Sean Spicer, Adolf Hitler, and Donald Trump's "own people"

Sean Spicer, Adolf Hitler, and Donald Trump's "own people"

At a press briefing on Tuesday, while discussing the situation in Syria, Melissa McCarthy White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said:

You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.

But what about the gas chambers? Sean tried to clarify:

I think when you come to Sarin gas—there was no, [Hitler] was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing. I mean, there was clearly—there was not—in the, he brought them into the Holocaust centers, I understand that—but I’m saying in the way Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them down , to innocent—into the middle of towns.

Oh, that’s much better. At least Spicer understands Hitler “brought them into the Holocaust centers”. Most people call them concentration camps or extermination camps. But at least Sean understands.

As reported at Slate, he tried again:

In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust, however, I was trying to draw a contrast of the tactic using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on innocent people.

OF COURSE! Those people in the “Holocaust centers”, unlike the victims in Syria, weren’t “innocent people”.

But Sean was ready with a correction to the correction:

In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust. I was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers. Any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable.

Oh, yes. There is definitely a distinction between using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers and using trains to clear out population centers by loading people onto freight cars to bring them to the chemical weapons. Don’t you see? Bringing the weapons to the people is much worse than bringing the people to the weapons.

But most telling is that Sean assures us Hitler “was not using the gas on his own people”.

Of course, some of those murdered in the gas chambers were Germans. But Spicer (and, we can assume, his boss) doesn’t consider them to have been Hitler’s “own people”.

And this, my friends, tells us plenty about who the current occupier of the White House considers to be his people.

I’m still waiting for delivery of my Spicer-to-English dictionary (it was only available from third party sellers, so there’s no free 2-day delivery), but it seems clear that when Sean refers to Hitler’s “own people” he means the Germans who supported Adolf. This would not have included, in SpicerSpeak or TrumpSpeak, the Germans who the Fuhrer deemed enemies of the people.

Which, given how the occupier governs – and particularly as reflected in his Twitter feed – Trump doesn’t consider “his people” to include groups like the press, or green card holders, or Americans who believe that a President should be able to have Congressional hearings for a Supreme Court nominee even during the last year of his term. Just to name a few.

So thank you, Sean, for helping to clear up all of this Holocaust business. Maybe next time you should have someone other than Steve Bannon help you with your talking points before facing the press.

And for those of you, especially my fellow Jews, who are concerned about the ignorance reflected in today’s comments from Trump’s chief mouthpiece, don’t worry.

Trump has Jewish grandchildren, so it’s all good.

Chag Pesach Sameach.


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