ND Rep Says Spicer’s Hitler Comments Had “Some Validity”

Congressman Kevin Cramer lies about Hitler and the Holocaust to defend Sean Spicer

Call it the Trump Effect. What should be undisputed fact in an era where history and facts are readily available at the click of a mouse or tap of a screen, misinformation and lies still exist and seem to be proliferating thanks in large part to Donald Trump’s penchant for lying.

Following Sean Spicer’s disastrous White House briefing yesterday, one GOP lawmaker decided fact and reality didn’t matter so much as defending his party and Spicer’s reputation.

Speaking on KFYR-FM yesterday with conservative radio jockey Scott Hennen, Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-ND) said Spicer’s problematic and historically inaccurate Assad-Hitler analogy was “not without some validity.”

Hennen argued:

The media is so gullible, they fall for these things because they think it’s really hot stuff and the public just can’t wait to stick it to Sean Spicer – who 99% of the people wouldn’t have the foggiest idea who he is and it distracts them from other things.

I can’t even believe that anybody in the media, much less all of the major networks, led with this story. A spokesperson, who by the way made a poor illustration, but it’s not completely, it’s not without some validity.

After playing a clip of the statements followed by one of Spicer’s public apologies, Cramer commented, “I think he apologized and that’s the end of it.”

Not to have the segment cut short, Hennen disagreed saying, “I think what he was saying is that Hitler didn’t take chemical weapons out in a battle-like form and do what Assad did with these children.”

“It’s a factual statement,” Cramer said.

Cramer later spoke with Rob Port on WDAY-AM where he said, “If his technical point is that it wasn’t used out on the field of battle then he’s technically right.”

Of note, Hitler actually did take chemical weapons out into the “battlefield” as he deployed gas vans prior to the construction of gas chambers. These vans would go town to town using the same method of murder (that would later kill millions) on a much smaller yet just-as-deadly scale.

That Hitler used vans rather than planes is a distinction without a difference.

Had Cramer and Hennen bothered to research this fact before propping up Sean Spicer’s Holocaust denial propaganda, their statements might not seem as historically ignorant and/or anti-Semitic.

In his original statements Spicer not only denied Hitler used chemical weapons to murder millions of people, but argued Hitler didn’t target his own people. He additionally labeled Nazi death camps “Holocaust Centers.”

Later, in the first of the several written statements clarifying the verbal statements from his briefing, Spicer argued that Assad was different because he targeted “innocent people.”

Cramer’s statements come at a time when he’s eyeing larger political prizes – mainly, the junior North Dakota Senate seat currently held by Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D).

With his poor grasp of history, Cramer should probably focus on world history before putting his hat into the ring for higher office. If you would like to reach out to Congressman Cramer, you can reach him on Facebook, Twitter, or at his congressional offices.

[H/T CNN]

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Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he's worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.

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