Sean Spicer turned heads around the world when he argued that Adolf Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons on his own people. Twitter will never let him forget it.
During his Tuesday press briefing, Spicer falsely claimed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons on his own people was worse than what Hitler did, initially claiming that the Nazi leader didn’t stoop so low as to use chemical weapons, although he later remarked that Hitler used “Holocaust centers” (concentration camps) for gassing people.
Twitter’s reaction to Spicer’s ignorant remarks is truly one for the ages. Numerous journalists and others pointed out that Spicer’s claim about Hitler was akin to Holocaust denial by writing off the millions of German Jews who were killed with chemical weapons during the Nazi regime. Others opined that Spicer could use additional education about the Holocaust, particularly through the use of coloring books. Frequent Trump critic Jordan Uhl tweeted a reminder that today marked one of the holiest days in Judaism. Activist Michael Skolnik also reminded Spicer that the grandparents of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner survived the Holocaust.
— SeriouslyUS? (@USseriously) 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
every day of Sean Spicer's life is that nightmare where you show up to take a test and you're naked
— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) April 11, 2017
OMFG. Sean Spicer really just called concentration camps "Holocaust centers."
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) April 11, 2017
Jared Kushner's grandparents are Holocaust survivors.
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) 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
"Give Trump a chance."
Jan- Holocaust wasn't really about the Jews.
Apr- Sean Spicer: Hitler didn't use chemical weapons.
— Donald J Orwell (@DonaldJOrwell) April 11, 2017
sean spicer's clarification is pretty much "concentration camps were a good idea" pic.twitter.com/DlzdHeCgnn
— Matt Binder (@MattBinder) April 11, 2017
Someone please send Sean Spicer a Holocaust coloring book or some shit. Something more his level and whatnot.
— George Wallace (@MrGeorgeWallace) April 11, 2017
Sean Spicer said that even Hitler didn't sink to using chemical weapons.
It's strange how so many of my ancestors spontaneously suffocated.
— VnT (@Vodkantots) April 11, 2017
Sean Spicer just said Assad is worse than Hitler because Hitler "didn't use chemical weapons."
Also, Happy Passover from the White House.
— Jordan Uhl (@JordanUhl) April 11, 2017
The mockery was strong with Twitter. One key point several people made was that Spicer did United Airlines and Pepsi a favor by hijacking all of the negative press coverage about them, and that the embattled airline was likely thinking of ways to show their appreciation. Someone even creatively edited Spicer’s Wikipedia page. Twitter user @RVAWonk tweeted a gif of the Hindenburg airship exploding, and referring to it as Spicer’s Tuesday press briefing. Even Washington Post national reporter Wesley Lowery got in on the reaction, poking fun at the Press Secretary’s ignorance by reminding everyone that President Trump seemed to not know who Frederick Douglass was.
*backstage behind press corps*
SEAN SPICER: *spins wheel* aw hell
DONALD: you gotta do it
DONALD: the topic wheel says Hitler, Sean
— Not Ryan Spilborghs (@IAmSpilly) April 11, 2017
[Sean Spicer looking at United getting all the bad press]
— Ed Zitron (@edzitron) April 11, 2017
PEPSI: Check out this PR disaster.
UNITED: That's amateur hour. Watch -this-!
SEAN SPICER: Hold my beer.
— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) April 11, 2017
United: We’re having a bad week.
Sean Spicer: Hold my Pepsi.
— Mike Nellis (@MikeNellis) April 11, 2017
Pepsi: we're having the worst week
United: I don't know, it's pretty bad over here
Sean Spicer: LOL hold my beer!
— RINO Pundit (@RINOPundit) April 11, 2017
United Airlines just sent Sean Spicer a fruit basket.
— Andrew (@SportsWriterGuy) April 11, 2017
United Airlines CEO: "Hey Sean, I'm in a real bind here, can you help me out?"
Sean Spicer: "Don't worry, I got this." pic.twitter.com/ozOdvzzhpf
— DatNoFact (@datnofact) April 11, 2017
OK, now that I've read Sean Spicer's wikipedia page it makes a little more sense. pic.twitter.com/90ha2ZY6DR
— Face Thorpe (@Arr) April 11, 2017
Sean Spicer is so stupid he accidentally denied the Holocaust happened.
— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) April 11, 2017
In case you didn't get to see it, I have the footage from Sean Spicer's press briefing today. pic.twitter.com/v5JqUgxfK0
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) April 11, 2017
Hopeful Frederick Douglass can make time in his busy schedule – he's doing an amazing job! – to teach Sean Spicer about the Holocaust
— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 11, 2017
Tom Cahill is a senior editor for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.