The headquarters of the Sinclair Broadcast Group in Hunt Valley, Maryland on April 3, 2018.
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By Eli Meixler
April 10, 2018

A conservative commentator for a St. Louis television station owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group has resigned after backlash over a tweet in which he threatened to violently assault 17-year-old Parkland shooting survivor and gun control advocate David Hogg.

Jamie Allman, who hosted a nightly show on Sinclair’s ABC-affiliate station KDNL, tweeted on March 26 that he was “preparing” to assault Hogg with “a hot poker,” the Washington Post reports. Allman also hosts a conservative talk radio show.

“We have accepted Mr. Allman’s resignation, and his show has been canceled,” Ronn Torossian, a PR representative acting as Sinclair’s spokesperson, told the Post.

The since-deleted tweet rapidly drew criticism, prompting several advertisers to withdraw their support for the show, The Allman Report.

Read more: How Parkland Teens Are Leading the Gun Control Conversation

Hogg and his classmates have become vocal advocates of stronger gun control legislation since 17 people were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. on Feb. 14.

Laura Ingraham, a prominent Fox News commentator, also lost the support of nearly 20 advertisers following a Twitter feud with Hogg. Ingraham took a week-long vacation, which she said was pre-planned, but returned Monday to resume her show.

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