The Monday Morning Quarterbacks have recorded several podcast episodes and even an on location video highlighting developments, condolences, and support of the tragic shooting on February 14, 2018.  A number of mostly conservative organizations, syndicates, authors, bloggers and celebrities have come out in opposition to the students, specifically in relation to the call for stricter gun control regulations.  While opposition is to be expected, to the shock and dismay of the rational, thinking world, much of the opposition has been characterized as hostile and even vitriolic ad hominem attacks.  The MMQB has dedicated this blog post to cataloging the growing list of offenders.

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The Wrong Side Of History: The Growing List Of Parkland Survivor Shamers

  • RedState conservate blog reporter Sarah Rumpf questioned whether David Hogg was even at school the day of the shooting.
    • Point debunked: there was video of Hogg in a closet during the shooting
      • Eventually RedState struck through the old article but did NOT call it a correction!  Rumpf has now issued an apology, citing a video supposedly from CBS she had seen that had been altered. 
  • A doctored image of Emma Gonzalez ripping apart the Constitution was circulated.
    • It was originally a paper shooting target, original picture credit Teen Vogue.
  • Republican Steve King from Iowa commented on his Facebook about a Cuban Flag sewn on Emma Gonzalez’ jacket: “this is how you look when you claim Cuban heritage yet don’t speak Spanish and ignore the face that your ancestors fled the island when the dictatorship turned Cuba into a prison camp after removing all weapons from it’s citizens; hence their right to self-defense.” 
    • Point debunked: Cuba has used the present flag since 1902 before it became communist after the overthrow of Fulgencio Batista led by Fidel Castro on January 1 1959 and officially after the reform of the communist party in October 1965.
  • Conservative podcaster Bill Mitchell called David Hogg “Damien, Children of the Corn, Hitler Youth Type.”
    • Note: Damien seems to be the protagonist of both The Exorcist and The Omen horror film and Damien TV series 
  • Laura Ingraham tweeted about David Hogg calling him a “whiner” after he shared news of rejections from 4 colleges in California. 
    • Point debunked: Hogg had implied that some in the “movement” of Douglas students might have been rejected because of publicity – never clearly stating that and more emphasizing that right now they were all consumed by speaking up and changing the world and the let downs of college rejections were simply a distraction. 
      • Note: Ingraham later tweeted, “on reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland.”  Hogg and many others weren’t impressed, some even citing use of a religious card to distract from her original comments.  As a result of Hogg calling for advertisers to boycott her show, the following companies have publicly stated they will end or abstain future advertising: Expedia, Nutrish (pet food), TripAdvisor, Hulu, Stitch Fix, Johnson & Johnson, Office Depot, Miracle Ear, Liberty Mutual, Jenny Craig, Ruby Tuesday, Nestlé, Wayfair, Principal Financial, Entertainment Studios, Atlantis Resort, Honda, Bayer, Allstate, Slimfast, Blue Apron, IBM, Sleep Number, Mitsubishi, Red Lobster, BASF, and Ebates.  Ace Hardware initially pulled it’s ads but has since reinstated saying it had “incomplete information” when it announced it would cease advertising.  
  • James Woods (actor) implied that some of the Parkland survivors were “grief actors” in a Twitter post commenting on a picture of some of the more vocal survivors that showed them smiling, writing: “grief has many faces…”
  • A Monmouth University poll found that 61% of NRA members polled believed the students are being manipulated by outside groups rather than expressing their own beliefs. 
  • Former Republican senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum said students at MSD should have responded to the massacre of their classmates by “taking CPR classes instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem.” 
    • Later in a CNN interview, Santorum backed off the statement, claiming he misspoke.  Everytown for Gun Safety program manager Erica Lafferty, whose mother was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012, called his words an “insult to the kids of Parkland, my family and to the countless others who have had loved ones taken by gun violence.”  She continued: “my mother was killed while protecting her students at Sandy Hook School. For anyone to suggest that the solution to gun violence is for kids to learn CPR is outrageous, and indicative of the NRA’s desire to do or say anything except strengthen America’s weak gun laws.”
  • Ben Kelly, aide to Florida State Representative Shawn Harrison emailed the Tampa Bay Times claiming Hogg and Gonzalez were “not students here (at MSD)” but rather “actors that travel to various crises when they happen.”  Kelly later liked a tweet on Twitter calling Emma Gonzalez a “brown bald lesbian girl.”
