Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg is calling on Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to denounce Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has been facing extreme criticism this week after a viral video was released of Greene following Hogg and harassing him about the traumatizing experience he and so many other teenagers in America have endured.
This is not the first time Greene has also been called out for her incendiary remarks and insensitivity specifically in regard to school shootings and the countless victims that have died in America’s schools. Hogg spoke with the media this week regarding his goal with contacting McCarthy.
“My message to Kevin McCarthy is, take all of her committee assignments away, also, don’t support her when she runs for re-election again and try to get her primaried. If you say this is not your party, actually call it out and hold her accountable.”
He explained that “Republicans always act as if they’re the party of decency and respect. But would the party of decency and respect question whether or not school shootings happened? Would they harass the survivors of these shootings for having different opinions than them? I don’t think so. And if Kevin McCarthy doesn’t think so either, he needs to actually stand up and do something about this congresswoman.”
Greene has been assigned to the House Education and Labor Committee, and has faced countless calls for her resignation after she agreed that the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was a “false flag operation,” which refers to acts that are “designed by perpetrators to be made to look like they were carried out by other individuals or groups.”
Hogg is one of the survivors of that shooting who have since become a major figurehead in the movement for stricter gun control laws; he co-founded the March for Our Lives. A video from March 2019 has resurfaced as well of Greene harassing Hogg and confronting him on his way to Washington. Greene has called Hogg “#littleHitler” as well on her Twitter, simply for demanding the government protect their nation’s kids.
In the video Greene, who is 46-years-old, is following Hogg, who was 18 at the time, as he walks towards the Capitol, spewing baseless claims about how the Parkland shooting would’ve never happened if security measures were different. Hogg spends the whole video ignoring Greene.
Greene, however, had plenty to say about the teenager, claiming that “he’s a coward and can’t say one word because he can’t defend his stance.” She also stated that Hogg’s activism was funded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros, who is often the subject of far-right conspiracy theories.
Hogg spoke on the encounter this week in which he explained that the whole time he was “trying to keep a straight face and practice mindful meditation” that helps him and the other survivors cope with their PTSD from the shooting.
“Sometimes it’s just, you know, as I was told growing up, it’s better not to respond to bullies and just walk away.”
He also explained that at the time he “absolutely” felt threatened by Greene when she said that she carried a gun in the video. However, he explained that “if they decide to shoot me they prove my point, and the reality is at this point, they can’t kill this movement.”
Mark Bednar, a spokesman for McCarthy, claimed that Greene’s comments in the video were “deeply disturbing” and that he plans on “having a conversation with the Congresswoman about them.” Back in 2018 when Greene was presented with the opportunity to apologize to Hogg for the harassment, she refused and simply claimed that the video was taken when she was “going from office to office in the Senate to oppose the radical gun control agenda that David Hogg was pushing.”
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.