Trump Agrees: 'The Video Games, the Movies, the Internet Stuff Is So Violent'

Susan Jones | March 1, 2018 | 5:24am EST
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President Donald Trump places gun control activist Sen. Dianne Feinstein to his left in a White House meeting on gun control on Feb. 28, 2018. (Photo: Screen grab/C-SPAN)

( - In a gun control debate at the White House on Wednesday, Rep. Marsha Blackburn was the first lawmaker to bring up the negative influence of the entertainment industry.

The Tennessee Republican said she's been "talking to a lot of young moms," and they have urged her to consider the video games and movies that "children are being exposed to."

"I think that's a very important point," Trump told her.

The video games, the movies, the internet stuff is so violent. It's so incredible. I see it. I get to see things that you would be -- you'd be amazed at. I have a young -- very young son who -- I look at some of the things he's watching, and I say, 'How is that possible?' And this is what kids are watching.


And I think you maybe have to take a look at it. You know, you rate movies for different things. Maybe you have to also rate them for terror, for what they're doing and what they're all about.

It's hard to believe that, at least for a percentage of -- maybe it's a small percentage of children -- this doesn't have a negative impact on their thought process. These things are really violent.

A short time later, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) suggested that President Trump could "show leadership about all the violence we have out of Hollywood, and all these videos. If you watch -- you watch Fox News, probably, like I do. And every night, you see all these films about everybody being blown up. Well, just think of the impact that makes on young people. And get them in here, and preach to them like you're preaching to us," Grassley said.

Trump first defended Fox News, saying it "does a very good job, relatively speaking. But you're right," he told Grassley: "No, it's very -- it's very violent. But the movies are violent, and the videos are violent beyond anything anybody's ever seen before, so--"

Grassley again: "You had governors telling you, this week, the same thing, that the culture of our society's got to change if you're going to stop this."

"Yeah. I agree with that," Trump said. "I agree."

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