On Wednesday, shocking much of his base, President Trump joined with the Democrats and Sen. Dianne Feinstein in a meeting on gun control as he appeared to signal support for an assault weapons ban in what many see as a betrayal of his base of supporters.
During a live broadcast in the White House Cabinet Room, Trump appeared to signal support for Feinstein’s radical gun control measures which include banning assault-style weapons.
“Dianne, if you could add what you have also — and I think you can — into the bill,” Trump said.
“Joe, can you do that?” Trump asked. “Can you add some of the things. I’ll help. Can you add what Amy and what Dianne have?”
“I’m going to say this,” Trump continued. “We’re going to get it passed.”
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) February 28, 2018
Trump Says Government Should ‘Take The Guns First, Go Through Due Process Second’
Trump proceeded to make an anti-Second Amendment statement so radical that it put President Obama’s gun control sermons in the shade.
“I don’t want mentally ill people to be having guns,” Trump said. He continued:
You have to do something very decisive. Number one, you can take the guns away immediately from people that you can adjudge easily are mentally ill, like this guy. You know, the police saw that he was a problem, they didn’t take any guns away. Now, that could have been policing. I think they should have taken them away anyway, whether they had the right or not. But I’ll tell you this, you have to have very strong provisions for the mentally ill.
President Trump tells Senators he thinks police should have taken guns away from Nikolas Cruz, whether they had the right or not, “I don't want mentally ill people to be having guns.” pic.twitter.com/wU6L8ERlas
— Pat Ward (@WardDPatrick) February 28, 2018
Just in case you missed the part where Trump explicitly denounced due process of law, he repeated it again.
After Vice President Mike Pence explained that Republicans in Congress wanted legislation that could allow friends and family members to apply to a court to suspend Second Amendment rights for the dangerously mentally ill, and stated that with such due process, Second Amendment rights would not be endangered, Trump stepped in.
Or, Mike, take the firearms first, and then go to court. Because that’s another system, because a lot of times, by the time you go to court, it takes so long to go to court to get the due process procedures, I like taking the guns early, like in this crazy man’s case that just took place in Florida. … To go to court would have taken a long time. So you could do exactly what you’re saying, but take the guns first, go through due process second.
WATCH: President Trump: "I like taking the guns early … Take the guns first, go through due process second." pic.twitter.com/aydEZdAGq0
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 28, 2018
Then Trump proceeded to rip on the National Rifle Association, and suggest that Republicans were in their thrall — just as Democrats have been maliciously claiming for years.
Trump after Sen. Toomey says gun control bill didn't include changing age restrictions: "You know why, because you're afraid of the NRA." pic.twitter.com/g09FgYllXQ
— Axios (@axios) February 28, 2018
Oh, and for good measure, Trump dumped all over the idea of concealed carry reciprocity — the ability to carry your gun across state lines concealed if you have a license back home.
President Trump pushes back against Rep. Steve Scalise's proposal to pass concealed carry reciprocity across state lines.
"You'll never get this passed if you add concealed carry to this, you'll never get it passed." pic.twitter.com/GnyU0ETDvN
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 28, 2018
This is all disgraceful nonsense.
The Constitution guarantees due process. Trump can’t waive it, and to suggest that we simply ignore due process in order to seize guns is both fascistic and idiotic.
If Obama had done the same, Republicans would have started drawing up articles of impeachment. Nearly as stupid is Trump handing Democrats a propaganda victory by tearing into fellow Republicans as tools of the NRA.
The only comfort here is that Trump has said similarly doltish things before in front of Democrats, and his own party has constrained him.
During the debate on immigration, for example, he stunned Democrats by stating publicly that he wanted a clean DACA bill that wouldn’t include border security; he had to be tut-tutted by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
And when CNN is praising the meeting, you know Conservatives should be reeling.
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