Derick Dillard’s Comment About The Parkland Shooting Survivors Is Sparking Backlash

Ad failed to load

If you know anything about Derick Dillard, Jill Duggar's husband, you're probably aware that he regularly airs his controversial views on Twitter. Dillard, out of all the Duggar family members, is arguably the most vocal about his conservative values and he's not shy about offending fans. Case in point: Derick Dillard's comment about the Parkland shooting survivors is upsetting *a lot* of people. Dillard did not immediately respond to Romper’s request for comment.

Following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, there have been a lot of discussions about tightening gun safety laws and keeping America's schools safe. Leading these conversations are students who survived the shooting, including but not limited to: Jacqueline Coren, Emma González, Cameron Kasky, David Hogg, and Alex Wind. Not only is the group in the midst of organizing the March For Our Lives events across the country, but the students have also taken to countless news outlets to voice their opinions on the National Rifle Association and to share their concerns about gun violence in America. Many Americans are impressed with the students' activism, to say the least, and their actions have inspired countless citizens to get involved in the gun safety debate.

As for Dillard, however, he's not as impressed with the students. In fact, Dillard believes that some news outlets, like CNN, are "using' the high schoolers to "push" their "liberal agendas." Dillard took to Twitter on Wednesday to issue his opinion after he came across a CNN article about Hogg and González. In the Feb. 20 article, González and Hogg discussed the desperate need for gun safety measures and they also called out politicians for taking money from the NRA.

Ad failed to load

"This has gotten a little ridiculous; at least 2 networks are now using kids to push their liberal agendas," Dillard wrote in his message, according to Twitter. "It’s obviously not all about the kids when voices like @KyleKashuv aren’t as elevated. Liberal Media... at least be consistent so you can hide your biased tactics better."

If you're not familiar with the name Kyle Kashuv, he is another student who survived the mass shooting in Parkland. Kashuv, a self-identified supporter of President Donald Trump and a Republican, according to CNN, has also spoken out on gun safety measures. Unlike many of Kashuv's classmates, however, his comments about gun violence prevention have centered around mental illness. Kashuv explained, according to The Los Angeles Times:

Ad failed to load

Although numerous studies have proven that people with serious mental illness are rarely violent, and that they're responsible for less than 1 percent of gun-related deaths, it's a safe bet Dillard supports Kashuv's view that gun violence is linked to mental illness.

While Dillard is entitled to his opinion, of course, not many people are happy that he chose to express his view by referencing González and Hogg in his tweet. For starters, Dillard's tweet seems to imply that González and Hogg are being manipulated into talking to news outlets or that their outcry isn't genuine. Considering it took a lot of strength for González and Hogg to speak out following the deaths of their 17 classmates, it's no surprise this notion is upsetting people.

Ad failed to load
Ad failed to load

As for other fans, they couldn't help but point out that the Duggar family regularly employs it's children to "push" its conservative agenda and anti-abortion views.

Ad failed to load
Ad failed to load

Interestingly enough, Dillard wasn't deterred by the backlash. In fact, Dillard upset people even more when he defended his initial tweet with a message about transgender reality star, Jazz Jennings.

In response to an article critiquing Dillard's tweet, he responded, according to Twitter:

Ad failed to load

Of course, the implication that Jennings is being "used" by TLC did not sit well with fans.

Ad failed to load
Ad failed to load

Dillard's tweets are problematic for a few reasons, but especially because they attempt to invalidate the people he's attacking. In Dillard's mind, González and Hogg are just puppets for the liberal media while Jennings is a helpless child being manipulated by a major network. Essentially, Dillard is resorting to hurtful (and common) tactics to undermine arguments he doesn't agree with, like the fact that transgender people do exist.

As most Counting On fans know, however, Dillard will not appear on another season of the show ever again. Although Dillard denies he was fired from the network for harassing Jennings and for referring to transgender people as a "myth," according to People, I'm not sure the truth really matters at this point. What's more important is that Dillard no longer has the pulpit of TLC to air his views.

Ad failed to load

Check out Romper's new video series, Bearing The Motherload, where disagreeing parents from different sides of an issue sit down with a mediator and talk about how to support (and not judge) each other’s parenting perspectives. New episodes air Mondays on Facebook.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

Kids Will Love These TV Shows & Movies Coming To Netflix In April

It's that time of the month again: as March draws to a close, Netflix gets ready for a little bit of spring cleaning. Though some TV shows and movies will have to find homes elsewhere, their departure makes room for all kinds of exciting new media. A…
By Megan Walsh

The Pressure To Worry About The Gap Between Kids Is So Bad For Moms

"Two under two is absolutely crazy," a friend recently told me upon hearing the news that I was expecting a second child. "Why would you do this to yourself? Seriously, why?" However harsh her words, she was only echoing the same feelings I'd been ba…
By Marie Southard Ospina

To Be Honest, I Couldn't Survive Motherhood Without My Job

The decision to work outside the home once you've become a parent can be a complicated one. Some people don't really have a choice, and go back to work because they're either a single parent or can't sustain their family on one income. Some choose to…
By Priscilla Blossom

