Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg may not have been a “crisis actor,” as some fringe types claimed after the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
But since then, Hogg has been very much a political actor on the national stage, with his efforts to strip gun owners of their constitutional rights. On Thursday, he got schooled in what happens when you play politics with the varsity.
Hogg was forced to delete a tweet and issue an apology after he lied about a meeting with Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.
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The dust-up began Thursday morning, according to The Daily Wire, when Hogg tweeted that Rubio’s staff asserted that Hogg “can’t meet with him or his staff because I ‘trigger’ him.”
“I just wanna have a conversation,” Hogg continued. “Please meet with me @marcorubio I just want to figure out how we can stop these things [mass shootings] from happening. We have to end the continuous debate and find what we can agree on.”
That tweet eventually garnered almost 25,000 likes.
Yet Rubio’s staff quickly lit Hogg up for his dishonesty.
Early Thursday afternoon, the senator’s Chief of Staff Michael Needham tweeted at Hogg, “No one said such a thing. As for the meeting, you must be confused as we had a 2p[m] meeting scheduled with you. However, since you are lying and clearly using this all for self-promotion, that meeting is now cancelled.”
The Daily Wire reported that Rubio’s office confirmed that the lawmaker was ready to meet Thursday afternoon not just with Hogg but other left-wing activists from the group March for Our Lives.
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In a second tweet to Hogg, Needham noted, “Also, the reporter doing a profile of you knows the meeting is real since she was emailing yesterday with our comms team about it.”
“Don’t lie again,” he added, “we have receipts.”
Hogg subsequently backed down and apologized.
To Rubio, he said, “[A]n honest mistake, got our meetings confused in the flurry and my staff misinformed me. I apologize. We’d still love to meet with you and have an honest, respectful discussion. Deleted the [original] tweet bc it wasn’t true but attaching here for transparency.”