Conservatives Use Image of Emma Gonzlez to Perpetuate Myth of Second Amendment Attack

Conservatives on social media doctored a video of Parkland survivor and activist Emma Gonzlez tearing the U.S. Constitution in half.

The actual image showed Gonzlez, 17, ripping apart a gun-range target.

The original video was part of a Teen Vogue digital publication, for which Gonzlez wrote an op-ed.

Phillip Picardi, chief content officer for Teen Vogue, put the original and doctored images side-by-side on Twitter to put the lies to rest.

The attacks being lobbied against Emma follow the all-too-familiar patterns: she’s an opinionated woman, she’s Latinx, she is queer,” Picardi said. Some say those are strikes already against her when confronting the establishment.”

The fact that we even have to clarify this is proof of how democracy continues to be fractured by people who manipulate and fabricate the truth,” he added.

It is unclear where the fake news originated, but the photo remains on social media platforms, including conservative commentator Adam Baldwin’s Twitter.

Baldwin tweeted the image with the caption Vorwrts!” the German word for Forward!” The word was used in chants during World War II by the Hitler Youth, the Nazi Party’s youth organization at the time.

Gab, a social media network popular among the alt-right, tweeted the video, too, with the caption, Not gonna happen.”

It has been liked over 3,600 times and retweeted nearly 2,000.

Baldwin chalked the image to political satire.” Gab similarly followed up with a tweet:

The Parkland activists have been targeted by conservatives since the tragic shooting shook their school. Benjamin Kelly, former aide to state Rep. Shawn Harrison (R-Tampa), lost his job after he falsely claimed that Gonzlez and fellow survivor-turned-activist David Hogg were strategically placed actors.

People have brought Hogg into further question because his father worked for the FBI. When appearing on CNN Hogg defended the FBI and placed blame for lack of gun control primarily on President Donald Trump. This gave Republicans all they needed to go after Hogg. Donald Trump Jr., the president’s oldest son, reportedly liked” a tweet from One America News Network (OANN) that suggested Hogg criticized Trump to paint the FBI in a good light. The tweet could no longer be located on the OANN account but a Twitter account called @TrumpAlert posted a screenshot.

Jack Kingston, a Republican former U.S. representative of Georgia, slammed the survivors-turned-activists, who he said on CNN are essentially puppets for left-wing groups who have an agenda.” And David Clarke, former sheriff of Milwaukee County who on Twitter calls himself an NRA Benevolent Member,” insinuated on Twitter that the Parkland students are being paid off.

Conservative propaganda spread on social media has proven to be harmful before. In 2016 the Pizzagate scandal captured the nation’s attention. According to pushers of the conspiracy, a pizza place in Washington, D.C., had ties to a child sex trafficking scheme linked to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The false narrative led to employees at the parlor being threatened, harassed and terrorized. One man went to the restaurant with a rifle and fired three shots inside, claiming he was there to self-investigate. No one was injured.

Even the president cannot resist a good conspiracy; his pre-politics days, campaign journey and time in the White House have all proven that. He pushed the birther movement before he was elected. While campaigning he suggested that Sen. Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. And while in office, he suggested that the leaked recording of him bragging about grabbing women’s genitals may not be authentic after he apologized for the comments.

Read more news @

Latest News


Humana Reports Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results; Continues Proactive Relief Efforts Amid Pandemic

Originally posted on  Ongoing actions to support its members, providers, employees, and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the donation of an additional $150 million to the Humana Foundation to address social determinants of health in an effort to promote more healthy days and encourage greater health equity Reports…

BASF South East Asia joins ZDHC Foundation to Scale up Sustainability in the Leather, Textile, and Footwear Industry

Originally published on BASF South East Asia now a “Contributor” in the Chemical Industry category of the ZDHC Foundation to help develop and implement chemical guidelines and solutions Haptex, BASF’s innovative polyurethane solution for synthetic leather, now certified ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® BASF South East Asia has joined the ZDHC…

AT&T Summer Camp

Originally published on Welcome to AT&T Summer Camp For kids across the country, summer camp is something to look forward to all year long. It’s a time when they connect with friends, try new things, discover untapped talents and grow as individuals. This summer, we’re reimagining the summer camp…

Southern Company: Low-Income Natural Gas Customers to Receive $1 Million in Energy Assistance Support from Atlanta Gas Light

Originally published on Under a mechanism created by the Georgia Public Service Commission last year, Atlanta Gas Light is allocating $1 million for supplemental low-income energy assistance, which will be distributed to qualifying agencies that support customers who need help paying natural gas bills, repairing or replacing natural gas appliances…