Twitter Delights As Shooting Survivors Grill Lawmakers, NRA: ‘Amber Alert Issued for Marco Rubio’s Spine’

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio had some tough questions put to him Wednesday by survivors of the Stoneman Douglas school shooting, and Twitter was loving it.
The survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and their parents took part in a CNN town hall discussion about gun control with Rubio and Sen. Bill Nelson. Stoneman Douglas students had some tough questions for Rubio, a Republican who has taken campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association, in particular.
Twitter users watching the town hall were particularly enthused by one question from Stoneman Douglas Junior Cameron Klasky, who asked Rubio to pledge he wouldn’t take any more money from the NRA. Rubio refused to make the promise.
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On Twitter, plenty of viewers dragged Rubio for what many saw as a refusal to stand up to the NRA. They also praised the Stoneman Douglas survivors and their parents for standing up for their beliefs even in the face of the tragedy they’d faced.

When an articulate student activist confronts Marco Rubio about taking NRA money. #CNNTownHall #ProtectOurKids #BanAssaultWeapons
— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) February 22, 2018

AMBER ALERT issued for Marco Rubio’s spine. #CNNTownHall #StudentsStandUp
— Marie Connor (@thistallawkgirl) February 22, 2018

Cameron: Will you stop taking money from the NRA?
Marco Rubio:#CNNTownHall
— Natalie Grace Alford (@NatalieGABand) February 22, 2018

It is so rare to see a televised event with politicians where there is a real sense that the audience has power, that the questioners have power. And they are making that heard loudly.
— Lois Beckett (@loisbeckett) February 22, 2018

Rubio says: “you would literally have to ban every semi-automatic rifle” as if it were a bad thing….
Instead, crowd goes wild. Oops.
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) February 22, 2018

Never watched a CNN townhall where I have jumped up and down in my living room screaming “drag him” .
— HawaiiDelilah supports Democrats w. NRA F ratings (@HawaiiDelilah) February 22, 2018

Wow @marcorubio, you could’ve been a TRUE LEADER had you answered “yes” to promising no more NRA money to your campaign. You could’ve washed a bit of the blood from your hands. You could’ve been the birth of new & necessary GOP. You blew it. #CNNTownHall
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) February 22, 2018
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most american chyron ever #CNNTownHall
— Talia Bracha Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) February 22, 2018

As a mother I am crying non-stop at #CNNTownHall.
As an American I am inspired by the courage and strength of the community of Parkland.
Tonight we are seeing America change before our eyes. #NeverAgain
— Paola Mendoza (@paolamendoza) February 22, 2018

These kids are KILLING IT. They are taking no prisoners and showing no mercy. They have more balls than some of our politicians ever will. I am so, SO proud of the work they are doing. Keep it up, guys! #GunSenseNow #CNNTownHall
— Melanie S. (@melanie_schreck) February 22, 2018

I’m cheering on these students as if this is a sporting event. #CNNTownHall
— Molly McCloskey (@MollyMcCloskey) February 22, 2018

These kids at the #CNNTownHall are asking tougher questions than any journalist has in 30 years. CHANGE IS HERE.
— ☘????Penny????☘ (@pennyzwyz) February 22, 2018
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The NRA won’t be giving Marco Rubio an A+ rating tomorrow. #CNNTownHall #NRA #ThoughtsAndPrayersDoNothing #ParklandStudentsSpeak
— Mario Nevarez (@MarioNevarez) February 22, 2018
Also present at the town hall meeting was NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch, who was present to defend the NRA’s position on gun rights, gun control and the Second Amendment. Survivors and their parents had tough questions for Loesch as well, and members of the audience shouted at her repeatedly, including yelling, “You’re a murderer!”

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel to NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch: “You just told this group of people that you are standing up for them. You’re not standing up for them until you say, ‘I want less weapons.'”
— Alex Hooper (@alex__hooper) February 22, 2018

It’s been known for a long time that Donald Trump is a fan of Fox News. And, in turn, the conservative network is a fan of his, often running positive stories about the administration that Trump then uses to fuel his Twitter feed. But Fox News isn’t always on board the Trump Train. Here are 11 times Fox News gave Trump the business.

