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Trump Rips Biden’s ‘Highly Divisive and Dangerous’ Political Rhetoric after Uvalde Shooting

Trump Rips Biden’s ‘Highly Divisive and Dangerous’ Political Rhetoric after Uvalde Shooting


Originally appeared in National Review

Former president Donald Trump on Friday criticized “cynical politicians seeking to exploit the tears of sobbing families” in the wake of the Robb Elementary School shooting that left 19 students and two adults dead.

Trump opened his speech at the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum in Houston, Texas, by describing the massacre as a “savage and barbaric atrocity that shocks the conscience of every American,” before reading each victim’s name as a bell tolled.

The former president then said it is time to find common ground, adding that “sadly, before the sun had even set on the horrible day of tragedy, we witnessed a now-familiar parade of cynical politicians seeking to exploit the tears of sobbing families to increase their own power and take away our constitutional rights.”

“Every time a disturbed or demented person commits such a hideous crime, there’s always a grotesque effort by some in our society to use the suffering of others to advance their own extreme political agenda,” he said. “Even more repulsive is their rush to shift blame from the villains who commit acts of mass violence and to place that blame onto the shoulders of millions of peaceful, law-abiding citizens who belong to organizations such as our wonderful NRA.”

He continued: “When Joe Biden blamed the gun lobby, he was talking about Americans like you, and along with countless other Democrats this week, he was shamefully suggesting that Republicans are somehow okay with letting school shootings happen.

“They’re not okay with it,” Trump said. “This rhetoric is highly divisive and dangerous, and most importantly it’s wrong, has no place in our politics.”

On Tuesday, President Biden addressed the country and said, “As a nation, we have to ask, when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God’s name will we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?”

Members of Biden’s party quickly moved to politicize the tragedy, with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand claiming that voters’ “lives depend” on electing Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections and claiming the NRA wants to give weapons to “anyone, at any time, for any reason.”

Meanwhile, Trump said on Friday that there are various gun-control policies being pushed by the Left that would have “done nothing to prevent the horror that took place.”

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