David Hogg’s week keeps going from bad to worse, like a snowball rolling downhill and gathering weight as it heads towards its inevitable destruction. Following an embarrassing, failed attempt at getting attention on Tuesday, Hogg received the last news that he wanted to hear.
In a new Quinnipiac poll released on Wednesday, the Parkland students as a group received a 62 percent disapproval rating among Republicans with a mere 22 percent having a favorable opinion of the teenagers, led by Hogg. The response is not shocking due to the fact that these teenagers are fighting and marching to strip the rights of law-abiding Americans.
Still, their support among Democrats remains strong as their public presence and influence have begun to wane. On Tuesday, Hogg and his band of misfits worked hard to get another school walkout for more gun control to trend on Twitter, but they failed miserably.
The crew’s appearances on national television promoting increased gun control are now few and far between. And because of that, their influence on the gun control narrative has also fallen, as has the support for increased restrictions on gun ownership. The same poll found that those who support “stricter gun control laws” fell 10 percent, from a high of 66 percent the week of the Parkland school shooting that claimed 17 lives, to 56 percent on Wednesday.
This news came days after Fox News host Laura Ingraham returned to her nightly television show after criticizing Hogg and calling him a whiner for complaining about not getting into his colleges of choice. Hogg attempted to create a boycott of Ingraham’s show among advertisers which saw mild success until the creator of My Pillow decided that he was not going to cut ties with Ingraham. That was followed by Fox News issuing a statement of support for its embattled host.
That marked the first major defeat for Hogg. Still, the Hogg effect has had some advertisers shaking in their boots. A conservative television and radio host, Jamie Allman, was forced to resign after he made disparaging remarks about the teen and advertisers began abandoning ship. Also, Skowhegan Savings Bank fired Republican Mayor Nick Isgro after a controversial tweet in which he said: “Eat it, Hogg.”
Isgro deleted the tweet, but it was too late. Democrats seized on the tweet and the former mayor of Waterville, Maine, Karen Heck, started a recall petition on Monday in an attempt to get enough signatures to recall the mayor, Central Maine reported.
John Witherspoon, president and CEO of Skowhegan Savings Bank, told Central Maine that it was Mayor Isgro’s decision to leave the bank and that he was not fired. But Governor Paul LePage was not buying it as he issued a letter of support for Mayor Isgro and chastised Witherspoon and the bank.
“Your decision to discharge Nick Isgro is a mistake you will likely come to regret,” Governor LePage, who was a former two-term Republican mayor of Waterville, wrote. “You have fallen prey to the leftist hate ideology that refuses to recognize free speech.” In a phone interview with Central Maine, Governor LePage said that the tweet did not rise to the level of a firing offense from the bank where Isgro was a controller and assistant vice president.
“My point is, this issue, to me, is not a political issue,” he said. “This is a First Amendment issue. This comment doesn’t, in my mind, reach the level of a business panicking and (Isgro) getting fired.”
But the bank issued a statement apologizing to the residents of Waterville. “On behalf of the bank, we apologize to those in the community who have been offended, including our own employees and the students in Florida, for what I would say was thoughtless and inappropriate behavior,” Witherspoon wrote.
Mayor Isgro released his own statement on Wednesday thanking his supporters. “Having spent the majority of the last several days from sun up to the time I go to bed trying to keep up with responding to all of the messages, phone calls, and texts – literally thousands – of support from all of you the people in the face of attacks from a dark and well-funded leftwing media and their allies. I am incredibly humbled and at a loss for words. It is you the people along with my wife Amanda and our children that give me the strength to keep fighting this fight, and my promise to you is to never back down on your behalf. God bless you all, and thank you!” he said.
Regardless of those actions, it is apparent that Hogg and his crew are fading into the background of the national stage as America’s attention shifts to a potential war with Syria while CNN cannot stop talking about pornstar Stormy Daniels. The clock has struck midnight, and Hogg’s carriage has become a pumpkin.