A right-wing internet broadcaster accused Parkland teen David Hogg of being an accomplice in the school shooting that killed 17 of his classmates and teachers.
Josh Bernstein, who hosts conspiracy theorists and anti-Muslim bigots on his show that streams on Amazon TV and Hulu, attacked the shooting survivor-turned-gun safety activist Monday in his online program, reported Right Wing Watch.
“David Hogg is an opportunist,” Bernstein said. “He is not a victim. He has used this tragedy to make a name for himself. He is exploiting this shooting in order to make a name for himself. In fact, I bet that his speech [at the March for Our Lives rally] was probably written by Michael Bloomberg himself or maybe someone at CNN … or, who knows, maybe even a Hollywood producer or writer or director.”
Bernstein admitted that many viewers might not be comfortable hearing him attack a teenager, but he insisted Hogg and “his Cuban bisexual male friend Emma Gonzalez” were fair game — and suggested the teen activist was involved in the shooting.
“This kid, David Hogg, is not concerned about gun safety,” Bernstein said. “He is concerned about pushing an agenda and making a name for himself, and, to be quite frank, I honestly wonder if this kid has something to do with the Stoneman shooting.”
Bernstein called Hogg and his classmates “the new faces of the Hitler Youth movement,” and suggested the teen helped plot the massacre.
“Give me a break,” he said. “It seems very odd. My gut tells me that this kid was either warned beforehand — knew he wasn’t going to be shot, knew he wasn’t going to be targeted — or was affiliated in some way with Nikolas Cruz.”
The only proof of that claim Bernstein offered was the fact that both Hogg’s parents had worked as teachers, and he questioned how the aspiring journalist could have used his cell phone to interview classmates and record video as the gunman roamed the halls.