Republicans are ramping up attacks on survivors of the Parkland school massacre who have asked for new gun control laws.
[Updated: Aide Benjamin Kelly has been fired -- see tweet below]
Journalist Alex Leary of the Tampa Bay Times reports on Twitter that he received an e-mail from Benjamin Kelly, an aide to Shawn Harrison alleging that Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg were "actors that travel to various crisis when they happen."
An aide to state Rep. Shawn Harrison, using state email, sent me this: "Both kids in the picture are not students here but actors that travel to various crisis when they happen."
Here's the email. I asked for more information to back up the claim and was sent another email that linked to a You… https://t.co/vZz9mXL2ML— Alex Leary (@Alex Leary)1519165091.0
An aide to state Rep. Shawn Harrison, using state email, sent me this: "Both kids in the picture are not students h… https://t.co/eIiRcPCEQ8— Alex Leary (@Alex Leary)1519162069.0
Seeking comment from the representative and whether he knew about this. https://t.co/XcOAPKcdGb— Alex Leary (@Alex Leary)1519163723.0
Rep. Harrison says he is seeking more information from aide, Benjamin Kelly. "If my aide disparaged a student from… https://t.co/HmeFnVlACc— Alex Leary (@Alex Leary)1519164414.0
Leary asked Harrison for comment, and Harrison reportedly responded by saying that he's "seeking more information" from Kelly. "If my aide disparaged a student from Parkland who is grieving than I will deal most strongly with my aide. ... Clearly it was inappropriate for him to send that," Leary tweeted.
The students have been attacked by right wingers and reportedly by troll farms.
Updated: Kelly has been fired, see tweet below:
Tonight Mr. Kelly was terminated from his position as my District Secretary. I am appalled at and strongly denounce… https://t.co/9Lzjhow2YI— Shawn Harrison (@Shawn Harrison)1519171747.0