CNN's Jack Kingston: "I have a hard time believing" that Florida school shooting survivors can organize a rally by themselves
Kingston pushes conspiracy theory that George Soros or Antifa are behind Parkland survivors' gun reform movement
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From the February 20 edition of CNN's New Day:
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ALISYN CAMEROTA (CO-HOST): Jack, I want to start with something you tweeted because I don't understand it. So let me read to everyone what you tweeted on Sunday night about this. You said, "Oh, really? Students are planning a nationwide rally, not left-wing gun control activists using 17-year-old kids in the wake of a horrible tragedy? #Soros #Resistance #Antifa #DNC." Do you think that, Jack? You think -- you're serious? You think these kids aren't acting on their own volition?
JACK KINGSTON (CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR): Alisyn, I think it's a horrible tragedy, and I am heartbroken that young people have gone through this, and I hope that it never happens again. But I also know that their sorrow can very easily be hijacked by left-wing groups that have an agenda.
CAMEROTA: But do you think it has been?
KINGSTON: Well, let's ask ourselves, do we really think -- and I say this sincerely -- do we really think 17-year-olds on their own are going to plan a nationwide rally?
CAMEROTA: Jack --
KINGSTON: I would say to you very plainly that organized groups that are out there like George Soros are always ready to take up the charge, and it's kind of like instant rally, instant protest and those groups are ready to take it -- take it to the streets.
CAMEROTA: Hey, Jack? Jack, I'm sorry, I have to correct you. I was down there. I talked to these kids. These kids were -- Jack. These kids were wildly motivated. I talked to these kids before they knew the body count of how many of their friends had been killed.
CAMEROTA: No, Jack. No one had talked to them yet. They hadn't been indoctrinated by some left-wing group. They were motivated from what they saw and what they endured during that ordeal.
KINGSTON: Alisyn, I don't doubt their sincerity.
CAMEROTA: Yes, you do, Jack.
KINGSTON: I absolutely know these children are heartbroken. But I also know they probably do not have the logistical ability to plan a nationwide rally --
CAMEROTA: Jack, that's silly.
KINGSTON: Without it being hijacked by groups that already had the pre-existing anti-gun agenda.
CAMEROTA: Jack, it's just silly. They’re already doing it. They're on buses going to the state legislature today. They're 17 years old. They can figure this out.
KINGSTON: And they have the money for the bus, and they're ready to go. I mean, I just have a hard time believing it.