Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has struggled with her party’s liberal base during the primary season, as Senator Bernie Sanders and his supporters insist she’s too cozy with Wall Street, resent her 2002 vote to invade Iraq, and criticize the overlap between her family foundation’s donors and some of the corporations doing business in Washington.
But for conservatives, there are plenty of issues—including their own uncompromising stand to protect access to firearms—on which Clinton is viewed not just as an extension of incumbent President Barack Obama, but as even more liberal.
“President Obama has made clear his contempt for the Second Amendment,” Chris Cox, head of the National Rifle Association’s lobbying arm, told Bloomberg Politics. “Hillary Clinton would take that to the next level.”
While Obama has sought to restrict access to firearms, his presidency has helped swell the NRA’s membership rolls and spark record revenues for gun companies. Now, some in the industry think Clinton would be an even better gun “salesman” than Obama.
“Barack Obama is single handily responsible for the sales of more guns and ammo than any human being in the history of the United States,” said Richard Feldman, a former NRA political organizer. “Clinton could do better.”
The White House issued a series of executive actions in January aimed at reducing gun violence, after Obama was unable to convince Congress to pass new legislation in the wake of the shooting deaths of 12 moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado, in July 2012, and, five months later, 26 children and adults at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“This slogan is most associated with aviator Charles Lindbergh, who spent a great deal of time in the late 1930s gushing at how wonderful the Third Reich was,” writes the journalist.
Trump’s vow to “always put the interests of the American people first” is akin to “American neutrality towards the Nazis,” according to Lake.’
This is just the latest example of the media’s lazy, reductive propaganda that relies heavily on smear and the logical fallacy of false equivalence.
Trump is popular. Hitler was popular. Therefore Trump = Hitler.
Trump promises to look out for America’s best interests. Hitler promised to look out for Germany’s best interests. Therefore Trump = Hitler.
Of course, the same could be said for innumerable presumptive political leaders throughout history, the vast majority of whom never turned into Hitler.
Alex Jones talks with Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America about how they have once again defeated Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun agenda.
As his administration prepares an executive order tightening access to guns, President Barack Obama met Wednesday with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a proponent of new gun laws who has become the chief enemy of the National Rifle Association.
Obama has met with a series of gun control advocates in recent weeks as his aides complete work on a potential order expected to expand background checks on gun sales by closing the so-called “gun show loophole.”
A timeline on the order — which has been tangled in legal and administrative questions — is still unknown. The President met with former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was gravely wounded during a 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona, on December 4 to discuss gun control.
The Bloomberg-backed group Everytown for Gun Safety will hold a protest on Thursday in Washington, D.C., calling for stricter gun control and attacking the National Rifle Association (NRA).
“[Congress has] been gone for the last month of a summer that has destroyed American lives—in churches, movie theaters, military recruitment centers, workplaces and homes,” said Isaac Bloom, deputy national organizing director for Everytown, announced in an email last week. “It’s left Americans like you and me fed up and ready to do whatever it takes to stop the violence. So when Congress comes back next week, we’ll be there waiting for them.”