Appearing on CNN Sunday morning, conservative Jack Kingston did everything he could to shield President Donald Trump form having to exhibit any type of leadership and buck the NRA when it comes to pushing forward sensible gun control policies.
Speaking with host Victor Blackwell, Kingston filibustered left and right on new gun laws while denying the NRA was a political group.
“You know what I think would be really great is if we could hear from party leaders on both sides of the aisle right now and say, ‘You know what? This is substantive, let’s get to work on it,” Kingston explained.
“One question to Jack is: will the president buckle when the NRA exerts overwhelming pressure on him because they gave him $30 million during his presidential campaign?” panelist Maria Cardona asked.
“Why are we swinging at the NRA?” Kingston shot back. “Remember, it’s about the 2nd Amendment and not a political group.”
“It’s absolutely about a political group,” Cardona quickly responded.
“Let me say this. I would put in there what is the effect of violence on video games and violence in Hollywood?” Kingston continued.
“Jack, that wasn’t the question!” host Kingston interjected. “Jack, the president said in the health care conversation that ‘I will take the heat. Whatever this group puts together, I will take the heat on that.’ When the heat came a day or two later he was backing out and doing exactly what he said he wouldn’t do.”
“Right now the president says the NRA is for it and the NRA has said they are not for it,” Blackwell charged.
“I know the NRA is hated by the left, but this –,” Kingston attempted.
“It has nothing to do with the left or right,” Blackwell exclaimed, cutting him off. “It has to do with the president’s commitment to doing what he says he wants to do and the NRA’s insistence it will not happen.”
“The party leaders should grab this,” Kingston attempted again.
“Who is the Republican Party leader?” Blackwell challenged. “If you’re saying the party leader should grab it, isn’t that the president?”
“No, I’m talking about the legislative branch. Let’s have Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) say we will take it and run with it. I don’t know why this is such a hard concept?” Kingston replied.
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