National Rifle Association (NRA) executive vice president Wayne LaPierre railed against the possibility of Hillary Clinton becoming president during his remarks at the group's annual leadership forum in Nashville on Friday, Right Wing Watch reported.
"She will not bring a new dawn of promise and new opportunity," LaPierre argued. "Hillary Rodham Clinton will bring a permanent darkness of deceit and despair, forced upon the American people to endure."
The former secretary of state is expected to formally announce her entry into the presidential race on Sunday, but LaPierre argued that she was unfit for office because she was tainted by controversy.
"'Whitewater-gate,' 'Cattle-gate,' 'Jenifer Flowers-gate,' 'Nanny-gate,' 'Lincoln bedroom-gate,' 'Travel-gate,' 'Trooper-gate,' 'File-gate,' 'Paula Jones-gate,' 'Vince Foster-gate', 'Helicopter-gate,' 'White House Coffee-gate,' 'Web Hubbell Hush Money-gate,' 'Pardon-gate,' 'Illegal Gift-Gate,' 'Monica-gate,' 'Benghazi-gate,' 'Email-gate,' 'Wiped Server-gate,'" he said. "Hillary Clinton has more ‘gates’ than a South Texas cattle ranch, and Americans know it."
LaPierre also played up the fact that the NRA event had drawn several possible Republican contenders, saying the upcoming primary season would ensure that the GOP would field its best candidate.
"I vow on this day the NRA will stand shoulder to shoulder with you and good, honest decent Americans and we will stand and fight with everything we've got," he argued. "And in 2016, by God, we will elect the next great president of the United States of America and it will not be Hillary Rodham Clinton."
LaPierre's remarks, as posted online, can be seen in their entirety below.