When Playing Smart Goes Wrong: Press Secretary Sean Spicer Apologizes For Making Inappropriate Comment about the Holocaust at a Press Briefing

When Playing Smart Goes Wrong: Press Secretary Sean Spicer Apologizes For Making Inappropriate Comment about the Holocaust at a Press Briefing

Well if this isn’t a side of buffoonery to go along with the celebration of Passover…

Press Secretary Sean Spicer has found himself in the middle of a media spectacle again, for doing what he seemingly does best – putting his foot in his mouth.

Tuesday night, the WH spokesman, had to retract from comments he made hours earlier regarding Nazi Leader, Adolph Hitler’s, use – or lack thereof according to Spicer – of deadly chemical weapons on his own people.

During the press briefing Spicer denounced the horrid chemical attacks committed by Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad on citizens saying someone “as despicable as Adolph Hitler…didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”

The incorrect statement, which contradicted the callous reality of Hitler, and the Nazis, having actually used gas chambers to murder millions of Jews, plus others they wanted to exterminate, left reporters and onlookers scratching their heads.

 In an attempt to gain clarity (or to make Spicer look even more like a moron) a reporter chimed in asking for the Don’s right hand walkie-talkie to explain his comments – a trick that successfully dug Spicer deeper into a hole.

“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.”

Sean later acknowledged that he was aware Hitler introduced gas into the Holocaust centers (you mean concentration camps?) but was just trying to draw contrast of how victims of the Holocaust and the people of Syria died (which again people, were both from deadly gas). 

Once the briefing ended, Spicer took another failed jab at trying to explain his reasoning for labeling one gas attack more badly than the other.

“In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust. I was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers. Any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable.”

I’m guessing someone must’ve filled Mr. Spicer in on his not so sensitive remarks which prompted the WH Press Secretary to return to air on Tuesday evening to apologize.

Spicer told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer:

“I appreciate you having me on. We all make mistakes; you’ve made mistakes. We all, hopefully, have a bit of forgiveness in us. And I hope that people who understand know that when I make a mistake I try and own it. And I would ask people for their forgiveness.”

During the interview, Spicer also brought clarity to who his apology was for – which was to anyone offended by his words.

“…Clearly anybody who, not just suffered in the Holocaust, or is a descendant, but, frankly, anyone who was offended by those comments. I was trying to draw a comparison for which there should not have been one. It was insensitive and inappropriate. I’m not looking to quantify this in any way. … I should have stayed focused on the Assad regime, and the danger that they have brought to their own people, and the terrible atrocities they did. And to drag any other comparison into this was not appropriate.”

Touché Spicey. Touché.