George Carlin was wrong, there aren’t seven words you can’t say on television there should be nine. The last two words should be “Hitler” and “Nazi.” Because unless it’s a movie or documentary on cable, those are generally uttered as part of an inappropriate analogy. These pages will usually blast people of either party who make an inappropriate analogy– liberals, media, and Democrats (I know that’s redundant) will only blast Republicans. Sean Spicer the President’s press secretary fell into that trap yesterday. He made a world-class-level stupid comment about the Holocaust on Tuesday. Despite the fact he almost immediately realized his error felt remorse and publicly apologized, the liberal attack dogs piled on.
Spicer made inappropriate Holocaust statements twice during the same press briefing yesterday, neither one was made out of maliciousness. Both were atrocious. When he was talking about last week’s use of Sarin gas by Syrian president Assad, Spicer thought he was chiding the tyrant with, “We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II. You know, you had a, you know, someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Obviously, an ignorant comment as Zyklon b gas was the Nazis most common weapon to kill Jews during the Holocaust. And later in the daily presser Spicer forgot the rule about when you find yourself in a hole–stop digging.
When a reporter read his comment back to him and gave Spicer an opportunity to pull pack the comment, he made it worse, “I think when you come to sarin gas, there was no — he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing, I mean, there was clearly, I understand your point, thank you. Thank you, I appreciate that. There was not in the, he brought them into the Holocaust center, I understand that. What I am saying in the way that Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them down to innocent, into the middle of towns, it was brought — so the use of it. And I appreciate the clarification there. That was not the intent.”
Almost immediately Sean Spicer realized what he said, issued an apology, and went on more than one news network making televised apologies, “I was obviously trying to make a point about the heinous acts that Assad had made against his own people last week, using chemical weapons and gas. Frankly, I mistakenly made an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which there is no comparison. And for that I apologize. It was a mistake to do that.”
He made a mistake, didn’t obfuscate, owned up to it and apologized. However, the apology didn’t matter throughout the day and the next morning the pile-on continued…