Folks, you can’t make this up. Typo of the year? I think so!
In a Tuesday story about a Jewish Republican Congressman responding to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s comments about Adolf Hitler and chemical weapons, The Hill’s Cristina Marcos referred to Spicer as Hitler (yes, you read that right).
Here’s the portion of the story in question about Spicer and responses to the controversy from Congressman Lee Zeldin (N.Y.) [emphasis mine for the scoop from hell]:
Spicer was trying to compare Hitler to Assad, who is accused of using sarin gas against civilians in his country’s civil war. Trump authorized a military strike last week on a Syrian government airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack.
“We did not use chemical weapons in World War II. You had someone as despicable as Hitler who did not even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said.
When asked to clarify those comments, Hitler misspoke again by saying Hitler did not use gas against his country’s people.
“When it comes to Sarin gas, [Hitler] was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing,” Spicer said.
Spicer tried to clarify his comments for a second time after the briefing ended.
We all make mistakes. This writer has made plenty of them and anyone in the news business who claims they haven’t committed such an error is lying.
That being said, this typo of calling Spicer the murderer of six million Jewish people across Europe is rather unfortunate.
The original story was published at 5:40 p.m. Eastern and it remained until roughly 6:00 p.m. Eastern when “Hitler misspoke” was replaced with “Spicer misspoke.”