Last week, while Fox News host Laura Ingraham was enjoying her unplanned vacation from the airwaves, a since-deleted tweet from a far-right St. Louis-based talk show host named Jamie Allman threatening 17-year-old Stoneman Douglas survivor David Hogg circulated widely around the region.
“I’ve been hanging out getting ready to ram a hot poker up David Hogg’s ass tomorrow,” tweeted Allman. “Busy working. Preparing.”
The tweet didn’t get much attention initially — a screenshot captured by local news organization Riverfront Times shows just one retweet and nine likes — but it did wind up in front of State Rep. Stacey Newman. The Democratic legislator condemned the message via Facebook and called for Missourians to pressure Allman’s advertisers, and by Monday morning, Newman’s efforts had paid off.
At least three of Allman’s sponsors publicly announced they were abandoning his shows, including Ruth’s Chris Steak House, a local real estate firm, and a health and wellness center in St. Louis.
On Sunday night, Rep. Newman shared another screenshot, this time showing that Twitter had taken action against Allman’s account for violating the site’s rules against threats of violence. By Monday, Allman’s Twitter account had been set to private.
Allman is just the latest in a growing list of conservative commentators who have been publicly undressed by David Hogg and other survivors of February’s mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Shortly after the incident, several survivors and their families faced off with representatives of the National Rifle Association (NRA) — including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) — in a televised town hall, and exposed them for their disinterest in protecting the lives of children. Within hours, those same students managed to strip away nearly every single one of the NRA’s corporate partners.
Last week, Laura Ingraham took an unscheduled break from her eponymous show after more than a dozen advertisers abandoned ship in response to Ingraham’s comments attacking Hogg for not getting into one of California’s competitive public universities. She was quickly forced to apologize, but the damage continues to unfold.
It’s unclear what consequences — if any — Allman will face. His television show airs on KDNL, St. Louis’s ABC affiliate owned by far-right media conglomerate Sinclair Broadcast Group. Sinclair is in the midst of its own public relations crisis as viewers continue to learn about the media company’s tendency to dabble in pro-Trump propaganda rather than actual news.
Several current and former employees of Sinclair have revolted against their corporate directives. One affiliate in Madison, Wisconsin refused to air Sinclair’s “must-run” propaganda segment, while other former Sinclair employees have dished on the company’s sketchy tactics.