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Trump’s Intersectional Weekend

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President Trump was on a roll over the weekend undoing another Obama assault on American sovereignty and re-cementing major elements of his electoral coalition.

For the third consecutive year, President Donald Trump was the keynote speaker that the National Rifle Association of America’s annual convention.

Trump’s Friday speech renewed his commitment to defend the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment. Even though some firearms enthusiasts and Second Amendment advocates remain discomfited by the administration’s apparently unlawful bumpstock confiscation policy, the President stepped-up to revoke one of the Obama administration’s more blatant assaults on the Second Amendment by rescinding American adherence to the UN Arms Trade Treaty.

“In recent days, leading Democrats have proposed banning new guns and confiscating existing guns from law-abiding citizens,” Trump said according to reporting by Tony Cook and Amy Bartner, of the Indianapolis Star. “What they don’t tell you is the bad guys aren’t going to give up their guns.”

Trump used his speech to announce he would pull out of the Arms Trade Treaty, a global 2014 pact designed to regulate the sale of myriad conventional weapons.

"We will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone," Trump said, adding later, "We are taking our signature back."

He then he signed a document from the podium, asking the U.S. Senate to immediately stop the ratification process, and send the agreement back to him so he could rescind U.S. participation.

Cook and Bartner reported the President then threw what he called the “famous pen” he had just used into the audience.

He then blasted Democrats for resisting his efforts to construct a wall on the nation’s southern border.

“Democrats want to disarm law-abiding Americans while allowing criminal aliens to operate with impunity, but that will never happen while I’m your president,” Trump said according to Cook and Bartner.

Earlier, Vice President Mike Pence, a former Governor of Indiana, invoked Charlton Heston's famous "from my cold, dead hands" slogan in showing his support for the NRA's mission.

"Well, I'll make you a promise: Under this president and this vice president, no one is taking your guns," he said. "Firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens don't threaten our families, they protect our families."

The NRA, which has more than 5 million members, is a key part of Trump’s base. Members have counted on Trump supporting their mission to defend the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms and resist legislative efforts to enact stronger gun control measures observed Newsweek’s Jessica Kwong.

“Donald Trump is the most enthusiastic supporter of the Second Amendment to occupy the Oval Office in our lifetimes. It is truly an honor to have President Trump address NRA members for the fifth consecutive year,” NRA-ILA executive director Chris Cox said in a statement reported by Ms. Kwong.

“President Trump’s Supreme Court appointments ensure that the Second Amendment will be respected for generations to come,” said the NRA-ILA statement. “Our members are excited to hear him speak and thank him for his support for our right to keep and bear arms.”

But the most important line in President Trump’s speech wasn’t about the Second Amendment, it was about how he is building his 20202 coalition: "In America, we don't worship government. We worship God."

That saying in itself is a direct testament to the policies the Trump administration has pursued said Beth Baumann in a recent piece for Townhall. The White House has worked diligently to roll back red tape, rein in illegal immigration, cut welfare fraud and get the American people standing on their own two feet. Instead of relying on the government to provide every single bit of what we have, Americans are standing up and saying, "We trust in God to provide for us," concluded Ms. Baumann.

And just as President Trump’s Supreme Court appointments ensure that the Second Amendment will be respected, so his Supreme Court appointments and policies suggest that the First Amendment and religious liberty will also be respected – which is one reason why a recent Pew Research poll found that “70 percent of evangelicals continue to support President Trump.”

Democrats and the Far Left often talk about and craft action based on “intersectionality,” the theory that oppressive institutions within a society, such as racism, ageism, sexism, and homophobia, do not act independently, but are instead interrelated and continuously shaped by one another.

While we don’t buy the idea that all of society is controlled by oppressive intersectional institutions, the Trump team has, from the beginning of his unlikely rise to the Oval Office, recognized that the key elements of a winning political coalition on the Right do intersect, and their nexus is constitutional liberty, especially as protected by the First and Second Amendments. Trump’s speech to the NRA was a strong indicator that his reelection will be all about gathering every voter who can be identified at that intersection and getting them to the polls.

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