Florida students, parents, and teachers have come together with lawmakers in the hopes of creating a brighter and safer future. And while the whole country is still reeling from the many mass shootings that have already occurred in public schools around the country, there’s one famous man who’s raising eyebrows.
It seems Donald Trump Jr. has taken to Twitter to like a few unsavory tweets, and everyone’s freaking out. This isn’t the first time this Trump landed himself in hot water, either. Here are the tweets he liked, and why we’re now questioning his mental health.
1. Some believe the Florida shooting survivors are just crisis actors
Despite video evidence and hundreds of stories from parents, students, teachers, and law enforcement, some conspiracy theorists believe the Florida shooting never actually happened. CNN reports David Hogg, one of the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has been the main subject for many of these harmful theories.
According to some theorists, Hogg was paid to travel to the site of the shooting and act like he was affected in order to push an anti-gun agenda. Others believe his father, a former FBI agent, coached him on what to say and how to act.
Next: Donald Trump Jr. liked this insanely insensitive tweet.
2. Donald Trump Jr. liked this tweet suggesting one of the survivors is faking the incident
Though we know for a fact that the shooting did indeed happen and no one’s faking their trauma, some folks on Twitter aren’t believing it. Even worse is that Donald Trump Jr. liked one of these conspiracy tweets.
The New York Post reports Twitter user Thomas Paine posted a link to a video of student David Hogg discussing his favoring of stricter gun control laws. Paine also added a link to another story that claims, “David Hogg is a school shooting survivor in Florida. At least that’s what the mainstream media has told us. We wouldn’t be surprised by anything involving the FBI at this point.” And Trump Jr. was caught liking this tweet.
Next: There’s another tweet Trump Jr. liked that also had us shaking our heads.
3. And Trump Jr. didn’t stop at just one
Perhaps if Trump Jr. only liked one tweet, we could turn the other cheek. But it was the second Twitter like that really had everyone wondering what was up.
The New York Post says right-wing radio show host Graham Ledger tweeted that he believes Hogg is “running cover for his dad,” the same FBI agent who “botched tracking down the Man behind the Valentine day Massacre.” Ledger goes on to say he’s “just connecting some dots,” though the tweet had many outraged.
Next: Here’s what happened to a lawmaker aide who claimed students were crisis actors.
4. This Florida lawmaker’s aide was fired for saying students were actors
It seems Trump Jr. isn’t the only politician making waves. The Tampa Bay Times reports Benjamin Kelly, the aide to Florida state representative Shawn Harrison, emailed a reporter with his claims. Kelly’s email says, “Both kids in the picture are not students here but actors that travel to various crisis when they happen.” The photo he referred to was of Florida students Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg speaking on CNN.
Kelly didn’t stop here, either, as he sent another email after this with a link to a conspiracy video. He was then promptly fired.
Next: This isn’t the first time conspiracy theorists have made malicious claims.
5. Conspiracy theorists have also said other shootings were a lie
What’s most troubling about these conspiracy theories is how quickly they spread online. At one point, the Florida conspiracy was trending on YouTube, and videos were shared tens of thousands of times, NBC News reports. As associate professor David Carroll notes, “In the conspiracist mindset, everything is potentially a deception.”
You may also remember reading conspiracies about other shootings dating as far back as the JFK assassination. Snopes explains some even thought crisis actors were involved in the Sandy Hook and Pulse nightclub shootings. Survivors of the massacres were threatened at the time, too.
Next: Here’s what people are saying about Trump Jr. now.
6. Many labeled Trump Jr. as ‘disgusting’ in the wake of the tragedy
To no one’s surprise, the public isn’t too happy with Trump Jr.’s Twitter activity. Hogg himself has discussed the messages about him that were shared on social media, and Newsweek notes he’s absolutely appalled. “It’s unbelievable to me that people are saying this, and the fact that Donald Trump Jr. liked that post is disgusting to me,” says Hogg.
Interestingly enough, Hogg also explains he’s not anti-Second Amendment, either. He says he doesn’t mind responsible gun ownership. He just wants to keep weaponry out of the hands of people who may commit horrible crimes.
Next: Trump Jr. isn’t the only one in the family with conspiracy theories.
7. This isn’t the first time a Trump has exposed their theories online
While Trump Jr. busily makes headlines, we can’t forget the time Eric Trump made an odd proposition on Twitter. When Twitter suggested some accounts for Eric Trump to follow, he thought it was odd that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Ellen Degeneres all appeared. He took a screenshot of the suggestions and then wrote, “Shocking … once again, here are the @Twitter ‘suggestions’ of who I should follow #DeepState.”
As for the rest of the family, it’s also worth noting President Trump buys into some pretty odd theories as well. He’s expressed his belief that Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the JFK assassination, for example.
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