As if the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School wasn’t being politically exploited enough, one of the shooting’s victims is now using the tragedy to fundraise for the Democratic National Committee.
What’s going on?
MSD senior Sara Imam wrote a fundraising email blast for the DNC on Friday using the shooting to urge Americans to support Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections.
“If you’re with me and other Stoneman Douglas survivors, add your name to commit to vote this fall — it’s the only way we’ll do something about gun violence in our country,” Imam wrote, according to the Daily Caller.
“It’s time to elect Democrats who will take action on gun violence prevention — and today I am asking for your help,” she wrote.
Recipients of the email were encouraged to sign a petition pledging to vote for Democrats in the midterms, but according to the Daily Caller, the pledge sought personal information from each signer, including name, address, email address, phone number, among other information.
Afterward, the petition directed signers to a donation page where they could donate to the DNC.
That wasn’t the only email sent in Imam’s name, though it was the one that was more direct. In another, titled, “I am a Parkland survivor,” Imam explains how most of her fellow students aren’t old enough to vote, so they’re counting on voting-age Americans to stand up for them and increased gun control.
In that email, she also encouraged recipients to sign the pledge to vote for Democrats in the fall, while directing recipients to a donation page to “make a contribution today if you’re ready to elect Democrats in all 50 states this year.”
Parkland students fundraising for the DNC pic.twitter.com/aa4Z2Oe5FI
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) March 2, 2018
Wait, is this a double standard?
President Donald Trump was raked over the coals last month after his fundraising team sent an email that included Trump attending to one of the Parkland shooting victims.
Unbelievable: the Trump campaign just sent out an email using the Parkland shooting, including photos of survivors, to raise money for his reelection campaign. pic.twitter.com/2WInImvsIA
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) February 24, 2018