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Each press conference chaired by White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, seems to be worse than the last one. But his briefing yesterday really set the bar low.
Last week, the US launched a cruise missile attack on a Syrian airfield, after allegations that Bashar al-Assad used the chemical weapon sarin, killing over 70 Syrians, including many children.
Spicer said during his briefing:
We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War Two. You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.
He went on to clarify:
I think when you come to sarin gas, he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing.
He also called concentration camps 'Holocaust centres'.
Many of the millions of Jews who were killed during the Holocaust were killed in gas chambers with chemical gas agents.
Worse still, Spicer’s comments came on the first day of the Jewish holiday Passover.
The backlash to the badly thought out comments was instantaneous.
Nazis invented sarin & had stockpile of chemical weapons but never used them against Allies even as they were gassi… https://t.co/Yy2XMVdGim — Ryan Lizza (@Ryan Lizza)
That's the somewhat puzzling history Spicer was likely trying to get at but he completely botched it, including in all of his follow ups — Ryan Lizza (@Ryan Lizza)
Never thought I would say this, but Sean Spicer should go back to talking about crowd size at the inauguration. https://t.co/D2JZLuypiw — Adam Schiff (@Adam Schiff)
@BraddJaffy The most intellectually challenged administration in this nation's history — Joshua Decter (@Joshua Decter)
@BraddJaffy At this point I need proof he went to school. And graduated. — Elvia (@Elvia)
if twitter this past week was a person here he is https://t.co/r9JM0tP7ee — chris melberger (@chris melberger)
I mean maybe they should have gotten rid of Spicer after he tweeted his password twice during his first week. — Cody Johnston (@Cody Johnston)
BREAKING : Sean Spicer fired by Donald Trump, hired by Ken Livingston — Matt Lucas (@Matt Lucas)
Spicer, listen up: Anne Frank and millions of other Jews weren't killed in "Holocaust Centers." Most offensive press sec ever. #FireSpicer — Anne Frank Center USA (@Anne Frank Center USA)
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