NO by tristero


by tristero

NO. Just NO:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday urged President Trump to endorse House-passed gun measures and pledged to join him for a “historic signing ceremony at the Rose Garden” if the legislation is passed. 
The Democratic leaders said in a joint statement that they spoke with Trump by phone Sunday morning at their request, 200 days after the House passed H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112. The two measures, which would expand federal background checks for gun purchases and transfers, represent the first major firearm restrictions to advance in a generation. Trump has threatened to veto both measures.
First, there will not be expanded background checks for the simple reason that Trump would be handing Pelosi and Schumer a victory — and it doesn't work that way.

Second, assuming I'm wrong (and God, I hope I am and there are expanded background checks soon), why on earth would Schumer and Pelosi want to pose with Trump in the White House? All it would do is split the Democratic base.

Third, if Trump somehow agrees to expanded background checks, he will only do so if he can tie it to  a law requiring all schoolteachers be issued firearms. Or something else equally idiotic.

Fourth, if somehow this whole thing goes forward (it won't but just saying), I guarantee that Trump will hog all the credit, claim the expanded checks were his idea, and trash Schumer and Pelosi.

And I'll stop there. This so much wrong with this, and nothing, nothing, that is right about it. Pelosi and Schumer should be spending their time figuring out how to remove Trump, not try to reason with him.

I'll say it again. Given his atrocious record of appeasement towards Trump and other extreme right Republicans, as a New Yorker, I will never cast a vote for Chuck Schumer again. Perhaps AOC or Letitia James can be enticed to run for Senate, or someone else with their level of awareness of what Trump is and also what he represents.