Nancy Pelosi has a tendency to shoot off unhinged comments
And she’s at it again.
But this time, she made a major mistake.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer recently found himself in hot water.
During the daily press briefing, he was attempting to defend President Trump’s decision to launch a missile strike on a Syrian airfield after Syria’s leader, Bashar al-Assad, had used chemicals weapons on his own people.
Spicer bungled his way through his answer and made an unfortunate comparison to Assad and Hitler.
Liberals and the media pounced.
Every network led with Spicer’s gaffe.
Democrats started demanding he be fired.
And Nancy Pelosi led the charge.
“House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called for the firing of White House press secretary Sean Spicer following his comments he made Tuesday at his briefing related to Adolf Hitler and the use chemical weapons.
“While Jewish families across America celebrate Passover, the chief spokesman of this White House is downplaying the horror of the Holocaust,” she said in a statement. “Sean Spicer must be fired, and the President must immediately disavow his spokesman’s statements. Either he is speaking for the President, or the President should have known better than to hire him.”
But Pelosi alluding that Spicer was downplaying the Holocaust or is a closet anti-Semite is just not true.
Even members of the liberal media pointed out that Spicer was no Holocaust denier.
They noted what he said was wrong and a gaffe, but it did not portray the heart of a bigot.
Taking a mid-Passover break to note that Sean Spicer is not a Holocaust denier, contra this hysterical charge: https://t.co/3mS0sGvVZz
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) April 11, 2017
Dear Outraged Twitter, Anyone really think Spicer intended to deny Hitler’s use of chemical weapons in concentration camps? #gotcha
— michaelscherer (@michaelscherer) April 11, 2017
Everyone agreed that Spicer made a stupid comment.
But for Pelosi to claim that Spicer was denying the Holocaust or that it was somehow official administration policy was just cheap political opportunism.