The White House press Secretary Sean Spicer made a statement on Tuesday in which he contrasted Assad’s use of Chemical weapons on his people with Adolf Hitler who never went to such extents. Spicer was simply trying to emphasize on how Assad has gone to the extremes in his use of chemical weapons, something that even the worst dictator never did. Spicer’s comments were harmless as he only intended to contrast the recent incident in Syria.
Unfortunately, some people ended up being hyper sensitive because Spicer comments seem to deny that Jews were gassed with chemical weapons. However, the point is that Spicer’s comments were not meant to harm or deny anything.
The chemical attack in Syria claimed the lives of 80 people including children. Spicer, who was addressing a question on the relationship between Russia and Syria, also raised the fact that chemical weapons were never used in World War 2.
Spicer was asked to clarify that statement in the briefing. In response, Spicer expounded on the comparison to Hitler. By the time Spicer was done with the clarification, his name was a trending topic on Twitter due to the volume of posts on his remarks. The clarification caused an immediate burst of criticism on social media. For instance, 8chpol made a tweet saying that ‘’ SPICER ADMITS HITLER DID NOTHING WRONG’’.
Spicer defended himself by saying that Hitler did not use Sarin on his own people in the same way that Assad did by attacking innocents in the middle of towns. He also emphasized that he was not trying to lessen the awful nature of the Holocaust. However, he emphasized that he was trying to draw a contrast of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on innocent people.
As if that was not enough, the White House issued another clarification shortly thereafter amending the final line made by Spicer. The White House statement said that Spicer was not trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust, however, he was trying to draw a contrast of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers.
Shortly after the clarification, another version was issued to the White House press pool affirming that Holocaust victims were also innocent and that Spicer was not trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust. He was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers. Any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable.
The Nazis killed over 3 million people in their concentration camps, primarily using chemically manufactured carbon monoxide and Zyklon B, a cyanide-based pesticide.
The chemical attack in Syria was cited by President Trump as the catalyst for his ordering the U.S. military to fire 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase.
The House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, in a bid to remain relevant, hypersensitized Spicer’s comments as she called for Trump to disavow his statements. However, it’s obvious that Spicer had no intent of hurting anyone in his comments. He made a final clarification on CNN saying that he was obviously trying to make a point about the heinous acts that Assad had made against his own people last week using chemical weapons and gas, adding that he mistakenly used an inappropriate, insensitive reference to the holocaust, for which frankly there is no comparison, and for that he apologized.