National Rifle Association endorses Donald Trump

Trump . Donald Trump addresses the National Rifle Association’s annual convention, May 20 in Louisville, Ky. Pic by Aaron P. Bernstein.Reuters 2

The presumptive Republican nominee and business mogul, billionaire Donald Trump, struck a chord with a potent constituency in America. Trump rallied one of the Republican Party’s most faithful constituencies in America on Friday . . .

He told an audience of thousands of gun owners at the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual convention that he will be a faithful defender of the right to bear arms if he wins the White House.

“I won’t let you down,” the presumptive Republican nominee hollered to the teeming crowd of gun lovers.

The promise won Trump the NRA’s endorsement, and the group’s leaders repeatedly urged conservatives to unite behind the real estate mogul as they prepare to take on a mutual foe: likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

At the NRA convention, Trump slammed Democratic presumptive nominee, Mrs. Hilary Clinton, as the most “anti-gun” and “most anti-Second Amendment” candidate ever to seek the United States presidency.

Hear what Trump said on Friday: “The Second Amendment is on the ballot this November,” Trump said. “The only way to save the Second Amendment is to vote for … Donald Trump.”

According to Holly Bailey the National Correspondent of Yahoo! News, Trump repeatedly assailed Clinton — for whom he had just coined a new nickname, “Heartless Hillary” — suggesting she may pack the Supreme Court with judges who would undermine gun rights. He accused Clinton of wanting Americans to be “defenseless” in the face of terrorism, such as the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.

As he has previously stated on the campaign trail, Trump suggested that the San Bernardino, Calif., attack last December might have been avoided if there had been more armed citizens on site. “I would have: Boom!,” Trump said, mimicking the firing of a gun — a move that prompted wild applause from the Louisville audience.

Trump’s speech came as his campaign has sought to reassure conservatives wary about his shifting views on a variety of policy issues over the years. Though Trump has made gun rights a central plank of his White House bid, he was decidedly more moderate on the issue before he was a candidate.

Trump . Donald Trump addresses the National Rifle Association’s annual convention, May 20 in Louisville, Ky. Pic by Aaron P. Bernstein.Reuters

Photo: Donald Trump addresses the National Rifle Association’s annual convention, May 20 in Louisville, Ky. (Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

While Trump won the NRA’s endorsement and kicked off their annual day of political speakers, the tone of the proceedings was less a celebration of Trump’s candidacy than a call for NRA members to do everything to defeat Clinton this fall.

Preceding Trump onstage, Chris Cox, head of the NRA’s political arm, warned the gun owners about complacency in the general election. He suggested that Clinton could exploit discord in the GOP to chart her path to victory.

Clinton, Cox added, “has a legitimate chance to be the next president as long as people like us stay home.”

With NRA’s endorsement of Donald Trump, it will be obvious to the uninitiated that Hilary Clinton will have a hard time defeating Donald Trump – especially in Republican strongholds – where NRA members hold sway.

With the NRA’s endorsement of Trump, the race for the White House is becoming hotter by the day – even before the conventions of the GOP and the DEMS.

MM

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