When Florida school shooting survivor David Hogg was mocked by Fox News host Laura Ingraham for being rejected by a handful of colleges, the high school student responded with a successful social media campaign targeting her advertisers.
Now, Hogg is having the last laugh: The Washington Post reported he was accepted to Harvard, where the gun rights activist plans to study political science.
Hogg is one of the survivors of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead. After the shooting, he became a founding member of Never Again MSD, a group that advocates for stiffer gun-control laws. He helped organize the March for Our Lives for stronger gun violence prevention measures, which drew nearly 800,000 people to the nation’s capital.
But the 18-year-old’s very public stance on gun control turned him into a target himself. His home was swatted. He’s been accused of being a crisis actor. And even typical teenager ups and downs have made national news.
In March, he told TMZ about the rejection letters he had received from four California colleges - California State University at Long Beach, UCLA, the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of California at San Diego - even as he organized a movement that was “changing the world.”
Following that interview, Ingraham took to Twitter to mock the school shooting survivor, tweeting a link to a story calling Hogg a “Gun Rights Provocateur” and saying he whined about college rejections.
After Hogg targeted Ingraham’s advertisers and companies began pulling ad money, the Fox News host apologized.
In rejecting Ingraham’s apology, Hogg accused her of being a perpetual “bully,” who should apologize to other people she wronged.
According to The Post, Ingraham did not respond to Hogg’s Harvard acceptance.