Fox News commentator Oliver North will be the next President of the National Rifle Association, the gun group said in a statement released on Monday.
North gained public prominence for his participation in the Iran-Contra affair, secretly selling arms to Iran to finance right-wing insurrection in Nicaragua. North was indicted on 16 felony counts and convicted on 3, but the convictions were subsequently overturned due to his limited immunity when testifying before Congress.
“Look, I’m a right-wing goon — everybody knows it, right?” North told The New York Times in 2014.
North will now be tasked with repairing the NRA's reputation, which has been hard-hit since the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
“This is the most exciting news for our members since Charlton Heston became President of our Association,” said NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre.
"A total warrior for freedom, this is the last person that anti-gun advocates would want as the new President of the NRA board," NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch claimed.
The internet, however, had a harsh assessment of the man Hunter S. Thompson described as, "the Charles Manson figure in this hideous scandal that crawls like a plague of maggots on the White House."
Here are some of the top responses to the NRA's announcement:
As the new president of the @NRA Oliver North makes the step up from illegally selling guns to people who shouldn't… https://t.co/fVbHowg92H— Michael Marshall Smith (@Michael Marshall Smith) 1525717262.0
Col. Oliver North, an illicit international arms trader convicted of obstructing congressional investigations and d… https://t.co/vYeUYeFegO— southpaw (@southpaw) 1525715979.0
Oliver North is trending and goddammit he's not dead.— Tainted Bill ACAB (@Tainted Bill ACAB) 1525716274.0
Conservatives love to promote people who actually committed the crimes they accused Hillary Clinton of committing. Oliver North.— Marie Connor (@Marie Connor) 1525716730.0
So Oliver North will be president of an organization to which Donald Trump and the leadership of the GOP are deeply… https://t.co/LNzit7hDaQ— David Rothkopf (@David Rothkopf) 1525718462.0
Old Marines who illegally sold arms to Iran in exchange for hostages to funnel the profits illegally to Nicaragua n… https://t.co/CKcqYz8jkL— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin) 1525716603.0
Oliver North, who sold weapons to Iran so he could buy guns from a Syrian terrorist and then give the guns to farme… https://t.co/hnJt8SoJDr— Zeddy (@Zeddy) 1525714458.0
The @NRA has chosen Oliver North as its next president. North recently pitched a private, global spy network to the… https://t.co/S5c0Hp0GI2— The Intercept (@The Intercept) 1525715939.0
Oliver North — who was indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States for illegally selling arms to… https://t.co/4BQzyjrbq1— Caroline Orr Bueno (@Caroline Orr Bueno) 1525715510.0
Now a man convicted one 3 felony counts - Oliver North - who was released on king of all technicalities (his immuni… https://t.co/wfMAka5SQt— Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald (@Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald) 1525716807.0
He's now the next president of the NRA, on December 13, 2000, Oliver North was a contestant in the Funniest Celebri… https://t.co/V7TRMDkIid— Howard Mortman (@Howard Mortman) 1525716517.0