“The Daily Show” on Thursday revealed what will likely be a devastating blow to right-wingers who claim students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are actually “crisis actors” hired to parrot Democratic talking points.
In a video mimicking the font, color scheme and musical score of conspiracy YouTube videos that emerged in the aftermath of this month’s mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, “The Daily Show” explained how Fox News contributor and conservative talking head Tomi Lahren is herself a so-called “crisis actor.”
“Crisis actor exposed,” the video reads. “Right now, a mainstream media organization is paying a young person to pose as a victim on TV.”
“In fact, this victim is being coached to recite highly scripted talking points,” it adds.
The video ends with a demand to pull Lahren off-air.
Victims of the Parkland massacre on Feb. 14 have been inundated with internet conspiracy theories claiming they’re “crisis actors” working to push an anti-gun platform—a bogus allegation even peddled by some Florida officials. A board member in Lake County, Florida wrote an extended Facebook post asserting Hogg “is an imposter and quick background would expose him.” That board member later said he was duped by the online conspiracy.
Wednesday, a Republican Florida politician was fired after claiming students David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez are “actors that travel to various crisis when they happen.”
Last week, a very real survivor of the Parkland massacre slammed Lahren for accusing “the Left” of using the shooting to push “their anti-gun and anti-gunowner [sic] agenda.”
“A gun has killed 17 of my fellow classmates,” senior Kyra Parrow wrote on Twitter. “A gun has traumatized my friends. My entire school, traumatized from this tragedy. This could have been prevented. Please STFU Tomi.”
Watch the video below, via @TheDailyShow/Twitter:
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) February 22, 2018
FBI has ‘no intelligence’ Antifa was involved in Sunday’s violence at DC protests: report
Attorney General Bill Barr and President Donald Trump have tried to blame Antifa -- or anti-fascists -- for violence in the protests against police injustice. But the public data has backed up their case, and even their on intel disputes the argument.
"he FBI’s Washington Field Office “has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence” in the violence that occurred on May 31, according to an internal FBI situation report obtained exclusively by The Nation. That same day, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he would designate Antifa a terrorist organization, even though the government has no existing authority to declare a domestic group a terrorist organization," Ken Klippenstein reported for the magazine.
NYC protesters defy curfew — with a profane message for Mayor Bill de Blasio
Protesters in New York City continued to march after 8 p.m. on Tuesday -- in open defiance of a curfew order from Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Jan Ransom, who covers courts and jails for The New York Times, posted video of protesters chanting, "f*ck your curfew."
Wonder what protesters think about @NYCMayor’s 8 pm curfew?
Just listen. pic.twitter.com/8H38XNGfQt
— Jan Ransom (@Jan_Ransom) June 2, 2020
DC police demand people standing in line to vote go home — even though they’re exempt from curfew: report
Although Washington, D.C. is under curfew due to the George Floyd protests, the DC Board of Elections and Mayor Muriel Bowser have made clear that anyone waiting to vote in the district's primary elections are exempt from the curfew.
But according to the reports of at least one voter, some police in the district are still telling people waiting in line to vote to disperse and return to their homes.
THIS MOMENT IN WASHINGTON, DC:• A citywide curfew in effect• It's election day• Voters are exempt from the curfew• This line to vote is stretches all 4 sides of the block• Peaceful protests underway only blocks away@NBCLX @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/5uru5Yow1E