Rebecca Boldrick, the mother of Florida school shooting survivor David Hogg, said her family has received multiple death threats after becoming the subject of right-wing conspiracy theories promoted by Donald Trump Jr. and others that falsely claim her son is a “crisis actor” being coached by left-wing groups to speak out against gun violence.
“I’m under so much stress,” Boldrick told The Washington Post.
“I’m angry and exhausted,” she continued. “Angry, exhausted and extremely proud.”
Hogg has pushed back against the conspiracy theories, saying he is not a “crisis actor.”
“It’s annoying. I hate it. But it’s part of American democracy,” Hogg told the Post. “Am I an actor? No. Am I a witness? Yes.”
A Florida state lawmaker’s aide was fired earlier this week hours after claiming two survivors of the Florida shooting, including Hogg, were actors.
The Hill adds:
Benjamin Kelly, an aide to state Rep. Shawn Harrison (R), emailed a Tampa Bay Times reporter after Hogg and Emma González called for legislation to stop gun violence in an appearance on CNN.
According to Tampa Bay Times reporter Alex Leary, the staffer said, “Both kids in the picture are not students here but actors that travel to various crisis when they happen.”
Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran (R) later tweeted that he fired Kelly.