Attacking a Teenage Shooting Survivor Is Not a Good Look, Conservatives
As of this morning, nine advertisers have stopped sponsoring Fox News’ The Laura Ingraham Show after she mocked Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg because he couldn’t get into UCLA with a 4.1 GPA. David Hogg called for an advertiser boycott; several advertisers dropped the show. Laura Ingraham, under financial pressure, “apologized.” Hogg did not accept the insincere apology and several more advertisers — like Hulu and Johnson and Johnson — who saw right through Ingraham and dropped the show.
Q: Do you accept Ingraham’s apology?— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 30, 2018
DAVID HOGG: No. She’s only apologizing after a third of her advertisers pulled out, and I think it’s really disgusting the fact that she basically tried promoting her show after apologizing to me. (CNN) pic.twitter.com/9NEYLPRJIn
This comes only a few days after the conservative blog, Red State, conjured up a conspiracy theory — that later went viral — suggesting that David Hogg wasn’t even at school during the Parkland shooting.
Can we just back up for a moment and remember the crimes that Hogg (and Emma Gonzalez, who has been similarly attacked) have committed against the right: Their classmates were gunned down with an AR-15 assault weapon, they spoke out against gun violence, advocated for gun reform, inspired literally hundreds of thousands of people to march around the country last weekend, cost Fox News hundreds of thousands of dollars, and effected actual change in some states.
The Vermont House has passed a bill to make background checks mandatory for all gun sales, ban high-capacity magazines, ban bump stocks, and raise the purchase age for rifles to 21; GOP Gov. Phil Scott, a gun owner, says he'll sign it: https://t.co/F8t4Px5V28— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 29, 2018
Anyway, David Hogg — a 17-year-old — has seriously gotten under the skin of conservatives. I mean, no one — including President Obama — has been able to move the needle on gun reform for the last 20 years, and these kids come along and tilt the national conversation in their favor. And conservatives, who have no leg to stand on when it comes to policy, instead turn to personal attacks.
I mean, look: This guy’s Dad is under indictment and is likely going to cooperate with Robert Mueller and go to prison in order to save his son.
Someone (hint: parents) clearly didn’t smack this kid much growing up. Your emotional high will run out soon so savor it while it lasts…. https://t.co/AJ5v80T9bK— 🇺🇸MFLYNNJR🇺🇸 (@mflynnJR) March 29, 2018
Look at this garbage below. And for the most part, these aren’t rando Twitter eggs with 17 followers. They’ve got thousands of followers, and this is how they show their asses:
David Hogg who is trying to get his 15 min of fame off dead kids, went after @IngrahamAngle sponsors bcus she tweeted abt him being turned down by 4 colleges. He vows to destroy her. Is this really a kid you want to make important decisions on our #2A rights? #HitlerUsedKids2— AmericanWoman (@LWilsonDarlene) March 30, 2018
I often wonder if that shooter might've been after David Hogg. He seems like the kind of guy that shooters want to take out.— Kurt (@kurtfredy) March 30, 2018
No, status as a Parkland survivor should not immunize you from loud condemnation, if you seek to stifle the dissemination of speech you don’t like. BS.— David Henry (@imau2fan) March 30, 2018
Once you go down that road, like @DavidHogg111 did from Day 1 (@NRATV), you forfeit the moral right to sympathy.
So, @davidhogg111 proves he's just another arrogant little bitch that will throw a tantrum if you don't agree with his agenda. NEXT!— RealLeeLewis (@LeeLewis1972) March 30, 2018
David Hogg please go back to eating tide pods. We have work to do.— Lori Hendry (@Lrihendry) March 30, 2018
The sun would burn out before I'd apologize to a power-mad pipsqueak like David Hogg.— Philip Schuyler (@FiveRights) March 30, 2018
I wish you could mute faces on Twitter like you can mute words. I would get rid of Emma Gonzalez’s and David Hogg’s.— Laura ☠️ (@thisislaurat) March 30, 2018
Ask David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez and all the other ‘teenage’ March For Our Lives protesters if they’d accept banning smartphones in exchange for banning all semi auto ‘assault’ rifles in America.— GRANT J. KIDNEY 🇺🇸 (@GrantJKidney) March 29, 2018
What is a ‘child’ without his or her phone these days?
Put these rats to the test.
Keep attacking Hogg and Gonzalez, folks. Every time you do, you’re hurting your sham cause and showing yourself for who you really are: Classless, scared, and impotent against the power of teenagers on the right side of history.
I’m a year older than @Emma4Change but I want to be her when I grow up.— Rachel R. Gonzalez (@RachelGonKCMO) March 30, 2018