    • House Speaker Richard Corcoran later fired Kelly, tweeting: “I was shocked and angry to read the appalling email about the brave students who traveled to Tallahassee today.  Representative Shawn Harrison immediately contacted me and with his full support, I terminated the employment of the individual responsible.”  
  • An unchallenged candidate for the Maine State House of Representatives, Leslie Gibson, tweeted and later deleted, “there is nothing about this skinhead lesbian that impresses me and there is nothing that she has to say unless you’re a frothing at the mouth moonbat.”
    • Note: David Hogg took to Twitter calling for candidates to run against Gibson.  Two challengers surfaced days later and Gibson withdrew from the race. 
  • Anthony Testeverde, aide to NY Senator Martin Golden shared a Facebook photo of David Hogg holding his right first in the air at the March for our Lives demonstration.  He juxtaposed it next to a historical photo of Adolf Hitler saluting.  Another image of Hogg wearing a black colored mourning band was juxtaposed next to a photo of a Nazi swastika armband, with the comment, “I knew something was off about this kid.”   
    • Golden publicly condemned Testeverde’s posts as offensive and misguided but refused to say he would fire him.  He eventually did.  
  • Minnesota State Representative Mary Franson referred to David Hogg as “supreme leader” on Facebook, later sharing a quote from Delaney Tarr with an interpretation of Tarr’s condemnation of bump stocks as proof the students were “anti gunners” who “want the mile…want your guns…gone.”  She later posted a link from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum website entitled “Shaping the Future: Indoctrinating Youth,” and linking the Parkland survivors to Nazi youths.  Though the link was shared 15 minutes after her Hogg and Tarr comments she claimed the Nazi youth indoctrination post was unrelated.  
  • Donald Trump Jr. liked a tweet by conservative TV host Graham Ledger, who himself linked to a article from Gateway Punditsuggesting David Hogg was only speaking out on gun control as a cover for his father, an FBI agent at the Miami office, implying a botched investigation had allowed for the shooting to happen in the first place.   
  • Marco Rubio, who has received $3.3 million from the NRA as of October 2017, said “gun restrictions would not have prevented the mass shooting at a high school,” a statement similar to the one he made after the Pulse night club shooting.  
  • President Donald Trump blamed the FBI for missing “all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter,” adding “they are spending way too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.”   
  • Kevin McCullogh, radio host, called the March for our Lives “irritating more than anything else,” and called the students who organized it an “angry, opportunistic, band of belligerent media hyped know nothings who spout their misunderstood self-researched facts, lead chants of enough is enough and then play the untouchables when someone calls them on their inaccuracies.”  He continued: “even though they have little more than a junior high level of education under their belt, the political left, driven by a leftist media and financed by Uber-rich and hard-left celebrities are willing to use them and to continue to use them to advance their socialist utopian ideals.”  
  • Senior Editor at The Federalist, David Harsanyi, wrote, “Chanting crowds of emotionally charged protestors aren’t exhibiting any great American virtue.  Mass protests aren’t only often antithetical to the aesthetics of republicanism, but sometimes they undermine its purpose, as well. In our system, inalienable rights — including the one to self-defense — can’t be swept away by angry crowds.  Simply because you scrawl your thoughts on a sign rather than tweet them to your friends doesn’t imbue them with any more pertinence. Yet we live with the insufferable need to act as if protesting is tantamount to patriotism rather than a collective act of frustration.”
  • Son of former national security advisor Michael Flynn, Michael Flynn Jr., tweeted about David Hogg: “someone (hint: parents) clearly didn’t smack this kid much growing up.  Your emotional high will run out soon so savior it while it lasts.” 
  • Bill O’Reilly called the boycott of Laura Igraham’s advertisers (suggested by David Hogg) not a spontaneous uprising of advertisers but rather a directive of powerful, shadowy radical groups.   
  • Frank Stallone (brother of actor Sylvester Stallone) tweeted vulgarities about David Hogg that he later deleted, but not before they were shared en masse.  “This David Hogg pussy is getting a little big for his britches. I’m sure someone from his age group is dying to sucker punch this rich little bitch. Watch him run home like the coward he is. He’s the worst rep for today’s youth headline grabbing punk.”
  • Ted Nugent called the Parkland survivors “liars,” “soulless,” and “poor, mushy-brained children” on the Joe Pags Show.  

The list is growing… 

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