As of this weekend, this group of idealistic young people have officially become the rights leading hate figures
No issue unites the American right more than their opposition to gun control. The spectacle of hundreds of thousands participating in the #marchforourlives, led by young people, was always going to draw a full-spectrum response.
And as of this weekend, this group of idealistic young people have officially become the rights leading hate figures.
The first and most repugnant strategy was to directly attack high-profile campaigners, especially students David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez.
Running short of reasoned arguments, many attempted to push conservative buttons with high impact visuals. Alt-right social media company Gab was one of many that disseminated a doctored animation of Gonzalez in which she falsely appeared to be tearing up the US constitution. Cartoonist and Trump sycophant Ben Garrison depicted Hogg as an assault rifle, wielded by CNN, and loaded with Marxism. Breitbart re-published a round of tweets accusing Hogg of throwing a Nazi salute.
On Front Page an outlet led by David Horowitz, whose main stock in trade is virulent Islamophobia Bruce Thornton decried Hoggs profanity laced tantrums and reduced him and his fellow students to political shock troops being manipulated by a progressive ideology of melodrama and moral exhibitionism.
Alex Jones thought it wise to continue his dispute with Hogg over whether chemical additives in water really turn frogs gay. The website WND simply called him Vile Hogg.