Former president Donald Trump spoke on the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation’s conference in Houston, Texas, Friday night time, giving a speech laden with falsehoods about gun management and faculty shootings. He ended with a wierd dance, extra becoming for one in all his elaborate marketing campaign occasions than a coverage speech within the wake of this week’s horrific assault at an elementary college in Uvalde—250 miles east of the NRA occasion—that left 19 youngsters and two adults lifeless.
Whereas different main GOP politicians determined to not present up or canceled their appearances at this yr’s conference in gentle of the varsity taking pictures—together with Texas governor Greg Abbott who recorded a speech and Texas senator John Cornyn who stayed in Washington, DC, to barter with Senate Democrats about potential new laws—Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz had been each on stage on the George R. Brown Conference Middle Friday night time.
Trump opened his speech by studying the names of the kids slain in Uvalde, accompanied by the sound of a recorded bell tolling.
That is simply gross. They’ve Trump making an attempt to pronounce and skim the names of the lifeless youngsters whereas the NRA rings a bell. Disgusting. pic.twitter.com/AADaVc4o0s
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) May 27, 2022
The main focus of each Trump and Cruz’s speeches was an insistence that the true focus of lawmakers ought to be “hardening” colleges. Cruz known as for colleges to have only one door that may be secured by armed guards—a tactic that didn’t work on the Sandy Hook elementary college. Trump mentioned that the federal authorities ought to take again unused Covid-relief funds and “use that cash to shortly set up impenetrable safety at each college all throughout our land.” Trump additionally made a weird and incorrect claim that president Joe Biden is considering “placing U.N. bureaucrats accountable for your Second Modification rights.”
Each males additionally complained about violent crime as a motive that gun management can’t work, with Cruz referring to Chicago as a “homicide hellhole.” Trump mentioned that if elected president once more, he can be far more heavy-handed in combating crime: “I might crack down on violent crime like by no means earlier than.”
Regardless of the makes an attempt to create a somber tone, Trump finally turned the speech into a possibility to stump for a presumed second time period within the White Home, sniping that he was keen to point out as much as the occasion whereas others, like Abbott, didn’t. On the finish of the speech, basking within the applause, Trump even broke out right into a bizarre dance.
A speech the place Trump learn the names of the victims ends like this pic.twitter.com/fQZxrB9OiI
— Acyn (@Acyn) May 27, 2022