Pro-tip: Don't make Hitler comparisons. Ever.
Seriously, just don't.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has been the subject of widespread criticism after making comments in which he states that Adolf Hitler didn't gas his own people "in the same way" that Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad did.
In a briefing, Spicer said that even Hitler "didn't sink to the level of using chemical weapons" like Assad, who dropped sarin nerve gas on his own people last week -- prompting strikes from the U.S. at President Donald Trump's command.
The statement is completely false, as Hitler gassed millions of Jews during the Holocaust using Zyklon B, a lethal chemical pesticide.
Spicer on Syria: “You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons...” pic.twitter.com/UN3JfRRg0w— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) April 11, 2017
Spicer's remarks caused immediate backlash and correctives from scholars of the Holocaust, with the Anne Frank Center calling on President Trump to fire him.
When given an opportunity to clarify, there was not much clarification to be had.
Spicer, challenged by reporter, concedes Hitler killed w/chemicals but says "not in same way" as Assad and "I appreciate the clarification"— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) April 11, 2017
This woman's facial expression when Sean Spicer said "Hitler did not use chemical weapons on his own people" reminded me of this meme. pic.twitter.com/8PCqSVvfoy— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) April 11, 2017
2/2 "...trying to draw a contrast of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on innocent people."— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) April 11, 2017
What do you think about all of this?
Pepsi, Sean Spicer, and United Airlines walk into a bar. There are no survivors.— Glenn Fleishman (@GlennF) April 11, 2017
There's a reason there's a good rule of thumb that Hitler / the Holocaust should only ever be compared to Hitler / the Holocaust.— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) April 11, 2017
Pepsi: nobody will embarrass themselves as much as us this week.— Elizabeth Wilson (@elspeth_47) April 11, 2017
United: hold my beer...
Sean Spicer: hold my Pepsi...
Anyone who takes Spicer's comments as any more than a simple misspeak has an agenda and is patently dishonest.— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) April 12, 2017
Spicer saying Hitler didn't use chemical weapons is either dumb or evil. If it's dumb, it's a dumb so dangerous it's as bad as evil anyway.— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) April 12, 2017
No one's saying Sean Spicer is an anti-Semite. What many _are_ saying is that this man and his boss aren't sharp enough for the White House. pic.twitter.com/MlKh3PfTp5— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) April 12, 2017
Liberal media is now claiming Sean Spicer is a Holocaust denier because he misspoke. More fake news, this is why nobody trusts lying MSM.— Makada 🇺🇸 (@_Makada_) April 11, 2017
It really all boils down to the fact that Spicer thinks that Hitler showed restraint— elan gale (@theyearofelan) April 11, 2017