As Parkland High School students have spoken about gun violence — drawing the admiration and awe of much of the nation — there has been, predictably, a counter-narrative.
Some people don’t believe young people can be so passionate, articulate and motivated — even after watching as 17 of their classmates were gunned down.
Alisyn Camerota was having none of it.
The Westporter — co-anchor of CNN’s “New Day” — interviewed 2 former Republican congressmen on Tuesday. One was David Jolly of Florida. The other was Jack Kingston of Georgia.
Kingston began by disputing the notion that 17-year-olds can plan a nationwide rally. He believes they are being used by left-wing organizations, to further adults’ purposes.
Camerota pushed back. “I was down there. I talked to these kids before the body count,” she said.
“They had not been indoctrinated. They were motivated.”
Kingston continued to insist that the teenagers were being used. Camerota insisted they were not.
It’s a remarkable 9-minute interview (click below to see). Camerota manages Kingston and Jolly well.
The video has become a microcosm of many debates: about school shootings, gun legislation, and the power of teenagers to change the world.
And at the center of it all is Westport’s newest TV anchor.