Spicer slings dreadful Hitler analogy

Professional spokesperson Sean Spicer. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

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1. Hitler and gas

Trying to underscore the seriousness of chemical weapons used in Syria, Sean Spicer said Adolf Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons”. The Nazis employed gas chambers widely in the course of murdering more than 6 million Jews and others.

Spicer faces backlash

Professional spokesperson Sean Spicer. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

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Spicer scrambles to clarify

The press secretary tried three times to clarify his remarks. At first, he said Hitler was “not using the gas on his own people in the same way that Assad is doing”, eliding German deaths in the Holocaust.

Right. That went well. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

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Summary

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James Mattis delivers the talking point

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2. Calls for Spicer to step down

The Anne Frank Center and others called on the Trump administration to bench Spicer after the incident. The Holocaust Museum tweeted footage of Buchenwald. Democrats pointed to the Trump team’s past flirtations with Holocaust denial.

No mention of Jews in White House Holocaust remembrance

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Defending Spicer

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4. Ivanka v Assad

Asked about reports that Ivanka Trump had influenced the president to strike the Assad regime after a chemical weapons attack, Spicer said, “No question she and others weighed in. When Trump saw the images, he was very moved.”

Dad? I was thinking. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

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5. Spicer points to exit for Assad

I don’t see a peaceful, stable Syria in future with Assad in charge.

– Sean Spicer, still talking

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6. Trump tweets North Korea warning

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7. Sessions on immigrant ‘filth’

We mean criminal organizations that turn cities and suburbs into war zones, that rape and kill innocent citizens. It is here, on this sliver of land, where we first take our stand against this filth. This is a new era. This is the Trump era.

– Attorney general Jeff Sessions, in Nogales, Arizona

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