Former Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) was brutally smacked down on CNN Tuesday after claiming that the teens from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were coerced by the left-wing crusade against guns.
In wake of mass shootings, the far-right argues for “thoughts and prayers” and time to “heal” before having the debate over guns. However, survivors of the mass shooting in Florida have prompted a movement from youth fearful for their safety. The only way the right has tried to combat the mobilization is by discrediting those teens.
Such was the case when Fox News fans and Rush Limbaugh went after the teens late last week. Tuesday, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota held Kingston’s feet to the fire for a tweet alleging liberal funder George Soros and anti-fascist protesters are the real organizers behind the movement and using the teens as props.
— Jack Kingston (@JackKingston) February 19, 2018
Kingston argued that grieving teens aren’t capable of this kind of action, but former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) said that the only mobilization is that someone is paying for their gas on the drive from Parkland to Tallahassee.
Camerota told Kingston that she spoke to the teens before they even knew the body count from the shooting and they were already furious and ready to mobilize.
“Jack, I’m sorry, I have to correct you,” Camerota said. “I was down there. I talked to these kids.”
Kingston tried to interrupt the host to disagree, but she wasn’t having it.
“Jack, these kids were wildly motivated,” she continued. “No, Jack, no one had talked to them yet. They hadn’t been indoctrinated by some left-wing group. They were motivated from what they saw and what they endured during that ordeal.”
Kingston tried to claim that he doesn’t doubt their sincerity.