In the aftermath of the massive anti-gun “March for our Lives” rally in D.C. and across the nation, an interview has gone viral of school shooting survivor and activist David Hogg, 17, delivering a profanity-laced rant against the NRA and older adults. Now even CNN, who helped make Hogg famous, is criticizing his recent comments and is trying to get him to walk them back.
Hogg dropped numerous F-bombs in the interview with The Outline while insisting that he’s doing the work that adults should be doing.
“I shouldn't have to! I’m 17. When your old-[expletive] parent is like, ‘I don’t know how to send an iMessage,’ and you’re just like, ‘Give me the [expletive] phone and let me handle it.’ Sadly, that’s what we have to do with our government; our parents don’t know how to use a [expletive] democracy, so we have to,” Hogg said.
To the NRA, he said, “It just makes me think what sick [expletives] out there want to continue to sell more guns, murder more children, and honestly just get reelected. What type of [expletive] person does that? They could have blood from children splattered all over their faces and they wouldn’t take action, because they all still see these dollar signs.”
Dropping a steady string of F-bombs as he continued, he also criticized Florida Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who he accused of being bought and paid for by the NRA. On Monday, CNN host Alisyn Camerota addressed his tirade during an interview with him and another school shooting survivor from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Camerota pointed out that Rubio is taking some actions on adjusting gun laws and asked Hogg if he should give Rubio some credit rather than only attacking him. Hogg insisted that Rubio’s changes are still leaving too many loopholes.
“These laws have more holes than Swiss cheese,” he said.
“I understand,” Camerota replied, “but my point is, if you’re trying to get everybody together, if you’re trying to have solutions, do you think it is helpful when you say things like, ‘Marco Rubio is putting...for a dollar and five cents...that’s how much he values you students’? Do you think that’s unnecessarily provocative?”
“No, I don’t think it’s even provocative enough,” Hogg replied. “Marco Rubio is still supported by the NRA, which works to ensure not the safety of gun owners and the safety of Americans everywhere but to ensure that they sell more guns.”
As for Hogg’s attack on the NRA, Camerota pointed out, “You said that the NRA is responsible, is ‘allowing the slaughter of kids.’ Look, I don’t want to be an NRA spokesperson, but obviously they don’t want the slaughter of children. NRA members have children themselves. People who work at the NRA have their own children. Do you think you are polarizing in saying things like that, and maybe it would help to get the NRA onboard?”
Watch Hogg’s response in the interview below:
Also, watch him rile up the crowd at the "March for our Lives" event in D.C.:
What do you think about this? In related news, Meghan McCain also addressed Hogg’s comments on “The View.”