Last night on CNN, host Don Lemon questioned a Trump advisor about the presumptive Republican nominee’s statements to the NRA earlier in the day. Trump’s incredibly pandering speech at the gun lobby’s national convention simply repeated the NRA’s own talking points, namely that Clinton and other Democrats want to abolish the 2nd Amendment. In return for this performance, Trump received the NRA’s official endorsement.
But when Trump advisor Stephen Miller appeared on CNN, Lemon asked him outright about the issue:
‘I want to talk about the 2nd Amendment. Because Donald Trump continues to say that Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the 2nd Amendment. That is false. That is false by every fact-checker, by the campaign, by her, by everyone who is listening but Donald Trump. Why does he continue to say that?’
Now that’s a good question. And it’s especially telling that the NRA has been spouting off this same conspiracy-theory grade warning about how Obama would destroy the 2nd Amendment for the past 8 years. Now it looks as if all they can do is recycle the debunked claim to use against Clinton. This seemed lost on Miller, though, who simply responded to Lemon’s question by saying, “Because it’s true.” This sent the panel into uproarious laughter, which to be fair might have been the only legitimate response to Miller’s line.
Miller’s sticking point was that Clinton has said the Supreme Court’s DC v Heller decision needs to be overturned:
‘When Hillary Clinton is saying that she wants to overturn DC v Heller, she is by definition saying that she wants to abolish the 2nd Amendment.’
But as guest Sally Kohn of “The Daily Beast” pointed out, restrictions on guns and where they can legally be carried is not the same thing as doing away with the 2nd Amendment:
‘Even Justice Scalia, before he passed, said the 2nd Amendment has its limitations and again before Heller, we did not hold that the 2nd Amendment grants individuals the right to bear unlimited arms.’
Kohn went on to note that Clinton and others who support the regulation of gun ownership are simply upholding the tradition of the 2nd Amendment. But Miller, like the NRA, wasn’t having any part of that because as they see it, any limitations whatsoever are synonymous with abolishing the 2nd Amendment. If that’s the case, then their logic is so blunted there’s no hope of having a reasonable argument on the matter.
Watch the video below, courtesy of CNN via YouTube.
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