Trump’s Flip Flops on Background Checks
September 16, 2019
It’s been over 200 days since the House passed bipartisan legislation to expand background checks, which 93 percent of Americans support. This weekend, Pelosi and Schumer warned Trump that any gun violence reform must include universal background checks. Despite that, and despite saying multiple times that he supports background checks in the wake of a mass shooting, Trump still takes the side of the NRA.
2/22/18: TRUMP SAID HE SUPPORTS BACKGROUND CHECKS: Trump vowed to support comprehensive background checks after the Parkland school shooting.
Trump: “I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue – I hope!”
3/1/18: TRUMP SPOKE WITH THE NRA AND BACKED DOWN: Trump then softened his support after meeting with the NRA, and threatened to veto bipartisan House-passed universal background check legislation.
NRA’s Chris Cox: “I had a great meeting tonight with @realDonaldTrump & @VP. We all want safe schools, mental health reform and to keep guns away from dangerous people. POTUS & VPOTUS support the Second Amendment, support strong due process and don’t want gun control. #NRA #MAGA.”
The Hill: “The White House on Monday issued a statement warning that President Trump would veto proposed legislation to enhance background checks for gun purchases if it passes the House and Senate.”
8/7/19: TRUMP SAID HE SUPPORTS BACKGROUND CHECKS: Trump once again vowed to support comprehensive background checks after the El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio mass shootings.
Trump: “‘I’m looking to do background checks,’ Trump said, without providing any details. ‘I think we can bring up background checks like we’ve never had before … [Congress is] getting close to a bill.’ ‘We have to have very meaningful background checks, he added.’”
Trump: “Trump said ‘there is a great appetite’ for tightening background checks on people who buy firearms.”
8/21/19: TRUMP SPEAKS WITH THE NRA AND BACKS DOWN: Trump then took background checks off the table after speaking with the NRA, and Mitch McConnell won’t bring the House-passed bill to a vote without Trump’s support.
Washington Post: “President Trump talked Tuesday with National Rifle Association chief executive Wayne LaPierre and assured him that universal background checks were off the table, according to several people familiar with the call.”
Politico: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated Tuesday that he is willing to bring to the floor gun control legislation that President Donald Trump supports and could become law.”