Spicer and colleague Kellyanne Conway have tripped more than once over the facts, trying to make sense out of President Trump’s more outlandish actions and comments.
In the wake of the administration’s sudden Tomahawk cruise missile attack on a Syrian airbase, the White House has been struggling to explain how it fits with the president’s “America First” campaign pledge.
Trump said he launched the attack to punish Assad in retaliation for using deadly Sarin gas to kill almost 100 of his own people.
Sean Spicer just referred to concentration camps as Holocaust centers. Y'know, like shopping malls, but for genocide.
— Butt Cuck (@newdalton69420) April 11, 2017
Holocaust centers? Hitler didn't gas anyone? Where was United today when we needed them to drag Sean Spicer out of the briefing room?
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) April 11, 2017
— ErinHazel?RESIST? (@ErinRHazel) April 11, 2017
But the move was counter to Trump’s long-held position that the United States should stay out of Syria’s civil war.
Spicer made the flight into TrumpSpeak by trying to explain that Assad was a really bad guy, even worse than Hitler. The Nazi dictator, of course, was responsible for World War II.
But did Spicer ever overlook the facts.
“Somebody as despicable as Hitler… didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” he pronounced at the briefing.
Um… no… huuughly no!
Hitler used deadly Zyklon B, a cyanide-based gas originally developed as a pesticide, to indiscriminately kill millions of Jews and others in death camps during the war.
When reporters pointed out the error, Spicer should have just acknowledged his mistake. Instead, he doubled down with another erratic, error-filled response.
“He [Hitler] was not using the gas on his own people the same way that [Bashar al-Assad] is…” he continued. “He brought them into the Holocaust centers, I understand that,” he added trying to reconcile his remarks.
Equating concentration camps to “holocaust centers” put him even deeper in the weeds.
After the briefing, someone must have clued in the befuddled spokesman. He made the following statement on CNN.
“I was obviously trying to make a point about the heinous acts that Assad had made against his own people last week, using chemical weapons and gas. Frankly, I mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which, frankly, there is no comparison, and for that I apologize. It was a mistake to do that.”
“My goal now and then is to stay focused on Assad and I should have,” he added. “I realized that I had made a mistake and I didn’t want to be a distraction to the President’s agenda.”
But a distraction he was. Leading Democrats on Capitol Hill called for his resignation and social media exploded with scorn.
Now, at least, the heat is finally off Kellyanne Conway for her monumental “alternative facts” comment.