The Parkland High School students who are organizing to do somethingÂ about gun violence are now the victims of a right-wing smear campaign.
David Hogg, a student journalistÂ who interviewedÂ students on lockdown during the shooting, madeÂ several TV appearancesÂ demanding leaders take action. Another student, Emma Gonzalez,Â called outÂ the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the legislators who do its bidding. Melissa Falkowski, a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, went on CNNÂ calling onÂ Congress to do more to â€œto end gun violence, to keep our kids safe.” Lori Alhadeff, whose 14-year-old daughter was killed, screamed at President Trump on CNN to â€œdo something.â€ Student survivors areÂ organizingÂ a march on Washington D.C..
And now, Parkland survivors are targets for fake news campaigns, conspiracy theories, harassment and doxxing. Conspiracy theoristÂ Alex JonesÂ has already suggested that the entire shooting is aÂ false flag, which implies that all of the survivors are actors in an elaborate hoax. As survivors speak up, there are already attempts to attack and discredit them individually.
Survivor David Hogg has been the target of conspiracy theories since he began speaking out. The day after the shooting, one far-right accountÂ noted in a since-deleted tweetÂ that Hogg was suspicious for speaking so eloquently.
Yes, in Trumpworld, being able to speak in complete sentences makes you a suspect. Do go to the link and scroll down to see the sick stuff being repeated about these students.
Former Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) has joined a growingÂ far-right smear campaignÂ against the students who survived last weekâ€™s massacre in a Parkland, Florida high school. …
…Kingston attacked the students as mere stooges for â€œleft-wing groups who have an agendaâ€ during anÂ appearance on CNN Tuesday morning. Kingston added he believed George Soros was actually orchestrating the studentsâ€™ activism.
Alex Leary, Tampa Bay Times, “Parkland students come under attack for their outspokenness:Â Critics begin to question their motives.”
This is just sick. But so usual.