Here is the transcript; I kid you not:
SEAN SPICER: We didn't use chemical weapons in World War II. You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons....
REPORTER: Uh, quote "Hitler didn't even sink to the level of using chemical weapons.” What did you mean by that?
The real Sean Spicer
SPICER: 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. I, thank you. I appreciate that. There was not ... in the ... he brought them into the, to ... to the Holocaust Center, I understand that, what I'm saying, in the way that Assad used them where he went into towns, dropped them down to innocents into the middle of towns, it was brought … so, the use of it, I appreciate the clarification, that was not the intent.
Wait, it gets worse.
A few minutes later he had to clarify things a bit further. Obviously the Jewish people of Germany who were murdered by the Germans during the thirties and forties were "innocent", were they not? Of course they were! Sean was back a few minutes later with yet another written clarification.
Incredibly, it gets worse still.
What Sean actually meant to say was that Hitler, unlike Syria's Bashar al-Assad, didn't use poison gas to murder the citizens of his own country. Apparently, all of the Jews who perished in the Nazi death camps were tourists on a jolly holiday with Adolf.
Where to begin....
Oh, it's a jolly holiday with Adolf
Yesterday, April 11, 2016, was not a particularly grand day for the ongoing catastrophe that is known in polite circles as "The administration of Donald J. Trump". First there was an unfortunate incident on the golf course (which I need not go into here - that would be unnecessarily cruel). Then there was the revelation that one of his foreign policy advisors during the 2016 campaign, Carter Page, had been under investigation for treason. But during the afternoon briefing given by Sean Spicer, a gaffe was witnessed by the nation that stands out in an administration that is notable for its output of monumental gaffes. Comparing anyone with Hitler in the modern era is rarely a good idea. I am guilty of this and I have regretted it (sometimes). But what happened yesterday in the Jim Brady Press Room revealed such an appalling lack of historical perspective that it makes one shudder to try and come to grips with the idea that these extremist nincompoops are running the country.
In Idiot Nation, the halfwit is king.
Pretty good - but no Lincoln
It bugs me when I encounter people who are ignorant of this country's incredible history. I once had a conversation with a high school-aged girl of otherwise above average intelligence. It took place in the café of a local bakery. When she noticed that I was reading a biography of Abraham Lincoln, she casually remarked that her dad could remember what he was doing when he learned that the great emancipator had been assassinated. When I gently informed her that she must be referring to John F. Kennedy, she insisted that, no, it had been Abraham Lincoln. Only when I was able to prove to her that Lincoln had been dead since 1865 was she finally convinced. Fortunately for all concerned, she was wise enough not to seek a career as a presidential press secretary.
As simultaneously comical and horrifying as anyone who bothered to pay attention during the campaign on '16 knew damned well it was going to be, it's twice as bad as even the most cynical of us would have dared to predict. Nearly eighty years ago, Charlie Chaplin skewered Hitler and his gang in a satirical masterpiece called "The Great Dictator". It would seem to me that the time is ever-so-ripe for a modern update - with Alec Baldwin taking on the part of the Donald of course. That would be really funny! And, like Chaplin's Dictator, pretty sad.
Yeah, this entire mess is both comical and horrifying - but at least it's not boring. As the old saying goes, behind ever dark cloud....Never mind.
Here is a link to watch yesterday's press conference in its entirety:
It must be seen to be believed.