Several conservatives are trying to smear the teen survivors of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, because the children have chosen to speak up for gun safety laws after watching their classmates get butchered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (more video below).
Former Republican Jack Kingston tweeted his conspiracy theory (below), but was unable to back up his smear campaign on CNN (above) where he claimed the kids could not afford a bus tickets and were not smart enough to organize a march, and had to be somehow controlled by liberal funder George Soros and anti-fascist protesters.
— Jack Kingston (@JackKingston) February 19, 2018
CNN’s Alisyn Camerota debunked Kingston’s false claim by telling him that she was on the scene reporting the shooting on Feb. 14, and the kids were talking about organizing before they even knew the bodycount.
In another CNN segment Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Brandon Abzug slammed Kingston (video below):
I think it’s very despicable that he would have the audacity to say that. Young people across this country and the world should feel they have the power to make things right, and especially in the wake of a tragedy, we show who we truly are. To say that just because we’re young, we can’t make a difference, is not right. He should apologize.
Fellow Stoneman Douglas shooting survivor Delaney Tarr added:
With any movement, there comes this amount of hating and trolling and people saying, “You’re just a little kid, you don’t know what you’re talking about,” or “You’re a puppet.” Ultimately we have to move past all that. The amount of support we’re getting is so overwhelming compared to everything else.
The Gateway Pundit, a far-right wing website, tried to smear David Hogg, a senior at the school, whose dad happens to be a former FBI agent.
The Gateway Pundit’s White House correspondent, Lucian Wintrich. posted a picture Hogg trying to disparage the teen, notes ThinkProgress:
ThinkProgress reports that Wintrich uploaded a heavily edited video that claims without proof that Hogg was “heavily coached on lines and is merely reciting a script” when he did TV news interviews.
Wintrich also tried to smear Hogg with more unfounded claims without a shred of evidence:
Why would the child of an FBI agent be used as a pawn for anti-Trump rhetoric and anti-gun legislation? Because the FBI is only looking to curb YOUR Constitutional rights and INCREASE their power. We’ve seen similar moves by them many times over. This is just another disgusting example of it.
Wintrich’s unfounded conspiracy theory was tweeted by One America News, a right-wing outlet.
#RT @GrahamLedger: Could it be that this student is running cover for his dad who Works as an FBI agent at the Miami field office Which botched tracking down the Man behind the Valentine day massacre? Just wondering. Just connecting some dots… https://t.co/eMFOepw0Me
— One America News (@OANN) February 20, 2018
Jim Hoft, the editor of The Gateway Pundit, tweeted that he would be on a One America News show to spread the conspiracy theory about the teen.
Tonight I’ll be joining the @HagmannReport to discuss the latest on the Russian witch hunt and media hoax along with updates from the #FakeNews media on the Florida shooting. I hope you can join us at 8:00 PM Eastern
— Jim Hoft (@gatewaypundit) February 19, 2018
Bradley Blakeman, a member of the George W. Bush administration, which told endless lies about the US-Iraq War, also tried to smear Hogg on Twitter.
This kid is a shill. He bragged about the number of interviews he is doing and is playing to the camera like he… https://t.co/6Gjt99frjt
— Bradley Blakeman (@BlakemanB) February 20, 2018