Last week, US President Donald Trump decided to launch missiles at Syria. His improvisational decision comes after years of advocating that US should not attack Syria.
Sean Spicer, the current White House Press Secretary and former Communications Director for President Trump, explains the logic behind this step but ends up being condemned.
Sean Spicer has had a tough time catching a break, he has been linked to several controversies ever since he took up the job. Spicer has come under scathing attack for his reportedly false claims, according to media reports.
American actress and comedienne Mellisa McCarthy's SNL skit as a parody of Spicer has given more insights about him.
During the Tuesday White House press briefing, Spicer claimed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made an unprecedented inhumane act against his own citizens with the ghastly gas attack.
Spicer claimed that Bashar al-Assad is worse than Adolf Hitler. This claim from Spicer raised eyebrows. He gave an argument that "Hitler didn't sink to the level of using chemical weapons on his own people."
"We didn't use chemical weapons in World War II. You had a - someone who is as despicable as Hitler who didn't even use chemical weapons," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. "You have to, if you're Russia, ask yourself, is this a country and regime you want to align yourself with?" he added.
He later explained he meant to say that in the battlefield, Hitler had not made chemical attacks or used chemical weapons as Assad did last week. Anyone who has even the slightest idea of the history can recall that millions of Jews died during the holocaust, with gas chambers being used as a dominant measure of killing people.
Sean Spicer justified his statement like this. "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, there was not in the - he brought them into the Holocaust centre," he said. "But I'm saying that in the way that Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them down into innocent - into the middle of towns."
Spicer tried clarifying his remark in his second statement and said, "In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the holocaust. However, I was trying to draw a contrast of the tactic of using aeroplanes to drop chemical weapons on innocent people."
Within few minutes of this incident, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum updated their social media accounts by sending out the footage of Buchenwald concentration camp's liberation. These remarks from Sean Spice have been drawing sharp reactions and heavy criticism.
The Anne Frank Center For Mutual Respect has demanded that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer should be immediately sacked by President Donald Trump. His comments have drawn widespread condemnation from several important public figures. Various celebrities and political personalities condemned the comments made by Sean Spicer and expressed shock over his lack of knowledge regarding one of the most tragic incidents in recent history.
Steven Goldstein, Executive Director of the Anne Frank Center said in a statement, "On Passover no less, Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death. Spicer's statement is the evilest slur upon a group of people we have ever heard from a White House press secretary."
This is not the first time when Trump administration has been accused of anti-Semitic comments. This incident has again raised a question that if a press secretary of the White House and president's source of communication can't hold a conversation about the biggest political policy and issues in the world without making huge errors, is he really worthy of the job.
Within few moments of Spicer making these comments, Twitter picked it up and it started making rounds with different reactions across the globe. Here are some reactions to Spicer's comments.