On Saturday, countless Americans participated in the “March For Our Lives,” a protest designed to bring the issue of gun control to the forefront of the American agenda. Numerous students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the school that started the most recent conversation about gun control, marched and gave speeches.
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David Hogg, a student who has been leading the charge, gave a speech that created controversy. It wasn’t the content of the speech that had people on Twitter up in arms — it was the gesture he did at the end.
The high school student threw up a salute that some people thought resembled the same salute the Nazis used during World War II. Immediately, the internet was abuzz with controversy.
Some users on social media found it all eerily similar to the Nazis, commenting on how it first began with armbands, then salutes.
Others thought the immediate fame Hogg received in wake of the school shooting that killed 17 people had gone to his head.
One Twitter user thought the salute was more akin to the infamous “Power to the People” raised clenched fist, a socialist gesture.
Breitbart News reported last week that teachers and faculty around his school are “very understanding” of him missing school while he attends anti-gun rallies.
It’s unclear what Hogg meant with his hand gesture. The Daily Wire pointed out that left-winged publications cut out the hand gesture at the end of the speech entirely.
"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
During Hogg’s speech, he took several shots at Republicans, in particular, Marco Rubio. “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.”
The two have had verbal spats in the past over differing ideologies. He continued his slam speech by stating: “Let’s put the USA over the NRA.”
Moments before he threw up his “salute,” Hogg ended his speech by saying, “Thank you. I love you all. God bless all of you and God bless America. We can and we will change the world!”
Again, the gesture could mean anything. Hogg himself may not even know what he intended.