Kansas Sen. Steve Fitzgerald made it abundantly clear that he, in no way, supports Planned Parenthood after a donation to the health care organization was made in his name.
He sent a letter of his own in response to a thank you letter Planned Parenthood sent him for his “donation.” However, in his reply Fitzgerald compared the facility to a Nazi death camp.
"It is with great dismay that I received your letter that a donation was made in my 'honor' to your heinous organization," Fitzgerald wrote Planned Parenthood Great Plains. "This is as bad — or worse — as having one's name associated with Dachau."
Dachau was the first of the Nazi concentration camps opened in Germany.
(Please note that the irony of a conservative senator referencing a Nazi concentration camp in this new era of white nationalism is not lost on us.)
"Shame on your organization and shame on anyone that would attempt to blacken my name in this manner," Fitzgerald continued.
Planned Parenthood Great Plains tweeted an image of the letter from Fitzgerald along with the caption, “Sen. Fitzgerald did NOT appreciate having a donation to @PPGreatPlains made in his honor. Just FYI.”
As it turns out, the person behind the rebuked donation was identified as Ali Weinel of Prairie Village, Kansas. She told local reporters that she gave $25 to Planned Parenthood in Fitzgerald’s name because of his failure to offer sufficient responses to concerns she brought up about recent anti-abortion rights legislation, Mic reports.
"I just was so angry and knew that the only way I could be less angry was if I made a difference," she told The Kansas City Star. "So that's what I did."
The paper also spoke to Fitzgerald, who reiterated the sentiments expressed in his letter.
"It was either send them that or ignore it," Fitzgerald said. "I figured I don't want my name associated as a donation to Planned Parenthood, in my name, to go on undenounced by me."
"I think the Nazis ought to be incensed by the comparison," he said. "What I'm saying is, they're both exterminating innocent human life."
Unfortunately for Fitzgerald, his decision to vocalize his dismay has only triggered more people to send donations to Planned Parenthood in his name out of sheer spite and, presumably, to troll him relentlessly on social media.
If you are able, donate to PP today in honor of Steve Fitzgerald who should be more respectful of the people he pretends to represent. https://t.co/Om4Cf9SrlK— WonderWomanKS (@AmyKC3) March 13, 2017
Just made a donation to @PPGreatPlainsKS in honor of Steve Fitzgerald! Women's health is not comparable to Nazi Germany!— camrie (@TherealCamrie) March 14, 2017
First thing I did this morning is donate to @PPGreatPlainsKS in Sen. Steve Fitzgerald's name. I'm excited for the donation card he'll get.— boryana (@boryanakis) March 14, 2017
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