aside The Right Is Targeting Parkland HS Mass Shooting Survivor Emma Gonzalez, As Enemy #1

Jacylyn Corin, (L) Emma González, (CENTER) David Hogg, (Far Right) Cameron Kasky (Between Emma and David) and Alex Wind.

Over the years, the far right conservative republicans have developed a cottage industry of orchestrating hate campaigns of leaders on the left that they fear. The level of hate, “fake news,” marketing dissemination engendered on the right against Democratic leaders like our former US President Barack Obama are legendary. Their marketing endeavors have been incredibly effective as demonstrated by the following example where even when absolute proof was proffered, the lie is still believed by a vast majority of republicans.

As per a 8/10/2016 NBC report, “Seventy-two percent of registered Republican voters still doubt President Obama’s citizenship, according to a recent NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll conducted in late June and early July of more than 1,700 registered voters. And this skepticism even exists among Republicans high in political knowledge.”

There are numerous fact checking web-sites like Snopes.com which have made business over the years of verifying many of of the right’s claims like the Uranium One scandal against Mrs. Hillary Clinton while she was the US Secretary of State from 2009-2013.

Now we as decent folks from the right, middle and left cannot allow the right wing zealots to successfully and falsely mar the reputations of these young potential leaders who are just starting out in life. The right has already tried to portray them with totally “fake news” personnas along the lines like, that these young peoples are paid actors, opportunists looking for fame and fortune, advocates for the elimination of all guns, that the one NRA aligned student Kyle Kashuva has not been granted equal time to present a counter viewpoint, and these attempts are just the beginning.

In their sights right now is their newest bogeyman, Emma Gonzalez who is an 18 year old survivor of the Valentine Day’s mass shooting in a Parkland High School in Florida, where 17 victims were fatally gunned down in a little over 6 minutes by a young man under 21 years old with an AR15.

Since that moment of terror, she has demonstrated an immense promise for being a future leader, and so the right cannot allow her to succeed unscathed.

Here is the rest of the story…

On March 26, 2018, Alex Horton for the Washington Post penned the following report, “A fake photo of Emma Gonzalez went viral on the far right, were Parkland teens are villains”

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How Emma González became an enemy of the far right
“Having teenagers act as figureheads for a movement has a certain quality that has not gone unnoticed in the wake of the March for Our Lives rally on Saturday (24th March 2018).”

“Judge too harshly, and you are attacking a kid who has balanced trauma with homework. Amplifying students such as Emma González has injected optimism among liberal activists in the grinding debate about the role of guns in society.”

Gun-control advocates have held up González as a figurehead of the movement, splashing her trademark shaved head on T-shirts and viral images.

Then, there is another viewpoint of her activism.

A doctored animation of González tearing the U.S. Constitution in half circulated on social media during the rally, after it was lifted from a Teen Vogue story about teenage activists. In the real image, González is ripping apart a gun-range target.

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The doctored image mushrooming across social media appeared to confirm the belief among Second Amendment absolutists that calls for stricter gun-control measures are transgressive, destroying the very foundation of the United States.

The animation bounced around conservative Twitter before it received a signal boost Saturday from actor Adam Baldwin.

He tweeted to a quarter of a million followers with a hashtag reading “#Vorwärts!” — the German word for “forward” and an apparent reference to the Hitler Youth, whose march song included the word.

“Gab, the Twitter-like social network that is a popular refuge for the alt-right, tweeted the animation on Saturday to more than 100,000 followers, then hours later asserted it was “satire.” It racked up more than 1,200 retweets. The still images, looking more sophisticated than the glitchy animation, went further, appearing to be taken as legitimate by  some  conservative-minded Twitter users.”

“The pushback seems to have gained more traction than the original images, although that means the original images are also spread wider.”

“Donald Moynihan, a professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, debunked the altered image, saying in a tweet: “Just a sample of what NRA supporters are doing to teenagers who survived a massacre,” referencing a user named “Linda NRA Supporter” who posted the photo and whose account has since been suspended.”

“Moynihan’s tweet keyed on an idea: Public moments by the Parkland students are being scrutinized and stretched to either bolster or tear down arguments on social media, built on the traditional debates made around the dinner table.”

“Generally, one form of criticism of González and fellow students such as David Hogg, 17, has focused on their ages.”

“They are too naive and young to grasp the extent of how money, politics and policy intersect, the argument goes. It was cemented in the right’s criticism of Hogg’s insistence that clear backpacks would infringe on civil rights.”

“The online effort to defuse Hogg has paid off. The first “top news” video that appears in a YouTube search for “David Hogg” is a takedown from conservative outlet the Blaze. “It’s hard to not just go after this kid,” host Pat Gray said in the video published Saturday, describing Hogg.”

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“Other elements of González have been used in an attempt to discredit her, online and off.”

“For instance, some in conservative circles have circulated images calling attention to a Cuban flag sewn to her jacket.”

