When there’s an attack anywhere in the world, except for a mass shooting in the U.S., Donald Trump runs to his Twitter account to denounce the “loser terrorists.” But not today, following the shooting deaths of at least 58 people with 515 others injured in the deadliest mass shooting in this country.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said today that it’s a day of mourning and not a time to talk about gun policy or politics, then she pivoted to gun violence in Chicago. She sure blew that dog whistle loudly, didn’t she?
“I think one of the things that we don’t want to do is try to create laws that won’t create — or stop these types of things from happening,” Sanders said. “I think if you look to Chicago, where you had over 4,000 victims of gun-related crimes last year, they have the strictest gun laws in the country.”
“That certainly hasn’t helped there,” she continued. “So, I think we have to, when that time comes for those conversations to take place, then I think we have to look at things that may actually have a real impact.”
The Trump administration is really exhausting fact-checkers with that rhetoric.
The Washington Post reports:
Later, Sanders responded to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that a House bill that would ease restrictions on gun silencers could make attacks like the one Stephen Paddock carried out in Las Vegas even more deadly by dampening an audible cue that alerts potential targets.
The House is slated to vote this week to ease curbs on silencers.
“I haven’t spoken with the president about that specific issue, but I don’t think that that is something that would have changed” the outcome, said Sanders.
Sanders said that “we need to know more facts,” and added, “It’s very easy for Mrs. Clinton to criticize and to come out, but I think we need to remember the only person with blood on their hands is that of the shooter.”
But as NBC’s Hallie Jackson noted in the briefing, “after the Orlando shooting, the president that day was out on Twitter talking about policy; he was talking about his travel ban.”
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