Sean Spicer Compares Hitler Favorably to Assad, and Twitter Has a Field Day

'United, Pepsi must be thanking Sean Spicer'

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer listens to a question during a briefing at the White House April 11, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer came under fire on Tuesday for saying that “Hitler didn’t sink to using chemical weapons” in reference to the Assad regime’s chemical attack in Syria – then doubling down by saying that Hitler “was not using the gas on his own people the same way Assad is doing.” Spicer continued saying the Nazis only used chemical weapons in “Holocaust centers,” evidently referring to death camps.

Social media immediately reacted in uproar and incredulity to Spicer’s remarks, with “Sean Spicer” and “Holocaust Centers” both instantly becoming trending topics on Twitter. Plenty noted that recently embattled companied like United Airlines and Pepsi must be breathing a sigh of relief thanks to Spicer’s gaffe.