Because only one man matters in determining the fate of any gun bill. And he’s giving all sorts of mixed signals.
Except that on Wednesday White House spokesman Hogan Gidley made clear that what Barr and Ueland were shopping didn’t have the sign-off of the President.
McConnell has been saying virtually that same thing since the day after the El Paso and Dayton shootings. And while it makes his Democratic critics crazy, it’s really just a frank assessment of the political reality in Washington on guns these days.
If Trump wants something to pass and puts his Twitter feed and his cadre of supporters behind it, it will likely pass. If he doesn’t back it — or backs some legislation and then walks away from it amid an uproar from the National Rifle Association — it won’t.
The Point: Trump’s is the only voice that matters here. And he continues to speak out of both sides of his mouth.
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