David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland, Florida, school massacre who became the face of a national gun control movement, told New York Magazine‘s Lisa Miller that he has political aspirations — as soon as he’s old enough to run for office.
Hogg, who is now 18 and recently graduated from high school, said he wants to run for Congress after he turns 25 in order to further his agenda for gun control and other issues.
“I think I’ve come to that conclusion,” Hogg said in the interview. “I want to be at least part of the change in Congress.”
Hogg is currently taking a “gap year” to work on midterm elections before he goes to the University of California, Irvine in 2019. He then plans to take off again for the 2020 election.
What are his political views?
According to the New York Magazine feature, Hogg has quickly decided on his political views in the past several months, such as his opposition of charter schools and his support for universal healthcare.
He is apparently inspired by the rise of New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, saying he believes she will be the president one day. He thinks Democrats need a youth movement, something he said Republicans have done a better job at.
“Older Democrats just won’t move the f*** off the plate and let us take control,” Hogg said. “Nancy Pelosi is old.”
Despite his liberal lean, he is critical of popular Democratic politicians like Sen. Bernie Sanders, who he said is “terrible on guns,” and former President Barack Obama, who “increased drone warfare and killed a lot of civilians.”
“Honestly, they all kind of suck,” Hogg concluded.
What has he done lately?
The Parkland students took a nationwide bus tour over the summer to advocate for their cause and get voters registered. The tour lasted about two months.
“The amount of suffering I’ve seen is beyond belief,” Hogg told New York Magazine. “The amount of inequality is beyond belief.”
(H/T The Hill)