Sean Spicer is currently being ripped apart for statements he made while comparing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Adolf Hitler.
“You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said during Tuesday’s press conference.
When reporters reminded him that Hitler did in fact use gas to kill millions during the Holocaust, the press secretary tried to backpedal — and then dug an even deeper hole.
“He was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing,” Spicer said. “He brought them into the Holocaust center, 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. It was brought — the use of it, I appreciate the clarification. That was not the intent.”
Many celebrities are speaking out against Spicer’s comment, dubbing it a “s—t show,” and calling for the press secretary to step down.
Here’s just a few of those reactions.
Is a “holocaust center” a dejewing center? Like when Mike Pence can turn you un-gay? What a shit-show.— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) April 11, 2017
Sean Spicer should be fired for saying Hitler did not use chemical weapons on “his own people.” You mean 6 million Jews don’t count?— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) April 11, 2017
This is not a smart man. I hope we can at least all agree on that. https://t.co/vuukdvRm4P— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) April 11, 2017
Spokesperson for the president of the US must understand the unprecedented atrocity of the Holocaust. His ignorance-unacceptable #FireSpicer https://t.co/y7XSTJDxUa— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) April 12, 2017
STATEMENT from Anne Frank Center re: Spicer denying gas use in Holocaust. #FireSpicer. Please use this hashtag. pic.twitter.com/T6oEnkXnU0— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) April 11, 2017
FYI: All Fleetwood Mac shows at the Holocaust Center are SOLD OUT!— billy eichner (@billyeichner) 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
How sad and offensive at the same time when an administration spokesperson doesn’t know facts related to the Holocaust. https://t.co/3n9tyMgXyM— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) April 11, 2017
“Not even Hitler used chemical weapons” - Sean Spicer, who thinks Zyklon B was aromatherapy.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) April 11, 2017