Should Sean Spicer resign? | The Tylt
Sean Spicer crossed into Holocaust-denial territory when he claimed Hitler "was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing." The Anne Frank Center called Spicer's comments the "most evil slur upon a group of people we have ever heard from a White House press secretary," and is demanding that President Trump fire Spicer. In a statement, Spicer said did not mean to lessen the Holocaust and was "trying to draw a contrast" between tactics used by Hitler and Assad. What do you think?
Should Sean Spicer resign?
Here's what Sean Spicer said. Take a listen for yourself and then decide whether or not he deserves to be fired.
In a Facebook post, the Anne Frank Center called for Sean Spicer's firing, accusing the press secretary of making Holocaust denying statements. Whether through malice or incompetence, Spicer's comments crossed a line and should not be tolerated at the highest levels of government.
SEAN SPICER DENIES HITLER GASSED JEWS DURING THE HOLOCAUST. MR. PRESIDENT, FIRE SEAN SPICER NOW.
In his afternoon press briefing, Sean Spicer invoked Adolf Hitler in describing Syrian President Assad. Spicer said "Even Hitler didn't sink to using chemical weapons." Reaction of Steven Goldstein, Executive Director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect: "On Passover no less, Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death. Spicer's statement is the most evil slur upon a group of people we have ever heard from a White House press secretary. Sean Spicer now lacks the integrity to serve as White House press secretary, and President Trump must fire him at once." #Antisemitism #NeverAgain
Spicer addressed his comments, saying it was poorly worded and he did not mean to deny the Holocaust.
“When it comes to Sarin gas, [Hitler] was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing,” Spicer said during his follow-up.
“I understand your point. Thank you. I appreciate that. He brought them into the Holocaust centers, I understand that. I was saying in the way that Assad used them where he went into town, dropped them into the middle of town. I appreciate the clarification. That was not the intent.”
Following the briefing, Spicer released a further statement saying he wasn't trying to "lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust."
"However, I was trying to draw a contrast of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on innocent people," he said in the statement.