Anti-gun activist David Hogg continues to remind us that he doesn’t really think his rhetoric through before he spews it.
After an anti-Semite took a gun into a Pittsburgh synagogue and killed 11 people, media spin went in two directions: first, there was a call for more gun regulation, as the shooter reportedly used an AR-15-style gun.
Second, there was condemnation directed towards President Donald Trump, as he was accused of inspiring the shooter to violence. Those accusations ignored the fact that the shooter was an anti-Trump fanatic, who often ranted on social media that the President was controlled by the Jews, most notably his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
It was Hogg, however, who managed to combine the two talking points into a rhetorical mess. In an interview on MSNBC, Hogg actually advocated that perpetrators of violence should not be the focus of law enforcement, but rather, authorities should pursue those who inspire them.
It is not clear if Hogg actually realized that he was calling on police not to prosecute the gunman in mass shootings like the Pittsburgh tragedy. The interviewer did not challenge his statement, which was an obvious yet awkward attempt to shift the blame to President Trump.
In a pitch to viewers to vote Democrat, Hogg stated Americans should “elect politicians that don’t try to divide and conquer,” and who “attack the sources of evil and not the people that are perpetrating it…we have to go after the sources of evil and not those perpetrating it, contrary to what the President likes to do.”
Here is video of the exchange.
David Hogg repeatedly says politicians should *not* go after perpetrators of evil in wake of synagogue shooting
"elect politicians that…attack the sources of evil & not the people that are perpetrating it…we have to go after the sources of evil & not those perpetrating it" pic.twitter.com/Dv9nhRmTAd
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 29, 2018
Rather than have him correct his ridiculous statement, the interviewer appears to agree, a reaction that was lambasted on social media.
I love how that statement got an “mm” from the host
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) October 30, 2018
My God. How stupid is that. Keep that mouth flapping David. The moment of fame is diminishing by the day.
Get that parachute on, the fall gonna be a long one. This intelligent missive on MSNBC. When the blue wave flattens, they won’t be using the likes of you any more.
— Ryan Cole (@RyanCol91961785) October 29, 2018
One Twitter user pointed out how indicative the moment was of the media’s use of talking heads who have no critical understanding of the issues they are discussing.
Another example of the media providing platforms to individuals who lack the skills and pedigrees to perform critical analyses of important societal issues while standing idly by as uninformed and ignorant messages are disseminated. #callhimout
— John Colby (@John_Colby21) October 30, 2018
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