Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg has confronted Senator John McCain onTwitter over his decision to accept more than $7.7 million from the National Rifle Association over his career.
Hogg, 17, who has become a leading gun-reform advocate since the Florida high school shooting in which 17 people died, tweeted McCain on Friday with the question: ‘Why do you take so much money from the NRA?’
The tweet was in response to McCain’s post about a redevelopment project in Phoenix, Arizona, and quickly racked up thousands of likes and re-tweets.
David Hogg, 17, (left, in Parkland on March 23) who has become a leading gun-reform advocate since the high school shooting in which 17 people died, tweeted McCain (right, with his daughter Meghan on March 18) on Friday with the question: ‘Why do you take so much money from the NRA?’
McCain, who is the number one recipient of NRA money in Congress according to the Center for Responsive Politics, has not responded to Hogg’s message.
The Republican, 81, was diagnosed last summer with glioblastoma, a form of aggressive brain cancer, and is currently recovering from chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
It is not known when he will return to Washington but his daughter, Meghan, said she was ‘cautiously optimistic’ it could be later this summer.
McCain has taken $7,740,521 from the NRA since joining Congress in 1983. The congressman who has received the second highest amount of money from the NRA is Richard Burr, at $6.9m, and in third place is Roy Blunt at $4.5m.
The tweet was in response to McCain’s post about a redevelopment project in Phoenix, Arizona, and quickly racked up thousands of likes and re-tweets
Hogg, a student a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, filmed students hiding from the gunman in their classrooms during the shooting on February 17.
He then became one of the leading voices of the gun control movement launched by these school-aged men and women.
The student recently got into a spat with Fox News host Laura Ingraham over her decision to mock him over a video in which he detailed the schools which did not accept him.
‘David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it,’ wrote Ingraham on Twitter.
Hogg was quick to respond to Ingraham’s tweet, sharing a list of a dozen advertisers and encouraging followers to immediately call them and ask them to drop Ingraham.
At least nine claim they have done just that.
Hogg recently got into a spat with Fox News host Laura Ingraham (pictured in February) over her decision to mock him over a video about schools that had not accepted him
Ingraham apologized Thursday on Twitter, saying: ‘On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland.’
Ingraham tweeted that she thought she was the first to feature Hogg on her show after the shooting and added: ‘He’s welcome to come on my show anytime for a productive discussion.’
Hogg tweeted later Thursday that an apology to save advertisers wasn’t enough and that he’d only accept Ingraham’s apology if she denounced the way Fox News has treated his friends.
‘It’s time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling at children,’ wrote Hogg.
Ingraham took to Twitter on Wednesday and accused Hogg of ‘whining’ about his rejections