Dan Rather blasts Spicer’s comparison to Hitler as “confused to be generous, and wildly chaotic to be more precise”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer has said his share of controversial statements. But none quite compare to Tuesday’s, when he tried to make Hitler the lesser of two evils and reduced the horror of concentration camps to “Holocaust centers.” Fittingly, people responded with outrage, some categorized him as a Holocaust denier, and
Fittingly, people responded with outrage and some journalists even called for his termination.
“I do not see how Sean Spicer can be allowed to continue in his current position,” veteran journalist Dan Rather wrote shortly after Spicer’s stumble. “There can be no joy in such incompetence,” Rather said, blasting Spicer for “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.”
Rather continued: “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.”
Shortly after Spicer’s statement, the Anne Frank Center released its own statement, categorizing the top White House staffer as a Holocaust denier. “Trump must fire him at once!” Executive director Steven Goldstein said:
On Passover no less, Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death. Spicer’s statement is the most evil slur upon a group of people we have ever heard from a White House press secretary.
While conservative commentator Jon Podhoretz wasn’t willing to go quite as far as the Anne Frank Center, he did call Spicer a “blathering idiot”: