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Happy Passover — Twitter Thrashes Sean Spicer After Hitler Gaffe

Spicer inaccurately claimed Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons, and the Internet wasted no time calling him out

Sean Spicer provoked widespread condemnation Tuesday morning after botching an 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.

“Hitler didn’t even sink to the level of using chemical weapons,” Spicer said in this morning’s press conference. Suffice to say, Nazi Germany systematically killed millions of people in gas chambers at death camps during World War II, often using the gas Zyklon B, a form of hydrogen cyanide, which notably is definitely a chemical.

Moments later, the White House Press Secretary attempted to clarify his remark but only dug the hole deeper. Hitler, Spicer claimed, was “not using the gas on his own people in the same way that Assad is doing.” It’s worth noting that an estimated 210,000 German Jews, 15,000 German homosexuals, and thousands of German dissidents were among the millions murdered during the Holocaust.

Spicer also referred to death camps as “the Holocaust center.”

Shocking no one, the reaction was not good, particularly as Spicer made his comments on Passover. Twitter erupted in an avalanche of mockery, criticism and outrage over what many people described as mild Holocaust denialism. See the reactions below.






Spicer eventually released a statement, saying he did not intend to dominish the Holocaust. “In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust,” he said. “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.”