During his White House Press Briefing today, Sean Spicer not only compared Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad to Germany’s Adolf Hitler, he said that he was worse than Hitler, presumably in an attempt to contrast President Trump’s actions favorably with, like, the whole of the Allied forces in World War II.
“You even have someone as despicable as Hitler, who didn’t sink to using chemical weapons [as Assad did],” Spicer said.
I didn’t see the press conference, but I assume that’s the moment when Sean Spicer wished he had a time machine so he could travel back 10 seconds and refrain from saying what may have been the dumbest statement ever made during a White House Press Conference.
Wow Spicer's lucky there's not some Jewish holiday about the liberation from the forces of death on right now.— Scott Wells (@bitb) April 11, 2017
Sean Spicer just tried to rewrite history and claim the Holocaust didn't include chemical weapons. This is why neo-Nazis are team Trump.— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) April 11, 2017
Sean Spicer just praised Hitler for not using chemical weapons.— Rob Perry (@robsukpolitics) April 11, 2017
Sean Spicer is really out here minimalizing the holocaust— jules (@chacmooljules) April 11, 2017
And then, somehow, Sean Spicer made a terrible situation even worse.
Spicer's second try at explaining the difference between Hitler and Assad's use of chemical weapons: pic.twitter.com/BdPC0ujBSl— Axios (@axios) April 11, 2017
“[Hitler] was not using the gas on his own people the same way Assad is doing,” Spicer said.
Take it away, Twitter.
Did Spicer just say even Hitler didn't even sink to the level of chemical weapons?!?— WeThePeople🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@PrincessBravato) April 11, 2017
IS HE TOTALLY INSANE?!?
HITLER SLAUGHTERED MILLIONS!
.@PressSec Spicer just clarified by saying Assad is worse because he gassed people "in the center of town."— Jordan Uhl (@JordanUhl) April 11, 2017
Lesson learned, Assad. Use gas chambers.
@BraddJaffy There isn't any word in the English language to adequately describe Spicer's stupidity.— Pam Holt (@pamholt22) April 11, 2017
Even Hitler didn't employ Sean Spicer.— Fredrick Soukup (@21stcenturyfred) April 11, 2017
whom could have predicted that Spicer talking extemporaneously about Hitler would have turned out thusly— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 11, 2017
Update: He tried to clarify again.
Seriously, someone lock him in his office and take away his electronics. https://t.co/4u1RxTe9kM— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) April 11, 2017
me: how could this hole get any deeper?— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) April 11, 2017
spicer: hold my beerhttps://t.co/iaeGoPTjPd