David Hogg is proving he’s not too concerned with facts, and he’s definitely not interested in civil discourse.
The polemical Parkland student was on CNN Monday when anchor Alisyn Camerota questioned his “provocative” comments about Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), whom the anchor explained has been working to implement the type of reforms Hogg and other student activists desire.
Gun control advocates at Saturday’s March For Our Lives event wore orange tags with “$1.05” written on them as a direct signal against Rubio, whom the students claimed has received $1.05 in donations from the NRA for every child enrolled in Florida schools.
“I’m going to start off by putting this price tag right here as a reminder for you guys to know how much Marco Rubio took for every students’ life in Florida,” Hogg said at the rally, the Washington Examiner reported.
Camerota asked if the students’ animosity against the Republican senator is not “misdirected.”
“I want to talk to you about Senator Marco Rubio, because my eyes were opened when I was there and you guys have sort of targeted him as somebody who you don’t think is doing enough,” the anchor began.
Camerota said she spoke with the mother of slain Stoneman Douglas teacher Scott Beigel, who told her Rubio has been working on bipartisan efforts to stop school violence, including the “Stop School Violence Act” and a ban on bump stocks.
“Yes, these are low-hanging fruit,” Camerota said. “Yes, you want more. But should you be giving credit for even these incremental steps, David?”
Hogg argued that he is unsatisfied with Rubio’s efforts, as well as bipartisan legislation passed by the Florida legislature, because they contain “loop-holes” that are allegedly favored by the NRA.
Camerota again pressed:
“If you’re trying to get everybody together, if you’re trying to have solutions, do you think it is helpful when you say things like Marco Rubio is putting, for $1.05, or whatever your coupon said, that’s how much he values students? I mean, do you think that’s unnecessarily provocative?”
“No … I don’t think it’s even provocative enough,” Hogg replied.
The teenager said Rubio will be unable to bring about “concrete change” until he stops receiving money from the NRA.
“Marco Rubio is still supported by the NRA, which works to ensure not the safety of gun owners and the safety of Americans everywhere, but to ensure that they sell more guns. At the end of the day, so long as he is being paid by the NRA, he’s not going to work to fix anything that is going to be concrete change.”
At a CNN town hall just days after last month’s shooting in Parkland, Rubio defended accepting NRA donations, and asserted that the Second Amendment group’s influence does not come from campaign donations, but because Americans support its principles.
“The influence comes from the millions of people that agree with the agenda, the millions of Americans that support the NRA.”