MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow explains what Trump is actually doing ‘while he wants to convince you otherwise’
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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow covered the contrast between the words and deeds of President Donald Trump following the Parkland shooting massacre in a gripping Wednesday fact check.

"After a year or so of covering this new president and this new administration, I have found, in general, that it is always a safer bet to report on what they're doing, rather than what they're saying," Maddow explained. "On this show, we sort of have a staff mantra about this, a silent movie. that's the rule, treat them as a silent movie, just watch what they do, not what they say."

"All good rules have their exceptions, but I think what we're seeing right now in the wake of what happened in Parkland, Florida is an example of why that rule has some weight," the host continued. "After the massacre in Parkland, you may have seen that this is part of what the president said should be done in response."

"Since President Trump took office, his administration has moved aggressively on multiple fronts to weaken the background check section for guns," Maddow reported.

Maddow cited actions to weaken the background check system for fugitives and people with mental illnesses. She also noted Trump's proposal to cut the budget for the background check system.

"Those are their actions, which it is important to know when that same president is saying what he really wants to do is strengthen the background check system. That narrative from him and those actions don't tell two conflicting stories, they tell one story, the story of what he's doing while he wants to convince you otherwise," Maddow concluded.