GOP Candidate Won’t Apologize for Calling David Hogg a ‘Brainwashed…Communist Pig’

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A Republican Massachusetts House candidate says he won’t apologize for persistently attacking Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg with controversial insults, including calling the 17-year-old “an absolute idiot” and a “communist pig.”

Ron Beaty, who announced his state House run on Twitter, has been relentlessly attacking Hogg online over the shooting survivor’s gun control activism in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that killed 17 people.

The Barnstable County commissioner has tweeted out polls asking if Hogg is a “fascist wannabe,” and he’s called Hogg “brainwashed,” a “socialist twit,” and a “communist pig,” among other incendiary insults, as The Hill reported.

He’s also shared a picture of Hogg doctored to compare him to Adolf Hitler, a popular meme by members of the far-right.

And while other members of the right have apologized for their attacks on Hogg, including Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, Beaty says he won’t apologize for any of his attacks, instead urging the young gun control activist to apologize to Ingraham, whose show has lost numerous sponsors after she mocked Hogg for being rejected by several colleges.

“Apologize? There is no reason to do so. I stand by my various statements and survey inquiries,” Beaty told IJR, adding that the current backlash regarding his comments from “ultra-liberal Democrats and their fanatical anti-Trump, anti-Second Amendment disciples” was not unexpected.

Beaty added that he’s “not concerned … one way or the other” about any negative impact on his candidacy, similar to what’s happened to Ingraham, coming as a result of his controversial comments.

Ingraham took a week off after Hogg organized a successful ad boycott of her program following a critical tweet posted by the conservative host. However, Fox News issued a supportive comment amid the massive advertiser pull-out.

“We cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts,” Fox News president Jack Abernathy said in a statement. “We look forward to having Laura Ingraham back hosting her program next Monday when she returns from spring vacation with her children.”