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‘Douche du Jour’: Right-Wing Radio Host Glenn Beck Compares Norway Massacre Victims to “Hitler Youth”

These are not the best of times for Glenn Beck. His Fox News program, long suffering from plummeting ratings and abandoned by many advertisers, was recently cancelled. Apparently Beck was too much of a right-wing nut job for even the folks at Fox. He’s fallen from one of Fox’s highest-rated programs to the decidedly less glamorous world of radio, where his Glenn Beck Program serves as a lesser platform from which he still spews rabidly reactionary rubbish to his diminished audience.

This weekend, Beck once again showed the world why Fox booted him like Abby Wambach. The man who Jon Stewart once called “a guy who says what people who aren’t thinking are thinking” offered us his thoughts on the victims of the Oslo terror attacks that killed at least 76 people.

Most of those killed were teenagers attending a summer youth camp hosted by the progressive Labor Party. The shooter, Anders Behring Breivik, stormed the island where the teens were camping, dressed as a police officer, picking them off one at a time with high-powered automatic weapons.

“Saturday I was following the news of the shooting in Norway and the explosion in Norway, which happened what on Friday,” Beck said. “When we heard the explosion everybody was willing to say, it’s Muslim extremists, it’s Muslim extremists. I don’t think we made a comment on it because we didn’t know other than a bombing had happened, and as the thing started to unfold and there was a shooting a political camp, which sounds a little like the Hitler Youth or you know whatever. Who does a camp for kids that’s all about politics? Disturbing. But, anyway, so there’s this political camp and so crazy man goes and starts shooting kids.”

Not nearly as disturbing as Beck’s disgusting commentary.

Politicususa points out that Beck, ever the hypocrite, actually ran his own political youth summer camp. Here’s a description from Beck’s 9/12 Project, which operated the Tampa Liberty School camp for kids much younger than those that attended the Norwegian retreat:

“This part time summer camp will meet from 9am to noon on July 11-15 at the Paideia School in Temple Terrace. Kids aged 8-12 years old will have fun while learning the principles of liberty, free markets, and limited government. They will also learn the values of personal responsibility, faith, courage, hard work, reverence and thrift.”

‘Hitler Youth’? ‘Hitler Tweens’ is more like it!

Of course, Beck and his ilk, steeped in hypocrisy way past the point of no return, won’t see how absurdly ridiculous their words are or how much they hurt others. By comparing the young victims of a madman whose far-right ideology and methodology is very much like Hitler’s to Hitler himself, Beck has shown himself not only to be one super-insensitive douchebag, he’s also demonstrated– yet again– his utter ignorance of historical reality.

Beck, if you’re reading this, why don’t you crawl back under whatever scum-soaked rock you came out from. Better yet, I hear Joseph Goebbels is hiring in hell.

(Photo of Glenn Beck on front page: Gage Skidmore)

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