Glenn Beck compares Norway shooting victims to Hitler Youth on radio show
www.nydailynews.com — They may have been the victims of the worst shooting in Norwegian history, but that didn’t stop radio show host Glenn Beck from comparing the victims of the Oslo massacre to young followers of Adolf Hitler.
When discussing the tragedy in Norway on Monday, the radio host compared the Labor Party youth camp to the Hitler Youth.
“As the thing started to unfold and there was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like the Hitler Youth,” he said. “Who does a camp for kids that’s all about politics? Disturbing.”
Ironically, Britain’s Daily Telegraph points out, there are also such camps in the United States – hosted by the Tea Party, a political movement that makes up a large part of Beck’s fan base.
A former press secretary to Norway’s prime minister, Torbjørn Eriksen, told the newspaper that Beck’s comments were “a new low.”
“Young political activists have gathered at Utoya for over 60 years to learn about and be part of democracy, the very opposite of what the Hitler Youth was about,” he told the Telegraph. “Glenn Beck’s comments are ignorant, incorrect and extremely hurtful.”
Beck’s remarks came after he praised himself for not jumping to conclusions about who was shooting at the youth camp.
After making the comments, Beck took credit for warning that something like this would happen.
“I warned that this would happen last fall,” he insisted.
The Washington-based Coalition to Stop Gun Violence described his remarks to the Telegraph as “absolutely disgusting.”
This isn’t the first time that Beck has sparked outrage with his comments. After an earthquake and tsunami devastated a large part of Japan, he said the disaster could be a “message” from God.