(CNSNews.com) – White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday that she was “hopping mad” that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is using the shooting massacres in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend to raise money for Democratic Senate candidates.
A reporter noted Tuesday that the president tweeted on background checks, but he didn’t mention that in his televised remarks on Monday.
Asked what sort of gun measures Trump supports, Conway said Trump “made clear that he is looking at the red flag laws and, of course, is heartened by the bipartisan action being taken by Lindsey Graham – Republican of South Carolina – Dick Blumenthal – the Democrat of Connecticut.
“He has also spoken separately to Senators Manchin and Toomey about their background check legislation, and we’re looking at all of that, so he is open to hearing from everyone, but we can’t get our advice from people screaming on TV,” she said.
“Those who are elected to do their jobs here in Washington really should either return to Congress or come here to the White House about what can be done. None of that’s going to be solved by them raising havoc or raising their profiles on TV just because they’re mired at zero percent or tied with the margin of error in the polls or / raising money,” Conway said.
“I mean I was really hopping mad frankly that Senator Elizabeth Warren yesterday is raising off these tragedies on behalf of Senator Tina Smith in Minnesota and Senator Doug Jones of Alabama. Why are we doing that?” Conway asked.
One day after the shooting massacre in Dayton and two days after the shooting spree in El Paso, Warren tweeted, “Republicans won’t act—because gun lobbyists are signing their checks. We must take back the Senate in 2020. Will you chip in to help elect Democrats to the Senate? Let’s build a grassroots movement to beat back the gun lobby and end gun violence.”
Warren’s tweet linked to a website that called for supporting Democratic candidates across the country.
Conway pointed out that the Dayton shooter – Connor Betts – had leftist leanings and his Twitter feed showed support for Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
“Am I supposed to stand here and tell you, it’s been revealed overnight - I mean I had already read it days ago but kept my mouth shut – it’s been confirmed overnight by CNN and others that it looks like this Dayton monster, this shooter in Ohio had a leftist leanings and a Twitter feed that was complimentary of Antifa, complimentary of Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders? Am I blaming them for the shooting? Of course not,” Conway said.
“I wouldn’t do that anymore than I would blame AOC for the fact that the guy who wanted to shoot up the ICE detention center just weeks ago in Washington state was parroting her language about concentration camps and ICE. I didn’t blame Bernie Sanders for the fact that a Bernie Sanders supporter shot up Steve Scalise who was within inches of his life two years ago on that baseball field and others, didn’t blame him for that even though the guy said I’m here to kill Republicans,” she said.
“I mean this crap has to stop, and it would be nice if they came together in a bicameral, bipartisan way as Leader McConnell and the president have asked them to do and turned down the temperature,” Conway said.
“I am very proud that I work for a president and we’re all represented by a president who did not politicize this and respond in kind to those who immediately saw—you know were trying to spin gold and votes out of this tragedy. It’s not right. It doesn’t heal a single soul. It doesn’t prevent another mass shooting, and he is working assiduously to listen to everybody’s input,” she said.
In his televised address Monday, Trump said he has called for “red flag laws, also known as extreme risk protection orders.” He also said he is directing the Justice Department “to propose legislation ensuring that those who commit hate crimes and mass murders face the death penalty, and that this capital punishment be delivered quickly, decisively, and without years of needless delay.”
He pointed out that Republicans and Democrats worked together last year to enact “the STOP School Violence and Fix NICS Acts into law, providing grants to improve school safety and strengthening critical background checks for firearm purchases.” In addition, the DOJ banned bump stocks at Trump’s direction, the president noted.
Trump also noted that the DOJ “prosecuted a record number of firearms offenses.