On the eve of his 100th day in office, President Trump traveled to the National Rifle Association's (NRA) annual convention to deliver a campaign-like speech that defended the Second Amendment but failed to mention how his administration will protect said constitutional right.
It's the first time a sitting president has gone to the NRA convention since President Ronald Reagan attended in 1983. During his speech in Atlanta, GA, Trump said the Obama administration's "eight-year assault" on Second Amendment rights came to a "crashing end" after he was elected last November.
Ironically, the Secret Service banned guns at the gun-centric event.
Trump also thanked the NRA for its support during the presidential campaign and said he'll have the back of gun-owners as long as he's in office.
"No longer will federal agencies be coming after law-abiding gun owners. No longer will the government be trying to undermine your rights and freedoms as Americans," he said, adding, "Instead we will work with you by your side."
One of the things Trump has done to protect said rights was quietly overturn an Obama-era measure requiring the Social Security Administration to provide information about people with mental illness that wished to purchase a gun for the routine background checks.
But other than praising the concept of freedom as "God's gift," Trump fell into old campaign patterns. Below, we rounded up how Twitter users reacted to the two most outlandish things he said, and the one major thing he didn't talk about.
He couldn't stop talking about the election
Not only did President Trump give maps of the electoral college to Reuters' journalists during a recent interview, but he also touted his election night victory in his speech today. In case you didn't know, it's been 170 days since November 8.
One would imagine that someone who won and is currently sitting in the Oval Office as the leader of the free world would stop talking about a six-month-old event by now. Naturally, Twitter users were quick to call him out.
I'd imagine at least 2/3 of every phone call with foreign leaders is Trump reliving his election night victory.— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) April 28, 2017
100 days after entering the White House, Donald Trump is still reminiscing election night, like he needs to hold on to this victory feeling https://t.co/nyFhyF1DxE— Karim Lebhour (@KaLebhour) April 28, 2017
I'm watching Trump's speech to NRA. He's just rambling about the US election. That was almost half a year a go! Move on mate!— Sam Shedden (@SamShedden) April 28, 2017
Kinda apt Trump is using a speech today to do something he's done for the past 99 days: boast about his electoral college victory.— David Mack (@davidmackau) April 28, 2017
It has been nearly 6 full months, and Trump can't stop reliving election night, publicly.— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) April 28, 2017
He referred to Sen. Elizabeth Warren as "Pocahontas" — again
After talking about the election, Trump said he had "a feeling that in the next election you’re going to be swamped with candidates," before adding, "It may be Pocahontas, remember that."
He has used that derogatory, racist nickname for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, making fun of her Native American heritage, over and over again. Twitter users were quick to point out how disrespectful it is, and why it isn't funny that his supporters at the convention loved the comment.
"Trump's base LOVE the 'Pocahontas' stuff!" - CNN— Pin Head (@PiercedSkull) April 28, 2017
Hitler's base LOVED the 'genocide stuff' too but that doesn't make it any less fucked up.
And Donald Trump just called ElIzabeth Warren "Pocahontas."— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) April 28, 2017
When is that pivot coming again?
"Get em the hell out of here."— Tim Mak (@timkmak) April 28, 2017
-something Trump has said on stage about the gang MS-13, protesters, and a baby
Trump talking about MS-13 like they just got here or something but I guess #MAGA needs another buzzword for them to salivate over— Indiana Jones' Fists (@KrimsonVnm) April 28, 2017
What he failed to mention
For all his talk about immigration, the wall, his "great" electoral college victory, and other unrelated topics, Trump failed to talk about one basic thing at the gun convention: guns.
Things not mentioned in Trump's NRA speech:— Leon Wolf (@LeonHWolf) April 28, 2017
1. Constitutional carry
2. Reciprocity reform
3. Anything about gun laws at all
The president's speech was just a rehashed version of his greatest campaign hits, aimed at his base, and possibly as an effort to lift his own spirits. Because, if we're being honest, Trump is ending his first 100 days with many broken promises and a trail of losses. We're not "tired of winning," as he claimed we would be by now. But at least for one afternoon, it almost felt like he had actually achieved something — in his eco-chamber, at least.
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