During a “Morning Joe” panel discussion on MSNBC on Wednesday, co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough slammed conservatives who have criticized high school students for speaking out about gun control in the wake of last week’s deadly school shooting in Florida.
“Dinesh D’Souza, you have been fighting so hard for free speech so you can write some of the most astounding things I’ve ever read in my life over the past few decades,” Brzezinski said on the MSNBC show, referring to the conservative writer Dinesh D’Souza.
“And yet you won’t give them a moment to use their voices,” she added. “That’s cruel hypocrisy.”
D’Souza appeared to mock students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Tuesday, tweeting that the Florida legislature’s decision to vote down a measure restricting certain firearms was the “worst news since their parents told them to get summer jobs.”
The right-wing commentator also tweeted after the Florida vote: “Adults 1, kids 0.”
“He’s a disturbed guy,” Scarborough responded during his show Wednesday after D’Souza’s tweets were read on-air.
Scarborough also criticized a segment on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in which conservative commentator Dan Bongino suggested that the students at the Florida high school where a gunman opened fire last week, killing 17 people, should instead be focused on discussing how “signs were missed” that may have alerted authorities to the possibility of the shooting.
“On Tucker Carlson’s show last night, a guest actually blamed the students for the slaughter – for not being perceptive enough to report,” Scarborough said.