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The American right-wing talk-show host Glenn Beck prompted outrage and disgust when he compared the victims from the Utøya shooting to Hitler Youth during his radio program on Monday, according to Haaretz.
Beck described the 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.”
The former press secretary to Norway’s prime minister, Torbjørn Eriksen, called the comment “a new low” for the multimillionaire darling of the Tea Party movement who is known for his offensive outbursts and conspiracy-filled rants on Fox News. He was earlier this year forced to leave the channel.
“Young political activists have gathered at Utøya for over 60 years to learn about and be part of democracy, the very opposite of what the Hitler Youth was about,” Mr. Eriksen told The Daily Telegraph. “Glenn Beck’s comments are ignorant, incorrect and extremely hurtful.”
A Washington-based campaign group, The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, have denounced the comment as “absolutely disgusting.”
Beck’s is notorious for his outrageous statements. Last year, he called Barack Obama a “racist” with a “deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.” He later stated that he regretted the comment and also apologized for mocking the president’s daughter Malia.
However, according to The Daily Telegraph, he reportedly refused to apologize to Senator John McCain’s daughter for simulating vomiting at her cancer-awareness advert, saying she should “wear a burka” because of her apparent unattractiveness.
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