We were never going to get a gun control bill out of this White House. We know that, we’re not A IDIOT. But yesterday’s news that Donald Trump traded away background checks for NRA cash to fight his own impeachment is a new kind of horrifying. And we’re betting that suburban women in Arizona, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin will agree.
Last night, the New York Times reported that NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre had just emerged from a meeting in the Oval Office with a promise from Trump to “‘stop the games’ over gun control legislation.” And by “games” he means expanding background checks to all commercial sales including at gun shows and online, a plan which was supported by the Vanky Faction at the White House and opposed by her brother DJ and his posse. Sorry, baby!
If Trump wasn’t under water with suburban women before, he sure as hell will be when the next mass shooting happens (God forbid!) and it turns out he sold the gun control bill for NRA cash. Which makes it all the more puzzling that he hit the panic button already, inviting LaPierre in for a meeting which was inevitable going to leak. Particularly when the NRA has almost as much riding on Trump’s re-election as Trump himself does.
Yesterday Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee released a report labeling the NRA a “foreign asset” of Russia and accusing it of using tax-exempt dollars to support the private business interests of its leadership. We won’t go into all boringass tax law details on a Saturday, but the bottom line is, if Democrats take the White House in 2020 and appoint a real IRS commissioner, the NRA will be in DEEP SHIT. Even deeper than they’re already in with NYAG Letitia James.
Conversely, the Committee’s Republicans gave the NRA a clean bill of health and bought Wayne’s explanation that his longterm secretary Millie Hallow just messed up the records by saying that Wayne LaPierre had agreed to foot the bill for that Fun’n’Gunz field trip to Moscow with Russian spy Maria Butina back in 2015.