Donald Trump offered some thoughts on how the corrupt National Rifle Association (NRA) can remain in business after the New York attorney general filed a lawsuit against the organization on Thursday, but Rachel Maddow said not even the president will be able to save it.
“The president said today publicly that the NRA should reconstitute itself somewhere else, like Texas instead,” Maddow explained. “The NRA actually doesn’t have that option and the president darn well knows it, because his own bogus charity, the Trump Foundation, was itself shut down by the New York attorney general’s office not that long ago.”
The MSNBC host added, “It was not an option for him when his bogus scam charity got shut down by the New York attorney general, and it is also today not an option for the NRA, no matter what the president says.”
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) August 7, 2020
President Trump today responded to the news of this action by Attorney General Tish James by saying that the NRA should dissolve itself. That it should disestablish itself in New York and move out of New York, move out of Tish James’ jurisdiction. The president said today publicly that the NRA should reconstitute itself somewhere else, like Texas instead. … The NRA actually doesn’t have that option, and the president darn well knows it because his own bogus charity, the Trump Foundation, was itself shut down by the New York attorney general’s office not that long ago because of a whole different slew of brazen illegality and alleged self-dealing. If the president could have evaded that fate by just picking up and moving his fake charity out of New York and moving it to Texas, he would have done so to save his own skin. It was not an option for him when his bogus scam charity got shutdown by the New York attorney general, and it is also today not an option for the NRA, no matter what the president says.
Trump is trying to save one of his biggest donors
It’s no surprise that Donald Trump is looking for ways to save the NRA in the middle of an election year. In 2016, the powerful pro-gun organization gave more money to his campaign than any other outside group.
As polls show him trailing former Vice President Joe Biden with less than three months until the election, Trump needs as much help as he can get, even if it comes from an organization rife with fraud and self-dealing.
But as Rachel Maddow pointed out on Thursday, the NRA’s culture of corruption has finally caught up with it. Nothing the president says will likely save the organization.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.