Yesterday, I posed the following question to Twitter:
Today, Trump Administration Press Secretary Sean Spicer could metaphorically be said to reply “hold my beer”. In a move being heralded by many as one of the most severe gaffes in recent history, Secretary Spicer uttered the following, in seeking to emphasize the despicable nature of using chemical weapons:
“Someone who is [as] despicable as Hitler didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”
The ensuing media firestorm and social media feeding frenzy have effectively taken the heat off of embattled United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz at least for the moment. As of 8PM Eastern on Tuesday, trends24.in shows #SeanSpicer to be trending no. 1 world wide.
Political aftershocks have continued to resonate with Representative and Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) calling for the resignation of Secretary Spicer. The Hill reports:
“Sean Spicer must be fired, and the President must immediately disavow his spokesman’s statements. Either he is speaking for the president, or the president should have known better than to hire him.”
This arguably catastrophic statement could not come at a worse time, as Jews all over the world celebrate the Passover holiday commemorating the ancient Hebrews deliverance from bondage in Egypt. The statement serves as an unfortunate reminder of the worst persecution and mass murder the first Abrahamic faith has ever known.
“While Jewish families across America celebrate Passover, the chief spokesman of this White House is downplaying the horror of the Holocaust," Pelosi said in her official statement.
Secretary Spicer issued an apology for his remarks during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday evening.
The full CNN interview is below, in which Spicer told Blitzer:
"My comments today did not reflect the president's, were a distraction from him and frankly were misstated, insensitive and wrong."
"Obviously it was my blunder."
The question to be asked is whether or not the American public and the world at large accept Mr. Spicer’s apology. Or will they follow the beat of Rep. Pelosi’s war drums? It will be up to President Trump in the days ahead to decide whether Secretary Spicer continues to represent the president or whether Spicer would provide too much of a distraction.
H/T Sara Johnson, Faith Wire News