Infowars, Breitbart and other far-right media sites have begun comparing David Hogg, the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting survivor who has gained nationwide attention for speaking out for gun restrictions, to Adolf Hitler.
Hogg spoke to a crowd of thousands in Washington, D.C., and welcomed protesters to the “revolution” for stricter gun laws.
At the end of his speech, Hogg triumphantly raised his hand in the air. Right-wing social media is now claiming the gesture resembles Hitler’s Nazi salute.
Vice first noted the trend, and highlighted a number of examples.
Alex Jones of Info Wars attacked the rally as a “Hitler Youth invasion” and called Hogg “the chief propagandist in the left-wing fascist ‘Hitler Youth’ army.”
Jones played a video that dubbed over Hogg’s speech with one of Hitler’s and included black-and-white footage from Nazi gatherings to mimic the anti-gun violence protest on Saturday.
The Infowars creator was previously reprimanded by YouTube for posting other conspiracy theories about Hogg.
Other social media users also tweeted about Hogg’s speech, including fellow Parkland student Kyle Kashuv, who has spoken out against the views of his classmate.
However, Kashuv said he just thought it was a funny picture.
“I think it is reprehensible that people are comparing a 17-year-old to Hitler,” Kashuv told. “As a Jew, I find it egregiously misinformed.”
A Republican state lawmaker from Minnesota made similar comparisons between the March for Our Lives organizers and the Hitler Youth in a series of now-deleted Facebook posts.
Rep. Mary Franson shared a photo of Hitler Youth wearing swastikas and posted a quote of Hitler praising the youth.
This is far from the first time that Hogg has been attacked by critics on social media.
False rumors that he was not in school the day of the Parkland shooting circulated this week, and there have also been false stories that he is a paid actor.
Hogg’s mother said the family has received death threats as her son began appearing on TV news segments following the shooting. He had to defend himself after he was labeled a “crisis actor.”
Other students from Parkland have also faced criticism from the right, and been the subject of false reports.
Fake photos went viral on the far-right of Parkland student Emma González ripping up the Constitution when she was in fact ripping up a gun range target.