At Tuesday afternoon’s White House press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer attempted to defend the Trump Administration’s decision to strike a Syrian government airfield. That strike was billed as “retaliation” for the Assad regime’s chemical weapons attack against Syrian civilians; however, the strike didn’t actually accomplish anything substantive.
Spicer’s Tuesday attempt at an explanation for this went so badly, with him literally ending up trying to explain away Hitler’s crimes in the interest of trying to prove that there was something about Assad’s behavior that dictated the U.S. act no matter what the cost.
The already long embattled White House Press Secretary said: “You had someone as despicable as Hitler, who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.” That statement isn’t even accurate, seeing as Hitler used poison gas to kill millions upon millions of people in the huge network of death camps that his regime created before and during World War II.
Spicer’s comments, unsurprisingly, sparked a massive outrage. For instance, the Anne Frank Center and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi have both already called for Spicer to be fired.
“Sean Spicer” quickly became a trending topic on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, with hundreds upon thousands of tweets building up in a matter of just a couple hours.
Twitter users, including noted public figures, pointed out the utter absurdity of Spicer’s comments.
sean spicer's holocaust thing was totally unforced. he brought up hitler on his own, for some reason. what is going on in that guy's head.
— Matt YOUR PRODUCT/ISSUE HERE FOR $8.99/DAY Negrin (@MattNegrin) April 11, 2017
Sean Spicer is a profoundly stupid liar working for a profoundly stupid liar.
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) April 11, 2017
Press: Can you please explain your idiocy.
Sean Spicer: I was told it was a Trump family tradition to always defend Hitler during Passover.
— Bill Madden (@activist360) April 11, 2017
Spicer even sparked the ire of noted alt-right thought leader Mike Cernovich, who said that the effect of the Press Secretary’s comments is “blood in the water.”
And the criticism doesn’t stop there. Noted conspiracy theorist Alex Jones criticized Spicer, saying, “What the hell is that from Sean Spicer? Was he being sarcastic? It shows how historically ignorant his whole crew is.”
WATCH: Alex Jones re Spicer "What the hell is that from Sean Spicer? Was he being sarcastic? It shows how historically ignorant his crew is" pic.twitter.com/z7qW1paIel
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) April 11, 2017
If you’ve lost Alex Jones, than what the hell are you doing?
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