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Fox News host rips 'crisis actor' conspiracies about Florida students

Fox News host Shepard Smith on Wednesday said that survivors of last week’s Florida high school shooting have had to deal with “hate” and “baseless accusations” as they call for legislation to curb gun violence. 

“It is unthinkable what’s happening to them now. Conspiracy theorists are peddling lies that these students are simply political pawns. That activists are behind their protests,” Smith said. 

“Students are not only having to respond to the lies and the hate, but people who say they’re too young to have a full grasp of the issues,” he added.

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As students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School continue to speak out, some have become the subjects of various conspiracy theories.

An aide to a Florida lawmaker and multiple far-right websites have pushed the false notion that some of the students are not students at all, but "crisis actors" pushing for gun control.

Smith noted that YouTube's top trending video earlier Wednesday was one that promoted the conspiracy theory that the current activists did not experience the Florida shooting.

Several lawmakers have condemned the conspiracy theories and praised the survivors of the shooting for speaking out.

Survivors of last week's shooting and other school shootings attended a White House listening session on Wednesday afternoon, where they pressed President Trump, Vice President Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to take action on gun control.