“There was a shooting at a political camp, which sounds a little like, you know, the Hitler youth. I mean, who does a camp for kids that’s all about politics? Disturbing,” Glenn Beck said in the first minute of his syndicated radio show on Monday.
Torbjorn Eriksen, a former press secretary to Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, described the comment as “a new low” for the broadcaster, who has been forced to apologize for offensive remarks frequently, The Daily Telegraph reported.
“Young political activists have gathered at Utoeya for over 60 years to learn about and be part of democracy, the very opposite of what the Hitler Youth was about,” Eriksen said, adding, “Glenn Beck’s comments are ignorant, incorrect and extremely hurtful.”
Before the terrorist attacks, Anders Behring Breivik, the man the police arrested in connection with the incidents, had often voiced his disdain for multiculturalism and the Norwegian Labor Party for its multiculturalist stance. This is thought to have been the driving factor behind his decision to attack the gathering of the youth wing of the Labor Party on Utoeya Island. Glenn Beck and the rest of the staff at Fox News surely know that the Nazis were not multiculturalists.
On July 22, a massive bomb explosion rocked government headquarters in Oslo, killing eight people and leaving several more injured.
On the same day, a gunmen opened fire on members of the youth wing of Norway’s Labor Party on nearby Utoeya Island, killing 68 people.
Islamophobic extremist Anders Behring Breivik has claimed responsibility for both attacks, which left a total of 76 people dead, but the Norwegian police say it is still not clear if he had any accomplices and their detectives are still investigating the case.
It was the worst violence in Norway since World War II, and citizens of the Scandinavian country are still in shock.
Breivik has expressed strong anti-Islam views. He previously said that he had had several discussions with members of the English Defense League, which is a racist and anti-Muslim group based in Britain.