David Hogg doubles down on criticism of Ingraham: ‘A bully is a bully’

Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg doubled down on his criticism of Fox News host Laura Ingraham, as advertisers continue to flee from her show over comments she made.

In the past few days, more than a dozen companies have pulled their advertisements from “The Ingraham Angle” in response to her tweet mocking Hogg for being rejected from colleges.

“A bully is a bully and it’s important that you stand up to them,” Hogg said on CNN Saturday.

Hogg, one of the leaders of the March for Our Lives movement and an outspoken gun control activist in the wake of the shooting at his high school, also called out Ingraham for her comments earlier this year about NBA stars LeBron James and Dwayne Wade.

Ingraham sparked major outcry after she said that James and Wade should “shut up and dribble” rather than commenting on politics.

“She’s tried calling out people at Dartmouth University for their sexual orientation and she told Lebron James to shut up and dribble,” Hogg said on CNN. “I don’t see any apology for those people.”

Hogg responded to Ingraham’s original comments by tweeting a list of her advertisers and urging his followers to contact them.

Ingraham apologized after companies began pulling their ads, but Hogg refused to accept the apology.

Hogg said on CNN that it’s “disturbing” that Ingraham has not been held accountable for her past comments.

“It’s really sad, it’s disturbing to know that somebody can bully so many people and just get away with it, especially to the level that she did,” he said. “I think now with advertisers standing with us, we can accomplish anything.”

Ingraham announced Saturday that she is taking a pre-planned break from her show next week.


Charles Barkley: I’m ‘angry and disgusted’ with Trump’s White House

Former NBA star Charles Barkley said in a new interview that he is “angry and disgusted” with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump advisers urging tougher action toward Russia: report Eric Holder says he’ll decide on a 2020 run by early next year Trump wrote back to 8-year-old seeking kidney for dad MORE‘s administration, citing Trump’s Twitter habits and regular firing of administration employees as the biggest problems.

In an interview with CNN’s “The Axe Files” on Saturday, Barkley told former Obama aide David Axelrod that he believes the Trump administration has been defined by chaos that pushes real issues to the side.


“I’ve never been more angry and disgusted at this situation than I am now. This turmoil every single day — the tweeting, the hiring and firing,” Barkley told Axelrod.

“We have spent the last year talking about Russia every single day. Now we got Stormy (Daniels), now we got another girl, and I’m sitting here saying, ‘When are we actually going to help the people?’ ” he added.

Barkley went on to accuse the president of doing an “awful” job of appearing to care about Americans from different demographics.

“Do we have some bad Hispanics? Of course, we do. Do we have some bad Muslims? Of course, we do. But I believe the majority of the Muslim people in this country are amazing, hard-working people. The President has done an awful job of trying to be inclusive,” Barlkey said.

“I think he reached a demographic who just won’t look in a mirror and say ‘my life sucks because of me,’ ” he added.

Barkley publicly took a stand against the Trump administration last year when he urged votes in his home state of Alabama to vote against Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreRepublicans fear Cochran replacement puts Senate seat at risk Trump: ‘I need allies’ in Congress Attorney: Roy Moore supporters offered K, Bannon meeting to drop accuser as client MORE (R), a controversial GOP Senate candidate supported by the president.

“When people in your own party say they won’t vote for you or support you, that’s a dead giveaway. It’s amazing,” Barkley said last year. “I am begging and urging everybody to get out, call all your friends. We’ve got to, at some point, we’ve got stop looking like idiots to the nation.”


Roseanne Barr faces backlash over Trump conspiracy theory tweet

Actress Roseanne Barr faced heavy criticism on social media this weekend after posting a tweet apparently indicating support for an online conspiracy theory claiming President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump advisers urging tougher action toward Russia: report Eric Holder says he’ll decide on a 2020 run by early next year Trump wrote back to 8-year-old seeking kidney for dad MORE is involved in combating a global trafficking ring tied to the “deep state.”

In a tweet posted Friday night, the “Roseanne” star alleged that Trump was breaking up human trafficking rings and freeing “hundreds” of children in sex slavery around the world every month.

“President Trump has freed so many children held in bondage to pimps all over this world. Hundreds each month. He has broken up trafficking rings in high places everywhere. notice that. I disagree on some things, but give him benefit of doubt-4 now,” the actress wrote.

Barr’s tweet was initially met with widespread confusion, with New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeting simply, “What?”

Journalists quickly noted that Barr’s claim appeared to indicate her support for a conspiracy theory that alleges the existence of a massive child-trafficking ring linked to rogue elements in the government tied to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPoll: Young people strongly oppose Trump Conway blasts Clinton: She won’t stop talking about 2016 election GOP tax message hits a snag MORE and the Democratic Party.


The conspiracy has been traced to an anonymous user identified as “Q” or “QAnon” on the online message board 4Chan. Twitter users noted that Barr has mentioned Q in past tweets as recently as November.

The conspiracy theory is similar to the “Pizzagate” theory that led to a man firing shots inside a Washington, D.C., pizzeria in 2016 in an attempt to “investigate” the claims.