“Emma Gonzales, wearing the flag of an authoritarian communist nation. Makes sense, they both hate an armed citizenry,” one meme shared on Reddit’s conservative page r/TheDonald. It was shared on social media through variations of the theme, including one by conservative commentator Andrew Wilkow. González’s father migrated from Cuba to the United States.”

“As The Post’s Samantha Schmidt reported, the flag came under attack Sunday from the campaign of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).”

“This is how you look when you claim Cuban heritage yet don’t speak Spanish and ignore the fact that your ancestors fled the island when the dictatorship turned Cuba into a prison camp, after removing all weapons from its citizens; hence their right to self defense,” said a post on King’s campaign page on Facebook. The post also included a photo of González at the podium Saturday.”

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“A self-identified conservative Parkland student also has been buttressed by the right, which thinks he identifies with its politics — a de facto foil to his classmates. Kyle Kashuv, 16, visited President Trump and five Republican U.S. senators just three weeks after the killings to offer alternatives in the debate.”

“The initial movement, in its purest form, was amazing. It got corrupted because now it’s represented as anti-gun and anti-NRA. ‘Boycott this, boycott that.’ It’s detracting from the actual discussions,” Kashuv told The Post’s Dan Zak about the work of his classmates.”

“Since then, Kashuv has been an occasional guest on Fox News Channel, sometimes calling for middle ground with fellow classmates and among those who disagree in the debate. Kashuv has echoed critics on the right that a focus on law-enforcement failures, not gun laws, is the way forward.”

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“But he has also targeted his classmates.”

“Hogg’s comments at the rally were “egregious and inflammatory,” Kashuv said on Fox News on Saturday, and he has criticized Hogg numerous times on Twitter. On Sunday, Kashuv challenged classmate Cameron Kasky to a debate. His argument has been bolstered by the NRA, which has published videos decrying Hogg’s use of explicit language and suggesting his activist peers would be unknown if their classmates were still alive, saved by a gun-carrying officer.”

See: [ How the Parkland teens became villains on the right-wing Internet ]

See: [ NRA host taunts Parkland teens: ‘No one would know your names’ if classmates were still alive ]

See: Alex Jones’ Infowars releases video depicting Parkland survivors 

26 comments

    • Dear Suze,

      It’s even worse than what you claim. Many on the right can’t simply debate their point of view based on facts, the law, or any relevant information, but they have to win by demonizing those who disagree with them.

      There is never the pause where adults sit back when young victims want to share their experiences and share ideas to make life better for all.

      These right wingers first instinct instead of compassion for these young survivors, is how do I destroy them; how do I snuff out the power of their voices.

      Hugs, Gronda

  1. To attack these young people is outrageous. It”s a crying shame they should be burdened with the task of defending their own lives, we have failed, and the Republican party in the pocket of the NRA have lost all moral compass, These kids are the next generation to take the wheel, I hope they run over these bastards.

    • Dear Holly,

      As I was just saying, the right wingers can’t simply debate any issue with facts, studies, empirical evidence but they chose to win by demonizing anyone who disagrees. They intend to destroy the reputation of these young survivors /leaders to where they snuff out the power of their voices.

      Not for a second do these adults think twice about what they are doing. There is no compassion. There is the impetus for them to destroy their opponents. Lies, slander, trolling, doctored videos, nothing is beneath them.

      These kids need our support and the right needs to be exposed for their ugly, sick tactics.

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear Biblebeltsite,

      WELCOME!

      I admire what these young survivors are doing. I wish those on the right would have a conversation/ debate with these kids based on facts, information, reasons for their point of view instead of launching a campaign to destroy these young survivors/ leaders characters on an ugly personal level.

      Thanks a million times over for sharing this post with your reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. Gronda, those who attack people reveal their argument is poor. Those who argue ideas have better footing. This is akin to the attacks on Al Gore on his stance on climate change. If I were not already enchanted by the argument and advocacy of this young woman, this strong arm tactic would make me consider her position.

    By the way, thanks to you I checked out the Punditfacts for the veracity of news sources and news makers. I found out that there is someone who is on record as lying more than Donald Trump. By a margin of 81% to 69%, Rush Limbaugh is measured to say mostly false or worse statements that much more. In other words, Limbaugh lies 4 out of 5 times while Trump does so 2 out of 3 times. Keith

    • PS – I pasted the Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters’ resignation letter that you provided in your post and sent it with a brief intro and conclusion to about 125 folks. Please feel free to send it on to more. His letters paints folks that do things like the above as attacking our democracy.

    • Dear Keith,

      As Holly just mentioned, this is the modus operandi of too many right wingers. Instead of debating any issue on the merits based on facts, data, evidence, or explain why they think a certain way, these right wingers chose as their option of choice to win by demonizing those who simply have a different point of view. Nothing is too low for them including disseminating lies, fake photo shopped videos, slander, etc.

      Not once do these folks on the far right look upon these kids with compassion, as victims who have just survived a horrible tragedy. For once, why can’t they just listen and if they want to initiate a conversation, they can do so respectfully and without being condescending like Rick Santorum. These kids have earned the moral right to voice their thoughts on this issue.

