White House Press Secretary Opens Mouth, Inserts Both Feet
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer put his own feet in his mouth at today’s White House Press Briefing:
White House press secretary Sean Spicer, in an effort to shame Russia’s alliance with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his use of chemical weapons, said Tuesday Adolf Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons” during World War II.
While Hitler did not use chemical weapons on the battlefield, Hitler and the Nazis used gas chambers to exterminate Jews, disabled people and others.
Spicer, asked for a clarification by a reporter about the comments that Hitler did not use chemical weapons, said: “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.”
Reporters in the briefing room offered the Holocaust as an example of chemical weapons use.
“But in the way that Assad used them, where he went into towns and dropped them down to innocent in the middle of towns,” Spicer said, defending his statement.
“I appreciate the clarification, that was not the intent,” he said.
Here’s the video:
Almost immediately after the briefing ended, Spicer sought to “clarify” his statement:
Spicer clarifies earlier comment on Hitler and chemical weapons: “He was not using the gas on his own people the same way Assad used them.”
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) April 11, 2017
Spicer happens to be correct that Nazi Germany never used chemical weapons on the battlefield, but he did, of course, use them on his own people as well as Jews, Catholics, Gypsies, the “defective,” homosexuals, and dissidents, many of whom were German citizens. And when you have to clarify something, you know you’ve made a mistake.
The MSNBC chyron says it all:
You don’t say…..