No matter where he turns, Donald Trump is under pressure to actually do something about gun violence, after the U.S. has seen 30 mass shootings in 2018 alone, with the most recent one occurring at a Florida high school on Wednesday. Now that gun violence has gotten absolutely out of control in the United States thanks to politicians who refuse to address this recurring issue, even those who once supported Trump are blasting him for his lack of action.
The New York Post, who had endorsed Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign and is considered one of Trump’s favorite newspapers, has brutally called Trump out and is urging him to get off his a** and do something.
In a stunning front-page editorial, the Post editorial board wrote:
“Mr. President, this is your moment. You can keep your promises to the kids and the parents and honor your offer to do ‘whatever we can do.’ Prove how much you truly want to curb the carnage — and refuse to play hostage to the extremists on either side of these issues.”
I worked here for years. I can’t describe how stunning and unexpected this wood is for so many reasons. pic.twitter.com/GeyOhKrJWf
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) February 16, 2018
The Post stated that Trump had “credibility” with gun owners after he campaigned to protect Second Amendment rights and was endorsed by the National Rifle Association — and Trump should be using it to his advantage. The Post wrote:
“But just as a lifelong anti-Communist Richard Nixon went to China as president, Trump can use that credibility to push common-sense legislation and regulations that can have some effect.”
The newspaper urged Trump on four actions that would greatly improve safety in America: restoring the federal assault-weapon ban, raising the age to buy guns, banning bump stocks and not passing the proposed Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.
This is shocking coming from the New York Post, particularly because it is owned by News Corp., which is controlled by Rupert Murdoch, the founder of Fox News. Murdoch is a longtime Trump confidant who is still close to the President — so having his own paper come out against Trump is pretty serious. This is something that Trump would have never expected, and now he will have to answer to it.
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