Chelsea Clinton was swift to troll Sean Spicer for claiming that Adolf Hitler never used chemical weapons during Tuesday’s White House press conference.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) April 11, 2017
Clinton’s tweet is one of many ridiculing Spicer’s attempt to defend Donald Trump’s Syria policy by citing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons, and then claiming that Adolf Hitler never used them.
“We didn’t use chemical weapons in WWII. We had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer declared as he attacked Russia for backing Bashar Assad’s brutal regime in Syria.
Journalists, dumbfounded by what they heard, immediately took to Twitter, calling the White House press secretary out for his comments which seemed to ignore the role that chemical agents played in the extermination of millions of Jews in Nazi concentration camps.
Asked to clarify a few minutes later, Spicer dug himself deeper, saying: “When you come to sarin gas, he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing.”
Later on Tuesday, Spicer released a statement further clarifying his remarks: “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,” he wrote.
Chelsea Clinton has been vocal on Twitter since her mother, Hillary, lost the election to Trump in November, often tweeting criticism of the current administration.
When Kellyanne Conway referenced the nonexistent “Bowling Green massacre” during an MSNBC interview, Clinton said: “Please don’t make up attacks.”
Very grateful no one seriously hurt in the Louvre attack …or the (completely fake) Bowling Green Massacre. Please don't make up attacks.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 3, 2017