David Hogg is facing a wave of heavy backlash from his supporters for a comment he made in a New York magazine article published Sunday. In the profile piece, the Parkland shooting survivor and March for Our Lives leader called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi "old"—a characterization that many are calling ageist, sexist, and unnecessary.
According to BuzzFeed, the comprehensive article tackles everything from Hogg's future political agenda to his meditation practices. But the piece took a turn into shaky territory when the anti-gun activist and accused "crisis actor" noted that Paul Ryan was forty-five when he became the youngest elected speaker of the House.
The reason Republicans are successful right now is because they're empowering young people. Older Democrats just won't move the fuck off the plate and let us take control. Nancy Pelosi is old.
Check it out:
New this issue: @davidhogg111, after Parkland. His gap year at the barricades, by @lisaxmiller… https://t.co/9pt9vyGZUJ— New York Magazine (@New York Magazine) 1534727710.0
David Hogg take a good look at ageism, sexism and mgyonism Nancy Pelosi March 26, 1940 - age 78 years Paul Ryan… https://t.co/kYyENYDMe3— Mr. Weeks ✊🏽 (@Mr. Weeks ✊🏽) 1534824467.0
Someone needs to tell @davidhogg111 Nancy Pelosi was working to ban assault weapons before Columbine. She was the m… https://t.co/MPExxYU4lL— (((🌊Nasty Cajsa🌊))) (@(((🌊Nasty Cajsa🌊)))) 1534804675.0
If David Hogg is shit talking Nancy Pelosi it shows the importance of people staying in their lane. Being a good ad… https://t.co/e7cTbnnbqA— Ragnarok Lobster (@Ragnarok Lobster) 1534848995.0
The 2 assault weapons bans before Congress are co-sponsored by 195 Democrats & 0 Republicans David Hogg, Nancy Pel… https://t.co/cbl0swenV0— Mr. Weeks ✊🏽 (@Mr. Weeks ✊🏽) 1534820444.0
Nancy Pelosi has been fighting for gun control her whole political life. For David Hogg to call her "old" and say s… https://t.co/gpOSlKtJaQ— Laurie Crosswell (@Laurie Crosswell) 1534802995.0
@Newsweek David, I disagree with this. Nancy still has much to offer. The fact that the GOO rails against her shoul… https://t.co/gUv10ACK1C— Kathy Storer (@Kathy Storer) 1534891719.0
Though, some did come to Hogg's defense:
@KatieStorer4 @Newsweek But what talent is waiting in the wings? Could they be better than Nancy?— Mary O'Brien (@Mary O'Brien) 1534892659.0
@Newsweek The age limit should be decided on a case by case basis, in the voting booth. But, yeah. As a general pr… https://t.co/vVEMbBp2lo— Occulty (@Occulty) 1534891127.0
@Newsweek Yep. Agree.— James E. Walker, Jr. 🇺🇸 (@James E. Walker, Jr. 🇺🇸) 1534890650.0
Others didn't approve of the comment but acknowledged that perhaps there should be term limits:
@Newsweek How about term limits, @davidhogg111? We limit the president to 8 years but people are in Congress for 30-40 years? Ridiculous!— ❌ Very Stable Genius - 🐉⚡ - 🇺🇸 1st (@❌ Very Stable Genius - 🐉⚡ - 🇺🇸 1st) 1534891008.0
@Newsweek They just need term limits.— Michele (@Michele) 1534957437.0
@Newsweek Maybe not based on age, but a limit like the president has might get new blood in government.— Judith Davis (@Judith Davis) 1534904526.0
Others noted that its more likely for a woman to be called old than a man:
@Newsweek That very interesting. How come we never hear about men being OLD— john (@john) 1534943456.0
@Newsweek Always women who are old. @NancyPelosi . Never men https://t.co/eTzE4ZdeXn— A Daniels (@A Daniels) 1534914087.0
Of course there is something to be said for experience as this commenter points out:
@Newsweek While I agree that our government needs to get younger, there is something to be said for experience.— Alex (@Alex) 1534894288.0