When it comes to analogies, there are some topics you just don’t include. Among them? The Holocaust. White House press secretary Sean Spicer learning that the hard way after a comment he made at his daily press briefing yesterday. Talking about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [[bah-SHAHR ahl-AH-sahd]], Spicer said even Hitler didn't sink to the level of using chemical weapons.
Talking about al-Assad in a press briefing, Spicer said “even Hitler didn't sink to the level of using chemical weapons.” Shortly thereafter, Spicer attempted to clarify his thoughts. “[Hitler] brought them into the Holocaust center, I understand that,” Spicer noted. “But I’m saying in the way that Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them down to innocent – into the middle of towns.”
And with that, ‘into the unemployment line’ is what everyone from House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi to the Anne Frank Center is calling for. Spicer has since been interviewed on CNN, where he apologized again. Now, he’s apologizing further calling his remarks "inappropriate and insensitive."
- “I mistakenly made an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which there is no comparison," Spicer told Wolf Blitzer. "And for that I apologize. It was a mistake to do that." He also pointed out that he's aware that Hitler executed millions of people during the Holocaust using poison gas.
Source: The White House