Dan Rather’s EPIC Takedown of Spicer’s ‘Amateurish, Unhinged’ ‘Holocaust Centers’ BS Goes Viral
Dan Rather Makes Case Against Sean Spicer
Dan Rather made the case against Sean Spicer clearly and eloquently in a recent Facebook post, following yet another disasterous press conference.
In a stunningly stupid statement, Sean Spicer said the following on Tuesday, in regards to the recent situation with Assad in Syria:
“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.”
Adolf Hitler did, in fact, use gas against hundreds of thousands (perhaps as many as 1.3 million) Jewish people. Spicer’s statement is an outrage. It shows either a complete lack of historical knowledge, a willingness to make statements without any forethought or insight, or, even more ominous, a complete denial of a horrific, historic event that took the lives of millions of Jews.
In most administrations, the benefit of the doubt could be given. But considering this White House’s dubious history with Jewish people, as well as several instances of antisemitism, that benefit of the doubt cannot be given.
When asked to clarify his statement, Spicer then compounded his mistake, by blatantly whitewashing the concentration camps, where the systematic slaughter of millions of Jewish people took place, as “Holocaust centers.”
Spicer Tries To Clarify – Makes It Worse
Again, this deliberate word choice is disturbing, particularly coming from this White House. And his statement, when asked to clarify, actually seemed to make matters worse.
“I think when you come to sarin gas, there was no — he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing. I mean, there was clearly, I understand your point, thank you. Thank you, I appreciate that. There was not in the, he brought them into the Holocaust center, I understand that. What I am 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. And I appreciate the clarification there. That was not the intent.”
Dan Rather Condemns Statement – And Sean Spicer
The reprisal and condemnation against the stunning ignorance of Spicer’s statement has been swift – as it should be. And, as Dan Rather often does, he put his astute finger right on the very pulse of everything that was so wrong about what Spicer said.
It’s outrageous – yes. But it’s also so very sad.
Dan Rather wrote:
It is with sadness that I do not know where to begin. Today in a briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement that is so far beyond the pale, so tone deaf and blind to history and our precarious moment in world affairs, that it is with only a heavy heart that I even bring attention to it. There can be no joy in such incompetence.
In trying to make the case for the Administration’s policy in Syria and vis a vis Russia which is confused to be generous, and wildly chaotic to be more precise, Mr. Spicer said, “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.” He continued, “So you have to, if you are Russia, ask yourself: Is this a country and a regime that you want to align yourself with?” When asked to clarify, Mr. Spicer said, ““I think when you come to sarin gas, he (Hitler) was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing.” Mr. Spicer went on to mention “Holocaust centers,” in an apparent reference to the Nazi concentration camps.
This line of rhetoric is so unhinged, so amateurish, so lacking in the context and perspective necessary for statesmanship and diplomacy that I do not see how Mr. Spicer can be allowed to continue in his current position. But in the end, this is less about him and more about an Administration that is inserting itself in a civil war and now is plunging into a drastic reformulation of American foreign policy without any clear sense that they have a plan. When you try to explain such a situation, it is understandable that your words don’t make sense.
A bar, already set low, continues to drop.
A Time For Outrage And Sorrow
Sean Spicer, for better or worse, is the voice of the White House. And the White House, for better or worse, represents America. But both the voice, and the House itself, seem to represent the very worst of us – the ignorant, the dismissive, the incompetent, the ugly, and, it seems, the antisemitic.
And there were no “Holocaust centers.” There were, however, concentration camps, where millions of people, the majority of them Jewish, were rounded up, tortured, starved, and murdered. They can also be rightfully referred to as “death camps” or “Nazi death camps.” Not “Holocaust centers.”
And systematic slaughter using chemical agents is systematic slaughter using chemical agents, whether done in the streets or done in the confines of a gas chamber in a concentration camp.
Dan Rather is right. This is not a gaffe to crow over. This is not a “gotcha!” moment for liberals. As Dan Rather says, “there can be no joy in such incompetence.”
There can – and should be – horror, however.
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