David Hogg Suggests Trump Tower ‘Die-In’ Following Success of Publix Protest

After successfully pressuring supermarket chain Publix to halt donations to political campaigns, teen activist and school shooting survivor David Hogg appears to have  turned his attention to Trump Tower.

The 18-year-old floated the idea of demonstrating against President Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association with a "Die-In," a version of a sit-in in which demonstrators mimic dead bodies, at one of the president's hotels. Like his other protests, the goal would be to pressure legislators into supporting additional gun control.

"So when are we doing a die in at Trump Hotel?" the former Marjory Stoneman Douglas student tweeted, earning more than 26,000 likes. When a commenter suggested helping to organize a demonstration at one of Trump's Washington D.C. properties, Hogg responded with several wink emojis.

Trump owns hotel properties in several major cities, including Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami, Manhattan, Waikiki, Washington, D.C. and Vancouver. 

Hogg also advised his 810,000 followers to start responding to Trump's tweets with a reminder of the president's post-Parkland pledge to ban bump stocks, an attachment that makes a semi-automatic weapon fire faster, and to increase the age limit for purchasing a firearm. 

“I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health,” Trump tweeted on February 22. “Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue - I hope!”

Along with classmates, Hogg has led a number of other large-scale demonstrations since the high school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14. Last Friday, his protest at the Supermarket chain Publix had iterations across Florida, resulting in the store's announcement that it would no longer donate to politicians who support the National Rifle Association. His efforts specifically targeted Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam, a major NRA supporter who previously described himself as an “NRA sellout.” Putnam had counted Publix as one of his top campaign contributors, along with Walt Disney Co.

"We would never knowingly disappoint our customers or the communities we serve. As a result, we decided earlier this week to suspend corporate-funded political contributions as we re-evaluate our giving processes,” Publix said in a statement.

Although Hogg’s activism has enjoyed instances of success, it has also made him a target. After seeing a photograph of the teen protesting in the Publix parking lot, a Florida police officer left a comment on Facebook expressing hope that the activist be hit with a car. Other public figures—from legislators to law enforcement to late-night television hosts—have expressed similar sentiments.

What’s more, far-right conspiracy theorists have also flooded the internet with false stories about the teen and his former classmates.

Hogg has attempted to appeal to his detractors.

“Talking about these issues is the first step to solving them," Hogg tweeted last Friday. "To the NRA supporters, thank you for making your voice heard. We are fighting for you too. Let’s save lives."

david hogg David Hogg (front center) and other students from Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School walk out of school on March 14 to honor the memories of the 17 classmates and adults who were killed during the mass shooting there in February. A SWAT team was called Hogg’s home on Tuesday morning after receiving a report of an armed man holding hostages. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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