Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s son, Michael Flynn Jr., lashed out at David Hogg the outspoken survivor of the school shooting in Parkland Florida, in a series of tweets following a controversy between Fox News host Laura Ingraham and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas student.
“Someone (hint: parents) clearly didn’t smack this kid much growing up. Your emotional high will run out soon so savor it while it lasts,” Flynn Jr. tweeted.
And wasn’t finished there, in a second tweet he wrote:
“If smacking your kid when he gets out of line/mouths off is “troublesome” for you, you’re one of the main reasons our kids (in the US) are #22 in the world in education.”
His tweet came in response to Hogg rejecting an apology for a critical tweet Fox News host Laura Ingraham posted about his college prospects. Hogg has become a vocal advocate for gun control since the deadly shooting at his high school in Parkland, Fla.
David Hogg, the 17-year-old high school senior who has become a gun-control activist, mustered the collective power of social media — and his more than 630,000 Twitter followers — and urged them to “tweet away” at her top sponsors to call on them to boycott her TV show, “The Ingraham Angle.” Multiple companies that advertised during Ingraham’s Fox News program have since announced they would pull their ads. Ingraham later apologized, saying she was sorry for “any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland.”
Hogg rejected her apology last week, saying he would only accept it if she denounced the way her network has “treated my friends and I in this fight.”
Currently Flynn Jr and his father and former NSA Michael Flynn have been investigated as part of the ongoing investigation in Russian meddling in the 2016 election. He served as his father’s aide for work on his consulting company, Flynn Intel group.
In the era of boycotts as a byproduct of outrage, with figures such as President Trump threatening the NFL over player protests and airline customers employing the tactic to force change, Hogg’s push for Ingraham’s advertisers to respond to her comments worked remarkably quickly.
The swift results showcase the power that the Parkland survivors have, not just in organizing rallies but in spurring corporate America to act. Brands, too, have become quicker to distance themselves from controversy, whether by denouncing white supremacy after neo-Nazis praise their products or by pulling their sponsorship after another Fox News personality, Bill O’Reilly, was accused of sexual harassment.
Since the 2016 election, calls to boycott retailers have become frequent: The #GrabYourWallet campaign began as a way to protest Trump, and it identified companies that carried merchandise bearing the Trump name. Those calls have been met with equally passionate responses by Trump supporters who say they are determined to use their buying power to stand with the president and his family.