Sean Spicer Apologizes After Comparing Syrian President to Adolf Hitler
Sean Spicer stuck his foot in his mouth again, and this time, he ended up defending one of the world’s most known and hated dictators.
During a Tuesday White House press briefing, the White House Press Secretary was asked a question about Russia’s alliance with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the aftermath of last week’s chemical attack that killed 80 people, and resulted in the United States striking a Syrian air base.
“We didn’t even use chemical weapons in World War II,” said Spicer.
He even went on to say, “You had … someone as despicable as Hitler, who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”
Who knows why Spicer even brought German dictator Adolf Hitler into the conversation? You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know it’s never OK to even inadvertently defend Hitler.
Spicer was even asked by reporters to clarify his comments. Did he do that? No.
“I think when you come to sarin gas, there was no — he [Hitler] was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing,” said Spicer.
“[Hitler] brought them into the Holocaust center. “But I’m saying that in the way that Assad used them, where he went in towns, dropped them down to innocent — into the middle of towns — it was brought, so the use of it — I appreciate the clarification. That was not the intent.”
There are historical facts proving Hitler did use gas chambers to kill six million Jewish people during the Holocaust.
After these comments brought on much expected backlash, Spicer went on CNN to apologize.
“I was obviously trying to make a point about the heinous acts that Assad made against his own people last week using chemical weapons and gas,” said Spicer to Wolf Blitzer.
“And frankly I mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive comment about the Holocaust and there is no comparison. For that, I apologize. It was a mistake to do that.”
When asked whom he was directing his apology to, Spicer said, “anyone offended by the comments.”
He says he “was trying to draw a comparison for which there shouldn’t have been one.”
No, there should not have been.