If you’ve been following the news of the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida then you know that the teenage survivors have stepped up in a big way to demand gun control from lawmakers. You probably also know that the teens are the victims of a smear campaign by radical GOP operatives “just asking questions” about whether or not these kids are actually a bunch of coached actors being paid by George Soros and Democrats as part of a “deep state” plot to grab everybody’s guns. Well, they seem pretty fed up with answering these thinly veiled attacks on their integrity.
After he pushed for gun control, the GOP smear machine set its sights on David Hogg, placing him at the center of their fever dreams about a “deep state” plot funded by George Soros.
Powerful plea from a student who survived the Parkland shooting, David Hogg: “Please! We are children. You guys are, like...the adults. Take action, work together, come over your politics, and get something done.” pic.twitter.com/UcTNungORp— Vera Bergengruen (@VeraMBergen) February 15, 2018
Gateway Pundit going after high school student journalist who survived — and covered — last week’s mass shooting. pic.twitter.com/u6UAcLMcLj— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) February 19, 2018
Ahead of a CNN town hall on gun control, right-wing YouTube accounts have been posting conspiracy theory videos calling the Parkland teen a paid actor.
First page of @YouTube search results for David Hogg:— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) February 21, 2018
1. Conspiracy video
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3. CNN video
4. CBS video
5. Conspiracy video
6. Conspiracy video
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10. Conspiracy videohttps://t.co/qFLUJwnBwh
The conspiracy theories suggest that David is a deep state plant because his dad once worked for the FBI. Also that he’s CLEARLY an actor because he’s either very polished on TV or he’s stammering and can’t remember his “lines.” Take your pick!
David Hogg and his “deep state” dad Kevin talked to Anderson Cooper last night and used the opportunity to call out his attackers
"I’m not a crisis actor. I’m somebody that had to witness this and live through this and I continue to have to do that," says Florida student David Hogg in response to conspiracy theories being written about him https://t.co/JruN0GWMRD https://t.co/j8VoIwj4ma— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) February 21, 2018
David called the attacks against him “absolutely disturbing.” “I’m somebody that had to witness this and live through this,” he said, “It’s unbelievable to me that people are even saying this.”
He also called out one of his attackers by name: Donald Trump Jr., who liked two tweets spreading lies about the teen.
DonaldJTrumpJr liked this tweet: https://t.co/CBk03EEFjo— Trump Alert (@TrumpsAlert) February 20, 2018
DonaldJTrumpJr liked this tweet: https://t.co/7ubzRmP6kh— Trump Alert (@TrumpsAlert) February 20, 2018
“The fact that Donald Trump Jr. liked that post is disgusting to me.”
Jim Hoft, who runs the Republican blog Gateway Pundit that frequently traffics in conspiracy theories, was one of the first conservative outlets to push the theory. While he was planning to speak at CPAC (on a panel about “social media censorship”), Hoft has been uninvited from the event.
David Clarke, on the other hand, seems to still be scheduled to speak despite tweeting this:
The well ORGANIZED effort by Florida school students demanding gun control has GEORGE SOROS’ FINGERPRINTS all over it. It is similar to how he hijacked and exploited black people’s emotion regarding police use of force incidents into the COP HATING Black Lives Matter movement. pic.twitter.com/XDZ3bcwF6F— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) February 20, 2018