Kellyanne Spins Trump’s Gun Control Meeting After GOP Criticism: Meeting ‘Not About Gun Control’
After President Donald Trump held a bipartisan meeting pushing for potential gun control solutions, he took heat from his conservative base — with many viewing the discussion as anti-Second Amendment — which resulted in a classic Kellyanne Conway spin during a Fox & Friends appearance this morning.
With conservative outlets, such as far-right Breitbart News, running headlines like, “Trump the Gun Grabber: Cedes Dems’ Wish List— Bump Stocks, Buying Age, ‘Assault Weapons,’ Background Checks” — and the NRA issuing a stern rebuke to the meeting — Conway assured viewers the president’s pow-wow with both sides of the aisle was actually “not about gun control.”
She said the following when pressed on the matter by Trump’s favorite morning Fox News hosts:
“The president has taken a leadership role from day one that we all learned about this terrible tragedy 15 days ago. He has had listening sessions with the affected families and also with public safety and education officials. Then, yesterday, with those who ultimately will put something on his desk — one would hope. The Congress — a bicameral, bipartisan meeting. This meeting was not about gun control. This meeting — let’s not forget — is about school safety.”
Conway went on to remind Fox & Friends that Trump’s focus is on the latest school shooter, who “slipped through the cracks” and obtained an arsenal of firearms. “We’re talking about all of this in the context of the tragedy that occurred in Parkland, Florida,” noted the White House counselor.
While Trump did not specifically endorse any gun control measure yesterday, he did appear to be receptive to proposed bills — ones that would be more progressive than firearm legislation passed in recent memory. The meeting can be summed up by a phrase excitedly stated by the president yesterday: “We want to get something done.”
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