never used chemical weapons on his own people. He told reporters:
You know you had a… someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to… to using chemical weapons.
When challenged, he continued:
I think when you come to sarin gas, there was no – he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing.
I mean there was clearly… I understand your point. I, thank you. I appreciate that. There was not… in the… he brought them into the, to… to the Holocaust Center. I understand that. What I’m saying in the way that Assad used them where he went into towns, dropped them down to innocents in the middle of towns, it was brought. So the use of it, I appreciate the clarification , that was not the intent.
Sean Spicer falsely stated Hitler didn't use chemical weapons and called concentration camps "Holocaust centers" pic.twitter.com/bGLpvYagyx
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) April 11, 2017
The extraordinary statements have been broadcast across the world since, with the Anne Frank Centre calling for Spicer’s removal.
Sean Spicer is NOT the problem. The problem is that Sean Spicer is a pitch perfect representative of this administration.
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) April 11, 2017
Sean Spicer: "Hitler …didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons" https://t.co/dOkAWAsF7P
Nuremberg trials exhibits: pic.twitter.com/0fjyAz35kp
— The Sparrow Project (@sparrowmedia) April 11, 2017
Sean Spicer should be fired for saying Hitler did not use chemical weapons on "his own people.” You mean 6 million Jews don’t count?
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) April 11, 2017
It is the second time in as many days that Sean Spicer has become the news rather than shaped it. He had earlier claimed that the goal of US airstrikes in Syria was to “destabilise” the country.
— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) April 11, 2017
There may have been worse press secretaries than the current incumbent. But frankly, we can’t think of any right now.
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