A conservative commentator at a Sinclair Broadcast Group television station has resigned after a statement he made threatening to sexually assault Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg drew harsh criticism and sparked the beginnings of an advertiser boycott. Entercom spokeswoman Esther-Mireya Tejeda said Tuesday that his show on KFTK-FM has been taken off the air while the company "looks into the matter".
Updated [9 April 2018]: Added resignation of Jamie Allman from KDNL.
Attempts to reach Allman via phone and email were not immediately successful.
"He has repeatedly attacked Stoneman Douglas high school gun violence survivors and Parkway School District high school students on social media in the most vile manner you can't even imagine", she wrote on Facebook, referencing the Florida district and one in Missouri.
Hogg has not publicly commented on Allman's remarks.
Meanwhile, Allman at some point set his Twitter account to "Private," meaning that only users that he specifically approved could view his tweets. Since the shooting, Hogg has become a vocal advocate for stronger gun laws in the country.
Allman has gone after David Hogg, recently calling him a "big complainer", after Hogg criticized his high school's new requirement that students carry clear backpacks. "We demand advertisers stop being complicit".
"Upon further investigation, our franchise partner has stopped its advertising", Ruth's Chris has tweeted in scores of replies since Friday. "We are also monitoring all ad placements carefully".
She started off her Monday show with an extended monologue about the perils of "squelching" free speech.
Ingraham returned to her show, The Ingraham Angle, Monday after a week-long hiatus.
Hogg, refusing her apology, fired back again, "I 100% agree an apology in an effort just to save your advertisers is not enough".
While Hogg was recently accepted to the University of California, Irvine "he will not be going to college this year because he's chose to take a year off and work on the midterm elections", Hogg's mother, Rebecca Boldrick, revealed to CNN.
Ingraham said she would feature stories in coming weeks about conservatives who she says are fighting attempts to silence them.
"What the speech czars don't seem to appreciate is that there are as many, or if not more of us, than there are of them, and we will never relent and we will never give in, never", she said.