'It's Painful to Myself to Know I Did Something Like That'
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer appeared on stage Wednesday morning as part of the Newseum's sold-out event, “The President and the Press.” While his remarks Tuesday claiming Hitler did not gas his own people, they were the first topic on Greta Van Susteren's agenda.
"I've let the President down," Spicer told the MSNBC host, who asked few questions and didn't press him on his harmful and hurtful remarks.
On Tuesday Spicer told the White House press corps, "You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons." He followed that up by telling reporters that Hitler brought Jews "into the Holocaust center," but he "was not using the gas on his own people in the same way that Assad is doing," referring to the Syrian dictator.
Spicer also released several statements following the disastrous briefing, which merely added fuel to the fire. Compounding his remarks, Monday was Passover.
"It's painful to myself to know I did something like that,” Spicer told Van Susteren. "There's no comparing atrocities," he added, seemingly remorseful and embarrassed. "Of all weeks, this compounds that kind of mistake.”
Spicer claimed President Trump "had a phenomenal couple of weeks. An unbelievably successful couple of weeks," which is greatly debatable, given he lost his healthcare fight and his one "accomplishment," the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice, was achieved only by Republicans changing the Senate rules.
“When you’re distracting from that message of accomplishment, and your job is to be the exact opposite, on a professional level it’s disappointing because I think I’ve let the president down. On both a personal level and a professional level, that will not go down as a very good day in my history,” Spicer admitted.
Spicer came to the White House after having served as the spokesperson for the RNC. He occasionally appeared on television, usually in a very combative manner.
“Your job as a spokesperson is to help amplify the president’s actions and accomplishments,” Spicer said.
Missing from Spicer's remarks is that the job of White House Press Secretary is to not only speak for the President, but to also speak for the nation. He repeatedly has failed in both tasks.
Van Susteren's interview was at best enabling. She did not challenge him, did not dig, did not do anything but allow him a platform on which to speak. That's typical of her interviews, especially of Republicans, while on MSNBC.
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