The teen survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Parkland, Florida have signaled in the strongest terms that they are not messing around in their campaign for stricter gun control. They’ve been asking the tough questions, speaking truth to power, and standing strong in the face of vicious attacks. Because they’re being so effective, the teens have now found themselves in the crosshairs of Fox News, Donald Trump, and the rest of the right-wing smear machine, and they’re beating them handily.
Parkland Teen Sarah Chadwick absolutely roasted Florida Senator and human flop sweat Marco Rubio on Twitter today:
We should change the names of AR-15s to “Marco Rubio” because they are so easy to buy.— Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 23, 2018
New rule: Every 2020 campaign should have at least a half-dozen teens on staff. Call it your dunk team. Let ‘em loose. https://t.co/yizT7oGfFm— Amanda Litman (@amandalitman) February 23, 2018
This was just the latest volume in Marco Rubio Gets Humiliated By Teens.
Earlier this week, the Parkland survivors savaged Rubio at a CNN town hall after he refused to stop taking donations from the National Rifle Association.
Florida school shooting survivor Cameron Kasky challenges Sen. Marco Rubio: "Can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA?" https://t.co/LiU42QFBEv #StudentsStandUp https://t.co/p6jlUGFxOs— CNN (@CNN) February 22, 2018
when you realize this night is going to become its own section on your wikipedia page pic.twitter.com/yulcTr09sE— Michael Pielocik (@michaelpielocik) February 22, 2018
Unfortunately, Fox News host and professional Angry Conservative Lady Laura Ingraham is VERY UPSET at these UNRULY TEENS talking back to SERIOUS ADULTS who have no intention of doing anything.
HOW TEENS SPEAK TO AND ABT ADULTS: “We shd change the names of AR-15s to ‘Marco Rubio’ bc they are so easy to buy,” Stoneman Douglas sophomore Sarah Chadwick tweeted.— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) February 23, 2018
THE DISCOURSE! SOMEONE SAVE THE DISCOURSE! Of course, Laura Ingraham doesn’t really care about The Discourse, she’s makes her money lobbing rhetorical bombs at liberals on the radio and her own Fox News show.
Twitter wasn’t gonna let her get away with trying to shame any teenage survivor of one of the deadliest school shootings in the past decade, let alone one so witty.
Ingraham incurred the wrath of Twitter for her shameless shaming and kicked off a dunk session.
Her friends are dead, Laura https://t.co/x3Z9xLtQRV— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) February 23, 2018
when someone you support gets brutally owned a smart move is to report it verbatim https://t.co/gXWIsOOlHw— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) February 23, 2018
INGRAHAM: Naturally, I then asked what “updog” was. To my horror,— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) February 23, 2018
Yes, the Parkland shooting proves we need to raise the minimum age for [checks tweet] criticizing senators. https://t.co/5nLFq7w1ja— Eric Columbus (@EricColumbus) February 23, 2018
Conservatives: children who survived a massacre are being mean to Marco Rubio, a politician of 18 years who ran for president two years ago. https://t.co/e6edKuJZil— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) February 23, 2018
wailing and waving my wobbly arms in the air like Olive Oyl https://t.co/6LewlrcCaP— ?Insatiable Gun Taker? (@crushingbort) February 23, 2018
Would love to see a Venn diagram of people who shrug at our presidents overtly racist/sexist/ableist language but literally can’t with teens hilarious burns https://t.co/QkDxjoTJSc— Laura Stampler (@laurastampler) February 23, 2018
Oh holy shit Laura you ALSO went and abbreviated Sarah's words to make her look immature you are literally a middle school shit-rag mean girl. Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic. https://t.co/kFOf5TTcYW— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 23, 2018
the discourse ? pic.twitter.com/E42tIUOgGh— Jake Currie (@jakecurrie) February 23, 2018
That’s right, Ingraham compared liberals to herpes just earlier this morning.
Chadwick even doubled up on her burns:
I’m a junior. https://t.co/P9clE1ks5N— Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@sarahchad_) February 23, 2018
Ouch. She later deleted that last one, but it probably still stings.
Some people were wondering if Ingraham even appreciated the humor of the attack:
Does… she… not realize how great of a line this is? https://t.co/BN50IT1HC6— Felix Salmon (@felixsalmon) February 23, 2018
Of course she did and she’s being a disingenuous troll, here’s why…
Laura Ingraham is no fan of Marco Rubio’s, she turned on him after the Senator pushed for comprehensive immigration reform in 2013 (before ultimately backing out like a coward and refusing to support his own bill).
Ingraham zealously backed Trump over Rubio in the GOP presidential primary, casting the race as a battle for the very soul of conservatism.
She knows it was a good burn, that’s why she signaled boosted it! She’s even made similar points of Rubio being easily bought off in the past. The disingenuous part is her hiding her effort to signal boost it by using Chadwick as a human shield to keep from angering her rabid right-wing audience. It’s a attempt to say “this is really funny, but I’m still on your side” and it’s a pretty lame one at that.
She basically admitted as much later:
The only thing less appealing than a dour and humorless liberal is a dour and humorless Republican.— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) February 23, 2018
If we can’t all come together and laugh at what a pathetic excuse Marco Rubio is as a human being and public service, then what hope do we have?
It’s a problem because it plays into the larger effort of Fox News, Donald Trump, and right-wing media to undermine and dismiss the teenage activists pushing for gun control.
This crowd is hostile. Do the kids speak to their parents and teachers with the same level of disrespect?— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) February 22, 2018
Scripted town hall? Check out part of my interview with a student who claims CNN rewrote and scripted his question. CNN pushed back against the initial claim. Take a listen #Tucker @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/8uDuH6rBIv— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) February 23, 2018
The smear campaign is intense on the right, but it seems to be backfiring.
At any rate, Patton Oswalt said something I think most of us can agree on:
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE I am begging Baby Boomer conservatives to keep attacking Millennials on social media. Do NOT stop. You'll show those whippersnappers, by jingo!— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 23, 2018
Keep coming for the teens and they’ll keep dunking on you.