Laura Ingraham Apologizes for Tweet About Parkland Survivor After Advertisers Drop Her

(Updated)

Laura Ingraham delivers a speech on the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. / Getty Images

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Fox News host Laura Ingraham apologized Thursday for a tweet about Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg, which the 17-year-old high school senior used to call for a boycott of her advertisers.

Hogg's call for a boycott had an effect on TripAdvisor and Rachael Ray's pet food company Nutrish, both of which stopped backing Ingraham's show, TMZ reported.

"In our view, these statements focused on a high school student, cross the line of decency," TripAdvisor said.

Ingraham's initial tweet from Wednesday appeared to mock Hogg for his GPA after four campuses in the University of California school system rejected his application.

Hogg, who helped organize the "March for Our Lives" demonstration that drew hundreds of thousands to Washington, D.C. advocating gun control, responded by targeting her advertisers. On Wednesday night, he tweeted a list of companies that advertise on her show.

Ingraham apologized on Twitter on Thursday afternoon after TMZ reported TripAdvisor and Nutrish pulling out.

"On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland," Ingraham said.

After thanking TripAdvisor on Twitter, Hogg rejected Ingraham's apology and said she only wanted to retain advertisers.

"She only apologized after we went after her advertisers," he said. "It kind of speaks for itself."

Hogg has lambasted Republicans for not supporting strong enough gun-control measures. He has argued that they are complicit in mass shootings like the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that took 17 lives.

UPDATE 3:22 P.M.: This article has been updated with Hogg's comments rejecting Ingraham's apology.

Paul Crookston

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Paul Crookston is a media analyst with the Washington Free Beacon. He was previously a Collegiate Network fellow at National Review. A 2016 graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., he served as the managing editor of the Tartan campus newspaper. He is originally from Tampa, Fla., but he still roots for Dad’s Ohio teams. His Twitter handle is @P_Crookston. He can be reached at crookston@freebeacon.com.

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