Former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke said this week that he believes the current push for tighter gun control being led by students who survived the recent shooting in Florida is being managed on the back end by factions associated with liberal billionaire George Soros.
Clarke made the claim in a tweet Wednesday.
The well ORGANIZED effort by Florida school students demanding gun control has GEORGE SOROS’ FINGERPRINTS all over it. It is similar to how he hijacked and exploited black people’s emotion regarding police use of force incidents into the COP HATING Black Lives Matter movement. pic.twitter.com/XDZ3bcwF6F
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) February 20, 2018
The former sheriff has since been ridiculed in the media for spreading what mainstream media is calling a conservative cultivated conspiracy theory centered on suggestions that the students’ media appearances are scripted.
As The Hill reported: “Clarke’s tweet follows false conspiracy theories in right-wing media such as Gateway Pundit claiming that students at the Florida high school who have appeared on CNN, including David Hogg, are “crisis actors” paid to exploit the shooting for nefarious purposes.”
Lending validity to claims that at least some portion of the student reaction to the shooting is being managed, a survivor wet public this week with a claim that he pulled out of a CNN town hall discussion about the tragedy after the network attempted to script his remarks.
His story was reported by Florida ABC affiliate 10 News:
A Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student told Local 10 News that he declined an invitation to attend CNN’s town hall on the Parkland school shooting after he was given scripted questions.
“CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions, and it ended up being all scripted,” junior Colton Haab said Wednesday night.
Haab wrote questions about school safety and suggested using veterans as security guards, but he claims CNN wanted him to ask scripted questions instead.
So, Haab said, he declined to participate.
“I don’t think that it’s going to get anything accomplished,” Haab said. “It’s not going to ask the true questions that all the parents and teachers and students have.”
The 17-year-old Junior ROTC member told CNN that he used Kevlar sheets to shield students from the gunfire during last week’s mass shooting that killed 17 people at the Parkland school.
CNN responded, by pretty much calling the young man a liar.
CNN response to the claim of a "scripted question" for last night's town hall: pic.twitter.com/Mz1hMqqfkw
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) February 22, 2018