The 5th Passover Question: How is this press secretary different from all other press secretaries?

From The Atlantic:

There’s no good time to make a Hitler comparison, but deploying one in the midst of Passover to justify voluntary airstrikes is an especially unwise choice, as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer realized, to his chagrin, Tuesday afternoon.

Spicer was fielding questions about the Trump administration’s confusing and diffuse strategy toward Syria when he was asked why the White House believed that Russian President Vladimir Putin would break with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at this moment.

“You look, 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,” Spicer said.

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How much you wanna bet that foot is not kosher for Passover?

Never one to allow a marketing opportunity to pass him by, Twitler has introduced his newest product:

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As puzzled reporters and other observers immediately noted, Spicer’s statement was deeply confusing, even if one could make a case it was accurate in very narrow terms.

…snip…

But as Amarnath Amarasingam wrote here last week, the toxic agent that Assad used last week in Idlib, sarin gas, was discovered and then weaponized in Nazi Germany. Hitler decided not to use chemical weapons in combat, apparently in part because of fears that any Nazi use of chemical weapons would elicit much more destructive Allied use in retaliation.) Hitler nonetheless oversaw the most lethal use of chemical weapons in history. Nazis killed perhaps 1 million people, most of them Jews, using the poison gas Zyklon B.

…snip…

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 of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on innocent people.

Yet again, Spicer’s choice of words makes little sense: Were Holocaust victims any less innocent for having been rounded up and interned before they were killed? Indeed, Spicer than issued another statement changing the final phrase to “using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers.”

A few minutes later in the briefing, Spicer had a chance to clean up his statement.

“I think when you come to sarin gas, [Hitler] was not using the gas on his own people the same way Assad was,” Spicer started out, heading down another rocky road. Some of the Jews who were killed would have Germans who had been stripped of citizenship, although it’s unclear why the use against one’s own citizens is more despicable.

Seeming to realize his error, Spicer added, “[Hitler] brought them into the Holocaust centers, I understand that. But I was saying in the way that Assad used them, where he dropped them down to innoc—into the middle of towns, it was brought—so the use of it, I appreciate the clarification, that was not the intent.”

That, too, was fraught. Aside from the strange use of “Holocaust centers,” Spicer’s abortive invocation of “innocence” was nonsensical as well. Following the briefing, Spicer issued a statement:
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 of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on innocent people.
Yet again, Spicer’s choice of words makes little sense: Were Holocaust victims any less innocent for having been rounded up and interned before they were killed? Indeed, Spicer than issued another statement changing the final phrase to “using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers.”
…snip…
The point here is not that Spicer is a Holocaust denier; his debacle today looked like the product of a series of errors, rather than ideology. The point is that he, and the Trump administration more broadly, are deeply sloppy in their messaging approach, and are as a result fall into grievous errors and then keep digging. And there is no greater danger for the improvising, combative speaker than foolishly invoking the Holocaust.
Indeed, the Trump administration has already done so once before. In January, a statement for Holocaust Remembrance Day inexplicably omitted any mention of the Jews.

Little Seanie went on to issue an apology in person on CNN. Was it sincere or did he do it, because he realized what a shitstorm he started with his ignorance? I dunno. Color me a little skeptical. Is Little Seanie antisemitic? I dunno. I don’t think so. I think he’s just an idiot. Howevah (because there is always a howevah), I am not convinced that Nazi Steve Bannon  didn’t have a hand in crafting these talking points for this shit administration. Why not throw in: You know, in retrospect, Hitler wasn’t such a bad guy! That will make the Twitler base a little happier after being pissed off that Twitler ordered our armed forces to create some potholes in an airport in Syria.

And before anyone asks (I’m looking at you, Infidel! 😉 ), this is the reason I used 14.88 oz.

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15 responses to “The 5th Passover Question: How is this press secretary different from all other press secretaries?

  1. Spicer can really spit those despicable words out, now can’t he? I had not read about his latest trash talk. I am in disbelief that the moron uttered the most stupid rationale for Assad’s use of gas as opposed to Hitler’s method of murdering millions of Jews. Sorry but my mind is twirling and I just feel the entire WH team is impossibly dumb and bigoted and racial and…

    But as you have mentioned, it is possible that Bannon had a hand in what Spitter said. He is pro Nazis after all. I so hope that the day will come when Bannon is ousted from Model T’s inner circle and he can go back to hate filled news making.

