The mother of a Sandy Hook shooting victim took NBC's Megyn Kelly to task for interviewing Infowars talk show host Alex Jones, who infamously claimed that the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, which took the lives of 20 children, was a hoax. The preview for this Sunday's "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly," featured Jones and Kelly going head to head over the Sandy Hook shooting.
Jones previously claimed that the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, was a hoax made up by local parents.
Nelba Márquez-Greene, mother of 6-year-old victim Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, tweeted her disgust at NBC and Kelly's choice to interview the controversial figure.
After the preview aired, Márquez-Greene tweeted, "Hey @megynkelly, let me know if you want to give his victims equal air time. Promoting this fool is bad news. Do not encourage his abuse."
Hey @megynkelly , let me know if you want to give his victims equal air time. Promoting this fool is bad news. Do n… https://t.co/0yesZWzqkE— Nelba Márquez-Greene (@Nelba Márquez-Greene)1497230657.0
She followed that tweet up with another, as her comments began to gain traction on social media.
"To give a man like this such a platform normalizes behavior that isn't normal," she continued. "How do I explain this to my son?"
To give a man like this such a platform normalizes behavior that isn't normal. How do I explain this to my son? https://t.co/lEVlBR8LI6— Nelba Márquez-Greene (@Nelba Márquez-Greene)1497231618.0
Kelly responded to the internet backlash and said that her interview with Jones was "riveting," but Márquez-Greene wasn't buying it.
Márquez-Greene fired back, "I promise you it's not riveting. How you you feel if someone shot your kids, some fool said it wasn't true and I gave him a show?"
I promise you it's not riveting. How you you feel if someone shot your kids, some fool said it wasn't true- and I g… https://t.co/SXtOVDic2y— Nelba Márquez-Greene (@Nelba Márquez-Greene)1497231792.0
She then tweeted a photo of her daughter.
— Nelba Márquez-Greene (@Nelba_MG) June 12, 2017
Chelsea Clinton even entered the fray, catching wind of the tweets and exchanges, and added her own two cents.
To both Kelly and Márquez-Greene, Clinton wrote, "I am so sorry Nelba you continually confront disbelief and derision. It should be obvious how very, very wrong that is."
She added, "There is no justification for amplifying lies (or a liar), particularly about unimaginable tragedy. I hope no parent, no person watches this."
Once Kelly's comments went viral, she continued to defend her position — even bringing President Donald Trump into the mix.
"POTUS's been on & praises @RealAlexJones' show," Kelly tweeted. "He's giving Infowars a WH press credential. Many don't know him; our job is 2 shine a light."
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 11, 2017