Yesterday, a taped Donald Trump interview was broadcast on ABC (Caleb Howe reported on it on Friday). In this interview, Trump swallowed the whole Democrat line of banning anyone who has been placed on the no-fly list or any terrorism watch list from banning weapons.
“We have to make sure that people that are terrorists or have even an inclination toward terrorism cannot buy weapons, guns,” Trump told Karl. “Something good is going to come out of all of this.”
Asked by Karl if his position is that those on the no-fly or terror watch list should not be able to purchase a gun, Trump responded: “I’d like to see that, and I’d like to say it. And it’s simpler. It’s just simpler. But what [the NRA] says, and I understand this also, we’re depriving people of their Second Amendment rights, and I agree with that. People are on there that shouldn’t be, etc. We have to make sure that people that are terrorists –or even have an inclination towards terrorism– can not buy weapons, guns.”
When the NRA objected, Trump clarified what he meant which made things worse:
Then Trump suggested that the best way to have solved the Orlando massacre would have been for all the drunk (and possibly high) patrons of Pulse to have been strapping weapons to their waists or their ankles, or wherever. So when Cox and LaPierre made the rounds on the Sunday shows today at one of the highest pressure moments of the NRA’s history, instead of talking about the Cornyn bill that the Democrats insanely filibustered, they instead got to explain their thoughts on, you guessed it, some idiotic remarks from Trump.
WASHINGTON — Two top National Rifle Association officials took aim at Donald Trump on Sunday, blasting his suggestion that armed clubgoers could have prevented the deadliest mass shooting in US history as one that “defies common sense.”
“No one thinks that people should go into a nightclub drinking and carrying firearms,” said Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action told ABC’s “This Week.” “That defies common sense. It also defies the law.”
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But Wayne LaPiere, NRA’s CEO, said Sunday that pistol-packing revelers are not a realistic solution.
“I don’t think you should have firearms where people are drinking,” LaPiere told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Now Trump has again revised and extended his remarks:
At a Friday night rally in Houston, Trump suggested that the terrorist attack at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub might have been avoided or least made less deadly if more people inside the club had been armed. It would have been a “beautiful sight,” Trump said to the raucous Texas crowd, to see armed patrons shoot “the son of a bitch.”
But Monday morning, Trump backed away from that comment in a post to Twitter, writing that he was “obviously talking about additional guards or employees.”
When I said that if, within the Orlando club, you had some people with guns, I was obviously talking about additional guards or employees
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2016
No. There is no way you can interpret Trump’s statement as meaning “guards or employees.” Impossible. It is a lie from first to last, from alpha to omega.
As several of us have pointed out, this is how anyone who has endorsed Trump will have to live for the next five months. You will, day in and day out, be called upon to explain the utter idiocy that Trump slings about like confetti in a ticker tape parade. The root cause, of course, is the fact that Donald Trump, as the Brits would say, knows “f*** all” about anything. He shoots his mouth off, says stupid stuff, tries to patch it up with more stupid stuff and outright lies and moves on. And apparently the media has become as numb to the cycle as the rest of us.