“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
‘A failure in judgment by every single Republican leader’: Ex-GOP congressman scorches Trump’s racism
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "All In," former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) laid into his erstwhile party for its embrace of President Donald Trump's racial hatred and intolerance, as exemplified by the crowd of Trump rallygoers in Greenville, North Carolina chanting "Send Her Back!" of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
"It was heartbreaking," said Jolly, who renounced the Republican Party and became an independent last year. "In terms of what I felt, it was heartbreak, both last night and then to see the likes of Lindsey Graham [(R-SC)] today suggest that the only problem is Omar doesn’t wear a MAGA hat. If refugees would just wear MAGA hats, they could stay. The others deserve to go."
The racist Republican Party must be ‘utterly confronted and destroyed’: Chris Hayes
On Thursday evening, MSNBC's Chris Hayes tore into the Republican Party for accepting and legitimizing the racism of President Donald Trump and his supporters.
"'Send Her Back.' The darkest, ugliest impulses that a political movement can cultivate on full unapologetic display," said Hayes. "That's what Donald Trump has been cultivating all along. Whether the Republican Party likes it or not, it stands for it now. Most of us across the ideological spectrum feel, viscerally, a kind of moral revulsion when we hear and see an angry mob braying 'Send Her Back' about a fellow American. But the reaction from Republicans today was basically a foregone conclusion."
Trump ‘leads a domestic hate movement’ — and the world is watching in shock: WaPo columnist
President Donald Trump's racism is shocking the entire globe, Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent wrote in a Thursday column.
"One of the most chilling things about President Trump’s hate-rally in North Carolina — which devolved into chants of “send her back,” directed at a nonwhite immigrant member of Congress — was the profusion of tweets about it from abroad," Sargent reported.
"As the president of the United States leads a domestic hate movement, the world is watching," he explained.