On Deadline: White House Tuesday, MSNBC national affairs analyst John Heilemann offered a novel idea: the National Rifle Association is a “giant scam,” as evidenced by the fact that they compete for funding against other organizations that are “crazier.” Furthermore, the left-wing Heilemann maintained that members of Congress who do not oppose the NRA are guilty of “cowardice.”
Heilemann began his diatribe with mourning:
“I despair on this issue almost more than I despair on any other issue that we talk about just because, you know, the political -- everyone in Washington, which is a place consumed by fear and self-protection and ‘How do I keep my sinecure in the House and the Senate?’”
Extending his characterization of Congress as an inauthentic group motivated simply by survival, Heilemann seemed incapable of believing that some in the House and Senate may actually believe in gun rights. Following a reference to the congressional losses incurred after votes in favor of gun control in 1994, he attacked the legislative branch for not having the courage to share his own leftist views, and he dismissed President Trump's support for the Second Amendment as the carelessness of a child distracted by his new toy -- the presidency:
“It's just the ultimate portrait in cowardice on the part of people in Congress. And I think that, you know, Trump's behavior in this respect and his succor to the NRA is craven and not based on anything but the notion that the main thing that he's excited about in his political life is that he got elected President, and, you know, that's his great accomplishment, and somebody -- anybody who helped him do that -- he is going to be loyal to them forever.”
Heilemann also made the claim that there are gun rights groups who pan the NRA for not being conservative enough:
“There was a moment when we had a discussion about how there were gun rights groups that were going to stake out a place further to the right than the NRA, and the NRA might actually -- in the face of Newtown in particular -- maybe the NRA would start to -- we had the discussion on bump stocks as Philip (Bump) said -- you know, maybe the NRA would soften up on a couple of things, and that would start to crumble.”
He continued, once again portraying the country's greatest advocates for the Second Amendment as those acting disingenuously and with ulterior motives:
“But instead what's happened is there's a competition now for money. It's a giant scam, and so the NRA looks at groups to its right and says, ‘They're taking away our funding base -- we have to get as far to the right as the crazier groups than we are.’ And so that's why you have such an insidious cycle because a lot of this is not about principle or policy. It's just about money.”
Heilemann didn't name the mysterious groups to which he was referring. However, despite no evidence of these mysterious organizations, MSNBC’s Elise Jordan heartily agreed, adding:
“It incentivizes going as extreme as you possibly can, because then if you have to give away something that you don't really need in the first place -- like bump stocks -- you really haven't conceded that much ground."
Like many leftists, John Heilemann cannot simply accept that others think differently from him. This is one reason the Left won't accept the results of the 2016 election: they cannot break free from their bubble to acknowledge that Americans hold a diversity of beliefs and ideas. So they vilify and condemn those not of like mind and see them as political tools rather than people who genuinely embrace other values such as the right to bear arms. And so long as Heilemann refuses to face the fact that there are those who disagree with him, he will remain the real coward.