Amid the resounding success of National Walkout Day, students from all over the country flexed their political muscles, some for the first time in their short lives, to bring attention to the seriousness of their commitment to end the scourge of gun violence plaguing our schools, churches, and public venues.
While some regressive Republican leaders, such as South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, condemned the walkout as a leftist plot to manipulate students, Hillary Clinton took to Twitter with a perspective that should help students ignore the comments from NRA-funded politicians like McMaster.
To all the students across our country who took part in #NationalWalkoutDay: Never let anybody tell you your voices don’t make a difference. You‘re an inspiration to millions of Americans who know commonsense gun reform is long overdue. We are with you, and we will not give up.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 15, 2018
Clinton’s words of support and admiration for the activist students fighting for their own safety as well as that of their classmates and faculty were welcomed by the Twittersphere.
Thank you for being there Hillary ❤️
— ItsTimeToProtectOurPeopleOurPlanetOurLife! #FBR (@midlifewomanon1) March 15, 2018
Thank you Madame President.
— Noah Finneburgh (@NoahFinneburgh) March 15, 2018
Thank you Secretary Clinton for continuing to speak out. You are our true President. You won the popular vote.
— Chrissy R ❄️❄️❤️❄️❄️ (@rnchrissy25) March 15, 2018
I am marching in Parkland on the 24th. As a teacher, I am so proud of these students using their voices to create change. Thank you for your support! 💖 #NeverAgain
— Christy Labonte (@ChristyL17) March 15, 2018
— #MissMeWithYourBS (@Gabbiedrice78K) March 15, 2018
My 17 year old son participated today. His school cleared the cafeteria so everyone could gather without braving the elements. Tremendous respect for all involved. #NationalWalkoutDay
— WWE Front Row (@WWEFrontRow) March 15, 2018
These young adults will be of age to vote in next election. GOP and NRA should be worried.
— Ana Banana (@ana_luvs_TWD) March 15, 2018
Thank you for speaking out Secretary Clinton. The students are definitely an inspiration, as are you. I watched you so many times during the campaign speaking out on sensible gun control laws. Every single day I wish you were our president 💙 #StillWithHer
— MB. (@imwithher61) March 15, 2018
Of course, this being Hillary Clinton’s Twitter feed, the messages of appreciation for the winner of the popular vote for president were intermingled with the diatribes from the disgusting trolls who, with some assistance from the Kremlin, helped her opponent win the electoral college.
The behavior of the activist students today, however, prove that those people whom Clinton so rightly called “deplorables” during her campaign, will soon be superseded with a new generation of Americans who will fight to undo all of the harmful policies that the Trump administration has been putting in place.
They’ve started their fight with an attack on the NRA agenda of unlimited guns and ammunition, but once they get a taste of victory, you can bet that they will turn to fight against other areas of injustice, as well. They will continue to inspire millions of Americans as they do.