Top Kansas Republican Calls Hitler’s Words ‘Profound’ In Facebook Post

The No. 3 Republican in the Kansas House called Adolf Hitler’s words “profound” in a Thursday Facebook post that she said was meant to criticize Planned Parenthood.

“Great quote from Hitler in the video,” Rep. Peggy Mast wrote in the post on her private page, which was accessed by the Wichita Eagle. “Please listen to it closely. His words are profound! Let’s start using discernment.”

Though Mast’s initial post did not include a link to any video, the Eagle reported that she later shared a link to an article from Christian blog JulieRoys.com that included video of anti-abortion activist Gianna Jessen testifying against Planned Parenthood at a congressional hearing.

Jessen compared the healthcare provider’s techniques for getting its message out to those of the Nazi leader, saying they both used propaganda to falsely sway people to their side.

“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,” the Hitler quote reads.

According to the Eagle, Mast later wrote a third post explaining that she did not mean to praise the fascist leader responsible for ordering the death of at least six million Jews during the Holocaust.

“To clarify the intent of my previous post: Planned Parenthood has learned well the same tactics and deception used by Hitler regarding innocent lives. … I was making a connection between the ideology he used and the arguments made by Planned Parenthood,” she wrote, according to the Eagle.

Mast is not seeking reelection in 2016.

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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