Trump Says Second Amendment Rights Are ‘Under Siege.’ But He Vowed to Defend Them in Defiant NRA Speech

Trump Says Second Amendment Rights Are 'Under Siege.' But He Vowed to Defend Them in Defiant NRA Speech

President Donald Trump rallied his base at the National Rifle Association convention on Friday, telling thousands of gun rights supporters that he would fight for the Second Amendment while also offering his thoughts on the midterm elections, immigration laws and the Russia investigation. “Your Second Amendment rights are under siege,” Trump told the sold-out crowd of approximately 8,000 people who descended on the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas on Friday. “But they will never be under siege as long as I am President.” But that somewhat contradictory remark about Second Amendment rights currently “under siege” was only one portion of a speech that was clearly meant to appeal to his most ardent supporters. After that, Trump spoke for 25 minutes about an array of topics from the Russia investigation, in which he praised a Virginia judge who had argued Friday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is operating with the sole aim of turning Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort against him, to the singer Kanye West, who he credited with raising his approval rating among African Americans. (This was apparently a reference to a recent Reuters poll ). He slammed the Iran deal, even making fun of former Secretary of State John Kerry for breaking his leg in a bicycle accident in 2015. Attendees at the National Rifle Association convention in Dallas on May 4. Gabriella Demczuk for TIME Trump dispersed other mentions of his Second Amendment advocacy throughout the hour-long speech. He noted the biggest […]

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