Donald Trump’s Press Secretary decided to use today’s press conference, during the week of Passover, to dabble in a little Holocaust denial.
In a bizarre attempt to assert that the Russian Federation might be reassessing its close alliance with the regime of genocidal dictator Bashar al-Assad, Spicer said that not even Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons” at his “holocaust centers… 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.”
The reaction from April Ryan, White House correspondent and Washington Bureau Chief for American Urban Radio – the same reporter who Sean Spicer condescendingly spoke down to a few weeks ago – perfectly sums up the entire debacle.
my new favorite twitter is ~journalist reaction GIF twitter~ pic.twitter.com/xhuv6dWQjW
— jeff meltz minus context (@thecultureofme) April 11, 2017
The reaction of Washington Post White House Reporter Ashley Parker is just as epic:
the journey in this gif is unbelievable pic.twitter.com/lanp2TvruQ
— Seb FoxAllen (@purpledocket) April 11, 2017
It is absolutely astonishing to hear the Press Secretary for the President of the United States of America to be openly rewriting history and somehow trying to lessen the horrific magnitude of the Holocaust and the crimes of the Nazi Party on behalf of an administration that employs anti-Semites and a President that couldn’t be bothered to show up for a Passover dinner that took place in his own house.
These reactions from the reporters accurately describe the feelings of most Americans right now.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.