Spicer Claims Hitler 'Didn't Even Sink To Using Chemical Weapons'

Sean Spicer draws fire from anyone who's read a history book by calling concentration camps "Holocaust centers" and saying Hitler didn't use chemical weapons.

Survivors walk in the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland. Reuters

When you spend your work life in front of a podium giving speeches to a worried public and answers to a fervent media, making mistakes is par for the course. However, press secretary Sean Spicer makes an awful lot of them, and when the world's watching, these are not small mix-ups. 

On Tuesday during a press briefing, and just in time for Passover, Spicer erroneously claimed that Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons as the press secretary attacked Syrian President Bashar Assad for using sarin gas on his own people.

"You had someone as despicable as Hitler, who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons," Spicer said.

Journalists quickly pointed out that Hitler had murdered millions of Jews, homosexual men and women, and disabled individuals by gas chamber during the Holocaust. Spicer attempted to salvage his statement, but he ended up tripping and falling flat on his metaphorical face.

"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.”

By "Holocaust centers," Spicer certainly meant the concentration camps that Hitler and the Nazis used to commit genocide. It's unclear though why he didn't just say that (and, to consider all possibilities, he may have no clue either). This slip drew the ire and dark humor of thousands across Twitter.

Some people were in disbelief.

Others found humor in the situation.

There were those who imagined some recent headliners would be relieved the heat was off them.

And a few dark souls just let the sarcasm drip.

All twisted jokes aside, for a man who is supposed to represent the president (which, admittedly, is a rough job to have in this administration), Spicer does an amazing job of raising hackles and stepping on toes. His knack for gaffes makes for some inspired Twitter responses, but does nothing to assure people that those in charge are reliable, or know basic history.  

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