The job of the most embattled and long suffering member of the United States White House is not getting any easier. As the foremost spokesperson representing the administration of President Donald Trump, Press Secretary Sean Spicer is tasked with the seemingly impossible task of putting a positive spin on the work of arguably the most chaotic White House in the history of American politics. At a recent White House press briefing in the wake of the bombing of a Syrian airbase believed to have been used to launch a chemical weapons attack, Spicer made a monumental gaffe when he compared Adolf Hitler with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. The Press Secretary actually ventured to say that Hitler, unlike Assad, never stooped so low as to use chemical weapons.
Nearly anyone who has studied the history of World War II in secondary school knows that Hitler used Zyklon B gas to annihilate people trapped in chambers. The ingredients of Zyklon B were classified as chemical weaponry in 1993, a couple of years after the Persian Gulf War and around the same time Spicer was graduating from Connecticut College with a bachelor’s degree in Government Studies. Aside from the fact that Hitler’s Third Reich actually modernized the use of chemical weapons, Spicer made this revisionist claim on the holy day of Passover, thereby incensing the Jewish community and causing the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect to petition the White House for Spicer’s termination.
Lest he be labeled a Holocaust denier, Spicer made a formal apology the next day; however, political analysts were quick to point out that this faux pas was hardly his first. In fact, Spicer has been prevaricating and featuring what have become known as “alternative facts” since his very first press conference, when he claimed that the crowd gathered to celebrate President Trump’s inauguration was the largest in history. A similar claim he made in relation to online viewership of the inauguration was easily debunked.
Spicer comes from a public relations background; he has served the Republican Party in this capacity a few times and was given the post of communications director for the Trump administration right before Christmas 2016. He is currently a Commander in the US Naval Reserve; during the administration of former President George W. Bush, he wore the Easter Bunny costume and entertained children who visited the White House for the holiday. Information allegedly leaked by White House staffers suggests that President Trump is not too happy with Spicer’s performance, although it should be noted that Spicer has become a scapegoat and a whipping boy for the administration.
The foot in mouth disease that seems to afflict him has ravaged the White House; even the President suffers from this judgment illness. Unfortunately, the role of Spicer as the ultimate “yes man” could only be rivaled by Baghdad Bob, the former Iraqi Minister of Information who served under Saddam Hussein.