The official NRA TV Twitter account is currently arguing with a fake Al Sharpton Twitter account about gun violence and politicians–or something.
At 9:14 a.m. on Saturday, the NRA’s account promoted a video by host Colion Noir. This video was tweeted to an obviously fake account pretending to be the infamous New York reverend:
What if the politicians you cheer for actually cared about the violence in our inner cities?
.@RevAlSharlton “What if the politicians you cheer for actually cared about the violence in our inner cities?” –@MrColionNoir #MarchForOurLives #NRA pic.twitter.com/iESMpN8WF9
— NRATV (@NRATV) March 24, 2018
This is the NRA’s second faux pas in the same day–and both include Noir.
Noir personally distinguished himself online by taunting the teenage survivors of the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
As reported by the Washington Post, Noir said:
To all the kids from Parkland getting ready to use your First Amendment to attack everyone else’s Second Amendment at your march on Saturday, I wish a hero like Blaine Gaskill had been at Marjory Douglas High School last month because your classmates would still be alive and no one would know your names, because the media would have completely and utterly ignored your story, the way they ignored his.
Noir’s survivor-taunting comments were roundly criticized. Now, his operation has apparently given critics another full magazine worth of ammunition.
Brooke Binkowski, the managing editor at Snopes, one of the internet’s first fact-checking and reference sites, noted:
So the same kind of person who will insult kids who lost their classmates just a little over a month ago is also the same kind of person who can’t tell real from parody accounts lol
— Brooke Binkowski (@brooklynmarie) March 24, 2018
[image via screengrab/NRATV/Twitter]
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