Of course, we all know this was blatantly false.
Despite Spicer’s statements to the contrary, Hitler’s name is historically linked to the use of chemical weapons, most notably through the Holocaust, Nazi Germany’s genocidal program intended to murder Europe’s Jewish population. Many of the Jews killed in the Holocaust were killed in gas chambers using Zyklon B and other poisons.
Sarin gas, the weapon believed to have been used by Assad, was first created and used by Nazi scientists in 1938
He attempted to shift his comments later saying
Spicer said that Hitler had not used chemical weapons in the same way that Assad had.
“I think when you come to sarin gas, there was no — he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing,” the press secretary said. “He brought him into the Holocaust center. I understand that. But I’m saying in the way that Assad used them where he went into towns, dropped them down into innocent, into the middle of towns. So the use of it, I appreciate the clarification there. That was not the intent.”
Spicer’s repeated use of phrases such as “his own people” seemed to imply that—say—German Jews were not really German. The connections between this way of thinking—which was, by the way, how the Nazis thought—and the way that our current president defines who is and isn’t a true American are too obvious to list, even if the circumstances are vastly different.
What must be even more confounding is that he is being forced to flip-flop daily on United States policy in Syria. Just remember that poor Spicer went to work for someone who had not only laughed off Saddam Hussein’s use of chemical weapons against his own people, but who has shown a real affinity for dictators of all sorts. Less than two weeks ago, Spicer was saying that the fate of Assad was an issue for the Syrian people to decide. Now, Spicer, who was clearly never the brightest of men, has to go talk as if Assad (whose name Spicer cannot even pronounce) is worse than Hitler (whose regime the White House might be split on). Again, you almost want to feel bad for the guy.
After the press briefing ended, Spicer did release another statement saying this: “In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust. However, I was trying to draw a contrast of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on innocent people.”
He then released another statement, changing “innocent people” to “population centers” and then another version with the phrase “Any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable.” What exactly he was “contrasting” remains unclear.
So you have to ask, why would he make these comments?
There are 2 explanations that I can come up with.
- He is a complete and utter fool, who never thinks before he speaks, which would disqualify him in most times from being the press secretary.
- Or a more likely reason, he knew exactly what he was saying and he did it to distract the media from the other big stories of the day, such as Carter Page being watched by the FBI for being a surrogate of Russia during the election, or the media starting to catch on to how stupid the bombing of Syria was. As I mentioned in my blog post on the Trump propaganda techniques, this is just another way the administration is attempting to control the negative. They have no problems throwing out people to be the fall guy if it protects dear ol’ Donald. The list of people who have been distanced from since the Russia scandal really broke open keeps growing, and each time they attempt to minimize the person’s role in the campaign and transition. From Flynn, to Manafort, to most recently Bannon and Carter Page, each time Trump has gone on to say they had a minimal role and that he alone was calling the shots. Little does he understand that eventually, all these people he threw under the bus will start screaming from the rooftops to save their own asses.
Keith Olberman from January about how the media should handle Spicer and the rest of the Trump Propagandist.
Just for a light hearted laugh