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2018 Midterms

Leftist Candidate for Congress Wants Assault Weapons Ban, But Tells Supporter She ‘Cannot Say That’ in Public



A Democrat candidate for U.S. Congress from New York said privately at a meeting with teenage supporters that she would support an “assault rifle” ban, but that she will not make that belief public for fear of losing her election.

“When I was at this thing today, it was the first table I was at, a woman said, ‘How do you feel about assault rifles?’ And I said they should be banned,” Tedra Cobb of New York’s 21st Congressional District said. “And I said, you know, people were getting up to go, to go get their lunch because it was a buffet, and I just said to her, I want you to know Cindy, I cannot say that.”

The comments were caught on a secretly recorded video.

Cobb is running against Republican incumbent Elise Stefanik, and when pressed by the woman with whom she was speaking in the recording, said that she could not make her position public for fear of losing her election.

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“And she said, ‘Well, I want you to [make your position public]’ and I said, ‘I won’t win,'” Cobb said. “I said Moms Demand [Action] says, and Tricia Pleau said, ‘Do not say that you want an assault rifle ban because you will not win.'”

Tricia Pleau is active in the New York Chapter of gun control group Mom’s Demand Action. Pleau unwittingly confirmed what Republicans already know. Every non-profit that says it wants “common sense gun control” secretly wants to ban certain types of weapons, if not all of them. They simply cannot say it aloud because public opinion will not allow it.

“Tedra Cobb knows that she’s wildly out of touch with the district, so she’s desperately trying to hide her liberal agenda from voters,” Chris Martin, regional press secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee tolf Free Beacon. “First, she was forced to admit that she raised taxes over 20 times, and now she’s being exposed for lying to voters about her support for an assault weapons ban and taking guns away from law-abiding citizens.”

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