White House spokesman Sean Spencer was comparing Assad to Hitler today, unfavorably so: “You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons”, he said.
Oops, that was bad. But it got worse.
Asked by a reporter to clarify, Spicer said:
“I think when you come to sarin gas, there was no … he was not using the gas on his own people in the same way that Assad is doing.”
Oh boy. Is Spicer actually saying that Hitler didn’t gas German Jews, as well as mentally disabled, Roma and others? I mean, the usage of Carbon Monoxide gassing within the Nazi “Euthanasia” program started already in 1939, and continued on with gas vans, then gas chambers. Did Spicer never learn this? He had to know something about it. Or did he mean that these people were not “Hitler’s people”?
But Spicer went on to clarify – and it got even worse:
“There was not … he brought them into the Holocaust centers, I understand that. But what I’m saying is the way that Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them, the use of it — I appreciate the clarification, [denying that Hitler used gas] was not the intent.”
Holocaust centers? So Hitler brought ‘them’ to Holocaust centers? Does Spencer mean concentration camps?
Zack Beauchamp in Vox noted that “the error pales in comparison to the main issue, which is that Spicer said that Assad compared unfavorably to Hitler”.
Holocaust revisionism, as clumsy, ignorant and apparently unwittingly as in Spicer’s case today, is not exclusive to Spicer, and is even shared by Jews such as PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who had framed the Final Solution on a Palestinian leader – the Grand Mufti, back in October 2015. The Germans could hardly believe it themselves. A spokesman for the German chancellor Angela Merkel said then, “All Germans know the history of the murderous race mania of the Nazis that led to the break with civilisation that was the Holocaust. I see no reason to change our view of history in any way. We know that responsibility for this crime against humanity is German and very much our own.”
What will the Israelis make of this? There has been only very cautious mentioning of it in the Israeli press so far. Haaretz has reported Spencer’s blunder factually (Hebrew), while Israel National News almost seems to prefer not to talk about it at all
“Spicer said that even Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons but stressed later that he didn’t mean the Holocaust.” .
American mainstream is all over it already. And several outlets are providing some informative references to what Spicer just whitewashed and blurred – so maybe there’s a good aspect to this.
But Sean Spicer needs to go to a Holocaust center, and get some education, really.