Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed today that Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons during World War II.
“You had someone as despicable as Hitler, who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said during Wednesday’s press briefing.
Hitler is well known to have used cyanide gas in mass murders of Jews.
Spicer was using the Hitler comparison to make a point about how dastardly Syrian President Bashar Assad acted earlier this month when he attacked his own people with sarin gas, which provoked President Trump to strike a Syrian airfield.
“If you are Russia, ask yourself, is this a country and regime that you want to align yourself with?” he asked.
Later in the briefing, Spicer walked back his remarks when a reporter challenged him to explain, saying Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons “in the same way” as Assad.
“When it comes to Sarin gas, Hitler was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing.
I understand your point. Thank you. I appreciate that. 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. I appreciate the clarification. That was not the intent.”
As you can imagine, it didn’t go over well on Twitter:
Spicer is a jewel – "Hitler didn't use chemical weapons"? Maybe he thinks Tapioca that came out of the spigot in the gas chambers?
— labrown69 (@labrown69) April 11, 2017
sean spicer, hitler fan supreme. Every Jew in the USV should demand that the imbecile is removed from his position. Defending djt, idiotic
— Giggs for Manager (@dyepipi) April 11, 2017
Spicer just said "even Hitler didn't use chemical weapons." Wow, what a great way to commemorate Passover, Spicey.
— Jason Starr (@JasonStarrBooks) April 11, 2017
Sean Spicer just treated Hitler more gently than United treats its passengers.
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) April 11, 2017
Sean Spicer: 'All Hitler really did was re-accommodate Jewish people'
— Pie (@milkpiefridays) April 11, 2017
Dear Sean Spicer, Hitler sent people to Gas chambers, not a Holocaust center
— Joshua Campbell (@CampbellJD) April 11, 2017
Even Hitler didn't sink to the level of using chemical weapons.
Grab them by the pussy
This is your government
— Satan (@TheEvilOneBelow) April 11, 2017
— Dr. Craig Considine (@CraigCons) April 11, 2017
"Hitler may have killed millions of Jews, but at least he was kind and TOLD them first."-Sean Spicer, resident skidmark.
— Jan Rosenberg (@KickTheJan) April 11, 2017
pepsi: cops are good
united: comply or you will get beat down
spicer: hitler wasn't that bad
can't even think where this could go next
— Lana Del Raytheon? (@LanaDelRaytheon) April 11, 2017
Sean Spicer: Hitler didn't even use chemical weapons. He never borrowed something without asking, he was just a great guy. I love Hitler.
— Jim Capie (@Jim_Capie) April 11, 2017
How unbelievably tone deaf do you have to be to minimize Hitler's use of chemicals to exterminate 6 million Jews…during Passover. #Spicer
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) April 11, 2017
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 11, 2017
Look, the Press Secretary may have just called concentration camps "holocaust centers," but at least he didn't do it during Passover.
— Myke Cole (@MykeCole) April 11, 2017
Sean Spicer would show up to the gallows & be like "does anyone know when the neck hugging ceremony starts?"
— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) April 11, 2017
If I said what Sean Spicer said in public or private, I would be fired from my comms job, immediately, and deservedly so.
— Dante Atkins (@DanteAtkins) April 11, 2017