White House spokesman Sean Spicer apologized yesterday (April 11th) after saying that Adolf Hitler, quote, "didn't even sink to using chemical weapons" as he tried to make a comparison to President Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons in an attack last week on Syrian civilians. There were several attempts to clarify Spicer's remarks about Hitler, who used gas chambers to exterminate Jews. During the same daily briefing in which he made the initial comments, Spicer was asked to clarify his remarks and he gave a garbled answer in which he said Hitler, quote, "was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing," and spoke about Hitler's victims being brought to what he called "Holocaust centers," apparently meaning concentration camps. Spicer then sent out a clarification to reporters after the briefing, saying, "In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust. I was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers." Finally, Spicer apologized in an interview with CNN, saying he, quote, "mistakenly made an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which there is no comparison. And for that I apologize. It was a mistake to do that."
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