MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough called out NRA frontman Wayne LaPierre for attacking law enforcement as part of his broad strategy to scare Americans into buying more guns.
The “Morning Joe” host showed portions of the NRA executive vice president’s speech Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where LaPierre stoked fear and anger against the government and law enforcement — as he has after other high-profile gun massacres.
“Wayne LaPierre and the NRA, they’ve now spent the past 30 years, I guess, 40 years slandering the men and women who were actually fighting every day and on the front lines in our fight against radical Islamic terror,” Scarborough said. “This is what he thinks of those people.”
Scarborough said the NRA spokesman had convinced some gun owners that federal authorities were “jack-booted” thugs who wanted to disarm Americans — but a New York Times reporter who covered CPAC said this latest speech appeared to fall flat.
“He was stoking these fears not just of Second Amendment infringements, but of trampling and confiscation of individual liberties across the board,” said reporter Jeremy Peters. “That’s what he said, and it’s an interesting shift in strategy for a group like the NRA which no longer has a president in the White House to demean and to demonize and to make an enemy of, so what they’ve done is they’ve said, ‘Okay, there’s a much broader conspiracy — it’s no longer coming just from the Democrats, it’s coming from the media, it’s coming from the intel community, it’s coming from the government and they are going to get you, and the ultimate goal is to take your guns.'”
But the speech didn’t seem to go over well with younger conservative activists, Peters said, prompting LaPierre to re-enact Jeb Bush’s infamous “please clap” moment.
“The room was not with Wayne LaPierre yesterday,” Peters said. “Actually, at one point he stopped and he said, ‘I sense it’s a little quiet out there.’ It was quiet, he said, because they must be scared and all gun owners should be. But the reason they were quiet is because they weren’t buying what he was selling.”
After bombing in #DemDebate internet changes Mike Bloomberg’s ‘death’ date on Wikipedia
Someone online changed former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's information on Wikipedia during the Wednesday debate to say that he died on Feb. 19.
After being ripped to shreds during the MSNBC Democratic debate, it became clear that Bloomberg wasn't quite as prepared as the other Democratic candidates.
The Wikipedia article was also changed to indicate that his cause of death was Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
Bloomberg had several unfortunate moments, namely his refusal to release female accusers from nondisclosure agreements, he came out in favor of fracking, he blamed India for China's involvement in climate change, and many many more things.
Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden eviscerate Bloomberg on his nondisclosure agreements with women over harassment
Women who have worked for Michael Bloomberg's companies have had nondisclosure agreements that bar then from discussing the complaints they had against either Bloomberg himself or male employees of his companies. During the debate, the former New York City mayor was hammered for refusing to allow those women out of the NDAs.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasted him first, demanding to know the number of women that signed NDAs and how many of them have been released. Bloomberg dodged the inquiry, but Warren refused to let him escape.
"How many is that?" she asked.
"Let me finish," he snapped.
Trump delights in Bloomberg ‘getting pounded’ at debate: ‘We’re going to win’
President Donald Trump seemed to be aware of what was happening at Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate even though he was speaking at a rally in Phoenix.
Trump said that he heard that newcomer Mike Bloomberg "was getting pounded tonight."
"I hear they are pounding him," Trump told the crowd. "He spent $500 million so far and he has 15 points so far."
"Hey, fake news," Trump said, pointing towards the cameras. "How many points does he have? They won't tell you the truth."
He added: "The DNC is going to take it away from Bernie again. That's okay because we don't care who the hell it is. We're going to win. We have to."