Kirsters Baish| Last week, you may have heard about Parkland, Florida school shooting survivor turned anti-gun activist David Hogg’s attempt at cornering the popular Florida-based grocery store chain, Publix, into coughing up $1 million for victims of February’s shooting.
This Tuesday, a father of one of the shooting victims drew attention to the grocery chain’s response, and it totally destroyed the liberal narrative.
First off, let’s talk about the reason that Hogg went after Publix in the first place. It seems that he wasn’t too happy that the grocery chain had financially supported Florida’s agriculture commissioner/GOP governor candidate, Adam Putnam. Putnam also garners support from the NRA. Now you see the connection, as diluted as it may be.
Hogg tweeted out a message, demanding $1 million from Publix to the victims in order to make up for giving support to Putnam. Is this guy joking? This punk seriously thinks that attempting to extort a corporation via his social media page is a good idea. Take a look at his message:
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.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 24, 2018
Obviously Hogg’s behavior is totally ridiculous and uncalled for, and definitely fits into the category of extreme, but let’s be honest, this isn’t totally out of character for him. The thing is, Publix isn’t going to succumb to the “demands” of a teenager. The corporation had a message in return for Hogg.
Conservative Tribune reports:
While the supermarket chain tried to wiggle its way out of the protests by announcing it would stop all political donations, turning over what would amount to a $1 million extortion payment wasn’t going to be in the cards. (It’s not like the fund needs money anyway. According to Orlando Weekly, it’s already collected some $8.7 million.)
This week, Fred Guttenberg, a Hogg ally and the father of 14-year-old Parkland victim Jaime Guttenberg, published a series of Twitter posts recounting how Publix CEO Ted Jones had informed him on Tuesday that the company wasn’t going to be victimized by a shakedown scheme.
Jones cited Friday’s “die-ins” at two Florida locations as the reason, according to Gutttenberg. That would make sense to anyone who knows that an extortionist who finds a victim willing to pay will only keep demanding more, but Guttenberg proclaimed that he was shocked.
“He had the gall to say to me that because the die in made this so political that he would not be able to come down here to meet with the Parkland kids and families, as a reminder we are customers, and that Publix would not be making any donation to the victims fund,” Guttenberg explained.
Keep in mind that Guttenberg’s daughter was killed during the tragic Parkland high school shooting. He is likely experiencing extreme grief, which is known to make people act differently.
One Twitter user explained it all perfectly:
So let me see if I've got this right… You and @davidhogg111 Committed under the legal definitions Vandalism and Extortion. And since the amount of the extortion is over 50 dollars. Felonious extortion. This is under Fed and local laws. And are wondering why PUBLIX IS Telling
— Jim (@lharchmage) May 31, 2018
you to buzz off. Frankly If I were the publix Ceo I would be sitting down with the local DA and demanding prosecution of the 2 of you for Extortion and Vandalism. The 2 of you have broken the LAW.
— Jim (@lharchmage) May 31, 2018
Hogg’s extortion tactics aren’t going to work on Publix. That has been made very clear.