White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was questioned during a press briefing about what he was referring to when he claimed that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons.
Spicer compared Syrian President Bashar Assad to Adolf Hitler. “You had someone as despicable as Hitler, who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” he said.
He went on to explain himself where he referred to concentration camps as “Holocaust centers.”
Press Sec. on Hitler/Assad comments: "He was not using the gas on his own people the same way…he brought them into the Holocaust centers." pic.twitter.com/mO9EsWM4QT
— ABC News (@ABC) April 11, 2017
“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.
“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.”
Spicer drew a lot of attention on social media with his comment and many people responded to the press secretary.
Did Spicer just refer to a Nazi extermination camp as a "Holocaust Center"? https://t.co/IQYvdaO3nt
— Zack Stanton (@zackstanton) April 11, 2017
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 11, 2017
Will Mexico pay for the Holocaust Centers?
— People For Bernie (@People4Bernie) April 11, 2017
"The Shops at Holocaust Village"
— HUMINT Abedin (@PykeA) April 11, 2017
Honestly, "holocaust centers" is weirder than anything else he said.
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) April 11, 2017
Look, the Press Secretary may have just called concentration camps "holocaust centers," but at least he didn't do it during Passover.
— Myke Cole (@MykeCole) April 11, 2017
PEPSI: we're the worst
UNITED: no, we're the worst
SEAN SPICER: hold my beer
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) April 11, 2017
If I said what Sean Spicer said in public or private, I would be fired from my comms job, immediately, and deservedly so.
— Dante Atkins (@DanteAtkins) April 11, 2017