Just when you think Trump is listening to public opinion favoring universal background checks, Wayne LaPierre gives him a call to jog his memory and remind him, the biggest supporter of his election with $30 million, was the NRA. He had better flip again. Here’s the history of Trumps flip-flops on background checks.
Trump Flip 2013
“Donald Trump said he supported background checks for gun purchases to ‘weed out the sickos.'”
Trump Flop 2015
“Two years later, as he prepared to run for president, he flip-flopped, telling Ammoland magazine that he opposed expanded checks because they don’t work.”
He said this while positioning himself to receive the endorsement of the NRA for his 2016 election.
Trump Flip March 12 2018
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
“I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue – I hope!”
But that position lasted only a few days, until a late-night meeting with the National Rifle Association in the Oval Office, after which he backed off his support and later threatened to veto a background check bill.
Trump Flop Feb 28, 2019
“House Democrats pass another bill to strengthen gun background checks. President Donald Trump has already pledged to veto the measure along with another the chamber approved Wednesday.”
Trump Flip Aug 7, 2019
“Well, I’m looking to do background checks,” said Trump on Wednesday. “I think background checks are important. I don’t want to put guns into the hands of mentally unstable people or people with rage or hate, sick people. I don’t want to — I’m all in favor of it.”
Trump Flop August 20 2019
From The Guardian
“But after conversations from officials with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Republican lawmakers, Trump has returned to familiar conservative talking points, focusing on the need to keep guns away from the mentally ill and insisting that the US already has “very strong” background laws in place.”