Did Trump actually host the NRA head, Wayne LaPierre at the White House on the anniversary of Sandy Hook?
As the headline says, Yes and no.
Trump tweeted out messages of condolences for families who lost loved ones five years ago on Thursday the 14th at the mass shooting in Connecticut and that same night LaPierre WAS among those in attendance at a White House Christmas Party. It’s not like Trump SPECIFICALLY invited him on that date, but COME ON, how dumb do you have to be?
The coordination of these events is handled by the White House Social Secretary, so it seems someone is pretty clueless as to the optics of LaPierre anywhere NEAR the POTUS just as families and friends of the elementary school gun massacre were remembering the victims of the horrific killing spree.
After the massacre, LaPierre led the fight to obstruct Obama’s bipartisan effort to pass a popular background check bill. The National Rifle Association, is our own home-grown domestic terror group.
Gun safety advocate Shannon Watts, who founded the group Moms Demand Action, noted on Twitter the contrast between how Trump and Obama deal with families of Sandy Hook, as well as the memories of the slain.
“In each of the past 4 years, President Obama invited gun violence prevention activists, gun violence survivors (including the Sandy Hook families) and supportive lawmakers to his Christmas party. Zero gun lobbyists were in attendance.”
But it seems that the White House and Trump view gun massacres the same way they view the weather (and climate change)… not a thing can be done about it.