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CNN’s Tapper: Spicer should visit Holocaust museum

Greg Nash

CNN’s Jake Tapper on Tuesday said a trip to the Holocaust Memorial Museum should be in order for White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

Spicer faced heavy criticism after wrongly claiming that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons during World War II.

“To state the obvious, Hitler obviously did sink to using chemical weapons against innocent civilians,” Tapper said in response to Spicer’s press briefing.

{mosads}”What Spicer said is false and frankly kind of ignorant.”

Tapper also noted that reporters in Tuesday’s briefing were quick to note that Hitler used gas chambers to kill millions of Jewish people, giving Spicer a chance to clarify his initial comment.

“I understand your point. Thank you. I appreciate that. He brought them into the Holocaust centers, I understand that,” Spicer said in his initial clarifying remark on Tuesday. “I was saying in the way that Assad used them where he went into town, dropped them into the middle of town. I appreciate the clarification. That was not the intent.”

Tapper described Spicer’s walk-back by saying: “He took the lifeline and tied it to an anvil.”

The CNN anchor specifically knocked Spicer for referring to concentration camps as “Holocaust centers,” suggested the press secretary brush up on his history.

“Hitler used chemical weapons to kill his own people, innocent civilians — he didn’t drop them in the middle of Berlin, no, but he used them to kill German Jews, so he did use them to kill his own people,” Tapper said.

“Sean, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, it’s just a few blocks away from the White House. Perhaps a visit’s in order.”

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