Despite fierce criticism over him calling some Parkland survivors “soulless,” musician and National Rifle Association (NRA) board member Ted Nugent stood by his comments:
In a Facebook Live video on Saturday, Nugent accused the Parkland students of engaging in “hate speech” by using “child murderers” to describe people who don’t agree with them.
“So they are guilty of hate speech. I merely identified that you have to have mush for brains to accept, blindly accept, the propaganda from the gun-hating, freedom-hating, America-hating, liberal Democrat left media,” he said.
He went on to ask who believed outlets like CNN, MSNBC, and other broadcast networks.
Nugent seemed flabbergasted by some apparently calling him hateful because he called out the Parkland survivors’ hate:
“They’re so blinded by their hate, and their mushy brains have so robotically accepted the propaganda ministry’s lies and deceit, that [they believe their] hate isn’t hate. My identifying their hate, is hate. What the hell? So I stand by my words.”
Nugent’s comments came a short while after the Parkland students organized the March for Our Lives, a demonstration calling for action to prevent gun violence.
David Hogg, one of the most high-profile activists, previously called legislators “child murderers”:
“Considering the fact that so few legislators in Florida met with us and they want the people to forget, that’s disgusting. The fact that they want people to forget about this and elect them again as the child murderers they are, that’s unacceptable, and we’re not going to let that happen.”
Hogg similarly said that the NRA was “pathetic” and wanted “to keep killing our children.”
“They could have blood from children splattered all over their faces and they wouldn’t take action because they all still see those dollar signs,” he said.