The response from the right to President Obama’s announcement of an executive order to address gun violence has been predictable. So predictable in fact that even one staunch anti-Obama righty has had enough of it.
On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough ridiculed the reaction among some of his right-wing colleagues, calling their response to the president’s announcement “Pavlovian” and he hit the nail right on the head. Since the president announced that he would take executive action, he has been called a “petulant child” by Chris Christie for acting without working with Congress (never mind that congress has consistently indicated their intentions to do exactly nothing about gun violence). Marco Rubio released an ad with the latest right-wing talking point: Obama is more worried about guns than about ISIS. And Ted Cruz flat out told his supporters that “Obama wants your guns.”
Of course, the NRA has weighed in. In a statement, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action Chris W. Cox said:
The American people do not need more emotional, condescending lectures that are completely devoid of facts. The men and women of the National Rifle Association take a back seat to no one when it comes to keeping our communities safe. But the fact is that President Obama’s proposals would not have prevented any of the horrific events he mentioned. The timing of this announcement, in the eighth and final year of his presidency, demonstrates not only political exploitation but a fundamental lack of seriousness.
Scarborough is having none of it. He told the “Morning Joe” panel that the president’s proposals are modest, and that things like background checks will be “the Republican position within the next two, three, four years.” Considering that polls consistently say that over 80 percent of Republican voters support expanded background checks, Scarborough is probably right. Republicans will come around to support them — sometime after the black man leaves the White House.
Here’s what Joe Scarborough had to say, via Media Matters:
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