Even the right-wing Fox News is fed up with the spin.
Trump’s refusal to offer even a single serious proposal to reduce gun violence after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has frustrated even his allies at the conservative Fox News Channel.
During the daily White House briefing, Fox News reporter John Roberts repeatedly challenged press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to produce a single concrete proposal from Trump to comprehensively reduce gun violence.
Roberts noted that since Trump’s presidency began, America has had multiple mass shootings and cited the shooting at Stoneman Douglas and the shooting in Las Vegas last October.
“Other than supporting a bill that would encourage state and federal governments, government agencies, to do what they’re supposed to do, does the president have any ideas, any ideas at all, about how to address this, or is he starting from scratch?” Roberts asked.
In response, Sanders fumbled, noting the intention to review regulations on bump stocks, but Roberts pressed her on if he truly supported any major proposals. “On the broader problem of deranged individuals getting ahold of weapons and killing people indiscriminately,” he continued, “does he have any ideas on how to deal with this?”
Sanders instead touted “the conversations that we’re going to have” with families from Parkland, Florida, along with law enforcement from the area and in the federal government.
Incredulously, Roberts pressed again, wondering why Trump was “starting from scratch” on this issue when the vast majority of people understand the issue of mass shootings.
“If he has to listen to a bunch of people, and he doesn’t have any ideas of his own, that would suggest that he doesn’t have any ideas,” Roberts stated.
Sanders lashed out, complaining that Roberts was taking her “words out of context” and had “interrupted” her.
She then again filibustered the questions, claiming in extremely vague terms that Trump is working with state and federal agencies on the topic.
“We can’t just flip a switch” to deal with the issue which has been plaguing America for decades, Sanders said.
But not offering up any solutions while repeatedly delaying the issue is directly out of the NRA playbook. Republicans and the NRA push for a moratorium on “political” discussions after mass shootings, hoping the issue fades from the public eye where they can then kill any proposals that surface.
Trump was backed by $36 million in NRA spending during the presidential election and promised to act as their ally in the White House. Kicking the can down the road on solutions to mass killings are a payoff on that massive investment.
Unfortunately for Trump and his allies, the students who survived the massacre aren’t accepting inaction or delay tactics. They continue to press for a solution to the issue, and while they are being smeared and attack by Trump’s friends, they continue to persist in their mission.
The White House has fully embraced the NRA’s approach, but America rejects it.