I like to joke that “I have never had a bad day in my life”. I mean just waking up every day means that you have already had a good day, right?
But even I have to admit that some of my days have been worse than others.
There was the time (while still a teenager) that I took a date to a fancy restaurant thinking that I had enough to pay for the meal, only to realize, after we were seated at the table and looking at our menus, that I couldn’t even afford one of the appetizers.
Other days come to mind. Like that Sunday in 2005 when I watched #5 puke over himself in the fourth quarter costing my Birds their first ever Super Bowl.
Still, those days are nothing like the day that Sean Spicer had today.
“The White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, set off an intense backlash on Tuesday when he suggested that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria was guilty of acts worse than Hitler and asserted that Hitler had not used chemical weapons, ignoring the use of gas chambers at concentration camps during the Holocaust. Mr. Spicer later apologized.
During his daily briefing for reporters, Mr. Spicer was defending President Trump’s decision to order a missile strike on Syria by trying to lend gravity to the actions of Mr. Assad. American officials accuse the Syrian president of using sarin gas, a lethal chemical weapon, in an attack on a rebel-held area of Idlib Province last week that killed dozens, many of them children.
But in misconstruing the facts of the Holocaust — Nazi Germany’s brutally efficient, carefully orchestrated extermination of six million Jews and others — Mr. Spicer instead drew a torrent of criticism and added to the perception that the Trump White House lacks sensitivity and has a tenuous grasp of history.
“We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II,” Mr. Spicer said. “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?”’ [Source]
Dude it’s Passover! Stop it!
Four corrections and an apology later did not make Spicer’s comments any less outrageous and controversial.
But this is part of a bigger pattern with this administration and those on the right. This normalization of all things Nazi . It’s actually kind of scary if you think about it, and this might actually explain Spicer’s outrageous statement. It just didn’t seem that out of the main stream to him to make such a declaration about Hitler.
If I were to take a poll and ask who had a worse week between Pepsi
, or Sean Spicer, who would you choose? Personally, I would have to go with Sean. United and Pepsi are corporations and they will bounce back. Folks who like to drink Pepsi products will keep drinking them, and United is one of the airlines with a monopoly in this country. They will take a PR hit, but they will ride it out. Folks won’t stop flying.
Sean, on the other hand, is a terrible spokesperson working for a terrible president, who– you heard it here first– will soon be out of a job.
“I was obviously trying to make a point about the heinous acts that Assad had made against his own people last week, using chemical weapons and gas. Frankly, I mistakenly made an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which there is no comparison,” Spicer said. “And for that I apologize. It was a mistake to do that.”
Shake it off, Sean. Tomorrow is another day. For your sake I just hope that our president isn’t tweeting tonight.
*Pic from cnn.com
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Sean’s bad day.