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Sean Spicer Stuck His Foot in His Mouth……But Let’s Ease Up on the Pitchforks

by Dr. Kazmir
04/12/2017 04:20 pm ET

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Ok, very stupid.

In case you are living in a cave or did not have access to electricity for the past day or so, here is what the press secretary said yesterday:

“We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II. You know, you had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons. So you have to, if you are Russia, ask yourself: Is this a country and a regime that you want to align yourself with?”

After then acknowledged Hitler did, indeed use deadly gas during the Holocaust, he then added, “I think when you come to sarin gas, he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing.”

Again, dumb. Very very dumb.

Spicer would later profusely apologize, but it was too late for many. Hordes of people and organizations branded the press secretary an anti-semite and virtual Holocaust denier while demanding he resign immediately.

I’m not going to defend Spicer’s remarks, because quite frankly, there is no defense for them. What he said was wrong, he knows it was wrong, and he even said as much quickly after the fact.

I completely understand the sensitivity over anything having to do with the Holocaust. It was one of the worst instances of mass murder in world history and the pain and hurt of the horrifying ethnic cleansing that occurred still lives on to this day.

Furthermore, I’m a Jewish man who grew up in a majority Muslim country. I have seen horrific instances of anti-semitism up close.

So I know what anti-semitism and Holocaust denial look like and pretending that what Sean Spicer said constitutes either of those things does nobody any good.

Spicer was not denying the Holocaust or acting in an anti-semitic manner. He was explaining the administration’s perceived need to use force against Assad, got overzealous, and said something thoughtless. He quickly realized the mistake he made, owned it, and publicly threw himself under the bus for it.

He certainly should be held accountable for his words and deserves criticism – even he admits that. But let’s ease up on the pitchforks just a little bit.

Getting carried away and making unbelievably poor statements when comparing two murderous dictators is bad. However, acting like Spicer is somehow in league with David Duke is flat out ridiculous and counter-productive.

Anti-semitism and Holocaust denial legitimately exist in this world and we must condemn them whenever they pop up. But Sean Spicer wasn’t denying the Holocaust or exhibiting hatred of Jews. He was simply sticking his foot in his mouth. There’s a big difference between the two, and I wish more people would understand that getting outraged about the latter does nothing to effectively fight the former.

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