Parkland survivor David Hogg placed blame on Gov. Rick Scott, not Sheriff Israel, for a deputy waiting outside of the school while the shooting take place.
Hogg said in a Monday interview on MSNBC that he thinks the governor is to blame because “Governor Rick Scott is essentially the boss of Scott Israel, the sheriff.”
“Why are these elected officials trying to blame this on the bureaucracy?” Hogg asked. “They’re in charge of them. This is their fault. They should have been regulating them. I’m not going to allow them to pressure these people because at the end of the day it’s their fault. These elected officials are the boss of these sheriff personnel.”
Hogg further argued that Scott cannot “expect to get re-elected” if he continues to “blame this on bureaucracy,” glossing over the fact that Sheriff Scott Israel was also elected to his position.
“Israel can afford to be an outspoken voice on the national stage, because he safely sits on a high perch in South Florida,” The Washington Post explained in an article last week. “The county is a balkanized stitch of small municipalities, and the sheriff is arguably the area’s most powerful elected countywide official.”