I Feel Guilty That My Kid’s Dad Is A Better Parent Than Me, & That’s BS

I was scared, and he was sure. I was clueless, and he was well-researched. I was making mistakes, and he was picking up the pieces. From the moment I found out I was pregnant until just last night, when I threw my hands up in the air and left the alw…
By Danielle Campoamor

These Millennial Parents Are Taking Gender-Neutral Parenting To An Entirely New Level

A woman on the subway looks at my bulbous shape and asks, “What are you having?” I take a deep breath and throw a glance to my 5-year-old. “I’m having a baby,” I say to the woman. “No, no” the woman says laughing as she pushes further. “Are you havin…
By Madison Young

I’m Registered At Babies “R” Us, & I'm Freaking The Hell Out

Hi. My name is Abi, and I’m registered at Babies “R” Us — and I’m freaking out. This may sound silly, but after being a die-hard Toys “R” Us kid, I was so excited to register at their baby store once my husband and I finally got our big fat positive …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

My Daughter Is Obsessed With Being "Pretty" & I'm Way Past Terrified

Last week, when I picked up my daughter after school, she immediately wanted to know if I liked her hair. "Is it pretty?" she asked. Her hair was pulled up into two ponytails that were intertwined into thick, long braids. A shimmering pink and purple…
By Dina Leygerman

7 Things No One Tells You About Having A Baby In Your 20s, But I Will

I was 24 when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. The pregnancy was a surprise, since I was on birth control (side note: antibiotics and birth control don't mix), but my partner and I decided to continue with the pregnancy and committed to m…
By Candace Ganger

Women Who Miscarry Early Deserve To Grieve — Here's How Hospitals Should Be Helping

When I lost my baby back in 2013, it was because of a very early miscarriage. Because of the little amount of time I spent being pregnant, it was though my child had never really existed, which made the next few years hard — I felt like they had been…
By Risa Kerslake

7 Things I Wish My Partner Had Said To Me In The First Hour After Giving Birth

I don't know if it was the buzz of the surrounding machines, the non-existent cry of our son as the doctors tried to resuscitate him, or the fact that I'd already been through labor and delivery once before, but I knew something was missing after I h…
By Candace Ganger

Moms’ Groups Weren’t For Me, Sorry

I go to my moms’ club everyday of the week, but not usually on weekends. My moms' group is a place I can always count on finding fellow mothers who understand the daily struggles and triumphs of parenthood and of juggling life’s responsibilities. Dep…
By Samantha Taylor

Millennial Women Are Getting Married Later Than Gen X, & The Reasons Why Are Pretty Badass

The battle of the generations seems to come up when it comes to every lifestyle or career choice people make. Women, especially, are an important demographic when it comes to analysts looking at the lifestyle choices we make or the expected milestone…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

I've Had 3 Miscarriages But *Please* Keep Telling Me About Your Pregnancy

I can feel the tension the moment my friend announces her pregnancy. I can hear the forced nonchalant attitude she's willing herself to exude as she fishes for the ultrasound. I know why I was the last to learn that she was expecting; why she keeps l…
By Danielle Campoamor

7 Early Signs You're Going To Need An Epidural, According To Experts

Even if you've constructed an elaborate birth plan, it's impossible to control every aspect of labor and delivery. Complications can occur, proactive measures might be necessary, and your mind is subject to change when those damn contractions really …
By Candace Ganger

I'm Pregnant & I Refuse To Read Any Parenting Books

I didn't read any parenting books when I was expecting my daughter, and I refuse to read any parenting books as I await my second child now. I'm the first to admit that I don't really know what I'm doing when it comes to raising my daughter. A good d…
By Marie Southard Ospina

7 Reasons Why March Babies Are Total Badasses

From the moment you become pregnant, you begin to wonder what your little one will be like. Will they look like you, your partner, or your Great Aunt Edna? Will they be the quiet, thoughtful type or arrive on this planet raring to go? It's fun to ima…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

12 Overnight Face Masks To Use To Wake Up Feeling Pampered AF

Spring is right around the corner, and as far as I'm concerned, the sunshine and warm breezes can't come soon enough. But now that we're about to say goodbye to winter, it's a good time to take stock of your facial skincare routine. You know, in the …
By Katie Malczyk

11 Essential Products To Pack In Your Hospital Bag, According To OB-GYNs

The minute you go into labor (or think you're going into labor), chaos ensues. You and your partner are likely to get a little frantic, just like in the movies, so you most definitely want to have a hospital bag packed before the day comes. This prec…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

7 Photos You *Must* Take In The First 6 Months Of Motherhood

In my experience, becoming a mom is like becoming an amateur photographer. There's just something about the need to capture every single coo and sorta-smile that leaves you obsessed with all things photography. I know I couldn't stop taking selfies w…
By Candace Ganger

Here's How Early An Ultrasound Can Actually Determine Your Baby's Sex

From the moment you see those two lines on a pregnancy test, there are a few markers along the way that stand out as especially exciting. Amongst them are hearing your baby's heartbeat and feeling that first, sweet little kick. And if you are finding…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik