The dictionary defines “extort
” as “to get something, especially money, from someone by using force or threats”.
And that’s exactly what David Hogg, self-appointed spokesman for gun-control for not just the students of Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, but also students across the United States.
Two days, ago, on May 23, 2018, Hogg joined the call
for a National Die-in Day
on June 12 in Washington, DC, to advocate gun control in honor of “the 49 victims of Pulse as well as hundreds of countless lives lost to gun violence in this country each year.”
For the 2016 Pulse “gay” night club shooting in Orlando, Florida, see:
But Hogg means to do better than the National Die-in. On the same day, he tweeted
a call for disruptive “die-in” “lie down” demonstrations inside Parkland’s two Publix grocery stores
Publix, which is based in Lakeland, Florida, is the state’s largest private employer and one of the biggest grocery chains in the Southeast, with 1,172 stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Roughly 800 of those locations are in Florida.
After calling for a “die-in” at Publix stores, on May 24, 2018, Hogg then tweeted
at Publix, demanding $1 million in donation and a pledge of ideological fealty to the gun-control movement
“I call on @Publix to donate double the money they gave to Putman to the Stoneman Douglas Victims fund, $1,000,000. And never support an A rated NRA politician again.”
Calling Hogg the “public face of the gun control movement,” Victor Morton of the Washington Times
explains that Publix is being targeted by Hogg for its support of Adam Putnam
, Florida’s agricultural commissioner and a Republican gubernatorial candidate. According to the Tampa Bay Times
, Publix had given a total of $670,000 to Putnam’s campaigns in the last three years — thus, the sum of $1 million of Hogg’s extortion.
Publix spokesman Brian West explained that the grocery chain’s support of Putnam is because he’s pro-business: “As the hometown candidate, Publix has had a long-standing relationship with Commissioner Putnam. We support pro-business candidates, and believe Commissioner Putnam will make a great governor.”
Hogg’s extortion is effective.
reports that amid Friday’s “die-in” at its stores, apologizing for putting “our associates and the customers they serve in the middle of a political debate,” Publix announced it has suspended all political contributions
“as we reevaluate our giving processes”.
[Editor’s note: To appreciate how these staged shootings are warping the political debate, see “The 2nd Amendment and the Politics of Gun Control”, which I have recorded for Memorial Day 2018: