Fox News is reporting more than two-dozen former Republican members of Congress have jumped ship, calling themselves “Republicans for Biden,” while at the same time, 18 high-profile names in the firearms community have been appointed to the advisory board of a group dubbed “Gun Owners for Trump.”
Former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake is prominently mentioned as a member of the ex-Capitol Hill Republicans. Last year, Flake authored an Op-Ed in the Washington Post encouraging fellow GOP legislators to “abandon the president and save their souls” during the impeachment effort, the Fox story said. Hardline conservatives now flocking to support Donald Trump’s nomination to run for a second term might consider Flake and his group “traitors” and question to whom their souls now belong.
Fox named “former Reps. Steve Bartlett of Texas, Bill Clinger of Pennsylvania, Tom Coleman of Missouri, Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Charles Djou of Hawaii, Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma, Wayne Gilchrest of Maryland, Jim Greenwood of Pennsylvania, Bob Inglis of South Carolina, Jim Kolbe of Arizona, Steve Kuykendall of California, Ray LaHood of Illinois (who served as Transportation secretary in the Obama administration), Jim Leach of Iowa, Connie Morella of Maryland, Mike Parker of Mississippi, Jack Quinn of New York, Claudine Schneider of Rhode Island, Chris Shays of Connecticut, Peter Smith of Vermont, Alan Steelman of Texas, Bill Whitehurst of Virginia, Dick Zimmer of New Jersey, and Jim Walsh of New York” on the list of ship-jumpers.
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While this is making headline, the Gun Owners for Trump group arrived on the scene with considerably less fanfare, though they might become far more important as the 2020 White House campaign heats up.
As reported by Liberty Park Press, there are 18 members on the board including Barrett Firearms President Ronnie Barrett, Olympic gold medalist Kim Rhode, veteran Second Amendment advocate Alan Gottlieb, who chairs the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms; plus competition shooters Gabby Franco and Lanny Barnes; Rick Ector, CEO at the Firearms Academy of Detroit; Amy Robbins, CEO at Alexo Athletica and TV host; retired Army Sgt. Major Kyle Lamb; Eye on the Target radio host Amanda Suffecool; author and motivational speaker Marsha Petrie Sue; Neil Hogue, with Hogue Knives and firearms accessories, along with Matthew Gomez, Thibault Bowman, Mia Rhode, Barbara Rumpel, Esther Schneider, Beth Walker and Linda Walker.
Gottlieb released a prepared statement noting his participation on the advisory panel.
“I’m delighted to serve on this important panel along with so many other devoted Second Amendment advocates,” said Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, a grassroots activist group. “We’ve had time to examine Democrat Joe Biden’s extremist gun control plan—which he didn’t even mention during his acceptance speech—and it is truly alarming how his party is willing to turn a constitutional right into a tightly-regulated government controlled privilege.”
Gottlieb, who also founded the Second Amendment Foundation and serves as its executive vice president, added, “Donald Trump, on the other hand, has fulfilled one of his most important campaign pledges to America’s 100 million gun owners. The president has been filling federal court vacancies with experienced, constitutional judges who understand the Second Amendment means what it says.”
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