Trump Speaks To NRA Convention [VIDEO]
Trump Speaks To NRA Convention [VIDEO]
If there is one thing that President Trump does well, it’s deliver long, seemingly extemporanous speeches. Today, while addressing the NRA during their annual meeting, was no exception.
The entire speech can be seen here:
Since this speech is a little over an hour long, here are a few highlights.
1) Announcing a withdrawl from the U.N. Trade Arms Treaty
This is definitely getting the most press after the speech, as it signals yet another changeup between the Obama and Trump administrations.
President Trump announced Friday that his administration is withdrawing the U.S. signature from the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, in response to concerns from gun rights activists that it could impinge on Americans’ right to bear arms.”
“Under my administration we will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone, we will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedom and that is why my administration will never ratify the U.N. trade treaty,” Trump told an audience at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Indianapolis.”
“I am officially announcing today that the United States will be revoking the effect of America’s signature from this badly misguided treaty, we’re taking our signature back,” he said.”
Former President Barack Obama signed the treaty in 2013 and sent the treaty to the Senate for ratification. Onstage Friday, Trump signed a notice to the Senate asking it to stop the ratification process and return the treaty to the White House, “where I will dispose of it.”
The treaty seeks to regulate international trade in conventional arms, including everything from tanks to small arms, specifically looking to “prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in conventional arms and prevent their diversion.”
Trump has been skeptical of both the U.N. and multilateral agreements and supported the NRA’s concerns in his speech.”
“By taking these actions, we are reaffirming that American liberty is sacred and that American citizens live by American laws not by laws of foreign countries,” he said.”
So, we haven’t even ratified it through the Senate yet, and Trump wants to put the brakes on that process. Does anyone find it ironic that Obama wanted to sign us on to this treaty after Fast and Furious happened on his watch?
2) A robust defense of the Second Amendment
“God made man, Sam Colt made ’em equal.” Or so the saying goes.
Trump just invited a mother on stage who said:
"Someone started banging on the door so hard it broke in two places… He was running towards me… I shot him twice and I held him at gunpoint until the police arrived… Protecting my family would not be possible without the 2A." pic.twitter.com/InOELqaN0q
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 26, 2019
Despite the best attempt by a Krassenstein to poke holes in these personal testimonies, these are a powerful reminder that guns in the hands of good guys save lives – sometimes their own. And President Trump understands that.
"When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." pic.twitter.com/5ZuXOzHtMO
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 26, 2019
3) Trump slams the Democrats for “attempting a coup“
Trump had already used the “coup” language on Thursday evening in an interview with Sean Hannity.
On Friday, Trump expressed shock that it “all was taking place at the highest levels in Washington, D.C.”
“You’ve been watching, you’ve been seeing,” he said. “You have been looking at things you would not have believed possible in our country. Corruption at the highest levels — a disgrace. Spying, surveillance, trying for an overthrow, and we caught them. We caught them. Who would have thought in our country?”
Still, he told the audience to cheers, “America’s future has never been brighter, yet Democrats have never been angrier, especially now that their collusion delusion has been exposed to the world as a complete and total fraud.”
It’s true, the Democrats have had the collusion rug pulled out from under them, and now they are flailing around for a handhold on something. Calling it a “coup” is deliberately loaded language, which is why Trump is using it. And I predict he’ll use it again.
In short, Trump’s speech drove Shannon Watts bananas. (Since it’s a day ending in Y, she was already bananas.) But it was a red meat speech given to supporters – and will be the kind of speech we will continually see repeated by the president over the course of the upcoming 2020 campaign.
Featured image: President Donald Trump giving a speech at the NRA Annual Meeting, April 26, 2019 (screenshot via C-SPAN on YouTube)