While politicians on “Veep” fail their way through each episode, viewers can always expect the ending credits to highlight additional buffoonery with sundry clips of Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and her cohort.
On Tuesday, real-life White House press secretary Sean Spicer made a comment that seemed ripped from the HBO political satire when he told reporters that German dictator Adolf Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.” While attempting to compare Syrian President Bashar Assad’s use of sarin gas to Hitler’s actions, Spicer implied the Nazis did not kill millions of Jews in gas chambers. (They did.)
Now a YouTube user has taken one and one, and made two. Spliced with clips from “Veep,” Spicer’s bungled press conference becomes the stuff of comedy legend in the video, posted with impressive speed Tuesday.
“Passover 2017,” an on-screen time stamp reads as a reminder that the weeklong Jewish holiday began Monday, making the gaffe particularly cringeworthy.
Spicer walked back his comment after a reporter requested clarification, stating that Hitler “was not using gas on his own people in the same way that Assad is doing” and referencing “Holocaust centers,” evidently meaning gas chambers.
As Meyer replies: “A bleh-a bleh-a bleh-a blegh da.”
Spicer later apologized on CNN.
UPDATE (9 a.m. ET): Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus approves.