Spicer says he “screwed up” with Hitler comments1:23
White House spokesman Sean Spicer tells an audience at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. that he made a mistake that was “inexcusable and reprehensible”, when he said the day before that Adolf Hitler did not “even sink to using chemical weapons.”
HE was the brutal dictator who was responsible for the deaths of more than six million Jews, many of whom perished in gas chambers throughout Europe.
And while Hitler had access to the deadly chemical sarin, he actually never used it which has mystified historians to this day.
The use of Hitler’s atrocities have once again come to light after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the dictator didn’t use chemical weapons during World War II.
“We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II,” Spicer told a press conference on Tuesday.
“You know you had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”
Mr Spicer was slammed following the comments made during a White House briefing.
Many said his remarks completely ignored Hitler’s use of gas chambers to kill Jews and millions of others during the Holocaust.
He later apologised over the gaffe and said he had made a silly mistake.
North Dakota congressman Republican Kevin Cramer said Mr Spicer’s remarks about Adolf Hitler and Syrian President Bashar Assad are “not without some validity” but admitted they were a bad illustration and stupid.
He told the Associated Press he thought Mr Spicer meant to say that “Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons in warfare … which is technically true.”
As it turns out Hitler appeared to have an aversion to using sarin, yet historians can’t pinpoint exactly why.
Some historians suggest Hitler had an aversion to sarin because he himself was the victim of a mustard gas attack in 1918 and was left partially blinded.
A more likely theory could be down to the fact that British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who embraced the use of chemical weapons in WWI, had access to a steady store of the weapons in WWII.
If Hitler had used a chemical such as sarin on the battlefield, Churchill would have no doubt unleashed his which would have resulted in even bigger casualties on both sides.
SOURCE: newsnow worldnews