‘The Hill’ refers to Sean Spicer as Hitler misspeaking about Hitler’s use of gas

spicer hitlerOn Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer sparked a controversy when he made a statement regarding Hitler’s use of chemical weapons.  Making matters a bit worse, a story from The Hill mistakenly referred to Spicer as Hitler, Newsbusters reported.

“In a Tuesday story about a Jewish Republican Congressman responding to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s comments about Adolf Hitler and chemical weapons, The Hill’s Cristina Marcos referred to Spicer as Hitler (yes, you read that right),” Curtis Houck said.

The initial version of the story from The Hill read:

Spicer was trying to compare Hitler to Assad, who is accused of using sarin gas against civilians in his country’s civil war. Trump authorized a military strike last week on a Syrian government airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack.

“We did not use chemical weapons in World War II. You had someone as despicable as Hitler who did not even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said.

When asked to clarify those comments, Hitler misspoke again by saying Hitler did not use gas against his country’s people.

“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.

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Spicer tried to clarify his comments for a second time after the briefing ended.

Houck further said the error remained until about 6:00 p.m. Eastern when “Hitler misspoke” was replaced with “Spicer misspoke.”

Houck is correct when he said that we all sometimes make mistakes.  But, he nouted, “calling Spicer the murderer of six million Jewish people across Europe is rather unfortunate.”

That’s putting it mildly…


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