When Parkland survivor David Hogg helped initiate the March For Our Lives movement and became an outspoken proponent for tighter gun control, the 17-year-old high school student became a target for cyberbullying from adult conservatives.
Fox radio host Laura Ingraham of The Ingraham Angle mocked the student for his denied college applications. David's younger sister, also a survivor of the shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School month, had some words for the conservative host.
On Wednesday, Ingraham tweeted, "David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it." She added, "(Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA...totally predictable given acceptance rates.)"
Ingraham's tweet attacking David Hogg.(@IngrahamAngle/Twitter)
Lauren Hogg came to her brother's defense, berating the grown woman for bullying a high school student. "How low are your ratings @IngrahamAngle that you have to start attacking my brother's grades to get attention? If you ask me, he is more articulate than you and has far better character. Man, that's real low even for you. Coming from a 14 year old, please grow up."
How low are your ratings @IngrahamAngle that you have to start attacking my brother’s grades to get attention? If y… https://t.co/BDGNPpGCe6— Lauren Hogg (@Lauren Hogg)1522280142.0
Encouragement flooded her Twitter account for calling out the Fox host.
@lauren_hoggs @IngrahamAngle It's pathetic Lauren. May we never be angry to the point where you have to mock a kid… https://t.co/33oxH7OcuU— Danny Deraney (@Danny Deraney)1522282526.0
@lauren_hoggs @IngrahamAngle oh and I went to San Francisco State. I still ended up where I wanted to be. You and y… https://t.co/qV7HIujbi5— Danny Deraney (@Danny Deraney)1522282590.0
Someone will be remembered more.
@lauren_hoggs @IngrahamAngle I know who David Hogg is, but who is @IngrahamAngle— Sheila Anne (@Sheila Anne)1522280310.0
Lauren continued her crusade against cyberbullying. And who better to contact an advocate for anti-bullying than the First Lady, Melania Trump?
HEY @FLOTUS MY BROTHER IS LITERALLY GETTING CYBERBULLIED BY @IngrahamAngle. ANY COMMENTS? #NeverAgain #MarchForOurLives— Lauren Hogg (@Lauren Hogg)1522284860.0
The FLOTUS has yet to respond to Lauren's inquiry.
Meanwhile, David had his own plan to boycott Ingraham's show.
Soooo @IngrahamAngle what are your biggest advertisers ... Asking for a friend. #BoycottIngramAdverts— David Hogg (@David Hogg)1522285358.0
He asked 595,000 of his followers to call companies from a provided list that included Hulu, Nestle, and Liberty Mutual. David called some of the companies himself and asked if they would continue to support The Ingraham Angle radio show.
Pick a number 1-12 contact the company next to that # Top Laura Ingraham Advertisers 1. @sleepnumber 2. @ATT 3.… https://t.co/Jg1zblwxWc— David Hogg (@David Hogg)1522287046.0
@davidhogg111 @IngrahamAngle Is this kid the best or what? #BoycottIngrahamAdverts. https://t.co/4UmdXyzIf0— 🇵🇷🇺🇸Alexander Hamilton🚨: #BoltonClearance (@🇵🇷🇺🇸Alexander Hamilton🚨: #BoltonClearance)1522285489.0
A spokesperson from Nutrish, one of the advertisers for the show, told the Daily News:
We are in the process of removing our ads from Laura Ingraham's program, as the comments she has made are not consistent with how we feel people should be treated,
Attorney Lisa Bloom lambasted Ingraham for ridiculing a teenager. "His friends are dead. He's asking us to save other children from being killed," she wrote in a tweet. "One of the organizers of massive protests. Fox News host mocks him for some colleges rejecting him even though he has an impressive GPA. Guess @davidhogg111 has really gotten under Fox News' skin."
By Thursday morning, Ingraham issued an apology.
Any student should be proud of a 4.2 GPA —incl. @DavidHogg111. On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apolog… https://t.co/vxKXPwKJ3o— Laura Ingraham (@Laura Ingraham)1522343174.0
... immediately after that horrific shooting and even noted how "poised" he was given the tragedy. As always, he’s… https://t.co/Oge63OW0Sf— Laura Ingraham (@Laura Ingraham)1522343213.0
@IngrahamAngle Thank you @Nutrish & @TripAdvisor for removing ads, it took your removal of ads for Laura Ingraham t… https://t.co/D2wTRSFF76— Mom,Veteran,Consumer (@Mom,Veteran,Consumer)1522344857.0
David told TMZ he was rejected by U.C. Los Angeles, U.C. San Diego, U.C. Santa Barbara and U.C. Irvine where he submitted applications but was accepted by Florida Atlantic University, Cal Poly and Cal State San Marcos.
I think there's a lot of amazing people that don't get to college, not only that do things like I do but because their voices just aren't heard in the tsunami of people that apply every year to colleges in such an economic impacted school system here which we have here in America where people have to go into massive amounts of debt just to go to college and get an education.
@lauren_hoggs @IngrahamAngle @UCLA admissions really blew it by passing up on @davidhogg111 . He’s exactly the kind… https://t.co/bRAF7IjB5D— Mark Gallagher (@Mark Gallagher)1522282312.0
@solusnan1 @MarkRussellG @lauren_hoggs @IngrahamAngle @UCLA @davidhogg111 @Columbia @Princeton @Harvard Any school… https://t.co/4oyKapGP3h— Delahunty (@Delahunty)1522293323.0