White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had a foot-in-mouth moment so bad yesterday that people temporarily stopped talking about the latest national overreaction with the United Airlines "crisis."
While defending the Trump administration’s actions in Syria, Spicer compared Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Adolf Hitler, saying that the latter “didn’t even sink to the level of using chemical weapons.” Spicer apparently forgot that Jews were murdered in gas chambers under Hitler’s regime.
On “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson,” Doc Thompson noted that Spicer’s first mistake was making the comparison to Hitler at all.
“[Assad] is a brutal dictator. You can say that … You saw the pictures of the children; he’s done this stuff before. He’s killed tens of thousands.” Yes, Assad’s regime has been devastating, but deciding to compare him to Hitler in a way that is totally accurate is “an offense to everybody,” Doc said.
“It’s an offense to intelligence. It’s an offense to anybody who’s ever been a press secretary. Anybody with a brain.”
Spicer has since apologized, saying he “used an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which frankly, there is no comparison.”