In case you haven’t heard, Sean Spicer really stepped in it (again) this week when he made not one, not two, but a series of embarrassing gaffes about the Holocaust.
To make a long story short, while speaking on Tuesday about the recent chemical attack in Syria ordered by President Bashar al-Assad (or who Spicer sometimes refers to as “Ashad al-Bashar”), the White House press secretary said that even Adolf Hitler never stooped to such a low level, telling media:
We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II. You know? You had a, you know, someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons. So you have to, if you’re Russia, ask yourself: Is this a country that you, and a regime, that you want to align yourself with? You have previously signed onto international agreements, rightfully acknowledging that the use of chemical weapons should be out of bounds by every country.
But it didn’t stop there. After several people pointed out that, actually, Hitler did, in fact, use chemical weapons when he killed millions of people in gas chambers, Spicer was asked to clarify. And that’s when he went off on some bizarre tangent about “Holocaust centers”:
There was not in the — He [Hitler] brought them into the Holocaust centers, I understand that. What I am saying in the way that Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them down to innocent, into the middle of towns, it was brought — So the use of it. And I appreciate the clarification there. That was not the intent.
Oh, and did we mention all this happened on Passover?
Spicer later went on to issue not one, not two, but three poorly written responses to his truly embarrassing gaffe before sitting down with MSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren to say he “screwed up.”
“I’ve let the president down,” Spicer said, before adding, “It’s painful to myself to know I did something like that.”
Now, let’s take a look at the Internet’s response…
First there were the tweets…
PEPSI: We made the biggest PR blunder this year.
UNITED: Hold my beer.
SEAN SPICER: Sit down, shut up and learn.
— Satan (@TheEvilOneBelow) April 12, 2017
Holocaust Remembrance Day will be held on April 11, the day when Sean Spicer remembered there was a Holocaust. #TrumpandthePress
— Steve Redmond (@sjredmond) April 12, 2017
So Pepsi, United Airlines, and Sean Spicer walk into a bar…
— Curt & Andrew (@vmpodcast) April 12, 2017
Sean spicer called Nazi concentration camps "Holocaust Centers" like it was some JCC retreat? #FireSpicer
— Alea Chedekel (@aleachedekel) April 12, 2017
Sean Spicer to be the new spokesperson for United Airlines. #Sean_Spicer #UnitedAirlines
— Darren luckhurst (@DarrenLuckhurst) April 12, 2017
Then there were the memes…
Holocaust Center: It's the #NeoNazi #altright's (ahem, the entire #republicanparty's) way to minimize & deny the #Holocaust… He didn't just #fuckup, the term is all over #Breitbart & #Infowars. If you are a Republican, you are complicit. You are a collaborator! #holocaustcenter #holocaustcenters #holocaustmemes #nazism #nazi #nazis #naziwhitehouse #naziwhitetrash #nazitrump #seanspicer #donaldtrumpmemes #donaldtrump #trump #trumpmemes #seanspicersays #seanspicerfacts #spicer #gop #republicans #republican #passover #passover2017
Related: And with one simple Sean Spicer meme, the Internet bows with respect
Donald Trump says he only hires ‘the best people’… mhm
Trump hired people from an anti-Semitic website, he also hired a known member of a Hungarian White Supremacist Nazi group. The administration removed Jews from their announcement on Holocaust remembrance day and now Spicer is trying to say that this little tin pot dictator is worse than Hitler, in effect trying to give Hitler’s image some rehabilitation.
Spicer is a buffoon when he speaks, but make no mistake, these are all steps right out of the bigoted White Supremacist handbook.
“Trump hired people from an anti-Semitic website”. Which website?
There are many Jewish people in the Trump administration such as: David Friedman, Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt, Steve Mnuchin, Stephen Miller, Carl Icahn, Gary Cohn, Boris Epshteyn, David Shulkin, Reed Cordish, Avrahm Berkowitz, and others. These people serve as advisors and in cabinet positions.
Tidy list you’ve got there. Will it be put to use some day?
Here there, Brother Hoffman. I think I already know the answer to this question but I am going to ask you anyway. Considering the case of Chaim Rumkowski (a Polish born jew who collaborated with the Nazis during their occupation of Poland and also had the say as to which Jews died immediately) in your eyes is he a patriot or the devil himself. It is widely believed it was the jew themselves who killed him by the way. Let me know. I’m curious.
And this, kids, is why the Hitler references only go so far before you look like a complete idiot. I can grant him the benefit of the doubt and say he likely meant concentrations camps and not “Holocaust centers”, but even then, why invoke Hitler where there was no need? To use sarin gas on your own people is heinous enough without needed to put it in perspective with some “But even Hitler didn’t do that” comparison. Spicer is just one of many incompetent people under Trump (including Trump), and maybe in 2020, Establishment Democrats won’t have the same power to put corrupt candidates against Trump.
My bursitis is clear, but Trump’s still here. 82 days of pain and sorrow. 1,378 and a half more to go. oh. Is there a salve for this, a minty Chinese liniment, a Tiger balm, D.C.? Trumpaffliction. Something with stripes, please.
