JT Lewis, a school safety advocate who pushes for armed guards in public schools, slammed fake news after Huffington Post wrongly claimed he supported gun control legislation.
Only days before meeting with President Donald J. Trump to discuss the importance of securing schools with armed guards, Lewis posted a tweet remembering the tragic loss he felt after losing his brother in the 2014 Sandy Hook school shooting.
It’s been six years (12/14) since Sandy Hook. Jesse has now been gone as long as he was alive. The best way to honor the victims is to make sure your local schools are secure so it doesn’t happen again!
— JT Lewis (@thejtlewis) December 14, 2018
Huffington Post, with its typical tunnel vision, assumed that when Lewis stressed the importance of making sure “local schools are secure,” he was advocating gun control legislation. Lewis discovered the article months later, and slammed the article, which got his name wrong as well as the point of his tweet, as a “prime example of Fake News.”
Prime example of fake news here:
1) Article got my name wrong
2) Claims my December 14th tweet to honor my brother by calling for school safety was actually about gun laws!
Not sure what the publication was, but at this point does it really matter? pic.twitter.com/FfbplRFJhV
— JT Lewis (@thejtlewis) March 12, 2019
Showing their complete lack of investigative scruples, the Huffington Post journalist apparently failed to realize that Lewis is not only an advocate of armed guards in schools who never spoke or wrote about dismantling the Second Amendment in an attempt to make schools safer, he met with President Trump who agreed with his stance on the critical issue. President Trump then invited Lewis to the Oval Office for a photo.
Underscoring his pro-second amendment, pro-armed guard views, Lewis has also slammed Democrat Senators Chris Murphey and Dick Blumenthal for refusing to acknowledge the merits of armed guards in schools, saying they are “bashing” his “hard work.”
We joined the President for the release of his School Safety Report, in which our ideas were not only included, but focused on. And all I’ve heard from CT’s (my) two senators are tweets bashing our hard work. If you need clarification, just ask. (@ChrisMurphyCT @SenBlumenthal)
— JT Lewis (@thejtlewis) December 19, 2018
Perhaps it should be no surprise that Huffington Post was hit with a round of layoffs at the same time as Buzzfeed and other fake news outlets earlier this year.
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