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04/11/2017 03:45 pm ET Updated Apr 11, 2017

A Second-By-Second Breakdown Of Sean Spicer’s Holocaust Comments

This really happened.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer isn’t having a good day.

On Tuesday, Spicer insisted that Syrian President Bashar Assad was worse than German dictator Adolf Hitler, who, according to Spicer, “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”

Yeah, you read that right. Most people know that Hitler actually did use chemical weapons on millions of people by funneling them into gas chambers to die. 

As of this writing, Spicer is getting dragged for his comment on Twitter. But before you join in on the slander, here’s a second-by-second breakdown of the video above, which captures what may be the most bizarre press briefing to happen thus far in President Donald Trump’s White House. 

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0:01 ― “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.”

0:17 ― “You have to, if you’re Russia, ask yourself is this a country and a regime that you want to align yourself with.”

1:07 ― “When you come to sarin gas, there was no ― he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Ashad [sic] is doing.”

1:20 ― “There was not, he brought them into the Holocaust center...”

1:30 ― “I’m saying in the way that Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them down to innocent into the middle of towns, it was brought ― so the use of it.”

Spicer finishes up by saying it was not his intent to say Hitler never used chemical weapons.

Spicer later apologized for the comments in an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN. “I mistakenly used an insensitive reference to the Holocaust. For that I apologize. It was a mistake to do that,” Spicer said. 

 
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