From FOX News:
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer apologized late Tuesday after stating in his daily briefing that Adolf Hitler "didn't even sink to using chemical weapons."
"Today I was trying to describe the attack that [Syrian President Bashar] Assad made on his own people using chemical weapons," Spicer told Fox News. "Frankly, I mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, to which there is frankly no comparison.
"Obviously, that is not what I was intending to do. And I — especially during this week [Passover] — regret using that term and apologize and hope that we can focus on the president's decisive action that he took to make sure that we deal with the situation in Syria."
Spicer was discussing last week's chemical weapons attack, which killed nearly 90 Syrian civilians, when he said "we didn't use chemical weapons in World War II." Spicer later added that "someone as despicable as Hitler ... didn't even sink to using chemical weapons."
After the briefing, Spicer emailed this statement to reporters: "In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust. I was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers. Any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable."
Spicer needed to apologize for his remarks.
I get what he meant as far as Hitler not using chemical weapons during battles in the war. Hitler didn't drop bombs that were weaponized with chemical agents. However, the enormity of the Holocaust and Hitler's use of gas chambers to achieve his Final Solution can't be ignored. Spicer appeared to do that, making matters worse when he spoke of Hitler bringing people "into the Holocaust center."
Therefore, Spicer needed to acknowledge that Hitler did employ chemicals to mercilessly kill innocent men, women, and children. He needed to apologize for failing to take note of the systematic gassings that took place in vans and at the camps, and he did eventually.
That said, people need to get a grip.
Nancy Pelosi called for Spicer to be fired.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., accused Spicer of "downplaying the horror of the Holocaust."
"Sean Spicer must be fired, and the President must immediately disavow his spokesman’s statements," Pelosi said in a statement. "Either he is speaking for the President, or the President should have known better than to hire him."
Pelosi is insufferable.
Spicer wasn't downplaying the Holocaust. Yes, he did an extremely poor job of discussing Assad's chemical attack. Yes, he was stupid to bring up Hitler. But, to suggest that Spicer hates Jews or denies the Holocaust, as many Leftists/Democrats did, is unfairly smearing Spicer.
Pelosi and others, like Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, are exploiting Spicer's comments, seeking to capitalize on Spicer's blunder.