Spicer apologizes for Hitler comments

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer apologized late Tuesday after stating in his daily briefing that Adolf Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”

“Today I was trying to describe the attack that [Syrian President Bashar] Assad made on his own people using chemical weapons,” Spicer told Fox News. “Frankly, I mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, to which there is frankly no comparison.

“Obviously, that is not what I was intending to do. And I — especially during this week [Passover] — regret using that term and apologize and hope that we can focus on the president’s decisive action that he took to make sure that we deal with the situation in Syria.”

Spicer was discussing last week’s chemical weapons attack, which killed nearly 90 Syrian civilians, when he said “we didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II.” Spicer later added that “someone as despicable as Hitler … didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”

After the briefing, Spicer emailed this statement to reporters: “In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust. I 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.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., accused Spicer of “downplaying the horror of the Holocaust.”

“Sean Spicer must be fired, and the President must immediately disavow his spokesman’s statements,” Pelosi said in a statement. “Either he is speaking for the President, or the President should have known better than to hire him.”

Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., who is Jewish, said in a statement that “as far as comments being made and comparisons of various tactics and methods between now and World War II, you can make the comparison a little differently and it would be accurate, but it’s important to clear up that Hitler did in fact use chemical warfare to murder innocent people.”

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis touched on the issue at the Pentagon when discussing missile strikes launched by the U.S. against one of Assad’s airfields in response to the chemical attack.

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“Even in World War II, chemical weapons were not used on battlefields,” Mattis said. “Since World War I, there has been an international convention on this. To stand idly by, when that convention is violated, that is what we had to take action on, urgently, in our own vital interest.”

Spicer’s comments came on the first day of Passover and a day after the White House held a Seder dinner marking the emancipation of the Jewish people, a tradition started during the Obama administration.

According to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Nazis experimented with poison gas in late 1939 with the killing of mental patients, which was termed “euthanasia.” Both mobile and stationary gas chambers were later used, with up to 6,000 Jews gassed each day at Auschwitz alone.

On Monday, the White House clarified remarks Spicer made from the podium that the use of barrel bombs by Assad’s government might lead to further military action by the United States.

In an exchange with reporters, Spicer appeared to draw a new red line for the Trump administration when he told reporters that if a country gases a baby or it puts “a barrel bomb into innocent people, I think you will see a response from this president.”

Until Monday the administration had maintained that last week’s airstrikes were in response to the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons against its own citizens. A White House spokesman said later that “nothing has changed in our posture” and the president retains the option to act if it’s in the national interest.

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  • DrArtaud

    There are inadvertent and much needed points here. My wife and I watched the press briefing live.

    1. The Holocaust was historical, a tremendous loss of innocent lives, and not, contrary to some groups that exploit this tragedy, limited to Jews. Just as when I hear that a young woman died, and this is added “it was such a tragic loss, she was so pretty”, my blood boils. Beauty is subjective, parents, husband’s, boyfriends, and siblings, losing a loved one, do not suffer proportionately to the “beauty” of their loss, their loss is much more complex than esthetics. My blood also boils when I incessantly hear that 6 million Jews died in the Holocaust. The actual count is approximately 11 million people murdered. Accepting 6 million as the official count of the number of Jews killed, that means 5 million non-Jews died.

    How is it OK to dismiss the equally horrific deaths of 5 million people, how did this ever become acceptable in America? Jews enjoy a disproportionate amount of attention, at 1.4% of the U.S. population, hardly a day goes by when you don’t hear of vandalism in Jewish cemeteries, Jewish centers receiving threats signaling anti-Semitism on the rise, etc. This attention leads one to believe that Christian cemeteries are un-vandalized and Christian centers un-threatened, but this clearly is not the case.

    This brings us to the next point.

    2. Conservative media is virtually ignoring Christianity in Syria and I can’t help but believe that if Jewish Syrians, villiages, and towns were being protected by Assad; as he protects Christian Syrians, villiages and towns; that the cacophony of calls to oust Assad and likely replace him with a U.S. “gasline” compliant muslim govt would be seriously tempered with concerns about Jewish individuals and communities themselves. Historic Christianity is being destroyed, in part by U.S. backed terrorists (that we refer to as rebels), with hardly a concern expressed by Conservative media.

    Rather than expatiate on the subject, I’ll leave a few links. Michael Savage, Pat Buchanan, and Katie Hopkins, all think that ousting Assad is a major mistake, and Buchanan, being in an article, is easier to understand the interrelations.

    Video: EXCLUSIVE: Michael Savage Begs Trump To Stop WWIII

    Article: Is Trump Enlisting in the War Party?

    Video: Tucker Carlson Tonight 4/11/17 : U.S. – Russia Relations Hit A New Low – Start at 10:00 minutes and watch through the short Katie Hopkins interview that starts at 11:00 minutes.

    Sean Spicer’s faux pas doesn’t rise to the level of replacing him. If anything, Sean is too seriously taking the administration’s argument that Assad deployed the chemical weapons when there’s been no tangible evidence offered to the rest of the world. And so my opening point that concern of Sean’s ignorance in forgetting the chemical weapons of the Holocaust showers should not exceed a complete failure to consider living, breathing Christians that the U.S. and world seem perfectly happy to let be murdered in this asinine zeal to replace Assad.

    Case in point: this Jewish gentleman’s efforts, he realizes the extent of the problem. What needs done to get Christian America and Americans in general on board?

    Jewish peer George Weidenfeld, who was able to escapee Nazi-occupied Austria with the assistance of British Christians, is funding a charity known as the Barnabas Fund in an effort to save the Syrian Christians.

    “I have a debt to repay,” Lord Weidenfeld, who was rescued by Quakers at the age of five, told Daily Express.

    ISIS “is unprecedented in its primitive savagery compared with the more sophisticated Nazis. When it comes to pure lust for horror and sadism, they are unprecedented. There never was such scum as these people,” later added Weidenfeld.

    If this gentleman recognizes the horrors that muslim terrorists are inflicting on Syrian and other Middle Eastern Christians, why doesn’t the U.S. and West seem to care?