This morning CNN attempted to paint President Donald Trump as culpable for the two tragic mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio this weekend.
DC Examiner’s John Caruso tweeted: “My God, [Poppy Harlow] just repeated the lie that the Trump administration ‘rolled back’ Obama administration rules that kept guns out of the hands of the ‘mentally ill,'” Caruso posted in a series of tweets on Monday. “This is such poor journalism on her part. The regulation had nothing to do with ‘mental illness’ and everything to do with the lack of due process. The Obama era rules designated anyone who needed a representative payee through the Social Security Administration and Veterans Affairs ‘mentally unfit.’ If a person met that criteria, their name was entered into the NICS database.”
This talking point wasn’t accurate two years ago and it’s still not accurate today.
everything to do with the lack of due process. The Obama era rules designated anyone who needed a representative payee through the Social Security Administration and Veterans Affairs “mentally unfit.” If a person met that criteria, their name was entered into the NICS database.
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) August 5, 2019
Honestly, would you expect anything different from CNN? These guys lie like they change their clothes.
Blue-checks also repeated the lie about the Trump admin making it ‘easier’ for severely mentally ill people to buy guns:
Shortly after taking office, President Trump quietly rolled back an Obama-era, post-Sandy Hook massacre regulation that would have made it harder for people with mental illness to buy guns. https://t.co/lafGXWukeR
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 5, 2019
Donald, you’re the one who revoked Obama-era background checks that would have prevented people with diagnosed mental illness from buying guns.
Because the Republicans think mentally ill people should be able to buy guns.
— MatthewDicks (@MatthewDicks) August 5, 2019
Shortly after taking office, President Trump quietly rolled back an Obama-era, post-Sandy Hook massacre regulation that would have made it harder for people with mental illness to buy guns. https://t.co/mtZ0uF8vdd
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 5, 2019
Don’t believe con man,huckster this is from 2017! He is a traitor to the American people him & the @NRA with their empty platitudes!Trump signs bill reversing Obama rule to ban gun purchases by mentally ill https://t.co/popvH22upK via @usatoday thanks for flagging @goldietaylor
— bevysmith (@bevysmith) August 5, 2019
Flashback: February 28, 2017.
“Trump quietly signed a bill into law Tuesday rolling back an Obama-era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun.” https://t.co/bjuuebVFXj
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 5, 2019
Trump said mass shooters are “really very seriously mentally ill.” He made it easier for them to get guns. https://t.co/F7TYhgZO8i
— shauna (@goldengateblond) August 5, 2019
Just a fun reminder, Trump babbled about mental health reforms today — BUT in February of 2017 he reversed an Obama rule that made it harder for the mentally ill to buy guns. #ThisIsAmerica https://t.co/sYPKyWdHdk
— Clay Cane (@claycane) August 5, 2019
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Here’s a photo I took the day Pres. Obama signed an order making it harder for mentally ill people to get a gun.
He cried as he retold the story of meeting parents from Sandy Hook. It was an Incredibly powerful moment that I’ll never forget.
Trump rescinded the order in 2017. pic.twitter.com/sqdgKuEWJQ
— Tim Fullerton (@TimFullerton) August 4, 2019