Barr’s tweet led to backlash from members of the media, Democrats and other public figures, including former Nixon White House counsel John Dean, who slammed Barr’s network, ABC, for giving her a platform.

Michael Tomaso, a former MSNBC producer, wrote back, calling the president that Barr was praising “fictional.”

“This fictional president sounds amazing! Especially compared to the real one who’s been repeatedly retweeting white supremacist linked groups the last two years,” he wrote.

“Where is the evidence for this???? As far as I can tell this is completely untrue. Name times and places please,” wrote former Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean.

Despite the criticism, Barr later doubled down on the message, but said she would refrain from mentioning it further because it invited “bullying” from critics.

“i thought today was a good day to talk about freeing kids from sex slavery, since it is Passover. I didn’t realize that so many were not aware of it. Anyway, no more opinions from me on twitter, it invites bullying. Moving on,” she wrote in a tweet late Friday.

Barr, an outspoken supporter of the president on social media, spoke with Trump as recently as Wednesday when the president called the actress to congratulate her on the ratings success of the reboot of her show, “Roseanne.”

The show prominently features Barr’s politics as a Trump supporter, while other members of her on-screen family tend to be more liberal.

“We just kind of had a private conversation but we talked about a lot of things and he’s just happy for me,” Barr later told ABC’s “Good Morning America” of the call.


Sibling of Parkland victim maintains he was shut out of ‘March for Our Lives’ rally

The brother of a Parkland shooting victim says he was barred from speaking at the “March for our Lives” rally against gun violence last week, claiming his fellow students behind the march didn’t support his message. 

David Hogg, a Parkland survivor who has become a vocal advocate for gun control in the weeks since the shooting, said Saturday that Hunter Pollack, whose sister Meadow Pollack died along with 16 others in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month, was left out from the march over a logistical issue. 

“A miscommunication led to Hunter not being able to speak at the march… I would like you to hear it now,” said Hogg to his 700,000 followers with a video of a speech by Pollack calling for increased protection of schools. 

Pollack thanked Hogg for sharing the speech but insisted that “there was no miscommunication my speech didn’t fit In to the agenda.”

Another student organizer and classmate of Pollack’s, Ryan Deitsch, claimed that Pollack had a speech scheduled at the Washington march but never showed up. Dietsch denied the role of any politics in the matter, saying it was “not political whatsoever, he just wasn’t there.” 


“I was going to give a speech about Meadow and how devastated I am and how we need to make change, but they won’t allow me to put my voice out,” Pollack said at the time. 

Hunter Pollack and his father Andrew Pollack have been outspoken advocates of increased school security and arming teachers since the shooting, when a gunman armed with an AR-15 rifle rampaged through the school. 

Hunter has clashed with his classmates over the issue, calling for more stringent security measures instead of advocating for the across-the-board gun ban legislation supported by other survivors. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump advisers urging tougher action toward Russia: report Eric Holder says he’ll decide on a 2020 run by early next year Trump wrote back to 8-year-old seeking kidney for dad MORE has personally consoled the Pollack family, writing in an official letter that he and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJudge halts Stormy Daniels effort to depose Trump Parkland student appeals to Melania Trump after attacks by Laura Ingraham Trump sons fire back at Jeb Bush: Our father dismantled you piece by piece MORE are praying for their “comfort and strength.” Trump also thanked Andrew and Hunter Pollack for their participation in a White House listening session with other shooting survivors and affected family members. 

In his speech, recorded around the time of a memorial motorcycle ride in memory of Meadow Pollack, Hunter said his sister was gone “because our schools are not safe,” and demanded that adults and teachers in the country “put a value on our lives and protect us above all and everything else.” 


GOP senator on Trump’s ouster of Shulkin via Tweet: ‘Not the way I’d do it’

Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, during a hearing on the federal response to the 2017 hurricane season. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) chided President Donald Trump on Saturday for using Twitter to announce the ouster of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, adding that such a cavalier approach might make it more difficult for the president to find future nominees.

“It’s not the way I’d do it,” Johnson told “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd in a clip of an interview that will air in full on Sunday.

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Johnson cautioned that he did not necessarily disagree with Trump’s decision to get rid of Shulkin, who reportedly had policy disagreements with the president and was also the subject of headlines about his use of federal funds for private matters.

“I think the president does need to understand the effect it has on attracting other people,” Johnson said.

The White House has claimed Shulkin resigned, but the former secretary has said publicly that he was forced out. While such a distinction could have major legal implications, Trump’s decision to announce the move on Twitter is not the first time he has made a change in his Cabinet via social media. Trump tweeted on March 13 that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would be stepping down in favor of current CIA director Mike Pompeo. He also announced the firing of Reince Priebus, his first chief of staff, through Twitter.

With Shulkin’s ouster, senators now face the task of confirming a new secretary of state, CIA director and Veterans Affairs secretary following significant staff turnover in the administration — alongside scores of lower level nominees that require confirmation to serve in either the administration or on a federal court.