A former Republican congressman told MSNBC on Tuesday that racist and anti-Semitic comments by former Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Kyle Kashuv resemble posts that eventual mass murderers author, according to The Hill.
Kashuv recently had his admission to Harvard rescinded after online comments from 2017 and 2018 showing him saying violent and racist things became public. The posts reportedly included repeated use of the N-word, and a comment saying “Kill all the f***ing Jews. F*** the Jews.”
“And he referred to one of the shoot-’em-up video games and said they should put a map of that on his high school,” former GOP Rep. David Jolly (Fla.) said on MSNBC. “And this was two years before Parkland. And my immediate reaction when I really dug into this, these are the social media postings we see of a shooter and we ask, ‘Where were the signs?’ See something, say something. We see a shooter and then we go back and look at social media posts and this is exactly what we see,”
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Jolly went on to suggest that Kashuv should not be allowed to buy a gun.
“The young man deserves redemption,” Jolly said. “But he also deserves a closer look to whether someone with this profile should be able to purchase a firearm under the gun laws of the United States.”
Kashuv responded to the comments on Twitter, defending himself against Jolly’s comparison to mass murders.
“I’ve said repeatedly that I’m horrified by comments I sent a few years back—I’ll spend years working to make it right,” Kashuv wrote. “I will accept and learn from the criticism, but I will NOT accept being compared to the shooter who murdered my classmates.”
Kashuv is well-known as one of the survivors of the mass murder at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and stands out even for becoming a gun rights advocates at the same time that many of his classmates became high-profile gun control activists.