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Gun control advocates worry about Trump’s relationship with the gun lobby.
Ahead of the president’s remarks, Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action said in a statement that “NRA leaders are hoping their investment in the election will help them pass dangerous legislation that would enrich gun manufacturers while endangering Americans. This includes dismantling the criminal background check system, making gun silencers more accessible, and — their ultimate goal — passing ‘Concealed Carry Reciprocity’.”
Bonds from the campaign may have brought Trump to Atlanta to speak with members of the gun lobby, but the prospect of future elections loomed large over the event. Trump stumped for Karen Handel, running in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District against Democratic newcomer Jon Ossoff.
“She’s totally for the NRA and second amendment, so get out and vote,” Trump instructed the estimated crowd.
“I have a feeling that in the next election you’re going to be swamped with candidates,” he imagined, concluding these voters will be saying no sir — or ma’am — to these prospective Democrats. “It may be Pocahontas, remember that.”
In shouting out fellow pro-gun attendees, Trump called out Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, summing up their tumultuous relationship as someone he really liked, then didn’t like, now likes again.
“Like, dislike, like,” he simplified, just as he did with his branding of the Texas senator as “lyin’ Ted” during the 2016 presidential campaign season.