Megyn Kelly calls Trump out on womenTrump famously feuded former anchor Kelly after she asked him a tough question at a Republican primary debate about derogatory statements he’s made about women. Trump took it personally, judging by his response on Twitter and in interviews. He later famously said Kelly must have had “blood coming out of her wherever” regarding the question. Watch the debate question here.

Kelly to Trump: “Facts matter”Trump kept hammering at Kelly on Twitter and elsewhere. When he called her out for not using the IBT poll when he was leading the Republican primary field, Kelly rebuked him with a tweet showing she did use the poll. “Facts matter,” she wrote.

Fox mocks Trump with statement on debate skipping pollAfter polled his Twitter followers to see if he should drop out of a Fox-hosted Republican primary debate, Fox responded artfully with a sarcastic statement that it had learned from “secret” sources Trump might be treated unfairly as president by foreign leaders.

Bill O’Reilly calls out Trump’s tweet with totally wrong stats”The O’Reilly Factor” grilled Trump in a Nov. 2015 interview about his tweet that erroneously said black people killed whites at a rate of 81 percent, while whites kill blacks at a rate of 15 percent. O’Reilly told Trump, “You shouldn’t tweet.” Trump did not take that advice.

Shepard Smith backs CNN on Russia reportingAnchor Shep Smith was on Team CNN after Trump’s January press conference, in which he refused to take a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta, saying, “You’re fake news.” Smith said, “neither they (CNN) nor any other journalists should be subjected to belittling or delegitimizing by the president-elect of the United States.” Watch it here.

Chris Wallace bucks Trump calling media “enemy of the public”After his press conference in January 2017, Trump continued his attack on media he doesn’t like on Twitter. Anchor Chris Wallace wasn’t having it on “Fox & Friends.” Wallace said Trump’s comments “crossed an important line” and said they were dangerous.

Smith calls Trump out on terrorism lieSmith isn’t a fan of Trump’s false assertions. When Trump said the media “doesn’t want to report” terrorist attacks, Smith took him to task. “The White House knows that it was false or could have learned that it was false with a quick Google check, but either did not do so or decided not to tell the truth.” Watch it here.

Wallace says the media is too easy on TrumpIn an interview with TheWrap, Wallace said he thinks Sunday political shows in particular should be tougher on Trump. “I think if anything, the media has treated him too well. By that I mean they’ve allowed him to play by different rules.” Read the full interview.

O’Reilly tells Trump Putin is “a killer”In a February interview, O’Reilly brought up Trump’s apparent refusal to criticize Vladimir Putin, calling the Russian president “a killer.” Trump famously responded by saying, “What, you think our country is so innocent?” Watch it here.

Smith wails on Trump’s refusal to talk about Russia hacksNobody on Fox hits Trump harder than Shep Smith. “We have a right to know… You call us ‘fake news’ and put us down like children for asking questions on behalf of the American people.” Watch it here.

Smith backs CNN and rebukes Trump’s ‘fake news’ assertionTrump’s favorite insult against media he doesn’t like is to call it “fake news.” But Shep Smith again supported CNN against the president after Trump’s anti-media speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee. Watch it here.

Neil Cavuto tells Trump he’s problem, not mainstream mediaResponding to Trump’s tweet claiming the mainstream media wants him off social media, Cavuto called out Trump for losing track of his own agenda. “Mr. President, it is not the fake news media that’s your problem, it’s you,” Cavuto said. Watch it here.

Smith blasts Trump administration on Russia: “Lie after lie after lie”Shep Smith was at it again following the news breaking about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer. He took the Trump administration to task for its many lies about meetings with Russia, including Jared Kushner failing to report the meeting on his security clearance forms. “My grandmother used to say, ‘What a tangled web we weave when first we try to deceive,'” Smith declared on air, leaving fellow anchor Chris Wallace speechless. Watch it here.

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Trump’s favorite network has pushed back a few times

It’s been known for a long time that Donald Trump is a fan of Fox News. And, in turn, the conservative network is a fan of his, often running positive stories about the administration that Trump then uses to fuel his Twitter feed. But Fox News isn’t always on board the Trump Train. Here are 11 times Fox News gave Trump the business.


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