President Trump’s former press secretary, Sean Spicer, famously insisted that the 2017 presidential inauguration crowd was the biggest ever. That, of course, was a lie. But Spicer eventually trotted out the photos to “prove” it. The part we didn’t know at the time? The White House had requested photos from the National Park Service on January 21 that had to be cropped to make the crowd look larger than it really was.
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It's that time of year again when we look back at the photos and GIFs that went viral over the past 12 months. We did similar year-end round-ups in 2014, 2015, 2016 and I must say that 2017 was even weirder than usual. How so? There were so many fake images swirling around the internet that it was difficult to decide which ones to debunk.
Yesterday, Sean Spicer said that Hitler "didn't even sink to using chemical weapons". It was completely wrong and he apologised. One version of Spicer's apology was posted on Facebook, and it appears to be just as offensive as his original statement. The only problem? It's totally fake.
Sean Spicer is reliably, sometimes even endearingly, terrible at his job as Press Secretary. But his comments during Tuesday's press briefing on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Adolf Hitler are astonishing. Not just because they're blatantly, breathtakingly wrong, but because a man whose job is remembering and relaying facts can't accurately recount one of the most notorious events of the 20th century.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has tweeted plenty of dumb things. (And who among us hasn't?) Earlier, though, he may have accidentally compromised the security of his Twitter account.