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Outspoken anti-gun activist David Hogg got an earful on Twitter after calling Republican U.S Sen. Rick Scott of Florida "complicit" in death of Scott's friend, who was killed in the Louisville massacre.
Authorities said a lone gunman killed five and wounded at least eight others, including two police officers, at the downtown Old National Bank on Monday morning.
Among the deceased was 63-year-old Tommy Elliott — and Scott mourned him on Monday night:
\u201cMy friend Tommy Elliott was killed today in Louisville. He was my banker for many years. This news is very shocking and sad for Ann and me. He did so much in the Louisville community, and we pray for his family during this awful time.\u201d— Rick Scott (@Rick Scott) 1681175059
"My friend Tommy Elliott was killed today in Louisville. He was my banker for many years. This news is very shocking and sad for Ann and me. He did so much in the Louisville community, and we pray for his family during this awful time," Scott tweeted.
What did Hogg tell Scott?
"Must be tough knowing you’re complicit," Hogg tweeted back to Scott.
\u201c@SenRickScott Must be tough knowing you\u2019re complicit\u201d— Rick Scott (@Rick Scott) 1681175059
Hogg added a subsequent tweet to Scott: "Your staff is [sic] also literally met with the survivors of gun violence, and said that they don’t care [sic] it is extremely hard for me to have sympathy for you. You have an enormous amount of power that could’ve been used to prevent what happened today and in Parkland."
How did folks react?
Notable Twitter users took Hogg to task for his brutal response to Scott.
- Bryan Suits of KTTH-AM in Seattle told Hogg, "You're now twisted by what you think you hate. Come up for air and see the cartoon of yourself you've become."
- Brandon Morse, senior editor of RedState, offered to Hogg that "you might be one of the biggest pieces of s**t on this platform."
- Republican communicator Matt Whitlock told Hogg "with crap like this you've done more damage to the cause you care about than probably anyone else in the last decade. Log off, kid."
- Chicks on the Right called Hogg "a literal piece of s**t."
Other commenters agreed:
- "Before I just thought you were a fame hungry ghoul, but now I realize you really are just a terrible person to your core," one user told Hogg. "What a disgusting thing to say to anyone."
- "This might be the most heartless and cruel tweet I’ve read in a long time," another commenter opined. "Wow."
- "Wow, your mother did a terrible job raising you," another user observed.
Hogg posted a number of other incendiary statements on Twitter in reaction to the Louisville massacre, but one particular tweet posted Tuesday morning stands out for its irony:
\u201cTo be honest I think it might be social media more than anything that prevents us on making progress on addressing gun violence together- because it kills all nuance and only polarizes people more. There is a lot we do agree on and aren\u2019t doing.\u201d— David Hogg (@David Hogg) 1681216774
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Sr. Editor, News
Dave Urbanski is a senior editor for Blaze News.