Anti-gun activist David Hogg is struggling to get into college. That’s what Fox News host Laura Ingraham mocked him over on Twitter, which sparked a social media war between the conservative host and teenage activist. Scores of advertisers decided to cut ties with Ingraham, who is now on a weeklong vacation.
CNN decided to weigh in gently, asking Hogg why these “dumbass colleges” aren’t accepting him since he’s started a campaign, whether intentional or not, of stripping Americans of their Second Amendment rights. Host Alisyn Camerota pitched the question to Hogg in an interview on April 1. Real Clear Politics transcribed the relevant portion. Hogg said he might take a gap year to help with the upcoming elections [emphasis mine]
CAMEROTA: David, I am stunned that four colleges rejected you. What kind of dumbass colleges don't want you? I mean you've taken the country by storm. How do you explain this? Did they reject you before the Parkland massacre? Or how do you explain this?
HOGG: They rejected me about -- let me think, about two weeks ago, most of them. It was UCLA and UCSD. I -- the way I explain it is, we have a heavily impacted university system in America. And I think there's a lot of really good candidates that don't get into college. And I think it goes to show that regardless of whether or not you get into college, you can still change the world. The hardest part is just believing that you can and continuing that effort to change the world, because you eventually will.
CAMEROTA: David, I know that you haven't been spending much time back at Parkland high school. You've obviously been -- this has become your mission. We've seen you on the media a lot. Are you going to go to college in September?
HOGG: That's a good question. I'm thinking about it. But I may be taking a gap here at this point to work on the campaign trail on a candidate basis, not as -- not just working for Democrats, not just working for Republicans, because there's Democrats that are supported by the NRA. There are Republicans that are not supported by the NRA. This is -- lives really are not a partisan issue. I think that's what a lot of this country is forgetting is, we are simply just trying to save lives. And once we remember that, we can all work together on both sides of the aisle to help solve this issue. But when we work against each other, we can't.
You can’t polish a turd, kid. Yes, saving lives is a nonpartisan issue, but this is so far from that and everyone knows it. It’s an anti-gun campaign. The targets are overwhelmingly Republican. Donald Trump is tossed in there as well. This agenda is as transparent as the clear backpacks you wear to school now, the only backpacks that are permitted on campus. We can’t work with people who want to shred the Bill of Rights. Period. And this campaign is fraught with poll-tested talking points, which covers the true nature of this anti-gun agenda.
Also, CNN, what kind of question is that?