Report: South Florida candidate compares Parkland activists to Hitler

A candidate for a city council seat in South Florida is not apologizing for social media posts and memes she ha re-posted about teen activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
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A candidate for a city council seat in South Florida is not apologizing for social media posts and memes she ha re-posted about teen activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Credit: Stephen Maturen

Credit: Stephen Maturen

A South Florida City Council candidate used Facebook posts to compare two teen activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to Adolf Hitler, communists and actors, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

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Ximena Hommel is running for a seat on the Plantation City Council. Although her social media posts have been deleted, Hommel has posted links and memes about David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, who gained national attention after a gunman shot and killed 17 people at the Parkland high school Feb. 14.

A Feb. 21 post included a link to a story about Hogg reading “it’s all theater,” and suggested he was rehearsing scripted lines. A March 25 post included side-by-side photos of Hogg with his right arm raised, next to a saluting Hitler.

On the same day, Hommel posted a photo showing Hogg and Gonzalez wearing Russian-style hats with the caption, "Give us your guns, comrades," the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Hommel, a former police officer in Plantation, told the newspaper she had no regrets about the posts and will not apologize for reposting links and memes.

"I shared it and I made it public," Hommel told the Sun-Sentinel. "I posted it from other pages because I don't believe (Hogg and Gonzalez) represent the victims of the school. Go talk to the real victims.

“I don’t like they are portraying themselves as the victims ’cause they’re not.”

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