White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a press conference on Tuesday that Hitler did not use chemical weapons during WWII, arguing that Russia would be on the wrong side of history in supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. This sparked a clamor online of people quick to point out the existence of the gas chambers used to murder millions in concentration camps.
Later in the presser, Spicer clarified his comments:
When it comes to sarin gas, he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing… In the way that Assad used them where he went into towns and dropped him down on innocents in the middle of town was not the same. I appreciate the clarification, that was not the intent.
While Spicer’s comments were deserving of criticism, members of the media, celebrities, and even Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) went into hysterics, accusing Spicer of denying the Holocaust on social media:
"Hitler didn’t even sink to the level of using chemical weapons."
There speaks a man without a history degree.
— Dan Snow (@thehistoryguy) April 11, 2017
MSNBC with the winning chyron. pic.twitter.com/BxVFpBooVF
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) April 11, 2017
Hitler "was not using the gas on his own people," says Sean Spicer, writing German Jews out of history.
— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) April 11, 2017
— AnneFrankCenter(US) (@AnneFrankCenter) April 11, 2017
Sean Spicer says Hitler didn't use chemical weapons….do gas chambers to kill millions of Jews count? Yikes…
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) April 11, 2017
There's no excuse for Holocaust denial from the White House. It's an insult to all Americans, Jewish or not, as well as the Nazis' victims. https://t.co/0XSVHdJbjR
— Rep. John Yarmuth (@RepJohnYarmuth) April 11, 2017
— Slate (@Slate) April 11, 2017
Sean Spicer is an ignoramus; the vile propagators of Holocaust denial know exactly what they're doing. https://t.co/3mS0sGvVZz
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) April 11, 2017
Hitler never used chemical weapons
Comparing Assad to Hitler
Way to handle Passover, Sean Spicer.#FireSpicer
— Girls Really Rule. (@girlsreallyrule) April 11, 2017
Sean Spicer should be fired for saying Hitler did not use chemical weapons on "his own people.” You mean 6 million Jews don’t count?
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) April 11, 2017
Retweet if you think @seanspicer should resign due to Holocaust Denial.
— Alt. Sean Spicer (@AltUSPressSec) April 11, 2017
Sean Spicer just tried to rewrite history and claim the Holocaust didn't include chemical weapons. This is why neo-Nazis are team Trump.
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) April 11, 2017
— The Anti-Trump (@IMPL0RABLE) April 11, 2017
Are people shocked by Spicer's Holocaust denial aware that MULTIPLE WHITE SUPREMACISTS AND NAZIS ARE RUNNING THE WHITE HOUSE?
— Professor Fleming (@alwaystheself) April 11, 2017
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) April 11, 2017