Trump Supporter Uses David Hogg’s Head As Target Practice In The Latest Attack Against Parkland Teens

Conservative media has ramped up efforts to belittle and discredit the Parkland teens in increasingly troubling and violent ways.

On March 26th, Jamie Allman, the host of a nightly news show at a Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned television station in St. Louis wrote a tweet threatening to sodomize Parkland shooting survivor and MarchForOurLives leader David Hogg with a hot poker.

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The following day, Fox News host Laura Ingraham mocked Hogg for being rejected from four colleges. Both right-wing commentators eventually faced consequences for their actions— Allman was forced to retire and Ingraham lost a dozen advertisers, after which she issued a half-hearted Twitter apology.

Two days later, on March 30, NRA member/musical mastermind behind classic hit “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” Ted Nugent launched his own verbal attack on the teens.

Appearing on the nationally syndicated Joe Pags radio show, Nugent called the Parkland teens “soulless liars,” “pathetic,” and “poor, mushy-brained children.” He added:

“All you have to do now is not only feel sorry for the liars, but you have to go against them and pray to God that the lies can be crushed and the liars can be silenced so that real measures can be put into place to actually save children’s lives.”

That same day, the right wing “news” outlet Media Research Center— an organization which has in the past actively spread propaganda against Planned Parenthood, normalized and enabled Ann Coulter’s anti-semitism, and published fake studies denouncing liberal media’s coverage of Trump— published a Facebook post linking to an article attacking Hogg and the Parkland teens while victimizing Ingraham and other Fox News puppets.

“There is something very dark and sinister motivating David Hogg right now…” the post was captioned, above a vignetted photo of the teen.

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Perhaps the most disturbing attack of the Parkland teens to date came in the form of a tweet shared by Twitter user Parker Molloy.

Included are images of David Hogg’s face being used for target practice,

Molloy added a photograph of the man behind the account, should his profile end up suspended.

Which it quickly was. Luckily, Twitter users downloaded the video.  In it, the man says the following:

“I got a message for David Hogg and b**ch a** CNN- You wanna push society towards a civil war? You wanna make us all fight? You wanna know what a civil war looks like? I’m going to show you what a civil war’s gonna look like.”

He then proceeds to fire a long range rifle at a blown-up picture of David Hogg’s head.

He identifies himself at the end of the video as LA Werewolf. This led Twitter sleuths to his Patreon; Frank Espinoza calls himself a ‘Right Millennial’ and aspires to “creating the worst channel on YouTube.”

The hatred and loathsome violence of this video is shocking, though it shouldn’t be. It is merely the natural culmination of right-wing media’s persistent attacks on the Parkland teens and anyone who believes guns have no place in schools. The gap between consistently promoting violence and exhibiting it is not a wide one.

Alt-right media sites that consistently advocate for harming Parkland teens shape people like Frank Espinoza. Alex Jones, who has put out videos of Hogg dubbed with Hitler speeches and Emma Gonzalez depicted as a member of the Hitler Youth help shape people like Espinoza. Breitbart News, which attempted to convince people Hogg made a Hitler salute during March For Our Lives protests (it worked on Roseanne Barr) help shape Espinoza. There is an entire website dedicated to smearing David Hogg and portraying him as Hitler himself, and this does nothing to quell the type of hatred that leads to gun violence.

At some point these calls for violence will come to a head. And that’s what’s really scary.