Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh on Friday warned President Trump against any kind of compromise on gun control with the Democrats because he will get nothing out of it and could cause a backlash.
“Don’t give them a thing! It’s not gonna buy us anything! You know, Trump risks something here,” he told his listeners.
“I know this. I know that there are people in the West Wing, in the Trump administration, urging him to do it, swamp-dwelling Republicans. Just like there were people in the George H. W. Bush West Wing, ‘You’ve gotta compromise on that tax cut promise you made. You gotta do it! You gotta raise taxes, you gotta give the left something.’ George H. W. Bush who had said ‘Read my lips: No new taxes’ raised taxes. And any kind of a deal with the Democrats on guns is going to risk the same fate happening to Trump,” he warned.
He said conservatives shouldn’t worry that much, because he’s not suggesting Trump is going that direction.
“I’m telling you that there are people around him pushing him into it. Trump has not cleaned everybody out of there. And even if he has, I guarantee you that if you live in Washington, D.C., you live and die by the fear of the Democrats and the media and trying to do anything about it,” he said.
Compromise, Limbaugh said, never works because that’s never the goal of the left.
The goal, he said, is eradication.
“It never works because they’re never happy because their objective, as is now plain as day, is wiping us out. Plain as day. There is no desire for peaceful coexistence or compromise. Their objective is to wear you out and to wipe us out. No two ways about it.”
The current fight in Washington over gun control was prompted by last weekend’s shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, that took 31 lives.
Democrats’ proposals have included forced confiscation of citizens’ weapons by squads of police.
Limbaugh insisted there are enough laws already.
“Every one of these shooters already violated some law – including murder!” Limbaugh said. “You don’t need any more laws. There’s not a single new law that would change anything. The only thing a new law would do is it would drive a wedge between Trump and his voters and the NRA. ‘Cause make no mistake, they want your guns. They want every gun you’ve got as quickly as they can get it. They want guns out of your hands.”
He said he is not exaggerating to say the left does not want people to have the freedoms in the Bill of Rights.
“This is who they are. And the pressure that is always on Republican politicians to bend and flex and to compromise and to somehow show that we’re not racists, that we’re not nationalists, that we’re not uncaring about people getting shot? This is this kind of thing that leads and has led in the past to Republicans making stupid deals.”
He said the Second Amendment is crucial because if it goes away, every other freedom is vulnerable.