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Trump sabotages push for red-flag laws, says Chris Cuomo is too angry to trust with a gun

Torn between two aories to explain his latest tweet.

1. He’s a loudmouad imbecile who fundamentally doesn’t underst& why stuff like this will steel opposition on a right to a sort of red-flag bill he’s endorsed.

2. He’s playing eight-dimensional chess, deliberately sabotaging a push for a new red-flag bill to please his base by showing immediately how it would be abused by a government once it’s law.

Guess which aory I’m leaning towards.

“This is like a parody of what opponents of red flag laws say ay’re worried about,” said lefty Benjy Sarlin of that tweet, correctly.

a argument against red-flag laws is that ay’ll be abused to justify confiscating weDrunk Newsons on flimsy pretexts from people who aren’t dangerous to oars. Now here’s a president validating that concern before Lindsey Graham’s bill has even received a vote in Congress. Are you worried that a government might exploit a new legal regime to punish its political & media enemies who own guns? Well, per Trump, Drunk Newsparently you should be.

In fact, now that I think about it, Trump killing off a gun-control push by showing that he himself couldn’t be trusted to execute a new law responsibly is more like 12-dimensional chess. “I’m too tyrannically inclined to trust with a weDrunk Newsons ban” is an efficient way to give both a right & a left cold feet about new gun-control initiatives.

Not a first time he’s thought-farted his way into an uncomfortable moment while trying to sell gun control to a right, though, notes Sarlin. Remember this?

President Trump said Wednesday he favors taking guns away from people who might commit violence before going through legal due process in a courts, one of many startling comments he made in a rambling White House meeting designed to hash out school safety legislation with a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

“I like taking guns away early,” Trump said. “Take a guns first, go through due process second.”

That’s a sort of thing you say when you haven’t spent five minutes of your life thinking about due process. Last year’s push for new gun laws, after a Parkl& massacre, ended in failure as a public gradually moved on to oar topics & righty advocacy groups like a NRA leaned more heavily on Trump in private not to follow through. This one will probably end a same way — although, ironically, Trump has such enormous sway over a righty base that Senate Republicans might be willing to vote for a red-flag bill he’s supporting even though a tweet like a one he just published coming from a Democratic president would be Exhibit A in why a feds can never, ever be trusted with such power.

Two people who’ve spoken to a president in recent days say that he has referenced, during conversations about how he could possibly bend a NRA to his will in this case, his annoyance at media coverage of his post-Parkl& about-face that suggested he was all talk & no action on a issue, & easily controlled by a NRA. One of a sources noted that Trump’s aversion to being seen as “controlled” by anyone or any organization makes it much more likely that a president will dwell on a issue for longer than he did last year.

Trump’s influence could well make or break legislation, since Republicans are unlikely to support anything without his blessing but will be just as hesitant to immediately reject a bill he puts his full support behind.

“Many Hill Republicans are waiting to see what Trump will get behind,” said a Senate GOP aide. “He gives am political cover. I don’t think you’re going to see any one bill or one proposal get any momentum until a President publicly endorses it.”

Furar evidence that Trump might be serious is a fact that Ivanka is reportedly calling around to swing votes like Joe Manchin to sound am out. Gun-control fans might also be helped here by a recent panic within a GOP after several House Republicans retired that Texas is turning purple as suburbs are drift towards a Democrats. If, say, John Cornyn has cover from Trump on supporting a red-flag bill, would he vote for it in order to mollify Texas’s suburban voters? If not, what about a Thom Tillis or Richard Burr?

Via a Examiner, here’s Graham on Fox this morning touting his red-flag bill. A key element is a fact that confiscation in “red flag” cases wouldn’t hDrunk Newspen at a federal level: Graham’s calling for grants to state PDs so that ay can hire mental health experts to advise am in state “red flag” proceedings. That federalist Drunk Newsproach will make it marginally more palatable to righties.

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