"[Hitler] was not using gas on his own people."
-- Press Secretary Sean Spicer
Happy Passover from the Trump administration.
I swear this is true. I swear he said that. Actually it's worse than that -- he was asked to clarify his initial ghastly statement and this was his "do over"!! Really. His initial statement had been, "You know, you had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,”
He was attempting to shame Russia into supporting the Assad regime, but it came out oh-so wrong. That's when he was given his mulligan and a second chance to explain better what he meant. Apparently in TrumpLand, where tone deafness, anti-Semitism and ignorance seems to be the norm, cluelessness covers a wide swath. His clarification was worse than the first try.
But it gets even worse, as near-impossible as that would seem.
That's because he followed up this comment that Hitler "was not using gas on his own people" by adding that instead "he brought them into the Holocaust centers.”
Mr. Spicer makes the facilities sound oh-so refreshing, like a Club Med spa. One wonders why the people even had to be "brought" there at all, but didn't come rushing in on their own to sign up for a membership. Though I'd hate to see the brochures. And just to clarify, the proper translation from the original German is "gas chambers."
One also wonders if Sean Spicer meant that Hitler "brought them" much the same as United Airlines brought their reluctant, struggling, screaming passenger off the plane back to the terminal.
Let's be clear: The ghastly Assad chemical attack which brought the Trump attack killed 70 people. (The earlier chemical attack by Assad four years earlier killed 1,700, though Trump's relentless response to that was we should not get involved.) Adolf Hitler rounded up six million Jews into concentration camps and killed them in gas chambers, while putting together a massive military offensive in order to subjugate Europe and ultimately rule the world.
Assad is gruesome and hideously bad. He doesn't come close to Adolf Hitler. And the pathetic, ignorant, shameful, tone-deaf, clueless attempt to make a comparison speaks loudly and emphatically to what exists in the White House.
Sean Spicer tried three times to make a clarification. The thing is, there is no further clarification due. The only proper response at this point is -- "Oops. I screwed up. Oops. Comparing anyone to Adolf Hitler is idiotic. Assad is a war criminal and despicable. But it was foolish to drag Adolf Hitler into this. I'm sorry. Oops."
The only good thing to come from this is the knowledge that Melissa McCarthy will be hosting Saturday Night Live in only one month, on May 13. Which will be broadcast live in prime time.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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