Glenn Beck compares victims of Norway attack to Hitler Youth
Former Norway press secretary calls Beck's comments 'a new low', saying the political camp where at least 85 were killed stands for 'the very opposite of what the Hitler Youth was about'.
Glenn Beck, the American right-wing talk-show host, compared the victims of a shooting at a Norwegian summer camp to Hitler Youth in his radio program on Monday, according to a Daily Telegraph report.
The campers were victims of a double attack perpetrated by a conservative extremist last Friday, claiming the lives of over 90 people. At least 85 were killed at the camp alone.
Beck described the brutal incident “as a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like the Hitler Youth. I mean who sends their kids to a political camp? Disturbing," he added.
The Hitler Youth was a paramilitary organization of the Nazi Party comprised of teens and preteens that existed from 1922 to 1945
Torbjørn Eriksen, a former press secretary to Jens Stoltenberg, Norway's prime minister, called Beck's comments a "a new low" for the broadcaster, who is known for his controversial, often offensive statements.
"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 Daily Telegraph. "Glenn Beck's comments are ignorant, incorrect and extremely hurtful."
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, a Washington-based campaign group, called the remarks "absolutely disgusting".
Beck recently returned from a trip to Israel where he was invited by MK Danny Danon (Likud) to speak to the Knesset.
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