Trump's One-Man 'Good Cop, Bad Cop' Routine With The NRA

President Trump is alternating between praising the National Rifle Association and pledging to take them on in the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

“These are great people,” Trump said of the NRA during a bipartisan meeting with members of Congress about gun violence at the White House on Wednesday. “These are great patriots. They love our country.”

But Trump left no doubt as to who he thinks is in charge. “I'm the biggest fan of the Second Amendment. Many of you are. I'm a big fan of the NRA,” he said. “But I had lunch with them — with [NRA leaders] Wayne [LaPierre] and Chris [Cox] and David [Lehman] — on Sunday and said, ‘It's time.’ We got to stop this nonsense. It's time.”

At one point, he said members of Congress — including Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., whose bipartisan background checks bill he was praising — fear the NRA.

“President Trump is showing great leadership on this issue by listening to various stakeholders and he wants to do something concrete and fact-based to protect school children,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. “Because Donald Trump received the earliest presidential endorsement in NRA history, he can move the ball on this issue, but even he has his limits.”

“Contrary to the musings of the mainstream media, the battle over gun rights is not a traditional Republican versus Democrat issue, more like urban versus rural as evidenced by the 15 Senate Democrats and one independent (Sen. Angus King) who voted against the 2013 assault weapons ban,” O’Connell said. “The NRA’s true power is not in the amount of money it doles out to political campaigns but in its ability to move voters to the ballot box, with its core constituency being the 16 million conceal-carry permit holders around this nation.”

Read more from W. James Antle III at the Washington Examiner

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