Short-term memory gets the best of us these days.
Lest we forget, Turning Point USA founder and Students for Trump Chair Charlie Kirk once criticized Donald Trump for dividing the Republican Party in an appearance on Fox Business with host Charles Payne back in March of 2016.
A Twitter video posted by @GenXMatthew on Sunday, March 1, 2020, showcased Kirk’s previous anti-Trump comments.
In that video, Kirk declared that Trump was “self-destructing in front of us.”
“He thinks he’s going to bring the party together… when just a week ago, he publicly retweeted an image that went directly after the spouse of Senator Ted Cruz… I don’t understand how he thinks he’s going to bring the party together,” Kirk declared.
Kirk, who has positioned himself as the youth leader of the Trumpist movement, continued by saying that “I don’t think that’s exactly the uniter you want.”
He also said that the interview Trump had with Chris Matthews was “laughable.”
“Are you kidding me? This is the guy whose going to bring the party together? That says women should be punished because they pursued an abortion?” Kirk said. “This guy is — I think he is self-destructing in front of us.”
In this 2016 segment, Students for Trump founder, John Lambert, challenged Kirk’s assertions.
Lambert is no longer in charge of the pro-Trump student organization that Kirk and TPUSA have absorbed into their fold, after pleading guilty to felony charges of conspiracy to commit a $46,000 wire fraud scam in August 2019.
The sudden change of heart marks one of the more nefarious attempts by political actors to co-opt America First and morph it into a generic Trumpism that avoids the very policies that got Trump elected — immigration, questioning free trade, and ending wars overseas — and shifts the focus on sensationalist tactics on conservative media, “owning the Libs” in pointless Internet squabbles, and delivering generic policy reforms such as tax cuts for the corporate elite and the GOP donor base. BLP previously reported on Charlie Kirk’s attacks against Trump throughout the 2016 primaries.
There is a lot at stake now in America.
Several issues like immigration are not just casual public policy matters that must be tinkered with around the margin.
Immigration is a long-term civilizational matter that could decide what America will look like in the forthcoming decades.
Immigrant voting patterns of the past 50 years and Hispanic voter views (The primary migrant group whose descendants are more becoming more politically active as the decades go by) could fundamentally alter the American nation state as we know it.
It’s not a good sign that Trump is listening more to his Conservatism Inc. base rather than his Middle American “America First” base.
If Trump wants to leave a legacy behind, he should stick to the principles that got him elected.
In doing so, he could save the country from falling into globalist stagnation.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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