Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer completely humiliated the administration of Donald Trump – as well as the majority of Americans – by defending Adolf Hitler.
America has, for the most part, responded with outrage and there have been several demands that Spicer be fired immediately. One of the greatest responses so far has been from Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, who shocked everyone by speaking out on the matter – particularly after Trump was extremely rude toward her and refused to shake her hand in March.
Merkel addressed Spicer’s comments on Wednesday, and likened Hitler’s use of chemical weapons to the horrific chemical attacks of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Merkel spokesman Steffan Seibert said that Spicer’s remark:
“Only shows what is, in any case, the German government’s position – any comparison of current situations with Nazi crimes leads to nothing good.”
This is yet another stance that Merkel does not stand with the Trump administration on. Merkel and Trump have had their differences before, as Merkel believes in accepting refugees into Germany, mutually beneficial trade deals, and globalization. Trump, on the other hand, has the attitude of “America first” and didn’t hesitate to use the words “radical Islamic terrorism.”
Spicer has since apologized for his Hitler comment, expressing regret:
“Your job as a spokesperson is to help amplify the president’s actions and accomplishments. When you’re distracting from that message of accomplishment, and your job is to be the exact opposite, on a professional level I think it is disappointing because I think I’ve let the president down.”
What Merkel did was give Spicer a valuable lesson – we must learn history so we don’t repeat it. Germany has done what it could to move past the horrors of Adolf Hitler’s time, and Spicer could learn a thing or two about how to move forward and talk about a devastating time in history in a more respectful way.