Brother of Parkland Shooting Survivor Calls Out MSNBC Host For Mistaken Identity in Brutally Awkward Interview


MSNBC’s Craig Melvin found himself in a brutally awkward situation on Friday when he mixed up a survivor of the Parkland school shooting with his older brother during an interview.

Melvin had “March for Out Lives” proponents Sofie Whitney and Matt Deitsch on to speak about the mass shooting this week in Thousand Oaks, California.

Melvin introduced them both as survivors of the Parkland, Florida shooting from earlier this year. Deitsch corrected the MSNBC host by noting that he was a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when the shooting happened, while his brother and sister survived the massacre.

Deitsch then replied to Melvin’s question about progress in combatting gun violence. “This is not going to end until we have elected officials that put our lives before their profits from the gun lobby,” he said.

Melvin then brought up a previous interview he had with “Matt” on his program last month, playing a clip of Matt’s brother Ryan Deitsch giving an interview on MSNBC.

“That is my brother,” Deitsch said to Melvin after the clip. “You call me a survivor and play my brother as if it is me. Are you guys cool?”

Melvin apologized for the mix-up and continued the discussion about what can be done about gun violence.

“Something has to get done,” Deitsch said, undeterred by the confusion. Melvin apologized again at the end of the interview.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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