The National Rifle Association was one of the most fervent Trump supporters in last year’s presidential elections. The group donated $30 million to the Trump campaign.
So no wonder that when Pres. Donald Trump showed up for a campaign-style event at the NRA’s annual convention, he was met with thunderous applause. He became the first sitting president since Ronald Reagan who gave a speech to the NRA.
He said to the crowd:
Only one candidate in the general election came to speak to you, and that candidate is now the president of the United States. … You came through for me, and I am going to come through for you. … You have a true friend and champion in the White House.
Of course no Trump event is complete with the president bragging about his electoral college victory. “Remember, they said there is no path to 270,” Trump said, referring to the number of electoral votes needed to win, as well as his critics’ predictions. “There is no route to 270. … We ended up with 306, so they were right.”
He also bragged that he would have no problem defeating anyone in the 2020 elections.
In a particularly revolting moment, he singled out Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and called her “Pocahontas,” referring to Warren’s claims of Native American ancestry:
“It may be Pocahontas, remember that,” he said. “She is not big for the NRA., that I can tell you.”
NRA chief Wayne LaPierre said Trump would wage war against “elites” in academia, politics and the media. He called members of the press “public relations flacks for the destruction of our country.”