Establishment Republicans are a middling lot who have attained and retained their side of the Capitol Hill power dynamic by ostensibly doing the least amount of work to further the agenda of the right while acting like a sieve against the unrelenting pressure of their progressive opposition.
So, as the RINOs of the party slide toward the left courtesy of the Overton Window, it only seems appropriate that, where Democrats so often have their own past statements raised to dispute their current posturing, Republican leaders would get slammed for straying from conservative values by a gun-grabbing ideologue.
In 2019, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) had his eyes on a 2020 presidential bid and chose to stand out from the pack by declaring himself “the only candidate proposing that we ban and buy back every single assault weapon in this nation.” Later that same year he touted the need for the kind of red flag laws that 10 Republican lawmakers just agreed to help fund, and defenders of the Second Amendment are making certain to slam those senators for their obvious betrayal.
“Did you see this promise from a leading Democrat that he would use ‘red flag’ laws to silence conservative opponents?” Townhall columnist Kurt Schlichter asked, tagging Republican Sens. John Cornyn (Texas) and Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) while retweeting Swalwell’s post from 2019 where he called The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro a lunatic for supporting the right to self-defense.
Did you see this promise from a leading Democrat that he would use "red flag" laws to silence conservative opponents? Did you also see how naked Hunter got a pass from the DOJ on his clear gun crimes?
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) June 7, 2022
“Did you also see how naked Hunter got a pass from the DOJ on his clear gun crimes?” he went on, emphasizing how the left only sees the need to enforce laws against their opposition.
Others dredged up the post as well, shining light on what Democrats actually mean when they say they are looking for a compromise on gun legislation.
Flagging for all the Republicans that have indicated that they’re prepared to back the red flag laws pushed by democrats. This is what you’re backing. You’ve been warned. pic.twitter.com/76jrec9Kji
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) June 13, 2022
Why do people oppose red flag laws? Because red flag laws completely remove due process thus enabling petty lawmakers like Eric Swalwell, in an ex parte process, flag people whose opinions he doesn't like with a confiscation order. https://t.co/CxzQgYcTpC
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) June 7, 2022
Ben Shapiro responded when he got wind of the resurfaced tweet:
I am not in principle opposed to red flag laws. But when sitting congresspeople who screw Chinese spies suggest your right to self-defense should be removed because you oppose his political agenda, that undermines the trust necessary to support such laws. pic.twitter.com/k0sOHTzGRn
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) June 13, 2022
Cornyn was last reelected in 2020 and so is safe from facing any imminent ire from voters and as such remained smug in his self-righteous stance that threatens the rights his constituents sent him to Washington, D.C. to protect.
When challenged on what explanation he would provide for red flag laws being the concern of the federal government by The Federalist’s David Harsanyi, he fired back with a link to an explanation that “the proposal provides federal funding for states to enact fed flag laws but doesn’t enact any federal red flag laws.”
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) June 12, 2022
Oh, you’re not supporting red flag laws, you’re just spending millions and millions of dollars of our money to support and enact red flag laws?
Embarrassing attempt at spin here. https://t.co/xwLGyegKs9
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) June 12, 2022
“Oh, you’re not supporting red flag laws, you’re just spending millions and millions of dollars of our money to support and enact red flag laws?” Sean Davis, also of the Federalist railed. “Embarrassing attempt at spin here.”
As former Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell pointed out, “They’ve told us who they are – believe them!”
‘They’ve told us who they are – believe them!’ Richard Grenell sounds alarm on red flag deal https://t.co/126F4vENAS
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) June 13, 2022
After pandemic lockdowns and the unwillingness of lawmakers to give up their emergency powers and months of the political witch hunt of the January 6 committee, proponents of the Second Amendment have every reason to suspect that Democrats will take any modicum of authority granted to them to trample on the rights of the American people. Unfortunately, it looks as though there are some charged with standing in their way who are instead helping to erode the Constitution.
— Ten Names Later (@10NamesLater) June 13, 2022
“Oh you don’t want your kid to be taught transgender ideology or the 1619 history project? You must be mentally ill, now we’re taking your guns away.” No way.
— Blake Masters (@bgmasters) June 12, 2022
— sabreflier (@sabreflier) June 13, 2022
We’re getting to the core of it, aren’t we?
— Sullly (@Sullly19) June 13, 2022
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