The temperamental and volatile special assistant to the president for fake news, Sean Spicer, once again stuck both feet in his acid-tongued mouth and came away looking stupid.
On Tuesday, the first day of Passover, he gave Adolph Hitler a pass on the terrible scale in favor of tyrant du jour Bashar Assad of Syria.
“Hitler didn’t sink to using chemical weapons,” he told Tuesday’s daily press briefing.
“We had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said. “So you have to, if you’re Russia, ask yourself is this a country that you want to align yourself with?”
He only stuck his feet deeper in his mouth when he tried to clarify that statement by saying, Hitler “was not using the gas on his own people the same way Assad is doing.” Der Fuhrer didn’t sink to Assad’s level, instead he sent Jews “into the Holocaust center.”
Apparently that was preferable to “using the gas on his own people in the same way that Assad is doing,” in Spicer’s view.
Apparently he thought that Assad’s use of Sarin gas to kill about 84 Syrian women, children and babies in the town of Khan Sheikhoun was somehow worse than the Zyklon B the Nazis used in the death camps, which Spicer apparently had in mind when he spoke of “Holocaust centers.”
Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons “in the same way,” Spicer insisted. Several times he tried to correct himself but failed to erase the clear impression that he has surpassed his level of incompetence.
“Instead of articulating a clear, comprehensive strategy toward Syria, Sean Spicer chose the first day of Passover to repeatedly downplay the horrors of the Holocaust,” said Rep.Nita Lowey (D-NY). “He must apologize and resign immediately.”
The Washington Post reported:
Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect and a frequent critic of the president, released a statement accusing Spicer of having “engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death” and called on Trump to fire his press secretary.
This is not the first charge of Holocaust denial against this White House. The statement issued marking Holocaust Remembrance Day in January didn’t once mention Jews, the 6 million victims of the genocide. The White House defense: it was intended to be “incredibly inclusive” and cover all of Hitler’s victims, singling out no group in particularly, and, besides, it was drafted by a Jew.
How comforting. Especially on the first day of Passover. And, speaking of the holiday, you may ask, why was this night different from all others? Because on all other White House seders, a tradition started and attended by Barack Obama for eight years, this one was not actually at the White House and the president was a no-show. However he did tweet greetings around the world.
This is not the first time Spicer has displayed on live television that he is uniformed, clueless, incompetent and unable to control his tempter. In his defense, it may simply be that he’s not very smart or he’s just doing what his president commands. Like the day after inauguration when he blatantly lied about the size of the crowds and the weather at the swearing in.
In any event, it’s time for his own personal exodus.