Republican Gov. Henry McMaster of South Carolina claimed the peaceful student protest — “March For Our Lives” — against gun violence was “shameful.”
McMaster recently codified bigotry in South Carolina by signing an executive order allowing religious discrimination by adoption agencies,
During an interview with South Carolina public television network ETV, McMaster parroted the false right wing claim that the students were being manipulated by left wing groups:
It appears that these school children, innocent school children, are being used as a tool by [this] left-wing group to further their own agenda.
This is a tricky move, I believe, by a left-wing group, from the information I’ve seen, to use these children as a tool to further their own means. It sounds like a protest to me. It’s not a memorial. It’s certainly not a prayer service. It’s a political statement by a left-wing group and it’s shameful.
McMaster failed to provide any evidence of his claims.
McMaster said the students should be praying instead of protesting against gun violence:
What we should all do and what these students should do — I imagine a lot of them intend to do — is to pray and to hope for the families of those who were slain.
David Hogg, one of the students who organized the “March For Our Lives,” responded to McMaster on Twitter:
That’s fine those future voters will not reelect you and outlive you too can’t wait to see what the history textbooks our generation writes will have to say about people like you https://t.co/96wQvE1cNA *cough cough its called the first amendment.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) March 14, 2018