Trump Addressing NRA, Raise Money for Key Congress Race

Mr. Trump emphasized his support of "responsible" gun ownership.

President Trump's Friday speech to the National Rifle Association (NRA) served as a homecoming to thank the group for standing by him through his campaign - and to keep his campaign going into 2020. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. "It may be Pocahontas, remember that", Trump said of his potential re-election opponent. "For too long Washington has gone after law-abiding gun owners while making life easier for criminals, drug dealers, traffickers and gang members". He wrapped up by saying, "I will never, ever let you down". I even went one step further and publicly presented a list of 20 judges from which I would make my selection, and that's exactly what we did.

U.S. president thanks gun lobbyists for support on the campaign trail, saying they have a "friend" in the White House. "On his first day as secretary of the interior, Ryan Zinke eliminated the previous administration's ammunition ban".

The last president to address an NRA convention was Ronald Reagan, who spoke to the 1983 gathering, according to the powerful gun rights lobby.


Playing to the political interests of the NRA crowd, Trump outlined a series of actions he's taken that he said were created to protect gun rights, such as nominating Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"Freedom is not a gift from government, freedom is a gift from God", Trump added. "It was this conviction that stirred the heart of a great American patriot..."

"I know the NRA is glad to have a justice in that seat who is such a staunch defender of the Constitution", he said.

The NRA was a huge ally to Trump during his rise previous year, endorsing him earlier than it usually throws its support to candidates and spending huge sums to help boost him in some key states.


"I am very proud of my heritage", Warren told NPR in 2012 in response to Brown's claims that she had tried to use her heritage to get an unfair advantage.

"In the next election, you're going to be swamped with candidates, but you're not going to be wasting your time", he said.

"You help safeguard the freedoms of our soldiers, who have bled and died for us on the battlefield", Trump told the crowd. This year he emerged again, only this time as president of the United States. "We need the wall". Trump's speech to the Leadership Forum on Friday made it abundantly clear that he's not going to slow down, that protection of our firearms freedom will remain front and center in his administration.



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