President Donald Trump on Wednesday tried to claim that 2020 hopeful Beto ORourke made it much harder to agree on some form of a gun reform proposal.
In a tweet, Trump gave ORourke a nicknamelike hes done with other 2020 Democratscalling the former congressman from Texas Dummy Beto before blaming him for making any gun reform bill much harder.
The president appears to be referring to ORourke saying hell yes when asked about taking assault weapons as part of a buyback program hes pushing as a presidential candidate.
Dummy Beto made it much harder to make a deal. Convinced many that Dems just want to take your guns away. Will continue forward! Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning.
Dummy Beto made it much harder to make a deal. Convinced many that Dems just want to take your guns away. Will continue forward! https://t.co/87jvaYUkyn
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2019
ORourke responded to Trumps tweet:
To be clear: We will buy back every single assault weapon, ORourke tweeted. Well also license every gun & do a background check on every buyer. Thats what the American people wantand deserve. The only thing stopping us from ending this epidemic is you & your cowardice. Do the right thing.
To be clear: We will buy back every single assault weapon.
Well also license every gun & do a background check on every buyer. Thats what the American people wantand deserve.
The only thing stopping us from ending this epidemic is you & your cowardice. Do the right thing. https://t.co/lPqAv1r9ij
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 18, 2019
Trump is reportedly close to unveiling a gun control proposal, according to the Washington Examiner. Meanwhile, members of Congress are negotiating on gun control, as the Washington Post points out.
The House of Representatives passed a bill that would expand background checks on gun purchases in February, but the Senate has yet to take it up. Reuters reports that Trump has talked with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) recently, but has not made any commitments about the bill that passed in the House.
Despite the fact there are proposals being floated, Americans arent convinced anything is going to get done.
A USA Today and Suffolk University poll released earlier this month found that less than a quarter of Americans think Congress will be able to pass a gun reform bill within the next year.
ORourkes call for buybacks isnt what is affecting the current debate. Trump has pledged to work on gun reform before, most notably in the wake of the Parkland shooting, when ORourke wasnt even a national figure, and gave in then.
Trump also walked back promises to work on gun reform after the El Paso shooting once already. That too came before ORourke began his calls for buybacks.
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