      I am sick and tired of this reflexive need for those on right/ left to demonize, put down, belittle those with a different point of view. These kids have acted admirably.

      I will be tweeting/ emailing Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters’ resignation letter to every republican in the US Congress.

      Hugs, Gronda

  3. I call these extremists America’s – Russian Right Wing because they bear no resemblance to traditional American conservatism. As much as I loathed Phyllis Schlafly, I can’t imagine her ridiculing and smearing children simply for asking adults to make their schools safe. What Russia did with its propaganda was radicalize a generation of poorly educated white men in the South, as for Putin’s better informed stooges in the NRA and on Fox News, I want them to live in a Hell in which they spend eternity waking up and going to go to a school where they get murdered.

    • Dear Rob,

      The Russian bots, propaganda campaign reflecting the demonizing marketing tactic preferred by the right, is an added echo chamber which further divides us into our tribal corners.

      It used to be that I could talk to others with different points of view in a respectful way. I really wanted to understand why that person thought the way he/ she did, and vice versa. The other person was never viewed as evil, no good etc.

      Both the far left/right indulge in this. This is why I now cringe when HRC demeans those who did not vote for her.

      I want the USA to get away from this ugly way of playing politics.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • I didn’t know that Clinton is demeaning those who didn’t vote for her. I do tend to hear the use of the term ‘deplorable’ as more of a factual statement than an insult.

        But Clinton still has an obligation to represent the whole of the U.S. when she speaks.

        • Dear Rob,

          In her mind Mrs Clinton truly believed what she said. And at the time I even agreed with her but I was wrong headed. The fact is, you cannot publicly define a whole subset of our population as deplorable while expecting to earn their votes at the same time. Unfortunately those who were defined as deplorable would not be inclined to look at that word as anything other than an insult.

          Hugs, Gronda

        • You’re right Gronda. It’s wrong to generalize about an entire group of people. But what about those on the right who actually are deplorable? In Clinton’s defense, she was under attack by the Russian Federation, the GOP and the Koch funded right wing press. She knew what she was fighting and what she was fighting was and is deplorable.

        • Dear Rob,

          You can be absolutely right about something but it might not always be a smart thing to point that out. For example, I may truly believe someone is wearing the ugliest dress that I’ve ever seen. What points and what difference will I make by pointing out that truth in front a lot of her friends. Do I have a right to complain when her friends ignore me for just being truthful?

          Being truthful and right aren’t always enough. There is the concept of discretion, keeping one’s thoughts to oneself in certain instances.

          I put HRC’s words down to being human but it may have cost her. We’ll never know for sure. For right now, I hope she’s having the time of her life.

          Hugs, Gronda

        • You are right Gronda. We are not in disagreement; my frustration colors my point of view. I will admit to a deep sense of frustration regarding the state of our politics; and I honestly see no reason to mince
          words when it comes to people who make their livings by spouting hate speech.

          If there is a gentler word for people who smear high school students while inciting violence I will use it.

    • @Robert

      We as Americans should assume responsibility for our own divisiveness. Perhaps Putin did plant that seed of opposition within American democracy, but it never would have taken root if we as a society did not allow it.

      While it’s clear that manipulating social media was a bad outcome for the election, we citizens didn’t help by flaming the issues with overheated emotions and not using cold, hard logic and reason. For example, partisan politics aside, most of my friends decided to become conscientious objectors and saw thru the political charade. We did the only logical thing and boycotted the election b/c the candidates were ridiculous and not to be taken seriously. Had more Americans rose up and boycotted, then the election would have been nullified and legitimate leaders would have to step up and run. Not little boys with huge ego problems or ugly girls who would sell out our country to foreigners for the highest bid.

  4. The alt-right extremists will always crawl out from under their rocks to complain. When people complain too much you can bet they’re usually worried. I think they have a right to be. It’s almost unbelievable so many people have bought into the idiotic idea that Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. They have to be in complete denial. 😦 — Suzanne

    • Dear Suzanne,

      These right wing extremists are like a cult. They can’t deal with facts/ evidence/ truth that challenge their worldview which is full of conspiracy theories, bogeymen out to get them. They prey on people’s negative emotions based on fear and anger.

      Hugs, Gronda

  5. There’s hope for the future, young ppl are speaking out and organizing, the right will have no choice but to address their concerns. Bully tactics and intimidation will not work on these young adults.

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      I am so proud of how these young peoples are handling themselves. I have no problem with the right debating a different point of view but I draw the red line when they resort to taking the tactic of falsely and unfairly demonizing these youngsters.

      Hugs, Gronda

  6. I am sick to death of the attack tactics of the Right against people who disagree with them. I don’t support the demonization of the Right and their supporters by liberals either. Unfortunately, attack ads work. The Conservative Party in Canada has used attack ads on TV against the leaders of the Liberal Party very successfully over the years – until it backfired with Justin Trudeau. Thankfully, our parties of the left have stuck to policy statements and discussions and refrained from character assassinations. As Michelle Obama said, “When they go low, we go high.” I hope that these teens under attack will stay on the high road. Great post, Gronda! Hugs!

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