Critics have questioned whether David Hogg, 17, and the other high school students who demand that the nation's gun laws be strengthened, are mature enough to understand the complex political positions they have rethought.
But this weekend Hogg labeled one of his toughest critics using a familiar word for almost anyone who has walked in the corridor of a school:
Hogg went to CNN on Saturday to talk about his latest confrontation with Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham, who mocked the teen's public lament over the rejection of the universities he had nominated.
"It is disturbing to know that someone can intimidate so many people and just get away with it, especially at the level that she did," he said on CNN. "No matter who it is, no matter how big or powerful they seem, a bully is a bully and it's important that you face them."
On Wednesday, digging into Hogg's comments about his rejection letters, Ingraham tweeted a story from a conservative news site that described the teenager as a "pro-arms rights gambit" – and said that Hogg had not been accepted by four schools of the University of California.
"David Hogg rejected by four universities to which he applies and complains" Ingraham tweeted. "(Completed by UCLA with a GPA of 4.1 … totally predictable, given the acceptance rate)"
On CNN, Hogg said that the tweet and Ingraham's criticism of him matched other intimidating statements he had made about others: a conflict with homosexuals while he was at Dartmouth in 1984 and, recently, responding to the political statements of LeBron James saying that the NBA star should "shut up and drool."
They also deserve an apology, said Hogg.
James responded to Ingraham during an NBA Weekend press conference. 19659002] Hogg took to Twitter, where his number of followers has exceeded 700,000. He compiled a list of 12 companies that advertise on "The Ingraham Angle" of Fox News and sent a message to his followers: "Choose a number 1-12 contact the company next to that #"
In a matter of days, Ingraham lost more than a dozen advertisers, including Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, Hulu, Jos A. Bank, Jenny Craig, Ruby Tuesday and Miracle-Ear.
A short time later, Ingraham apologized, but Hogg criticized the apology as an insincere "effort just to save his advertisers."
"The apology … was expected, especially after many of its advertisers withdrew," Hogg said on CNN. "I'm happy to see corporate America standing next to me and the other Parkland students and everyone else, because when we work together we can achieve anything."
Ingraham is off the air this week. She told Fox News viewers on Friday that the trip is an Easter vacation. The network told The Washington Post that the vacation was planned.
Advertisers' efforts to distance themselves demonstrate the influence that Hogg and the other survivors of Marjory Stoneman's massive shooting have won, and companies fear becoming collateral damage in polarizing polemics. .
Like Amy B Wang of The Washington Post, Allyson Chiu and Tracy Jane reported:
"The rapid results show the power of Parkland survivors, not only in organizing rallies but also in stimulating companies Americans to act, too, have become quicker to distance themselves from the controversy, either by denouncing white supremacy after neo-Nazis praise their products or by withdrawing their patronage after another Fox News character, Bill O & # 39; Reilly , accused of sexual harassment.
In the 2016 elections, calls to boycott retailers have become frequent: the #GrabYourWallet campaign began as a way to protest against Trump and identified the company that carried goods with Trump's name Those calls have received equally passionate responses from Trump supporters who say they are determined to use their buying power to put rse on behalf of the president and his family. "