Novelist and political commentator Christopher Buckley weighed into the controversy Tuesday over White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s World War Two gaffe.
Spicer said in a presser that even Adolf Hitler did not resort to using chemical weapons during the Third Reich’s militaristic march through Europe in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Of course, Hitler did use poison gas in the Holocaust death chambers. Media and social media condemnation of Spicer’s remarks was swift, prompting the Press Secretary to put out a statement trying to clarify what he meant. The statement failed to mollify the administration’s critics, but at least took some steps toward damage control. Spicer said that he meant to differentiate between the gas used in the Holocaust, and gas dropped from airplanes.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for Spicer to be fired:
PELOSI: "Sean Spicer must be fired, and the President must immediately disavow his spokesman’s statements." https://t.co/nfjo5mg1Tp
— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) April 11, 2017
But the always astute Buckley was not having it. Buckley, the author of such books as Thank You For Smoking and Little Green Men and the son of the late National Review founder William F. Buckley, expressed his thoughts on the matter on Facebook:
“RE: Spicer. SHUT THE FUCK UP.”
Buckley also criticized the common ploy in politics of comparing others to Adolf Hitler.
Buckley was reluctant at first to join the Trump Train, but has since by and large backed off his Trump-bashing — a sharp contrast to his fellow National Lampoon alum P.J. O’Rourke, who remains a fierce Trump critic.