Sadly, Sean Spicer's Hitler comments serve as a useful distraction for Trump | Francine Prose

The uncomfortable fact is that this short-lived fixation will move the conversation away from the administration’s chaotic (or nonexistent) foreign policy

On Monday, at a White House press briefing, Sean Spicer surprised an audience of reporters who must by now have grown accustomed, even hardened, to the press secretary’s gaffes, mistakes and dogged defenses of alternative facts. Extemporizing on Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against a civilian population, Spicer explained why the Syrian dictator is more evil than Hitler.

“Someone as despicable as Hitler … didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer told the crowd. Asked to clarify his remark by journalists presumably aware of the Nazis’ use of Zyklon B, first in the euthanasia program and later in the gas chambers of Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Sobibor, the press secretary compounded his mistake.

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