Daughter of Slain Sandy Hook Principal Tells Donald Trump To Stop Praising Radio Host Who Claims School Massacre Was A Hoax

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The daughter of a woman killed in the Sandy Hook mass shootings is calling on Donald Trump to stop thanking a right-wing conspiracy theorist who claims the shootings were a hoax.

In an open letter to president-elect Trump, Erica Lafferty writes that since the shootings on Dec. 14, 2012, Jones “has fanned the flames of a hateful conspiracy theory claiming that the shooting that took my mother’s life never happened.”

Lafferty is the daughter of Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, the Sandy Hook Elementary School principal. She lost her life when 20-year-old Adam Lanza went on a shooting rampage that left 20 first-graders and six adults who worked at the Connecticut school dead on Dec. 14, 2012.

Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung
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“I’m asking you to denounce it immediately and cut ties with Alex Jones and anyone who subscribes to these dangerous ideas,” Lafferty writes.

“You’ve appeared on Jones’ radio show, praised his “amazing” reputation, and promised him that you “won’t let him down,” she continues. “Now he’s claiming you’ve personally called to thank him after the election, and will be on his show again soon. It’s unacceptable.”

In a 2014 snippet from Jones’ show, Jones responds to a listener’s question about authorities planting “flimsy evidence” by saying:

“Sandy Hook is a synthetic completely fake with actors, in my view, manufactured. I couldn’t believe it at first. I knew they had actors there, clearly, but I thought they killed some real kids. And it just shows how bold they are, that they clearly used actors…”

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Jones has also been a chief propagator of the false stories claiming that a Washington, D.C. pizzeria is the site of a pedophilia ring used by high-ranking members of the Democratic Party, according to NPR.

Days after Jones spoke of making a trip to the pizzeria to ” investigate,” a man calling himself a self-described “investigator” opened fired in the pizzeria after reading fake news about it.

Trump has not commented publicly about Jones. Emailed requests for comment to two spokeswomen for the Republican have not been returned.

Lafferty ends her letter by writing: “You’ve promised to be a president for all of us. Well, that includes victims of gun violence and their families, like me. I hope that you will not only refuse to go on his show, but that you will denounce the conspiracy theories that he spreads at the expense of gun violence survivors.”

Lafferty’s letter was being circulated Thursday by Everytown For Gun Safety.

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