Democrats in Congress likely could have had a vote on background checks, and perhaps even a red flag law, back in September, but Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer decided to push impeachment instead of continuing to push for gun control. Now the pair are asking President Trump to pretty please ignore all this nasty impeachment business and get behind a “universal background check” bill, even as they attempt to remove him from office.
“We believe that you have an historic opportunity to save lives, simply by reaffirming your clear support for strengthening background checks, which you have publicly supported before, which are supported by more than 90 percent of the public and which are ready to be brought to the Senate Floor,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote to Trump on Wednesday.
Not only are Pelosi and Schumer playing politics here, but they’re also playing fast and loose with the facts. President Trump never backed HR 8, the universal background check bill. In fact, he vowed to veto the bill if it got to his desk back in February, when the Democrat-controlled House passed the measure. After the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Trump did talk about doing “something” with background checks, but it was clear that he still didn’t support universal background check language. From September: