In the U.S., there is no bigger endorsement for a Republican than the National Rifle Association (NRA). The civil rights organization has been instrumental in helping preserve our Second Amendment rights for over a century and with millions of dues-paying members, it is one of the most-formidable political organizations in the world.
Democrats have worked to try and dismantle the NRA’s influence for decades, but have thus far been thwarted. Liberals like Hillary Clinton have attempted to paint the NRA as the boogeymen of American politics- big-spenders who control politicians.
In reality, however, the organization is dedicated to the promotion and protection of civil rights in America. Earning an endorsement from them can make or break a candidacy.
Donald Trump has earned the NRA endorsement for the 2016 presidential election– a feat that is hardly a surprise as Hillary Clinton has positioned herself as arguably the most anti-Second Amendment candidate to ever gain frontrunner status in a party during a presidential election.
Calling it a “fantastic honor,” Trump addressed the endorsement and juxtaposed his position with that of Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democrat nominee.
Trump warned that Clinton “wants to abolish the Second Amendment.”
“We’re not going to let that happen,” Trump said. “We’re going to preserve it, we’re going to cherish it.”
Trump’s comments are a reiteration of comments he has made previously. Earlier this month, he told a crowd,
“If she gets to appoint her judges, she will abolish the Second Amendment. In my opinion, that’s what she’s going to go for.”
However, in reality, that is hardly an opinion and more of an incredibly likelihood. Clinton has announced her support for extreme anti-Second Amendment efforts and has used the issue to attempt to move to the left of her opponent, Bernie Sanders, a senator that has been a -bit more moderate on the issue of Second Amendment rights than most of his Democrat colleagues.
Clinton even voiced her support for an “Australian-style” form of gun confiscation where the authorities come collect legally owned firearms for confiscation.
Trump, like Clinton, is a New Yorker and does not have a long pedigree of outstanding defense of the Second Amendment. However, as a political realist, even if Trump’s commitment to the Second Amendment is insincere, he appears politically astute enough to know which way the political winds are blowing and anything short of unwavering support for the right that protects all others is akin to political suicide in Republican circles.