Australian young conservative leader resigns from party positions after saying “I would be a Nazi" https://t.co/DbTGQvFcUP— Mark Di Stefano 🤙🏻 (@MarkDiStef) March 28, 2017
A formerly active member of the Young Liberal National Party of Queensland, a conservative political party, stepped down from his positions after making a disgraceful comment on Facebook regarding Nazism, BuzzFeed News reports.
Kurt Tucker responded to a post on Facebook that read:
"The problem isn't people on the 'right' or people on the 'left' the problem is everyone who thinks 'If me and my mates were in control of the impersonal industrial death machinery of society we'd totally do a better job' and none of the f****rs ever realise they would have been nazis in 1930s Germany."
Here's Tucker's comment:
"I openly accept I would be a Nazi Party member if this was 30's Germany, despite obviously opposing a lot of their core ideology.
I'm political, and to succeed in politics, public service, military, or even industry you had to be a NSDAP [Nazi Party] member.
I also believe 90% of ALP and LNP members would be the same."
Since making the comment, Tucker has resigned from his position as president of the University of Queensland Liberty National Club. He also left his position as member of the Young Liberal National Party management committee.
The Young Liberal National Party has responded to the incident:
"For the record, the Young LNP rejects in full the assertions [Tucker] made in his Facebook comment," the club wrote on Facebook.
Tucker sent a statement to BuzzFeed News:
"On reflection of my comments I realise I was totally wrong.
I find the Nazi Party to be totally morally abhorrent and I would never willingly engage with them. I have no Nazi, Fascist or Neo-Nazi sympathies.
I apologise unreservedly for my comments, and any offence they may have caused to victims of the evil perpetrated by Nazis and their sympathisers, as well as those whose family, like mine, fought against their regime in the Second World War."
Perhaps Tucker is legitimately apologetic; nevertheless, it's absurd, appalling, and downright disheartening to think of the lingering pervasiveness of Nazism in modern society.