Gun control activist David Hogg apologizes for alleging Rubio's staff didn't want to meet with him

Rubio's staff had a meeting already scheduled with Hogg and March for Our Lives for Thursday

Updated: June 9, 2022 - 8:40pm

Gun control activist David Hogg deleted a tweet alleging that Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio's staff didn't want to meet with him.

"Rubio staff said I can’t meet with him or his staff because I 'trigger' him," Hogg, a cofounder of March for Our Lives, wrote Thursday morning in a tweet that has since been deleted. "I just wanna have a conversation. Please meet with me @MarcoRubio I just want to figure out how we can stop these things from happening. We have to end the continuous debate and find what we can agree on."

Hogg was a student at Majorie Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, when a gunman in February 2018 fatally shot 17 students.

Gun control activists have been especially focused on members of the Senate in recent weeks as they consider gun control-measures in the aftermath of the mass shooting last month at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school in which 19 students and two teachers were killed.

Rubio's chief of staff responded to Hogg's tweet Thursday and canceled the meeting.

"No one said such a thing," the Rubio aide responded. "As for the meeting, you must be confused as we had a 2p meeting scheduled with you. However, since you are lying and clearly using this all for self-promotion, that meeting is now cancelled," he wrote.

After deleting his original tweet, Hogg apologized and asked for another Rubio meeting.

"An honest mistake, got our meetings confused in the flurry and my staff misinformed me. I apologize," he wrote. "We’d still love to meet with you and have an honest, respectful discussion. Deleted the tweet bc it wasn’t true but attaching here for transparency."

Rubio's office told Just the News the Thursday meeting was scheduled on June 1. The senator's staff is in touch with March for Our Lives about rescheduling the meeting. 

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