As Parkland student activist David Hogg runs laps with his media appearances touting gun control and attacking the Second Amendment, it seems his fame has had a direct effect on another student.
The mass shooting at his Florida high school in February catapulted Hogg to his new-found fame and increasing Twitter followers – now at over 720K – but also affected another David Hogg who decided to leave Twitter for a time.
The other David Hogg is actually a 16-year-old college student, a conservative and a proud supporter of the Second Amendment.
But the social media attention on the Parkland Hogg became too much for the 16-year-old who suspended his Twitter account after things got too overwhelming for him and his family. He announced his return last week, clarifying that he was not to be confused with the other Hogg.
I’m back on twitter. Tired of the harassment towards my family. I am THAT David Hogg. I am a proud to be an American. 16, in college, I respect the Constitution/2nd Amendment! I’m a hard worker saving for a car & to further my college education. I am not @davidhogg111.
— David Hogg (@David_Hogg16) March 30, 2018
Hogg’s mother echoed her son’s statement in a tweet of her own, calling out the irony of the Parkland student decrying bullying while engaging in the very act himself. Hogg launched a boycott against Fox News host Laura Ingraham after she tweeted that he “whined” about not getting accepted into some colleges.
Ironic @davidhogg111 that you think others are bullying u. MY David Hogg, 16, ALREADY in college, PRO 2nd Amendment is getting harassed because of mistaken identity. You can’t be on every news channel & get upset if someone disagrees with your agenda. A good debate has TWO sides. pic.twitter.com/MTabkmumWj
— TraciHogg (@TraciMHogg) March 29, 2018
“You can’t be on every news channel & get upset if someone disagrees with your agenda,” Traci Hogg tweeted, along with a video of her son addressing the harassment his family has experienced.
Hogg also expressed his opinion on some of the hot-button issues that have been at the center of the recent gun-control debate.
“I do not think we should ban law-abiding citizens from buying guns because that will increase problems,” he said in the video, also calling for a “more regulated background check” and a national policy on gun ownership instead of state-by-state laws.
He called for armed security guards “and maybe even Army veterans” to be stationed at schools in an effort to make them safer. He also defended the Second Amendment because “that’s one of the things that sets this nation apart from so many others that have collapsed.”
Hogg also praised the officer who shot and killed a gunman at a Maryland school last month, preventing the tragedy from escalating. “Bravo to the officer and thank you for your service,” Hogg said, noting that the story did not receive much attention because it dis not fit the liberal narrative.
His Easter message made it very clear that the only things the two students share is the same name.
Happy Easter! I am humbled by all of your messages! This David Hogg is off to work-saving for that car & to pay for college. I take the bus to campus each day. I work a few jobs (cashier, dog walker, dog scooping (someone has to do it), cut lawns.) I’m 16, dog lover, entrepreneur pic.twitter.com/mGsdmvnYer
— David Hogg (@David_Hogg16) April 1, 2018
Hogg set up a fundraiser to help purchase a “very” used truck and a new lawnmower after others vowed to start one on his behalf.
“I didn’t want someone to start one that had bad intentions or would try to pretend they are me,” he said, ending the campaign once the goal was reached – and even exceeded.
Many are asking about a gofundme. I created this only because others said they would create one, with or without my approval. I created this with a $100 cap. It’s reached it & I will give back by paying it forward. THANK YOU to everyone that gave! https://t.co/qbQQtxdTXY
— David Hogg (@David_Hogg16) April 2, 2018
“And one last thing, you can totally support the 2nd Amendment and be a Conservative and NEVER want another person hurt by a gun again,” he wrote. “That is just another misconception out there!”
I want to thank everyone that sent messages/followed me. I will be following u back. I’m just trying to catch up & still handle school/work. Please bear with me. Also, THANK YOU for having my back. I am so very grateful today for you!
— David Hogg (@David_Hogg16) April 2, 2018
While Hogg may still encounter negative feedback and attacks due to his name, it seems his upstanding attitude and behavior have been the polar opposite of the other David Hogg, earning him a solid show of respect and praise on Twitter.
As far as we are concerned you are the RealDavidHogg!
Good job young man.
— Not Russian Bots Fred & Cathy (@Fred_Cathy_Ret) April 3, 2018
Yes you are! God Bless You & your Family! I am so sorry for you & your Family that you are going through this just because you have the same name as someone else! Although we can tell the difference from the way you handle yourself! I am sure your family is proud!
— 🚂THINK💙LISTEN🇺🇸 (@THINKBELIEVEME3) April 3, 2018
Is a hashtag that should go viral.
— Alal Telal (@AlalTelal) April 3, 2018
A role model to look up to! That other fraud with your name needs to work as hard as you to be a man with morals and respect! Thank you gives us all hope there are more like you out there!!! #MAGA @realDonaldTrump @RealJamesWoods @ScottPresler @Education4Libs #deplorables
— Debbie for the Don (@debrajs17) April 2, 2018
16 in college… Wow, keep up the excellent work. Would be nice to hear more about you vs. the other.
— MomOf3 (@3camama) April 2, 2018
WOW SOMEONE ELSE named David Hogg that is not a moron! Use the name for all it’s worth! Right now is the time if you want to get yourself out there NOW is the time to do it! Maybe you should be the one that destroys @davidhogg111 in a debate so you can have your name back…!
— Tommy Foust (@fousttommy) April 3, 2018
— Steve Goodman (@Steve_Goodman) April 3, 2018
Let’s all follow this awesome David Hogg, and ignore #DavidHoggWash the liberal puppet!
— KrissyMAGA22 🇺🇸⚖✝ (@KrissyMAGA3X) April 1, 2018
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