    • Twitler has shown nothing but contempt for the Jewish people. I don’t give a shit if his son-in-law is a Jew. That’s nothing more than a talking point for Twitler, and I don’t know how observant Jared and his wife really are. Ivanka only converted, because Jared’s mother would not accept a daughter-in-law who was not Jewish. They insulted Jews on Holocaust Remembrance Day, and Twitler and his minions didn’t find it important enough to attend the White House Seder. Obama went every single year.

      • There is a vast difference between Obama and Model T. Obama is a man with character and class. Model T. is a jackass and classless.

        I think you are correct about Model T and his dislike for Jewish people. Why else would he put Nazi Bannon in his inner circle? The Jared and Bannon
        feud is because Jared is Jewish and Nazi Bannon hates Jews. He also called him a Democrat. Model T. gave Jared a position because he is married to his daughter. That’s merely my idea of how the dice rolled. This admin. just keeps making one gross mistake after the other. It really is beyond comprehension.

        • Twitler is a bigot. He has proven that time and time again throughout his life. Jared is a billionaire, and that is why he was accepted into the family. If he had been poor, Ivanka would never had converted and never would have married him. The Jared and Bannon feud is all about power. They both want it, and it seems Jared is winning. That drives Bannon crazy. However, they are stuck with Naziboy, because he knows where all the bodies are buried, and he has a vast network to smear Twitler if he chooses to do it.

  2. the loony tic

    so bannon may have written little seanie spicer’s world scramble. perhaps it would be helpful if little seanie spicer understood the racist comments he reads before he opens his lemon puckered mouth.

    • Little Seanie was actually Reince Priebus’s mouthpiece at the RNC, so it’s curious that he would be accepting talking points from Bannon. I would think the orders come from the top, so I have to think that the talking points came from Bannon and went through Twitler to Priebus and then to Little Seanie. Maybe it was just a game of telephone gone bad. 🙄

  3. EpicGOPFail

    Halailah hozeh, halailah hozeh, miko’ol sean idiot?

    • I don’t know why, but I am reminded of this old joke, Ilya:

      It’s Passover, and a Jewish man is eating matzoh on a park bench. A homeless man sat down next to him, and the Jewish man realized he was blind. In order not to embarrass him, the man left the blind man a large piece of matzoh and walked away without saying a word. The blind man realized there was something next to him and picked it up. He ran his hand over the matzoh for a few minutes. Then he threw it down and said to nobody in particular, “Who writes this shit?”

  4. Zyklon B was not poison gas. It was “alternative air”.

    Your interpretation sounds right to me. Spicer’s floundering just looks like ineptitude, as if he learned history and rhetoric at Trump University. But Bannon might well have seen an opportunity to give Hitler a bit of kudos. And apparently nobody in this pack of goofballs ever thinks about what they’re given to say or has anyone else review it first for possible pitfalls. Remember Melania rick-rolling herself at the convention? I wonder if they ever caught the speechwriter who did that?

    Asad and Putin must be laughing themselves silly at these clowns.

    Thanks for the explanation on 14/88. 🙂 I hadn’t heard of that one.

    • Alternative air! I don’t know whether to laugh or cry (but I did laugh, don’t tell anyone).

      Just look at the history here. They didn’t mention Jews on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Nobody of note in the White House attended the Passover Seder (Obama went to 8 in the 8 years he was in office). There was not a word to be heard when the Jewish cemeteries were vandalized and when Jewish community centers and daycare centers were threatened, and when a very obviously Hasidic Jewish reporter asked Twitler about it, he told him to sit down, because the question was insulting. We can go back even further. Remember the image of Hillary with the big Jewish (sheriff) star and the $100 bills in the background? How about when he told a roomful of Jews that they were dealmakers, just like him? Stereotype much?

      I’m Jewish. I’m not in the least bit religious, but I consider myself and will always consider myself a Jew. Most of my family was wiped out in Poland and in the camps. These assholes can apologize until the cows come home, but their words are meaningless to me. I know antisemitism when I hear it, and they are antisemitic. If Little Seanie isn’t antisemitic, he is still perfectly amenable to conveying the words of people who are, so fuck him, too.

      • And to all that, one could add his months-long association with Bannon — even if he didn’t know about Bannon’s anti-Semitic record from the beginning, surely he was told about it. Any decent man would have dropped the guy once he knew.

        It also suggests an incredible lack of integrity in Kushner. Surely he knows all these things, but he can still stomach working with Trump and his gang?

        I’m not Jewish, but I think I know what you mean about apologies. Some things put the people who do them beyond redemption.

  5. Friend of the court

    I used to think that I knew what “suffer fools”, meant. I had no idea, til’ now.

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