A Kansas Republican’s attempt to criticize Planned Parenthood failed spectacularly when she called Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s quotes “profound” in a Facebook post.
Republican Kansas Speaker, Pro Tem Peggy Mast, posted a comment indicating she was sharing a video. However, all that appeared on her Facebook page was some text that read, “Great quote from Hitler in the video. Please, listen to it closely. His words are profound! Let’s start using discernment.”
Her words confused Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick’s chief of staff, Christine Krieghauser, who could not imagine what circumstances prompted Mast to describe the words of Hitler — the tyrant responsible for the killing of 11 million people, 6 million of them Jews — as “profound.”
“Sorry, I’m confused. What video and how is there a great quote from Hitler?” she said.
Apparently, Mast had forgotten to attach the video link but about an hour after the worrying post, she shared an article from an anti-abortion Christian blog, JulieRoys.com. The post contained a transcript and a video from human rights campaigner Gianna Jessen, herself a survivor of an abortion, testifying against Planned Parenthood before Congress.
“I will illustrate how well they employ this technique with the following quote: ‘The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.’ — Adolf Hitler”
Mast’s praise for the Third Reich leader drew sharp criticism from the masses.
“There’s nothing profound, and there’s no room in American politics for the words or thought of Adolph Hitler,” said Rabbi Moti Rieber, executive director of anti-racism group, Kansas Interfaith Action.
@PeggyMast You admire the words of a monster, spew nonsense & bring shame to Kansas. You empower white supremacists. Time for new leadership— Jean Young (@1jean_em) October 20, 2016
Where is the condemnation of @PeggyMast from other republican leaders?!— Gerard Patrick (@capecod114) October 21, 2016
Just logging into twitter. So Peggy Mast finds Hitler profound and the KSGOP hates stickers? Keep up the good work fucksticks. #ksleg— you good? (@manspeaker) October 20, 2016
Laura McQuade, president of Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes, the provider’s political organization, said in an e-mail that Planned Parenthood “is a trusted health care provider for thousands of Kansans and we reject and condemn Representative Peggy Mast’s offensive remarks.”
It seems Mast should rehash her criticism of Planned Parenthood because this one just fell flat. But since she’s a “committed voter” of Donald Trump — the man who people are increasingly likening to Hitler — perhaps she meant exactly what she wrote.