You think his job is easy? Having to constantly cover up and spin everything the New Guy does and says? Actually I see that he meant one group had chemical weapons dropped on them and another group was rounded up like animals and gassed in showers. Big difference but still deplorable. He’s going to end up in a mental hospital. What ever happened to that hag the New Guy had spinning his Web of deceit?
Perhaps their conversations were picked up in the FISA thing and she’s disappearing into the woodwork.
If I believed everything a Republican says, I would believe that:
1. John Wayne was born in Waterloo, Iowa. (Michele Bachmann)
2. Elvis’ birthday is August 16. (Michele Bachmann)
3. A woman can’t get pregnant if she is legitimately raped. (Todd Akin)
4. Global warming can’t be real if it’s snowing outside. (Sen. James Inhofe)
5. Obama is a Muslim who has attended Jeremiah Wright’s Christian church for 20 years.
6. Obama, who was once a community organizer, is divisive.
Republicans make Americans stupider. They are the ones spreading fake news.
In fairness, we can’t act as if dumb statements are only said by Republicans. Both sides of the aisle make dumb statements:
1. “You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent” – Joe Biden
2. “R-S-P-E-C-T” – Obama
3. “I’ve now been in 57 states – I think one left to go” – Obama
4. “The number one job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S. Jobs!” – Joe Biden
5. “I took the initiative in creating the Internet” – Al Gore
6. “Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package 500 million Americans lose their jobs” – Nancy Pelosi
7. “Nobody can recall a Christmas Eve where the temperature was 65 degrees” – Bernie Sanders
8. “When you’re white…you don’t know what it’s like to be poor” – Bernie Sanders
Sorry, Hoff, but I will take dumb statements over dangerously dumb statements any day.
Ah yes, the old “democrats are just as bad” trope. Sorry, but no.
Everyone in the Trump administration is dangerously incompetent.
I’ve seen prettier corpses than Mr. Spicer’s photo above. The man needs a rest from his Trump-era whitewashing of America. He’s getting paler by the day. If Trump had a horse, it would be pale. “Come and see!” It’s difficult to be a Holocaust denier and still look respectable. What did Spice-man say to Ms. Chauhan at the Apple store? “Such a great country that allows you to be here.” We should all wear our flags upside down. He had better pound some Vitamin D. Aint no sunshine… in a windowless office in the bowels of that crime scene called the White House—change your name to Mr. Rickets. Get some sun, detox, get away from the evil posse. Find the blond lady with the damaged hair and have fun in a photo booth or something. The airline will tag those bags as luggage if you don’t start eating some vegetables. Your father was wrong to teach you the things he did. Hopefully, before your last breath, you’ll realize how wrong you were. Be proud of your work, even if it means cutting ties with the Breitbartists colony. –Such a great country that allows you to be here.
So the Secretary of Propaganda and Alternative Facts is at it again – speaking that is. Each gaffe is worse than the previous one – and for me this is the worst so far. I am sure that my grandparents, various aunts, uncles and cousins would be overjoyed to know they were taken to a ‘holocaust center’ where they were not murdered by a chemical weapon. If it is used to kill you it is a weapon – whatever the original purpose was, and ZyklonB is a chemical agent, therefore it was used as a chemical weapon. The incompetence of the man is truly shocking. Almost as shocking as the incompetence of his political master.
This is why his college newspaper referred to him as Sean Sphincter. They claimed it was an autocorrect thing, but he filed a complaint anyway.
He could have worded it differently, but I understood what he was trying to say the minute he said it. However the “poor, oppressed Jews” had to make a field day of it. The Holocaust was over 72 years ago and I, for one, am sick and tired of hearing about it. I didn’t hear one moan from a Jew when their ilk took down the country’s economy with their greed. Why? Because the all got money from it!
This kind of ignorant and racist comment is to be expected from the uneducated trump apologists. Pleas tell us all exactly who ‘got all the money’? You are clearly an anti-semite bent on spreading lies and hate. You are a shameful human being. People like you were responsible for the Holocaust. You may be sick of hearing about it, but we are not going to go away – ever.
I’m not sick of hearing about the Holocaust, Nate. The comment was exceptionally offensive. Please know that we all don’t feel this way.
1Equality – Thank you for your support my friend – it is appreciated.
@natekerchel – The Jewish bankers got all the money, you idiot, and you know it. I used to work for one and I know well what I’m talking about. While we’re at it, don’t forget your boy, Madoff. The truth hurts like hell, doesn’t it?
I knew a German woman up in the mountains (USA). She and her husband were elderly. 1976ish she started opening up, saying things like the above comment. When I talked about it with my mom, she said that this is how it got started. Jealousy, Germans felt threatened that schools were being taught by Jewish professors, scapegoating, and then a charismatic man came along and tapped into this spirit of evil and the ball started rolling. This comment sounds like that elderly lady in the mountains. The human psyche never changes. There is nothing new under the sun.
Sluggo2007, you are so funny and witty. Most of your comments make me laugh out loud. That German woman was strikingly beautiful and lovely until she opened up. After that day, I never felt the same about her. Words are powerful.
@natekerchel – You are pathetic. You can’t stand the truth so you change the subject.
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