CNN Panel Melts Down After Jack Kingston Dismisses Parkland Students as Leftist Stooges
Today’s heated panel discussion on CNN’s New Day was moderated by Alisyn Camerota, it featured two former Republican congressmen — Jack Kingston and David Jolly — and no one gave an inch.
Camerota began the conversation by bringing up a dismissive tweet Kingston recently posted about the calls for gun control from American students in light of the school shooting in Parkland, FL.
— Jack Kingston (@JackKingston) February 19, 2018
When asked if he seriously thinks these students are all tools for leftists, Kingston answered that “their sorrow can very easily be hijacked by left-wing groups … Do we really think 17-year-olds on their own are going to plan a nation-wide rally?”
Camerota, who spent the last few days in Florida interviewing survivors, hit back by saying the students she met were “wildly motivated” and not “indoctrinated by some left wing group” like Kingston thinks.
Kingston said he wasn’t doubting the students’ sincerity, but Camerota countered with “yes you do Jack,” and said “that’s just silly” to presume students can’t take the initiative.
Jolly got in on the discussion by smacking Kingston around and saying all Americans are craving leadership and action after the shooting. Kingston deflected by bringing up violence in American culture, though Camerota interjected again to say “[the shooter] could still legally buy a gun, Jack..Why went it comes to gun violence do you want to talk about everything except guns?”
As the three continued to spar, Kingston said he wasn’t afraid of putting guns on the table for debate, though Camerota called him out for his diversion from the issue thus far. She also noted how AR-15s have become a weapon of choice for mass shooters in America, and when Kingston insisted that the NRA promotes the intersection of debate on gun control and mental health, Jolly countered that that’s “absolutely not” the case.
It all just went further downhill from there.
Watch above, via CNN.
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