Tuesday afternoon, commenting on the United States current role in Syria, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer attempted to connect the actions of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with notorious Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.
Trying to explain the heinous chemical attacks on Syrian residents by the Assad regime, Spicer said that “someone as despicable as Hitler didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”
Following the confusion both in White House press room and on social media, Spicer appeared on CNN with Wolf Blitzer, hoping to convey just what he meant.
“I was obviously trying to make a point about the heinous acts that Assad made against his own people last week using chemical weapons and gas,” Spicer said. “And frankly I mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust for which frankly there is no comparison.”
Spicer tried to mend the situation, saying “For that I apologize. It was mistake to do that.”
Blitzer asked Spicer point-blank if he understood the ramifications of his comments.
“Did you not know, Sean, that there were gas chambers where the Nazis brought Jews and others…to slaughter them in these poison gas chambers at Birkenau, near Auswchwitz and other death camps?” Blitzer pressed.
“Yes, clearly I’m aware of that,” Spicer retorted. “Again, it’s as I said initially, there’s no attempt to clarify this, the point was to try and talk about the use of aircraft as a means by which Assad was using this to gas his people. But is was a mistake to do that, and again, that’s why I should’ve just stayed on topic, stayed focused on the actions that Assad had taken, and the horrible atrocities he committed against his own people.”
Spicer wanted to affirm that he was very remorseful for his clumsiness, apologizing to all of those he may have impacted.
“Clearly anybody who – not just suffered in the holocaust or descendant of anybody – but frankly, you know, anyone offended by the comments,” he said.
“It was a mistake, I shouldn’t have done it. I won’t do it again.”
Spicer’s exchange with Blitzer can be seen below:
H/T: The New York Post
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