Minnesota Lawmaker Compares ‘March For Our Lives’ Teens To Hitler Youth

Screengrab/Mary Franson/YouTube

Rep. Mary Franson suggested in an apology that the comparison was not intentional.

Minnesota State Rep. Mary Franson is making headlines again after suggesting similarities between the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and Hitler Youth via social media posts.

Within 15 minutes of sharing two posts on Facebook that were critical of the students, Franson followed up with an article from teh United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website titled, "Shaping the Future: Indoctrinating Youth", and a quote from Adolf Hitler.

The Republican lawmaker made the posts on Saturday as March for Our Lives was taking place across the U.S.

Franson suggested in an apology posted to Facebook that the comparison was not intentional.

“Because of the timing of my posts, I now understand why it appears that I was making a comparison,” Franson wrote in a Facebook post. “I am terribly sorry that because of my carelessness and insensitivity, I left that impression and in so doing risked minimizing the horrors of the Holocaust. I apologize to anyone who was hurt by my thoughtlessness.”

Although the posts were soon deleted, the Douglas County chapter of the Democratic-Farmer Labor Party posted images of the posts to its own Facebook page, sparking the backlash. The chapter called her posts “disgusting attacks on child victims of gun violence” and asked that she be removed from a Capitol panel dealing with child care policy discussions.