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Press Secretary’s Hitler Comment Causes Controversy

By Humberto Marmolejo
On May 10, 2017

On his daily press briefing on Tuesday April 11, Secretary Sean Spicer was answering journalists’ questions, when the topic of Syria popped up.

Condemning the chemical attacks of the Syrian Government against innocent civilians, at the press briefing Spicer said, “We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II, you know, you had someone as despicable as Hitler, who didn’t even sink to the using of chemical weapons. So, if you’re Russia you have to ask yourself is this a country and regime that you want to align yourself with.”

Almost instantaneously a reporter asked him to clarify his statement in which Spicer said, “I think when it comes to sarin gas he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad was.” Spicer said, “I understand that he brought them into the Holocaust centers, but I was saying that it was different than the way Assad used them. Assad went into towns and dropped them down on innocent people.”

This made the situation even more insensitive and controversial considering that the celebration of Passover had started just one day before.

Immediately, a huge wave of disbelief and outcry spread throughout social media with people even demanding the resignation of Spicer, including The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect and House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi.

In a statement in which she criticized Spicer, Pelosi said, “Sean Spicer must be fired, and the president must immediately disavow his spokesman’s statements. Either he is speaking for the president, or the president should have known better than to hire him.”

Spicer reacted quickly regarding the backlash as he appeared apologetic on an interview with CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer. In his interview, Spicer apologized for the incident and described his statement as, “misstated, insensitive and wrong.”

The very next day, Spicer once again expressed his regret for what had happened as he took the stage during a forum at the Newseum for an interview with Greta Van Susteren of NBC News.

Spicer’s future is uncertain as President Trump has other important issues to take care of, but one thing is certain, the heinous atrocities committed by the evil Nazi Party is a very delicate topic that should never be compared to other despicable atrocities.

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