May 17, 2022

The Florida shooting survivor Trump Jr. attacked this morning just issued a perfect response

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The smear campaign against Parkland, Florida high school students who are speaking out is kicking into high gear as the President’s son himself endorsed the despicable conspiracy theories that the right-wing are using to smear high school senior David Hogg earlier this morning.


Hogg decided to take the high road in his response to Donald Trump Jr.’s promotion of the Gateway Pundit’s despicable attacks against him, showing that he has more sophistication and class than those trying to tear him down. 

“I just think it’s a testament to the sick immaturity and broken state of our government when these people feel the need to pedal conspiracy theories about people that were in a school shooting where 17 people died and it just makes me sick.

“It’s immature, rude, and inhuman for these people to destroy the people trying to prevent the death of the future of America because they won’t” said Hogg to Buzzfeed News when asked what he thought of the attacks.

This morning, the TrumpAlert Twitter bot that monitors activity by the Trump family let the world know that Donald Trump Jr. had “liked” two tweets that accused outspoken shooting survivor David Hogg of being part of some liberal mainstream media plot to attack gun rights and the President.

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The Gateway Pundit, a right-wing propaganda outlet that regularly publishes unsourced conspiracy theories, targeted student activist David Hogg and attempted to craft a narrative which somehow linked the Trump-Russia investigation to the shooting because Hogg’s father is a retired FBI agent – meaning “not working for the FBI anymore.”

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“One student, in particular, David Hogg has been astonishingly articulate and highly skilled at propagating a new anti-Conservative/anti-Trump narrative behind the recent school shooting. Few have seen this type of rapid media play before, and when they have it has come from well-trained political operatives and MSM commentators.

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.”

Donald Trump Jr.’s “liking” of the tweet placed it in the timelines of his 2.26 million Twitter followers, endorsing and promoting the baseless and truly despicable conspiracy theories that blood profiteers and gun culture warriors are using to attack a kid who just watched seventeen of his friends die en masse.

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Gateway Pundit editor Lucian Wintrich doubled down on his attacks against Hogg this morning, calling him a “prick” and attempting to argue that these kids are using the murder of their friends to advance their own careers.

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Only someone who has been poisoned enough by cynicism and ambition enough to work for a rag like the Gateway Pundit would look at a young man begging for his legislators to stop the slaughter of American kids as opportunism.

Wintrich’s comments reek of the petulant rage of a bottom-feeder who is mad to see some high school kids smarter and younger than him spend more time in the spotlight than he ever will.

This is the “discourse” in America these days. It’s clear our politics are more toxic and divisive than ever – and now children are being thrown into the fray.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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