Emma Gonzalez’s Twitter Game Is Stronger Than Trump and the NRA


Emma Gonzalez has gained more than 1 million followers on Twitter. For someone who’ve just come to know in the past week — well that kind of Twitter fame says a lot about a person. But Emma — who is leading the fight against assault weapons, along with her Parkland classmates — is a special individual who demands attention for all the right reasons.

Within days of joining Twitter, soon after the mass shooting at her school in Florida left 17 dead and more injured, Emma’s account was verified. About ten of her fellow classmates, all Parkland survivors, have also been verified on Twitter. This does not speak to their eagerness for fame — as conservative right-wingers would have you believe. Quite the contrary. Their rise on social media speaks to people’s eagerness for change.

One million followers on Twitter says people are tired of mass shootings. They’re tired of people dying senselessly. They’ve had enough with corporations gaining millions from the lives of the innocent. One million people following Emma on Twitter also shows one important aspect: they’re in this fight alongside her.

Interestingly enough, Emma now has more followers than her #1 enemy: the National Rifle Association. She literally has double the followers than they do, and more followers than NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch — whom she debated on CNN. Emma’s Twitter gain is also much more prominent than that of the President of the United States.

As someone on Twitter pointed out, in terms of growth, Emma is leaving Donald Trump “in the dust.”

Other’s on social media also applauded Emma’s million Twitter mark and more importantly her strength for this long fight.

For anyone doubting Emma’s ability to carry on this fight — alongside her classmates — one must be forgetting the change that teenagers made in ’60s, during civil rights, fighting for women’s issues, and millions of immigrant advocates protesting mass deportation.

“We are speaking up for those who don’t have anyone listening to them, for those who can’t talk about it just yet, and for those who will never speak again,” Emma wrote in a moving essay in Harper’s Bazaar. “We are grieving, we are furious, and we are using our words fiercely and desperately because that’s the only thing standing between us and this happening again.”

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