Spicer apologizes for 'insensitive' reference to Holocaust

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  • Bob67 Glenn Dale, MD
    April 12, 2017 4:58 p.m.

    Harry Truman said, “If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Presidential press secretary is a job where you get grilled frequently. Lots of heat.

    As often as Sean Spicer gets flummoxed, he does not belong in the kitchen.

    President Trump, please rescue us from the challenge of deciphering what Sean Spicer thinks or means. We're having enough problems doing that with you!

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    April 12, 2017 4:28 p.m.

    I've never seen such a dysfunctional White House.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    April 12, 2017 3:30 p.m.

    he did not "garble his words" he stated and restated claims that were factually wrong and a gross distortion of a horrible time in history which we must never forget.

  • Daedalus, Stephen ARVADA, CO
    April 12, 2017 2:18 p.m.

    @Bob67: "Sean Spicer's critics should accept that he frequently garbles his words, and let it go. Is not Bashar al-Assad the real problem?"

    Americans can and must deal with more than one "real problem" at a time.

    Yes, Bashar al-Assad is a real problem: he is a heinous leader and a clear and present danger to Syrian civilians, but lacks the reach to directly affect American interests.

    Closer to home, we have another real problem: the current White House spokesman propagated a "lite" form of Holocaust denial by repeatedly using language and analogies to differentiate "innocent" civilians gassed by their government and some implied 'other' category of civilians...you know, like the ones that the German government gassed under Hitler...which, um, happen to be Jews in vast numbers, but also included gays/lesibians, people with mental illness, unpopular political beliefs, or other definable ethnicities.

    America is chockful of those types of citizens, right in the here and now.

    So if were to choose one "real problem" to deal with now, it would be protecting those Americans by rooting out the alt-right white nationalists that have infected the Executive Branch.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    April 12, 2017 11:56 a.m.

    This guy is always for 83 days having to work around what this President does, says, acts on, thinks and Twitters, constantly. He has forgotten what is reality. Having lived in Germany and tried to visit some of the death camps when the Germans didn't acknowledge what their leaders did, some don't want to acknowledge even today.

    It is a sad day when this press secretary didn't even think about chemicals being weapons in many ways. The company Bayer is more than aspirin. The administration should have been sensitive about Easter and Passover with Mr Kushner in place. Maybe that Mr Spicer is not on the protective list as he is not family.

  • JimInSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    April 12, 2017 10:49 a.m.

    I suspect that this may have been an intentional comment to distract from other freudian slips Spicer has made lately. During his morning report and also during an interview Spicer has said "It is Trumps plan to destabilize Syria".

    But what is the news focused on? A comment he made referencing the holocaust. If it is being reported on mainstream media news, know that it is information "they" want disseminated to the masses. If they let this news out, for what purpose? A distraction.

  • Say No to Trump Payson, UT
    April 12, 2017 10:48 a.m.

    Mr. Spicer's job includes the challenging task of always saying the correct thing, in the correct way, at the correct time.


    He is not doing so.

    Presidents sort of have tenure for 4 years. A White House Press Secretary is replaceable. There are hundreds of better qualified people available than Mr. Spicer.

  • Daedalus, Stephen ARVADA, CO
    April 12, 2017 10:14 a.m.

    Question for Trump supporters: is this a feature or a bug?

    Everyone makes mistakes. While the Trump administration brings up the average for all of us, Spicer's initial remark could be chalked up to his twitchy incompetence: an unintended one-off glitch or "bug" in representing Trump's position.

    But this was not a one-off.

    Spicer kept talking.

    He received a remarkably gentle and open-ended follow-up: "what did you mean by that"?

    But what was obvious to most reporters and viewers, was not apparent to Spicer.

    Instead of a quick walk-back or deflecting change in topic, he continued with a historically distorted rationale for differentiating what Assad did last week to Hitler and the Holocaust.

    Afterwards, as it became clear that Spicer's press conference performance was taking on a life of its own, he e-mailed 3 versions of the 'clarification' to reporters, with the final one being quoted in this article. The two earlier versions reflected the same unusual phrasing and perspective on the Holocaust, and some odd differentiation between "innocent people" and the 6M Jews and other targets of the Nazi regime.

    Republicans: is this who you are now?

  • robin138 springfield, VA
    April 12, 2017 10:07 a.m.

    I believe what he said is inexcusable and he should resign.

  • Bob67 Glenn Dale, MD
    April 12, 2017 8:47 a.m.

    Hitler made no decisions during WW II out of the goodness of his heart. The Royal Air Force was never defeated and could retaliate, if he had tried to use nerve gas.

    Against the helpless Jews, Gypsies and others shipped to the death camps, Hitler gassed them all.

    Sean Spicer fumbled in his words comparing Hitler with Bashar al-Assad, but not in its premise: Bashar al-Assad is as evil as Adolf Hitler!

    Sean Spicer's critics should accept that he frequently garbles his words, and let it go.
    Is not Bashar al-Assad the real problem?

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    April 12, 2017 7:34 a.m.

    We all know that Mr Spicer has an uncomfortable relationship with verifiable fact.

    Now we all know he has an equally uncomfortable relationship with history.

    Who let this man be "America's Spokeman"? Oh, yeah another man with similar relationships with fact and history.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    April 12, 2017 7:25 a.m.

    "Gaffe" - noun - when a political hack is accidentally candid.

    See, the people Hitler gassed were not "REAL" Germans. They were Jews.