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White House press secretary Sean Spicer is in hot water after comparing Adolf Hitler to Bashar al-Assad and referring to Nazi concentration camps as “Holocaust centers” in a press briefing Tuesday. Spicer also falsely professed that Hitler never used chemical weapons during World War II.

During the press briefing, Spicer said:

“We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II. You had someone as despicable as Hitler, who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said. “You have to, if you’re Russia, ask yourself, is this a country and a regime you want to align yourself with? When you come to sarin gas, [Hitler] was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing…He brought them into the Holocaust centers, I understand that. But I was saying that in the way that Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them…into the middle of towns.”

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Of course, Hitler did use gas chambers, killing millions of Jewish people during that time. Spicer attempted to clarify in comments in a follow-up statement, according to the New York Times:

In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust,” he said. “I was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers. Any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable

Many, however, felt the damage was already done, especially since the comments were made during Passover. His comments drew strong criticism from thousands on social media. The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect even called on President Donald Trump to fire Spicer given his “Holocaust denial.”

See how social media reacted to Spicer’s comments below:

Social Media Reacts to Sean Spicer’s “Holocaust Centers” Remark

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