On Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer compared Syrian dictator Bashar Assad unfavorably with Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, stating, “Hitler didn’t even sink to the level of using chemical weapons…he was not using the gas on his own people in the same way Assad is doing. There was not…he brought them into the Holocaust centers, I understand that. But what I’m saying is the way Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them, the use of it – I appreciate the clarification, [denying that Hitler used gas] was not the intent.”
Spicer then clarified:
In no way was I 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.
Spicer then apologized.
The media lost their collective mind. Everyone and their mother rushed to a keyboard or microphone to denounce Spicer’s insensitivity, implying that it demonstrated the lack of seriousness with which the administration treats Jewish issues.
Let’s stipulate that Spicer’s comments were fully idiotic. German Jews were German citizens. Hitler gassed them in death camps, not “Holocaust centers,” and he gassed them by using special divisions of the SS to poison Jews in trucks around Europe. But the point wasn’t to denigrate the evil of the Holocaust – it was to point out the evil of Assad. The notion that Spicer was trying to act as though the Holocaust was a historical non-event is even stupider than Spicer’s original comments.
The furor over Spicer’s comments is even dumber when we consider that President Trump’s predecessor actively forwarded the most genocidal anti-Semitic regime on earth in their goal of wiping Jews off the planet. President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal resulted in billions of dollars flowing into a regime that openly calls for the annihilation of the Jews – dollars that the Obama administration itself recognized could be used for terrorism. The Iran deal also left most of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure in place, got rid of sanctions on the state, ensured the growth of malignant anti-Semitic radical Islam across the Middle East, and openly embraced a nuclear Iran within a decade. The mullahs have made clear that their big problem with Hitler was that he didn’t go far enough.
Yet the media ran point for Obama on the Iran nuclear deal.
The media also covered for Obama’s lies about Syrian weapons of mass destruction. Obama handed control over the WMD issue in Syria over to the Russians, claiming that the problem of WMD had been solved by doing so. Then Assad gassed his own people. Again.
So before we throw Sean Spicer to the wolves as some sort of covert neo-Nazi, let’s remember: Spicer works for the most pro-Israel president in recent history, he was clearly not trying to undermine the importance of the Holocaust, and the media cheered Trump’s predecessor as he paved the way for a new Holocaust.