They just can’t get enough of their 17-year-old target.
It’s been weeks since a Gateway Pundit commentator accused Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg of being “coached” by his ex-FBI dad—but conservatives refuse to lay down their arms. From Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, to Sinclair’s ex-host Jamie Allman, conservatives have continued to attack Hogg and his fellow teen activists with incendiary accusations.
Virginia Thomas, a Republican activist known for her controversial antics, joined the fray on Monday when she shared a post on her Facebook page that seemed to blame the Holocaust on gun control.
“To all the kids that walked out of school to protest guns,” read the post, which showed a pile of shoes belonging to Holocaust victims. “These are the shoes of Jews that gave up their firearms to Hitler. They were led into gas chambers, murdered and buried in mass graves. Pick up a history book and you’ll realize what happens when u give up freedoms and why we have them.”
Thomas shared the viral post—which she described as “amazing”—from the Facebook page of talk-radio producer Mike McKay, who recently died. She also launched a direct attack on Hogg, sharing a meme of the teen that bashed him as a “special kind of stupid.”
“So, just wondering, who got the permits and paid for buses for this YOUTH march,” she wrote alongside the photo.
Hogg has become an outspoken gun-control activist—and a favorite target of conservative media—since a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 people in mid-February.
Just hours after the shooting, Hogg and other students were targeted by Infowars host Alex Jones, who claimed the Parkland survivors were “crisis actors” paid to argue in favor of gun control at disaster sites. Jones even insisted the Parkland shooting was a “false flag operation.”
Nearly a week later, Lucian Wintrich of Gateway Pundit posted a video titled: “David Hogg Can’t Remember His Lines In TV Interview.”
“Adding to the ‘credibility’ of Hogg, in a recently uncovered early cut from one of his interviews it appears he was heavily coached on lines and is merely reciting a script,” Wintrich wrote. “Frequently seen in the footage mouthing the lines he should be reciting. Hogg becomes flustered multiple times, is seen apologizing, and asking for retakes.”
Hogg has had to repeatedly refute theories that he’s a “crisis actor.”
“I’m someone who had to witness this and live through this and I continue to be having to do that,” Hogg told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in February.
But that’s done little to stop musicians and actors alike from attacking the teen. Ted Nugent said Hogg was “brainwashed,” and Frank Stallone, the younger brother of actor Sylvester Stallone, ranted on Twitter that his “pussy is getting a little big for his britches.” Stallone, who has since apologized for inciting violence against the teen, added: “Someone from his age group is dying to sucker punch this rich little bitch.”
Last month, ex-Sinclair broadcaster Jamie Allman went so far as to say he’d use a hot poker to sexually assault the teenager.
Then there’s Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who lost advertisers for the The Ingraham Angle after mocking Hogg for “whining” about being rejected from several colleges.
Nick Isgro, the Republican mayor of Waterville, Maine, is now facing calls for his resignation after saying Hogg should “eat it” in response to an article about Ingraham losing advertisers.
The teen seems to be taking the trolls in stride. In an interview with CNN, Hogg—who led one of the largest gun-control demonstrations in Washington, D.C., last month—said he embraced them as “great advertisers.”