White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has had a rough couple of days. In his daily press briefing on Tuesday, he stupidly compared Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler when trying to justify Trump’s missile attack on a Syrian airfield. Spicer must have had a major brain fart during that briefing, because he said that Hitler never used chemical weapons against his own people the way Assad did, even though history tells us that Hitler gassed millions of Jews. As if that weren’t bad enough, Spicer made the whole thing worse by referring to Nazi death camps as “Holocaust Centers.”
Thanks to this spectacularly insensitive display from the White House briefing room, plenty of people, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the Anne Frank Center, have called on Spicer to resign or be fired by Donald Trump. However, mysteriously, there are people who have noticeably stayed out of Spicer’s latest controversy: GOP lawmakers. Always hesitant to go after one of their own, cowardly Republicans have refused to say a word about Spicer’s appalling remarks. All of that may be changing now, though, as one House Republican has come out to say that Spicer should be fired.
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) says of Spicers repeated penchant for gaffes:
“Spicer made a terrible mistake yesterday. He admitted it. If you’re not familiar with what he did, is that he – I mean, he needs to go. Because I just don’t think he’s serving the president well.”
Of course, when he made these remarks, Coffman was at a town hall, facing a hostile anti-Trump crowd, but he also had to make sure it didn’t seem like he was going too hard on Spicer, so he continued:
“So what he tried to do is this, is he said that – and it’s true – the German army in World War II had chemical weapons and chose not to use them, because they felt that the retaliation would – the map didn’t work for them. But at the same time, so, he was trying to make that point about Russians.”
This drew condemnation from the crowd, but hey, at least he made the main point: That Sean Spicer should no longer be Trump’s press secretary.
Rep. Coffman is correct. Spicer has made the White House communications team into a punchline, and it will likely continue. Further, Tuesday’s anti-Semitism is just the latest in a long line from Team Trump. They infamously omitted any mention of Jewish people from their Holocaust Remembrance Day statement, and then doubled down when they were told that scrubbing the significance of the slaughter of the Jews by Hitler is classic Holocaust denial.
Of course, Trump himself regularly flirted with white supremacists during the campaign, and took far too long to denounce anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish Community Centers and cemetaries after his election. To top it all off, he has Stephen K. Bannon and Stephen Miller, both avowed white supremacists, working in the West Wing. So, if Spicer has to be the fall guy in all of this, he should be. In fact, they all need to go.
Perhaps the rest of the elected GOP officials will grow a pair and tell Trump to fire Spicer and the rest of the racists in the West Wing.
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