Someone should really step in, take these outspoken Stoneman Douglas High School students aside, and tell them that they’re really not doing their agenda any favors at this point. Whatever cuteness there was to their high school activism wore off the first week amidst the media onslaught, and now they seem like they’re more interested in turning themselves into political celebrities than actually getting anything done about guns. It doesn’t help that the most visible and prominent members of this “movement” are ferociously arrogant and ignorant in equal measure.
Two of said students appeared on Bill Maher’s HBO program on Friday. Cameron Kasky and David “OMG, this guy again” Hogg were interviewed about the March For Our Lives demonstration they’re helping to organize in Washington later this month.
“With the march we want Americans to stop being afraid of demanding our politicians to take action. They work for us, we don’t work for them,” Kasky said. “The march is us coming out and saying to our employees, ‘You guys suck at your job.’”
While we’re reluctant to disagree with anyone who says Washington lawmakers suck at their jobs, we also doubt that this kid has even the first clue about what a congressman does, much less the ideologically diverse constituency he represents. Here’s a hint, though: Not all Americans actually support banning AR-15s. That’s probably not something you’re used to hearing on all of those liberal talk shows you and Hogg have been showing up to, but it’s the truth. And another truth is – just because MSNBC and CNN say something, that doesn’t make it a fact. Quite the contrary in many instances.
“We don’t respect people just because we have to,” Kasky told Maher. “We don’t respect you just because you have ‘senator’ in front of your name.”
Nor should you. But if you actually want to exert change, it’s not the worst place to start. Here’s another hint: People have a tendency to tune out when confronted with an impudent 17-year-old brat, no matter what kind of situation you lived through.
Hogg, who is even worse than his buddy, played to the adoring West Coast crowd when he said that the Trump administration called him to invite him to a listening session in Washington. “I hung up on the White House the other day,” he said. “I ended on this message with them. I said, ‘We don’t need to listen to President Trump. President Trump needs to listen to the screams of the children and the screams of this nation.”
Er, we hate to tell you this, David, but that’s what a “listening session” is all about. Trump wasn’t inviting you to D.C. to hear him lecture. He wanted to, as you put it, listen to your screams.
As for us, though, we’ve pretty much heard enough.