Donald Trump Jr. is not taking any efforts to hide his opinions on who is to blame for the Parkland, Florida shooting that took place last Wednesday. In fact, President Donald Trump’s youngest son liked two tweets that endorse a conspiracy theory that one student survivor is an FBI plant. See the two tweets below.
The proposition that a survivor of the worst high school shooting in U.S. history could be a plant for the FBI is sickening and another distraction from the issue of gun control. As pointed out by The Daily Dot, the first tweet comes from the conservative site Gateway Pundit and claims to “expose” the student, 17-year-old David Hogg.
Hogg, like his fellow students, has been speaking out against the NRA and Trump’s failure to mention anything about guns in the aftermath of the shooting. But the article alleges that Hogg's statements have been coached by his father, an ex-FBI agent. “One student, in particular, David Hogg has been astonishingly articulate and highly skilled at propagating a new anti-Conservative/anti-Trump narrative behind the recent school shooting," the article reads. “Few have seen this type of rapid media play before, and when they have it has come from well-trained political operatives and MSM commentators.” The article contained in the second tweet made a similar argument, while also claiming that students speaking out are working on behalf of the “Deep State media."
Hogg and his peers experienced a mass shooting that left 17 of their fellow classmates and teachers dead. It’s upsetting that rather than recognizing these students as brave advocates following a traumatic event, these theories discredit them as the plants of a bureaucratic entity or the media.
These conspiracy theories could, from another angle, signal conservatives' severe desperation to protect guns when it seems like this shooting could finally be the tipping point in the gun control debate. Unfortunately, it’s scary no matter which way you look at it that these theories are being consumed and endorsed by someone who has his mouth so close to the president’s ear.