The most active and vocal Parkland, Florida shooting survivors spent a month jumping from news outlet to news outlet where they spoke out against the Second Amendment and pushed for more comprehensive gun control. Their work culminated in the March for Our Lives that was attended by over 500,000 in Washington, D.C. and had dozens upon dozens of sister marches across the nation. Now, one of the survivors is going toe to toe with Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham.
David Hogg, a high school senior, who has been a vocal proponent of the gun control movement, was seemingly attacked by Laura Ingraham who tweeted out an article that indicated Hogg was denied from several prestigious California schools that he applied to. In retaliation, Hogg went to Twitter to respond that Ingraham was bullying him and called on her advertisers to pull from her programming.
With the help of many of his followers, it worked for a short period of time. However, Ace Hardware just recently resumed advertising to Ingraham’s Fox News show which has been dominating the ratings. Just this past week her show, “The Ingraham Angle” was number one for the time slot that week. Which was also simultaneously the first week since Ingraham returned from her Easter break.
“It was a good rebound after Ingraham’s ratings started to slip amid the mounting calls by young Hogg and other liberals to boycott her show two weeks ago. It’s unclear if other advertisers will resume their sponsorships since Ingraham has proven that her show garners the eyeballs that corporations desperately need to shill their products.
Ace Hardware was one of 20 advertisers to pull its ads under pressure from Hogg, 17, and other anti-gun activists. But the company has since done an about-face and apologized. “The information we had at the time of the initial request was incomplete and we apologize for that,” Ace said.
For his part, David Hogg has parlayed his classmates’ tragic deaths into a gig as a liberal puppet for the anti-Second Amendment movement. Unfortunately for him, he has undermined his own credibility by insulting all parents as too stupid and clueless to “fix America.
In a profanity-laced, rambling interview, Hogg slammed the NRA, calling them “sick f**kers.” (See video below. Warning: profanity.) For the record, no mass shooter in American history has ever been a member of the NRA. But why let facts get in the way of a good faux narrative?”
Hogg has gone so far that even harshly liberal commentators like Bill Maher supported Ingraham. Real Clear Politics reported,
“On Friday’s presentation of HBO’s Real Time host Bill Maher said while he doesn’t agree with Laura Ingraham, a frequent guest on his old ABC show Politically Correct, he doesn’t believe she should be a victim of a boycott because she made fun of Parkland shooting survivor-turned-activist David Hogg for being rejected from colleges he wished to attend. Maher noted the jab came after, naturally, Hogg shared the news on social media.
Maher said Hogg and his cohorts have entered the public arena and therefore they are fair game. Maher, however, did note he wishes them success in their push for gun control but said people now have the “right” to argue back if they are going to make themselves the champions of the cause, even if they are in high school.
“Maybe you shouldn’t stay that about a 17-year-old, but again, he is in the arena. And then he calls for a boycott of her sponsors. Now, really, is that American?” Maher asked. “Effectively, it is the modern way of cutting off free speech,” Maher said.
The HBO host said while Ingraham is a “deliberately terrible person” who has a history of saying “horrible things,” she shouldn’t be a victim of a boycott. Maher faced heat from his panel, notably from disgraced former New York governor Eliot Spitzer, who said it is free speech for the Parkland teens to call for a boycott. Maher, who has been a victim of boycotts himself, called it a “chilling atmosphere.” Spitzer said the boycott is about the “right to speak back.” Maher argued speaking back is different than a boycott.
“You’re saying the First Amendment has certain limitations. You cannot yell fire in a crowded theater and you cannot say that David Hogg doesn’t test well,” Maher argued. “It can’t be the way that you are your own human shield,” he accepted. “I understand that they are in high school. So if they say something people do have the right to answer back.” Maher also brought up that Hogg “whined” about what Ingraham did via a tweet is bullying and noted the irony of his cause. “He complains about bullying?” an incredulous Maher asked. “That’s bullying! I have been the victim of a boycott of sponsors. I lost a job once. It is wrong. You shouldn’t do this by team, you should do it by principle.”
If you want to get in the political arena then you have to have a thick skin and be willing to deal with all the nonsense and attacks that come along with it. You cannot, on one hand, pull the child card and say that you are somehow different but then, on the other hand, say that you are 18 and an adult and need to be treated as such. Which one is it? Until he and his friends can figure that out they won’t be very effective.
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