On Saturday, an enraged student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gave a fiery speech, and at its conclusion threw up a salute that ignited a firestorm on social media.
Far-left activist David Hogg attacked Republicans during his speech, saying, “I’m going to start off by putting this price tag right here as a reminder for you guys to know how much Marco Rubio took for every student’s life in Florida.”
Hogg continued with his Democratic talking points, stating: “Let’s put the USA over the NRA.”
Toward the end of his approximately four-minute speech, Hogg said, “Thank you. I love you all. God bless all of you and God bless America. We can and we will change the world!”
At that moment, Hogg threw up a salute that sent Twitter into a frenzy.
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) March 24, 2018
It is not clear what Hogg meant by his hand gesture, whether it was from some sort past political movement or if it was just something he did spur of the moment.
Here are some of the reactions that people had to it:
First it was armbands, now it's salutes. #MarchForOurLives seems dedicated to reviving the totalitarianism that brought so much bloodshed last century. The demonization of groups in society, calls for violence, etc This is why Americans own guns. #MAGA https://t.co/S35uHyyXO3
— Francois d'Ottawa (@LancopCF) March 24, 2018
This dude's taste of fame is going to his head. Bigly! https://t.co/rlC8Vya1G2
— Black Labrador (@AntiqueSully) March 24, 2018
— James Lea (@jimwlea) March 24, 2018
What kind of. .. is this? https://t.co/pvYGJi3Qqd
— Annette Jones (@SaltoftheEarth2) March 24, 2018
What a clown. Looks like a communist to me. https://t.co/bZlYWzdYJB
— Aulona Bushi Capaj (@AulonaBC) March 24, 2018
Again, while it’s not clear what Hogg meant by his hand gesture, different media outlets like BuzzFeed News published clips of his entire speech, but specifically cut off the part where he makes the salute. Why edit it out?
"I’m going to start off by putting this price tag right here as a reminder for you guys to know how much Marco Rubio took for every student's life in Florida," Parkland survivor David Hogg says at #MarchForOurLives. pic.twitter.com/i54QSygI4C
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) March 24, 2018