Parkland Student David Hogg Talks Laura Ingraham on CNN: She ‘Needs to Stand Down’


David Hogg appeared on CNN Friday morning in the wake of the advertiser boycott he has led against Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show, after the host taunted him for his college application rejections.

Ingraham sent out a single tweet mocking Hogg, and after a backlash and calls for an advertiser boycott in response, she apologized in another tweet. Hogg did not accept her apology, and a number of companies have pulled ads from her show.

“I think it’s great that corporate America is standing with me and the rest of my friends,” Hogg told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota. “It is important that we stand together as corporate and civic America to take action against these people and show them they cannot push us around, especially when all we’re trying to do here is save lives.”

Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland, Florida school shooting who has become a vocal gun control activist, argued that Ingraham is trying to distract from the issue of gun violence in America.

“It’s not only is sad it’s just wrong. From a journalistic perspective, I would say that she needs to be more objective and needs to stand down. I’m not the issue here. The issue is gun violence in America. And she is trying to distract from that, and I hate it.”

Camerota pointed out that Ingraham is a conservative talk show host, and isn’t objective, before noting that she apologized for her tweet poking fun at Hogg.

“Do you accept her apology?”

“No,” Hogg said. “She’s only apologizing after a third of her advertisers pulled out.”

“I think it’s wrong. And I think if she really wants to do something she could cover inner-city violence and the real issues that we have in America,” he continued. “I know she is a talk show host, but as such she also has a responsibility to show both sides of the story.”

Hogg also responded to some of the conspiracy theories leveled against him and his fellow Parkland students.

“It shows that what we’re doing is working. We have them scared, and it means we have to go even harder.”

He went on to say that the Parkland student activists are not protesting the Second Amendment or trying to take away peoples’ guns. “We simply want gun legislation that allows law abiding citizens to own guns or prevents people with a history of mental illness or criminal background from owning a firearm. It’s as simple as that. We are for reasonable and sensible gun ownership.”

Camerota asked if Hogg would consider reaching out to someone like Ingraham in order to find common ground – to which Hogg replied that Ingraham would need to show that she is more objective when covering the Parkland students.

Watch above, via CNN.

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