David Hogg Gets Fact-Checked On Air By CNN Anchor

Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
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Parkland shooting survivor and gun-control activist David Hogg was fact-checked twice during a Monday appearance on CNN’s “New Day” with Alisyn Camerota.

Camerota first challenged Hogg regarding comments he made during the March for Our Lives that accused Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio of putting a price tag on students’ lives. “I want to talk to you about Senator Marco Rubio, because my eyes were opened when I was there and you guys have sort of targeted him as somebody who you don’t think is doing enough.”

Bringing up the Stop School Violence Act and several other bipartisan efforts to ban bump stocks and create red flag laws, Camerota suggested that maybe Hogg’s “ire is misplaced” considering what Rubio is doing.

Camerota then delivered a second challenge, asking, “Do you think it is helpful when you say things like Marco Rubio is putting, for $1.05, or whatever your coupon said, that’s how much he values students. I mean, do you think that’s unnecessarily provocative?”

Hogg doubled down on his prior attack, saying that it wasn’t “provocative enough.”

“Marco Rubio is still supported by the NRA, which works to ensure not the safety of gun owners and the safety of Americans everywhere, but to ensure that they sell more guns. At the end of the day, so long as he is being paid by the NRA, he’s not going to work to fix anything that is going to be concrete change.”

Rubio defended taking money from the NRA when challenged at a recent town hall: “The positions I hold on these issues of the Second Amendment, I’ve held since the day I entered office in the city of West Miami as an elected official. People buy into my agenda, and I do support the Second Amendment.”

However, Rubio also noted that the NRA’s influence was not the result of money spent on political campaigns: “The influence comes from the millions of people that agree with the agenda, the millions of Americans that support the NRA.”