Georgia Republican overlooks his actions as president
On September 25, one of the more outspoken and controversial of Georgia's Republicans - Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor-Greene - took to Twitter to share a picture of her political idol - the one-term former president Donald Trump as he apparently went gun-shopping during a campaign visit to South Carolina.
MTG took the opportunity to proclaim that after he posed while holding a handgun, Trump would apparently be a defender of American gun-ownership freedoms under the constitution.
As she put it:
"He will protect our great Second Amendment"
Georgia's Taylor-Greene has made no secret of her admiration for Trump, and continues to harbor ambitions of being selected as his running-mate in the event that he were to win the Republican nomination. In stating that he's a fierce advocate for second amendment freedoms however, she appears to be overlooking Trump's past-performance in regard to guns during his single term in the White House.
This is something that Florida Republican Ron DeSantis has been happy to call-out, as have various political action groups campaigning on behalf of the Florida governor.
In contrast to Trump's past, DeSantis has chosen to focus on freedoms from gun-controls as part of his campaign strategy. In August of this year he stated that if he were president, he would sign a law allowing national concealed carry.
Trump and DeSantis on guns
The pro-DeSantis committee that ran commercials highlighting Trump's record regarding guns during his one-term presidency, that seemed determined to highlight his indifference towards those who want to own and carry guns.
The "Gun-Grabbing Trump" video featured a montage of the many occasions on which three-time loser Trump had made statements in favor of aspects of gun control and which run counter to the narrative of preserving constitutional freedoms when it comes to the right to bear arms. These included suggestions that the NRA should be challenged, that he was in favor of red-flag laws, background checks and increasing the minimum age for gun owners to 21.
DeSantis meanwhile, has suggested that in-line with a statement made during his term in office, Trump would take guns first and observe process later. While the Florida Republican may be trailing behind Trump in polls, there can be no doubt amongst gun-owners that he has acted to extend their freedoms and rights; this year he signed permit-less concealed carry of handguns in the Sunshine State.
MTG continues to beat the drum for Trump
In applauding Trump's potential while ignoring his track record, Georgia's Marjorie Taylor-Greene has shown that she's willing to do and say whatever she can to win favor with the one-term former president.
On September 24, she announced the publication of her new book, and supporters can buy the 'Patriot Bundle' that includes a branded Trump hat along with the book.
It stands to reason that Georgia's Taylor-Greene would also attempt to portray Trump as a keen advocate for gun owners and constitutional freedoms given that she (and presumably, her supporters) are keen gun owners. Whether his true record in regard to guns will eventually become material to voters' decisions remains to be seen.
Do you think that Marjorie Taylor-Greene is right, or irresponsible in identifying Trump as a keen advocate for gun-owners given his track record? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.