U.S. conservative Glenn Beck defended his comparing of the teenagers at the Norwegian summer camp, where 68 young people were killed, to Nazi Germany’s Hitler Youth on his national radio show Tuesday.
He defends his remarks by saying that if we if we cannot use Hitler analogies in "logical conversation," "We are going to be a society of gas chambers."
During Tuesday’s program the conversation led to Beck’s co-host making a comment saying: “the point here is not to say they have gas chambers being built in Kansas,” as the two spoke about the U.S debt crisis. Beck quickly interrupted his co-host, and stopped him from going further with the comment.
“Don’t start. Don’t even start. If you can’t say… If we’re living in a society where we can’t say X in the same paragraph as Y and not be told we are comparing it… as a society we are doomed” he said loudly to his co-host.
Beck then followed by saying that the restrictions on making Hitler and Nazi comparisons would mean that the U.S. is “going to be a society of gas chambers.”
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Beck made the statement in response to his original comment in the aftermath of the Anders Behring Breivik’s attack in Norway, causing a media frenzy. In his original comment he said:
“There was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like the Hitler youth, or, whatever. I mean, who does a camp for kids that’s all about politics. Disturbing,” he originally said.
Glenn Beck is known as an outspoken Fox News right-wing pundit and is often criticized by the media for his remarks.
In Tuesday’s program, Beck also likened President Obama’s position on the debt crisis to Hitler’s, saying that the Nazi government blamed the Weimar Republic for inheriting a “bad situation,” reported the Journal.