Right-wing Conspiracy Theorists Blame Anti-Gun Rallies and Teen Activism on George Soros

Karissa Saenz, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, holds a sign that reads, "White House You Are Killing Our Future!" in Parkland, Florida, on February 18. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Liberal billionaire philanthropist George Soros is paying to mobilize 17-year-olds against gun violence, conservative political commentator and former Republican congressman Jack Kingston claimed in an interview with CNN Tuesday morning.

Kingston was on the program to discuss a controversial tweet in which he claimed it is implausible that high school students who survived a brutal massacre last week were capable of organizing nationwide rallies for gun control on their own. During the show, Kingston argued that the teenagers are being manipulated by left-wing anti-gun activists funded by Soros.

CNN journalist Alisyn Camerota, who visited Florida last week in the wake of the shooting, quickly refuted Kingston's accusations.

"Jack, I'm sorry, I have to correct you," Camerota said. "I was down there. I talked to these kids.

"Jack, these kids were wildly motivated…. They hadn't been indoctrinated by some left-wing group. They were motivated from what they saw and what they endured during that ordeal," Camerota continued.

The idea that devastated high school kids whose friends were murdered are being brainwashed by George Soros is so incredibly sick it’s hard to even know where to start.

These kids are the future. Shame on you, @JackKingston, and anyone else who questions their motives.

— Justin Kanew (@Kanew) February 20, 2018

Seventeen people were killed last Wednesday when a gunman opened fire in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Since then, the students who survived the shooting have been speaking out, leading some to become the targets of those who believe they are part of a liberal conspiracy to take away Second Amendment rights.

David Hogg, a Florida student who has been critical of politicians, has been attacked personally by right-wing activists who say he was coached by his father to criticize President Donald Trump.

EXPOSED: School Shooting Surviver Turned Activist David Hogg's Father in FBI, Appears To Have Been Coached On Anti-Trump Lines [VIDEO] https://t.co/z2T0LgmyQ9

— Jim Hoft (@gatewaypundit) February 19, 2018

Soros, an 86-year-old hedge fund manager who funds charities and liberal causes around the world, including LGTB rights and democracy building, has become a global boogeyman for right-wing politicians and pundits. His Open Society Foundations are transparent about their support for social justice.

Right-wing sites like Breitbart and The Washington Times repeatedly claim that Soros is behind anti-Trump movements like the Women's March. In 2016, an image spread across the internet claiming that Soros wanted to "bring down the United States" by funding "black hate groups" like Black Lives Matter.

The quote attributed to Soros was fake, according to fact-checking site Snopes.