‘Morning Joe’: Trump Is The NRA’s Puppet Willing To Ignore 90% Of Americans
President Donald Trump is ignoring Americans’ wishes on gun laws and doing the bidding of the NRA, according to MSNBC’s Morning Joe. On Wednesday’s show, host Joe Scarborough discussed the President’s flip-flop on background checks with regular Willie Geist and political analyst Karine Jean-Pierre.
Geist showed clips of Trump talking about a slippery slope to gun confiscation.
“Karine, that’s from Wayne LaPierre’s mouth to the President’s ear and now to the public as he sits in the Oval Office,” Geist said. “The President had talked about being open to universal background checks, which we’ll say again for the one millionth time, are extraordinarily popular, not just among the general public but among Republicans and gun owners, and now he’s walking away from those as well after a couple of mean phone calls from Wayne LaPierre.”
“Not only is Donald Trump a puppet for Putin. Putin’s puppet. He’s also a puppet for the NRA,” Jean-Pierre said.
“I think that if anybody had ever – who thought Donald Trump was actually going to do something about this, that it was a delusional thinking. It was never going to happen. We’ve seen this over and over again during his administration when he see a horrible massacre, gun violence. He says one thing and then the NRA gets to him, and he turns back around. You have to remember, the NRA spent $30 million on Donald Trump’s election in 2016.”
“He is in their pocket, and the sad thing about it is this isn’t really a partisan issue. When you look at the polling for background checks, it’s at 90%. People want to move forward with universal background checks. It is incredibly important. People don’t want to see the gun violence at schools, at malls, at their church. People are dying. It’s an epidemic.”
Joe Scarborough agreed that Trump was willing to ignore the vast majority of voters who want universal background checks.
“You have almost nine out of ten Republicans, 89% of Republicans, supporting expanded background checks,” Scarborough said. “The President of the United States saying he was going to support expanded background checks because of course 90% of Republicans supported it. He then talked to a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., who, by the way, is in the middle of scandals, who a lot of people believe bilked millions and millions of dollars from NRA members across America and he talks to a D.C. lobbyist and Karine, he’s willing to ignore 90% of – not Americans – 90% of Republicans.”
Watch the video above, via MSNBC.