A spokesperson for Germany chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken out to condemn to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer for his comments comparing Adolf Hitler to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
According to the Associated Press, Steffen Seibert, a spokesman for Angela Merkel said Spicer’s comparison leads between Adolf Hitler and Bashar al-Assad leads to “nothing good.”
On Tuesday at his press briefing, Spicer took to his podium to perpetuate yet another falsehood; seemingly a trend for White House staff as of late.
Spicer attempted to defend his boss’ decision to bomb a Syrian airfield last week in retaliation to a chemical weapons attack against Syrian civilians. Spicer told press:
‘You had someone as despicable as Hitler, who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons. So, you have to if you are Russia, ask yourself, is this a country and regime that you want to align yourself with?’
Well, apparently Spicer skipped out on a lot of history classes throughout high school, I mean, how else could he make such a large-scale mistake?
Hitler gassed millions of people to death, including but not limited to Jews, gays, and Gypsies.
Later during the press conference, Spicer tried to redeem himself, but only ended up digging a larger grave:
‘When it comes to Sarin gas, [Hitler] was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing. He brought them into the Holocaust centers, I understand that. I was saying in the way that Assad used them where he went into town, dropped them into the middle of town.’
According to Merkel’s spokesman, “Any comparison of current situations with Nazi crimes leads to nothing good.”
Spicer’s comments drew criticism from Jewish groups, such as the Anne Frank Center, and for good reason. The Anne Frank Center’s statement reads, in part:
‘On Passover no less, Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death… Sean Spicer now lacks the integrity to serve as White House press secretary, and President Trump must fire him at once.’
Following his controversial comments, Spicer tried to wiggle his way out of the nightmare of a PR situation, admitting the comparison was “inappropriate and insensitive.”
In case you missed them, watch a clip of Spicer’s comments below, via Facebook:
Sean Spicer: Not even Hitler used chemical weapons
Posted by Axios on Tuesday, April 11, 2017
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