A top Interior Department official compared Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg to Nazis on his personal Facebook page.
Kevin Sabo, the acting chief of the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs at the Bureau of Reclamation in the Interior Department, shared an article from conservative commentator Ben Shapiro showing Hogg with a raised fist.
Sabo added the comment: “Is this child giving a nazi salute? What the hell is the left doing to these kids?”
In one now-deleted Facebook post first reported by Talking Points Memo (TPM), Sabo wrote, “The Nazis took everyone’s guns away too. A lot of similarities with these kids.”
A spokesperson for the Bureau said the agency has “no comment on the personal views expressed on his Facebook page,” adding that “civil servants are guaranteed First Amendment rights to communicate their own views on their own time on their own social media sites, even if some would find those views disagreeable or the primary sources erroneous.”
TPM also reported that Sabo shared a post that claimed the shooting was a conspiracy tied to Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the CIA’s “Project MKUltra mind control techniques.”
The same post also referred to the Pizzagate conspiracy theory.
The Hill adds:
Sabo has reportedly posted about other right-wing conspiracy theories, including one post on Inauguration Day claiming that protestors were being “paid by the Democrats to riot.” Sabo formerly served as a staffer on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and on the Senate Commerce Committee, according to TPM.
He was sentenced to 18 months in prison and disbarred in D.C. after being convicted in 2000 in a Virginia court for attempting to maliciously wound a girlfriend by cutting the brakes to her car. The woman crashed her car into a fence, but there were no injuries.
Sabo, who maintained his innocence throughout the trial, lost an appeal of his conviction and served 12 months. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals reinstated Sabo to the Bar in 2012 despite another a charge in 2009 for larceny by false pretenses that involved a dispute at Home Depot. That charge was dismissed after Sabo did 75 hours of community service.